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A family photo of Diane Richardson and her brother Gary Kirchherr. Later in life, when her brother visited at Christmastime, Richardson would make the lamb curry recipe their mother learned when the family lived in Nigeria. Diane Richardson/Collage by NPR hide caption

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This recipe started in Arizona. Now, sisters Kirsten Ayles (left), in San Clemente, Calif., and Alexis Wold, in New York City, make it on opposite coasts. Right: A family photo of their grandparents' restaurant, Odd's Sombrero in Wickenburg, Ariz. Alexis Wold/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Zooey Zephyr, state Rep.-elect for the 100th district of the Montana House of Representatives, is the first openly trans woman to be elected in the state legislature. Zephyr poses for a portrait at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington D.C., on Dec. 2, 2022. Keren Carrión/NPR hide caption

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After record election year, some LGBTQ lawmakers face a new challenge: GOP majorities

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Martha Escudero in the kitchen of her home in the El Sereno neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif. on Nov. 20, 2022. Stella Kalinina for NPR hide caption

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'Flood of evictions' looms in Los Angeles as pandemic tenant protections expire

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For Colored Nerds: Why Brittany wants to be a bad Black mom

Recently, host Brittany Luse has found herself curious about motherhood. As she's thought about the kind of mom she might be, she looked for models in film and TV – and found that there's little room for mothers, and Black moms in particular, to be anything but excellent. From Brittany's previous podcast, For Colored Nerds, a discussion with Eric Eddings about motherhood and misbehaving, and why less than perfect is more than enough.

For Colored Nerds: Why Brittany wants to be a bad Black mom

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Dear Life Kit: My folks guilt-trip me into spending the holidays with them

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"Racial imposter syndrome" is definitely "a thing," for many people. Shereen and Gene hear from biracial and multi-ethnic listeners who connect with feeling "fake" or inauthentic in some part of their racial or ethnic heritage. Social scientists weigh in the need basic need for belonging. Kristen Uroda for NPR hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas testifies before a Senate subcommittee on homeland security on Capitol Hill on May 4. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images hide caption

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A fight over how to enforce immigration laws reaches the Supreme Court

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When Ellie King and her husband were married, they had Grandma Phoebe's fruitcake as their wedding cake. Ellie King/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Eric Minikel and Sonia Vallabh pivoted from careers in law and urban planning to lead a prion research lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Maria Nemchuk/Broad Institute hide caption

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Wayne Wright shares a recipe for lasagna. He learned many Italian recipes from circus performer Edmondo Zacchini. Jennifer Wright/Collage by NPR hide caption

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Left: Miriam Armendariz Piccolo with her mother, Genoveva. Right: the finished picadillo. Miriam Armendariz Piccolo/Collage by NPR hide caption

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She loved Mom's picadillo but never got the recipe. TikTok moved her to get creative

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