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Often, when people think of women who have helped shape how Americans eat, they land on this woman.

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By now, you've likely heard of the metaverse.

Last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent everyone running to their dictionaries to figure out what he was talking about when he said Facebook was changing its name to Meta and declared the metaverse not only the next chapter for his company, but "the next chapter for the internet."

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Not long ago, Australian musician Courtney Barnett was struggling.

COURTNEY BARNETT: It's kind of hard to, like, put into a couple of catchy sentences. But I think it's just - I guess, I just was probably pretty depressed at a point.

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Mark Zuckerberg says the metaverse is not just the next chapter of his company. It's the next chapter of the internet.

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Five years ago, Liv Aannestad was about to leap into the unknown. Single and 36, she was about to become a mom on her own through in-vitro fertilization.

LIV AANNESTAD: I always assumed it would happen the normal, typical way. I'd meet somebody, maybe either in high school or college, and get married and have a few babies. But it didn't happen that way.

CHANG: Before she did, she got some advice from Pam Rector, mother to a 17-year-old daughter and a single mom by choice. It was part of our series Been There.

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Can a name save lives? The city of Seville in Spain is betting it can.

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Yesterday, the mayor announced a new program - the world's first to give official names to severe heat waves.

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Another story of what has been lost in Afghanistan this week. Yesterday, the country's sports federation announced on its official Facebook page that Zaki Anwari had died.

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There are all kinds of places where new parents can get advice - books, advice, columns, podcasts. But none of them quite explain what is happening to the unnamed mother in Rachel Yoder's new novel. For instance, her body's changing.

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You've probably heard of the five stages of grief. I mean, they're pretty firmly lodged into American pop culture. There's...

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NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with pro-democracy opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya of Belarus, who remains in exile after challenging her country's authoritarian president.

Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's preferred transliteration of her Belarusian name into English.

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As vaccinations are making it safer to leave the house, many people are considering re-entering the dating arena. Last week, the White House announced a partnership with dating apps to create a feature that allows users to sort matches by vaccination status as part of the Biden administration's July 4 vaccination goals.

Millions of people had to adjust to online dating and apps this past year.

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You might not know it, but this...

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Said Durrah's family in Gaza are so used to living with Israeli air strikes that his calls during the conflict could be surreal.

"The way that they talk about it is the way that you and I would talk about preparing for a vacation."

Durrah, a Palestinian-American who lives outside Washington, D.C., says they would talk about leaving bags packed with passports and valuables by the door in case of evacuation. And they would try not to dwell on their fears, so as not to contribute to their children's anxiety.

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