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What We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Porn

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"I had one day I worked six hours and made $50. It really wasn't worth it. ... But it doesn't happen that often," says Hilary Gordon, who works as a shopper for the grocery delivery app Instacart in a suburb of Sacramento, Calif. "The other day I worked 11-and-a-half hours and made $265. Great? No. But good." Alina Selyukh/NPR hide caption

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Why Suburban Moms Are Delivering Your Groceries

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An imbalance between matter and antimatter in the universe produced all the things in existence, including corned beef sandwiches. Erik Rank/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Corned Beef Sandwiches — And The Rest Of The Universe — Exist

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Beer archaeologist Travis Rupp inspects his latest "Ale of Antiquity," George Washington Porter, surrounded by the oak barrels it fermented in at Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colo. Dustin Hall/The Brewtography Project hide caption

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U.S. citizens use ropes to cross the Rio Grande from San Antonio del Bravo, Mexico, into Candelaria, Texas. U.S. citizens depend on the free health clinic in San Antonio del Bravo. Lorne Matalon for NPR hide caption

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In Rural West Texas, Illegal Border Crossings Are Routine For U.S. Citizens

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Bindu Sampath, 52, shows photos of her daughter Nimisha Sampath, now 29, who left India three years ago, after converting to Islam. She and her husband, a fellow Muslim convert, are wanted by Indian authorities for allegedly joining ISIS. They're believed to be in Afghanistan. "Only a mother can know how I am sacrificing," says Sampath." I say, 'God, please help her, please hold her.'" Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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'God, Please Help Her': Indian Parents Agonize Over Radicalization Of Their Children

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Having a purpose in life, whether building guitars or swimming or volunteer work, affects your health, researchers found. It even appeared to be more important for decreasing risk of death than exercising regularly. Dean Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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Sarah Seltzer interviews her grandfather, 104-year-old Gilbert Seltzer, in West Orange, N.J., in January for StoryCorps. Afi Yellow-Duke/StoryCorps hide caption

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He Led A Platoon Of Artists Who Fooled The Germans: 'Imagination Is Unbelievable'

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Shannon McCarty in her new apartment in Everett, Wash. Shannon was a meth and heroin user, but is in recovery with the help of a police program that connects people who use drugs with services. Dana McGlocklin for NPR hide caption

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Tired Of Being 'Dope Sick,' A Drug User Gets Help From Police To Get Sober

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President Donald Trump presents the "President's Cup" to the Tokyo Grand Sumo Tournament winner Asanoyama, at Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium on Sunday. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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PHOTOS: From Sumo Wrestling To Grand Parades, How World Leaders Try To Impress Trump

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Claudio Gage poses for a portrait at the Hola Code offices in Mexico City on May 13. Gage was deported to Mexico after having lived in the U.S. for more than a decade. Alicia Vera for NPR hide caption

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In Mexico, New Groups Offer Aid To A Young Generation Of Deported DREAMers

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Derek Brown begins making an alcohol-free cocktail. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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A Mixologist's Guide To 'No-Proof' Cocktails

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Farmer John Boyd Jr. Wants African-Americans To Reconnect With Farming

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New research confirms what we've been hearing for years: Cooking from scratch and eating "real food" is healthier than consuming the highly processed foods that make up the majority of calories in the American diet. The problem is that knowing this doesn't make it any more doable for the average family. Jacobs Stock Photography Ltd./Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has not responded publicly to the letter seeking automatic student loan forgiveness for veterans who are permanently disabled. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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