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Friday

Trans-rights supporters filled a meeting of Florida's medical boards on Feb. 10, 2023 in Tallahassee. The boards voted to approve rules banning gender-affirming care for transgender youth, rules later codified by the state legislature. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Florida families face confusion after gender-affirming care ban temporarily blocked

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Tuesday

Judge's blistering ruling halts Florida's ban on gender-affirming care for minors

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Tuesday

Tykee James, president of the DC Audubon Society, and Erin Connelly, holding her 10-month-old son, Louis, search in the treetops in Fort Slocum Park in Washington, D.C. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Heads up! Stunning birds are all around us, even in dense cities

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Monday

Parker Andrews, Debra Hopkins, and Kaleb Hobson-Garcia.

3 generations of trans Americans reflect on what has (and hasn't) changed

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Friday

Camille Dungy leaves the dead stalks of her sunflowers standing for winter interest and the occasional bird visitor. Mickey Capper for NPR hide caption

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She ripped up her manicured lawn and challenged the norms of gardening stories

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Friday

A few Republicans spoke up and stopped abortion bans in their states

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For this poet, working on her garden is exploring history, race and sustainability

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Disney flexes its legal muscle in latest feud with DeSantis

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Professor emerita Henrietta Mann (Cheyenne), a pioneer in Native American studies, received a National Humanities Medal from President Biden in 2021. The White House citation honors Mann "for dedicating her life to strengthening and developing Native American education." Matika Wilbur hide caption

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Photographer's decade-long, 600,000-mile journey shows Indigenous life in new book

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Thursday

51 years later, Germany has a panel to review the Munich Olympics hostage massacre

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'Dead Ringers' shows pregnancy's beauty, horrors as Rachel Weisz plays Mantle twins

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Transgender lawmaker speaks out on her banishment from Montana House floor

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Wednesday

Coordinator for the American Rescue Plan weighs in on Republicans' debt ceiling bill

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Photographer's decade-long, 600,000 mile journey shows Indigenous life in new book

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Three generations of trans Americans speak about how times have changed — and haven't

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Parton's inspiration is a small French bulldog named Billy. Courtesy of Dolly Parton hide caption

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Dolly Parton talks about her new children's book — and standing up to bullies

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Tuesday

Dolly Parton talks about her new kids book and why she's drawn to literature

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Monday

The U.S. contributed to Sudan's instability, a former official says

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Celebrity-owned Wrexham AFC gains promotion to League 2 in English soccer

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How a 2024 presidential campaign for Biden will differ from 2020's

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Friday

Advocates fear an escalation of hate toward trans community after Nashville shooting

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Tuesday

Bans on medical care for trans youth are moving quickly through state legislatures

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Monday

Florida is one of a wave of states to ban gender-affirming care for transgender youth

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