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Left: A drawing of a human with a cow head holding a needle menacingly toward a young child as he administers a tainted smallpox vaccination is meant to sow distrust of smallpox vaccines. Right: Protesters against mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations at a rally in Sydney on Feb. 20, 2021. Bettman/Getty Images; Brook Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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PHOTOS: Vaccine History Repeats Itself ... Sometimes

From the first vaccine (for smallpox) the questions have been the same. How do we transport it? Who's next to get it? Why so much hesitancy? The answers can be similar — or dramatically different.

Then-President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside St. John's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., last June after days of anti-racism protests against police brutality. President Biden has rescinded several orders Trump made during his last year in office, including moves to protect Confederate statues being dismantled by protesters. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Biden Dissolves Controversial Trump Orders On Race And Culture

The president canceled executive actions signed by former President Donald Trump that focused on statues in the wake of protests against racism and police violence that targeted Confederate monuments.

The New York Yankees, including manager Aaron Boone, are back to wearing masks after the team reported eight "breakthrough" COVID-19 infections this week. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images hide caption

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What To Make Of The Yankees Outbreak? Scientists Say: Don't Panic, We Expected This

The New York Yankees have reported eight "breakthrough" cases among vaccinated staff and a player. Scientists say the outbreak is in line with what's already known about the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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House Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Deal On Panel To Investigate Jan. 6 Attack

The panel would comprise 10 members, evenly split between Democratic and Republican appointees. It would have subpoena power and be required to issue a final report by Dec. 31.

House Lawmakers Reach Bipartisan Deal On Panel To Investigate Jan. 6 Attack

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Barry Jenkins served as showrunner, executive producer, writer and director to the 10-part Amazon series, The Underground Railroad. Atsushi Nishijima/Amazon Studios hide caption

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'Underground Railroad' Is A Hard But Beautiful Reflection On Black Pain

Barry Jenkins' adaptation of Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad reaches us at a time when we are most prepared for its message, but severely challenged by its delivery system.

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One-To-One Concerts Bring Listeners Back To Live Music

A live-music series founded in Europe, which connects one musician with one listener at a time, comes to Brooklyn for two weekends of concerts by Silkroad Ensemble artists.

One-To-One Concerts Bring Listeners Back To Live Music, One At A Time

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A bartender wearing a protective mask mixes a drink inside a bar in San Francisco on May 6. The latest retail sales data out on Friday showed an increase in sales at restaurants at bars as more people are venturing out amid the continued reopening of the U.S. economy. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Americans Dialed Back On Retail Therapy — And Spent More Eating Their Feelings

Retail sales were flat in April from a month earlier as Americans spent less on things such as clothes or sporting goods but increased their spending at bars and restaurants.

The numerals in the illustration show the main mutation sites of the B.1.1.7 variant first detected in the U.K., which is more transmissible than other variants. Here, the virus's spike protein (red) is bound to a human cell (blue). Juan Gaertner/Science Source hide caption

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Is The Variant From India The Most Contagious Coronavirus Mutant On The Planet?

Scientists are trying to determine if the coronavirus variant in India could be the most transmissible variant known.

Is The Variant From India The Most Contagious Coronavirus Mutant On The Planet?

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The majority of anti-vaccine claims on social media trace back to a small number of influential figures, according to researchers. Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows

The majority of false claims about COVID-19 vaccines on social media trace back to just a handful of influential figures. So why don't the companies just shut them down?

Just 12 People Are Behind Most Vaccine Hoaxes On Social Media, Research Shows

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A Black Hawk helicopter of the U.S. Air Force flies over Kabul in April. Florian Gaertner/Photothek via Getty Images hide caption

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Some Afghans Dread The Departure Of Foreign Forces. Others See It As Liberation

Some Kabul residents fear a Taliban takeover. Others are eager for the departure of troops they see as foreign intruders. "Afghans will have to come together and listen to each other," says a cleric.

Some Afghans Dread The Departure Of Foreign Forces. Others See It As Liberation

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Customers wait in line to fill their vehicles with gas at a Costco gas station on Tuesday in Nashville. It will take several days for the supply chain of fuel to return to normal even after Colonial said late on Thursday it had brought its entire pipeline system back into operation. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images hide caption

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Fuel Shortages Should Ease Over Coming Days After Pipeline Resumes Operations

The supply chain for fuels like gasoline will take several days to return to normal after Colonial Pipeline restarted a critical pipeline that was shut down this month.

Tia Cunningham participated in one of "guaranteed income" programs in Jackson, Mississippi, and she was able to get out subsidized housing and use the money as down payment to buy a new house. Imani Khayyam for NPR hide caption

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More Cities Are Handing People Cash With No Strings Attached

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Nearly two dozen American cities have signed on to pilot programs that offer basic incomes to low income residents.

More Cities Are Handing People Cash With No Strings Attached. Here's Why

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Alice Neel's Paintings Meet The Moment At The Met

Painter Alice Neel's first retrospective in 20 years is both timely and ambitious. And people are flocking to see her portraits, a chronicle of the 20th century through expressive faces and figures.

Susan Stamberg and Alice Neel

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Scientists believe some heavy elements are forged when a massive star goes through its death throes and explodes as a supernova. Here, the supernova Cassiopeia A was captured in a false-color image from NASA. NASA/JPL-Caltech/STScI/CXC/SAO, Animation: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Ariz./STScI/CXC/SAO/NASA hide caption

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Freshly Made Plutonium From Outer Space Found On Ocean Floor

Something went boom in outer space and sent radioactive stardust our way, and it's just been found at the bottom of the ocean.

Daddy's Home (out May 14), Annie Clark's sixth album as St. Vincent, takes the sounds and sleaze of early-1970s New York as its aesthetic backdrop. Zackery Michael/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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St. Vincent, Builder Of Rock Futures, Takes Shelter In The Past

Fourteen years after her first album as St. Vincent, Annie Clark makes a sharp turn in time with Daddy's Home, a '70s rock revue that nails the sound, if not the spirit, of its influences.

Singer Jorja Smith. Her latest release, Be Right Back, is on our shortlist of the best albums out on May 14. Bardha Krasniqi/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on May 14 include Jorja Smith's Be Right Back, St. Vincent's homage to early '70s rock, a staggering new project from saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and more.

New Music Friday: The Top 7 Albums Out On May 14

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