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English teacher Shehtaz Huq and the eighth-graders at Bronx Prep Middle School behind the winning podcast — Sssh! Periods. Elissa Nadworny/NPR hide caption

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Periods! Why These Eighth Graders Aren't Afraid To Talk About Them

The middle school winners of the NPR Student Podcast Challenge offer their perspective on why talking about something so natural is so taboo — and why that's silly.

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Periods! Why These 8th-Graders Aren't Afraid To Talk About Them

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Sen. James Lankford, R.-Okla., said he worries an opportune moment may pass following the release of the Mueller report without new action to secure U.S. elections. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

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Mueller Report Elicited A Lot Of Conversation — But Little Election Legislation

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Hanover, N.H., Deputy Fire Chief Michael Hinsley in the woods with Mink the bear. Courtesy of Michael Hinsley hide caption

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After Walking Thousands Of Miles, Mink The Bear Is Almost Back Home

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Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress. She has been the target of criticism and censure for statements regarded as anti-Semitic. Many other prominent black Muslim leaders say her experience is familiar. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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American Muslims In Public Life Say They Face Outsize Scrutiny

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On Wednesday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a ban on nearly all abortions. Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP hide caption

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Alabama Governor Signs Abortion Ban Into Law

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