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Caster Semenya of South Africa races to the line to win the Women's 800 meters during the IAAF Diamond League event at the Khalifa International Stadium on May 03, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. Semenya has appealed a ruling that requires her to reduce her testosterone levels by drugs or surgery. Francois Nel/Getty Images hide caption

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'I Am A Woman': Track Star Caster Semenya Continues Her Fight To Compete As Female

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Tom Petty performs with the Heartbreakers in Belgium in 1992. Gie Knaeps/Getty Images hide caption

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'A Song For Any Struggle': Tom Petty's 'I Won't Back Down' Is An Anthem Of Resolve

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Tim Foley, the founder of Arizona Border Recon and Maggie Milinovitch, the co-owner of La Gitana Cantina, both live in the small border town of Arivaca, Ariz. The recent militia group presence has put strains on a town that has long prided itself on its live-and-let-live, cooperative spirit. Dominic Valente for NPR hide caption

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Militias Test The Civility Of An Arizona Border Town

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Saudi activist and campaigner Aziza al-Yousef, pictured in 2016, is on trial this week in the capital, Riyadh. She has been detained since last May. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Saudi Women's Rights Activists Awarded For Their Work — While On Trial

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Mary Kay Place plays Diane in Diane, the debut feature film by director Kent Jones. Courtesy of IFC Films hide caption

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In 'Diane,' An Older Woman Faces Up To Her 'Unlived Life'

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In college, Laurie Halse Anderson thought she might become a translator — and in a way, she did. "I translate imagination onto the page," she says. Randy Fontanilla/Penguin Random House hide caption

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20 Years After 'Speak,' Laurie Halse Anderson Tells Her Own Story In 'Shout'

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Jeremy Denk's new album c.1300-c.2000 traces seven centuries of classical music. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jeremy Denk's Musical Odyssey Through 7 Centuries Of Music

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"I just sing what I feel," Mary Lane says. Collin Susich /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At 83, Mary Lane Upholds The Blues Tradition: 'I Still Got It'

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One year after Carmen's death, April Schentrup stands beside a photograph of her daughter that was used during her funeral but now rests in the family's new home. April, who worked as an elementary school principal near Parkland, Fla., now advocates for gun reform. Alyse Young for NPR hide caption

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Parkland Family Reflects On A Year Of Anguish And Activism

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There's No Rest For Anyone In 'The Dreamers'

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Student activists from Parkland, Fla., quickly mobilized after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, becoming a vocal force calling for tighter gun laws. That movement led to mass "March for Our Lives" demonstrations around the country in March. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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2018 Brought A 'Tectonic Shift' In The Gun Control Movement, Advocates Say

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Dr. Emmy Betz, a co-founder of the Colorado Firearm Safety Coalition, led a meeting of the group at the Centennial Gun Club. "If you want to reduce suicide deaths, you have to talk about firearms," Betz says. "And if you want to reduce firearm deaths, you have to talk about suicide." Theo Stroomer for NPR hide caption

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Gun Shops Work With Doctors To Prevent Suicide By Firearm

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Helping a spouse or parent who has dementia steer clear of hazards can include ridding the home of all guns. Nicole Xu for NPR hide caption

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Firearms And Dementia: How Do You Convince A Loved One To Give Up Their Guns?

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How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

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