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A robotic arm works on the production line at Volvo's factory in Ridgeville, S.C. But other essential jobs, including major portions of final assembly, are still left to people. Camila Domonoske/NPR hide caption

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Even In The Robot Age, Manufacturers Need The Human Touch

At modern auto plants, some tasks, like welding together a car's body, are entirely automated. But other essential jobs, including major portions of final assembly, are still best left to people.

"[There were] a lot of people telling me how they felt about my situation without me asking — friends, family, strangers," Beth Vial said. "I mean, you tell someone that you're seven months pregnant and having an abortion, they've got some things to say." Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Abortion In The Third Trimester: A Rare Decision Now In The Political Spotlight

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A robotic arm works on the production line at Volvo's factory in Ridgeville, S.C. But other essential jobs, including major portions of final assembly, are still left to people. Camila Domonoske/NPR hide caption

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Even In The Robot Age, Manufacturers Need The Human Touch

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Once it is safe to remove the spent fuel from the pool, it's stored outside in metal casks. They are lined up on a concrete base, behind razor wire and against a hillside near the power plant. Olivia Sun/NPR hide caption

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As Nuclear Waste Piles Up, Private Companies Pitch New Ways To Store It

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Rodney Robinson is the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. He teaches in a juvenile detention center in Richmond, Va. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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'My Kids Are In Survival Mode': A Chat With 2019's Teacher Of The Year

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