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Demonstrators gather before the March for Science on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. Scientists and enthusiasts say the protest is intended to "support science for the public good."⠀

The main event is happening in Washington, D.C., but satellite marches are planned in all 50 states, and at least 610 marches have been registered on the March for Science website across the world.⠀

Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @mererizzo | Meredith Rizzo/NPR) #marchforscience

On Wednesdays, you'll find California chef Jeremy Fox at the Santa Monica farmer's market, greeting fellow chefs and checking out produce like spring onions and strawberries.

Some people call Fox the "vegetable whisperer." He can coax remarkable flavors out of every part of his produce, even the flowers and leaves that most chefs throw away.
One of Fox's famous first-course dishes combines twice-shucked spring peas with macadamia nuts and white chocolate. He has reinvented cooking with vegetables, and in the process, reinvented himself, too. With a vegetables-only restaurant in Napa Valley, chef Jeremy Fox was a rising star. But the stress was too much and it all fell apart. Now he is back with a vegetable cookbook. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @orianakoren | Oriana Koren for NPR) [Editor's note: due to technical issues, we deleted the previous version of this post and reposted it here]

"If you're a hip-hop producer that wants a lot of melodic stuff happening," pianist Robert Glasper says, "you're probably going to go to jazz first." In this short doc, @robertglasper picks out a sample from Ahmad Jamal Trio’s “I Love Music” from ‘The Awakening’ (1970) that @realpeterock used for Nas’s “The World Is Yours” on ‘Illmatic’ (1994). Follow the link in our bio to see the full video. (Credit: @jazznightinamerica)

The use of corporal punishment is on the decline, but at Robbinsville High school in N.C., Principal David Matheson paddles students himself. The school's policy is to talk with parents before any student is paddled. "It's something the family decides," Matheson says. ⠀

Nationwide, it's not unusual for parents to support the use of corporal punishment as a form of discipline. Recent surveys show about 75 percent of Americans believe it's sometimes necessary to spank a child. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @mikebelleme | Mike Belleme for NPR)

There's no place like it on the planet: White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. It's the world's largest gypsum dunefield which means even when the sun is broiling hot, the sand stays cool under bare feet. Check out our Story for more photos. (Credit: @elissanad | Elissa Nadworny/NPR)

How important is it to have a role model? A new working paper puts some numbers to that question.
Having just one black teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade reduced low-income black boys' probability of dropping out of high school by 39 percent, the study found. And by high school, African-American students, both boys and girls, who had one African-American teacher had much stronger expectations of going to college. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

For Christians and Muslims in the Middle East, maamoul is an essential part of Easter and Eid respectively. Stuffed with date paste or nuts, this buttery cookie is a relative of a treat from ancient Egypt. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: Amy E. Robertson for NPR)

Mario Alberto Maciel Tinajero looks like a fairly healthy 68-year-old. He has a few extra pounds on his chest but he's relatively fit. Yet he's suffered for the last 20 years from what he calls a "terrible" condition: diabetes. "I've never gotten used to this disease," he says. Maciel runs a stall in the Lagunilla market in downtown Mexico City. This market is famous for its custom-made quinceañera dresses and hand-tailored suits.

Diabetes has come to dominate Maciel's life. It claimed the life of his mother. He has to take pills and injections every day to keep it under control.

Diabetes is the leading cause of death in Mexico, according to the World Health Organization. The disease claims nearly 80,000 lives each year, and forecasters say the health problem is expected to get worse in the decades to come. By contrast, in the U.S. it's the sixth leading cause of death, with heart disease and cancer claiming 10 times more Americans each year than diabetes. Rising rates of obesity combined with a genetic predisposition for Type 2 diabetes has caused a slow steady rise in the condition in Mexico over the last 40 years. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @meghandhaliwal | Meghan Dhaliwal for NPR)

In the latest episode of NPR's Code Switch Podcast, host Gene Demby and guest host Glen Weldon of Pop Culture Happy Hour explore how #comics are used as spaces for mapping race and identity. Gene visits Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia, and chats with proprietor Ariell Johnson who is reclaiming the comic book store, which once made her uneasy as a black fan. Meanwhile, C. Spike Trotman, another black woman, has made a name for herself as an online comics publisher of Iron Circus Comics in Chicago. The hosts also talk to artist and designer Ronald Wimberly for his perspective as a black creator who has worked for Marvel and DC. Follow the link in our bio to listen to the full episode. (Credit: @shannondrewthis | Shannon Wright for NPR)

The newest member of the Supreme Court celebrated his swearing-in with a public ceremony in the White House Rose Garden Monday morning. Neil Gorsuch will cement the conservative 5-4 majority on the high court, delivering on a key campaign promise of President Trump.

Gorsuch will fill the seat left vacant more than a year ago by the death of Antonin Scalia. The 49-year-old promised to remember that legacy as he puts his own mark on the court, likely for decades to come. "I won't ever forget that the seat I inherit today is that of a very, very great man," Gorsuch said.

Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @gdemczuk | Gabriella Demczuk for NPR)

Savoring the flavor of wine activates more gray matter than solving a complex math problem, according to neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd. Molecules in wine stimulate thousands of taste and odor receptors, sending a flavor signal to the brain that triggers massive cognitive computation involving pattern recognition, memory, value judgment, emotion and, of course, pleasure. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @areynolds_illo | Alex Reynolds/NPR) 🍷

When people find out that Malebogo Malefhe uses a wheelchair because she was shot by her boyfriend, the first question they ask is: "What did you do to him?"⠀

Now Malefhe, who sustained eight bullets from her boyfriend of 10 years, wants to make sure that no woman who has faced domestic abuse is asked this question ever again.⠀

The incident in 2009 nearly cost Malefhe her life. Since then, she has devoted herself to fighting gender-based violence in her native Botswana and teaching women that when men hurt them, it's not their fault.⠀

This year, the U.S. State Department gave her the 2017 International Women of Courage award. The prize recognizes women who have put their lives on the line to improve their communities.⠀

Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: Ryan Eskalis/NPR)

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