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NPR  Scientists Try To Break Nigeria's Cycle Of Replanting Bad Yams


Ladi Adaikwu (right) and her business partner, Musa Ogbeba, run one of the few high-quality seed yam shops in central Nigeria. Yams are essential to the country's economy and culture, but their quality keeps declining. ⠀

Now, researchers have found a way to mass produce good seed yams like Adaikwu’s and it could save the industry. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @timothy.m.mcdonnell | Tim McDonnell for NPR)

Summer is traditionally a time when young people have a bit more independence and a chance to explore and try new things. And there's a new generation of resources out there aimed at parents who want to make sure that teens are armed with the best possible information about their bodies, sex and relationships, so that they can make good decisions away from adult supervision. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

We all have a future self, a version of us that is better, more successful. It can inspire us to achieve our dreams, or mock us for everything we have failed to become. Follow the link in our bio to listen to the latest episode of NPR's Invisibilia podscast. (Credit: @marinamuun | Marina Muun for NPR)

Charlie and Adrienne Wilber are a father-daughter fishing team in Sitka, Alaska. Adrienne started fishing with her father when she was about 11. Now the two work in tandem, sharing an instinctive rhythm born of the many years they've spent together on this boat.⠀

This year, the numbers of wild king salmon returning to rivers to spawn are at an all-time low. In May, that led the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to temporarily shut down the commercial king salmon trolling season in southeast Alaska one month ahead of schedule. ⠀

Charlie says that has never happened in all the years he has been fishing. Check out our story for more photos. (Credit: @elissanad | Elissa Nadworny/NPR)

Sonia Vallabh lost her mother to a rare brain disease in 2010, and then learned she had inherited the same genetic mutation. Sonia and her husband, Eric Minikel, live and work in Cambridge, Mass., where they are both doctoral students. Over the past several years, the couple has completely redirected their careers and their lives toward this single goal: to prevent prion disease from ever making Sonia sick. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @kayanaszymczak | Kayana Szymczak for NPR)

First Eqbal Dauqan was shot at on the way to work. Then her house was destroyed by a bomb. That didn't deter this scientist.⠀

"In college, I would tell my friends that I wanted to pursue a Ph.D., and they would chuckle and ridicule the idea," says Dauqan, who is an assistant professor at the University Kebangsaan Malaysia at age 36. Born and raised in Yemen, Dauqan credits her "naughty" spirit for her success in a male-dominated culture. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @sanjitdas | Sanjit Das for NPR)

A new book examines how federal government policies made it easier for minorities to open fast-food franchises than grocery stores. Today the landscape of urban America reflects this history. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @chris.kindred | Chris Kindred for NPR)

Positive Tomorrows is a small, privately-funded school in the heart of Oklahoma City, designed to meet the needs of homeless children. The future of these students hinges on the one constant in their lives: the school, which addresses both education and basic needs.⠀

On the second day of school, a student asks Amy Brewer, the director of education for Positive Tomorrows, how she knew that he needed a backpack. Positive Tomorrows provides each student with a backpack and all the school supplies they need. Students are also provided with hygiene items, clothes, shoes and jackets as needed. Follow the link in our bio to see more photos and the full story. (Credit: @katiehayesluke | Katie Hayes Luke for NPR)

Surgery that severs the link between brain hemispheres reveals that those halves have way different views of the world. NPR's Invisibilia podcast asks a pioneering scientist what that tells us about human consciousness. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @okchickadee | Angie Wang for NPR)

In 1980, soon after Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan, the Popal family fled the country. Eventually, the Popals landed in America and rebuilt their lives. Today, the family owns several successful restaurants in Washington, D.C., including the acclaimed Lapis, which serves Afghan cuisine. On a recent evening, they opened up Lapis to host a free dinner welcoming refugees in their city.⠀

"We came here exactly like these people – we had no place to stay," Zubair Popal recalls. He chokes up and takes a long pause before adding, "It reminds me of the days we came ... I know for these people it's very hard, very hard."⠀

The Welcome Refugees dinner is part of a campaign that encourages locals across the U.S. to host similar meals for refugees in their community — and to break barriers by breaking bread together. Check out our Story for more photos. (Credit: @beckharlan | Beck Harlan/NPR) #worldrefugeeday

How the members of Algiers — four musicians in three cities on two continents — made an album for a world as divided and unsettled as they are. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit - Photos: Courtesy of the artist / Illustration: @sgonzalesart | Sarah Gonzales for NPR)

In Silicon Valley, you're supposed to build businesses unapologetically. You're not supposed to speak out against injustice. Freada Kapor Klein breaks those rules. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @taliaherman1 | Talia Herman for NPR)

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