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After The Diagnosis: How Families Experience Autism

Raising a child with autism can test families financially and emotionally. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks with parents of children with autism, and a young woman who was diagnosed later in life.

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A Belgian Playwright Tackles Muslim Radicalization With Comedy

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On his new album The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You, musician Shawn Amos combines old-school style with new tools. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Shawn Amos' Long Road To Old-School Blues

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After The Diagnosis: How Families Experience Autism

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In his State of the State address on Monday, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced his plan to create a task force to tackle the state's rape kit backlog. Rick Scuteri/AP hide caption

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What's Being Done To Address The Country's Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits

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A Pathway To Kindness, In 12 Difficult Steps

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Hunting Snakes In The Everglades To Protect Native Species

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