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Goats and Soda

Kerala Needs Coconut Pickers — So Women Are Stepping In (And Climbing Up)

In Kerala, a part of India known as "land of coconuts," male coconut pickers are turning to other jobs. Women are among the new trainees.

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Tell-Alls, Dramatic Warnings And The Obamas Lead Political Books Of 2018

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Chef Dominique Crenn: 'Everything I Do Could Have ... Impact' For Other Women

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'Hip-Hop Deserves That Respect': Honoring The Notorious B.I.G., Wu-Tang Clan In NYC

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Holler If Ya Hear Me 2Pac
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Kerala Needs Coconut Pickers — So Women Are Stepping In (And Climbing Up)

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After Pittsburgh Shooting, Jewish Congregations Vow To Keep Helping Refugees

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