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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is stirring panic in immigrant communities by moving to limit who can get asylum in the United States. Perhaps no one is more alarmed than one Salvadoran woman living in the Carolinas. She is known only by her initials in immigration court papers, so her lawyers call her Ms. A.B. She fled to the U.S. four years ago, after enduring more than a decade of domestic abuse in her home country, and requested asylum here. "In El Salvador," she said in Spanish through an interpreter, "there's no protection for women. Anyone who's been there knows this." Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @kevindliles | Kevin D. Liles)

“We perform haka as an expression of pride,” says Karl Johnstone, project director of the New Zealand Māori Arts and Crafts Institute’s Tuku Iho Living Legacy program. Kapa haka, a traditional Māori posture dance, “was about not only intimidating the opponents, but it was about how do we actually prevent degenerating into a battle?” he says. “Haka is all about the expression of your inner energy. The shaking of the hands,” says Johnstone, “that’s an expression of our life force … it’s showing that there’s an energy within you.” (Credit: NPR)

An NPR investigation last year revealed that a number of VA centers were ejecting hundreds of caregivers from the VA Caregiver Program. The VA promised reform, but a year later many veterans and their caregivers are yet to receive the help they need.

Britnee Kinard and husband Hamilton are one of them. He has a brain injury and PTSD, among other things. She got kicked off the program by the Charleston VA in 2014.

She sees her husband deteriorating. He needs help with bathing and toileting. She's dreading the day when she'll have to take away his car keys. (Credit: @evaverbeeck | Eva Verbeek for NPR)

About 1 in 5 teens may have contemplated suicide. Experts argue it's more than just an individual mental health issue. New research suggests that schools as a whole can make a difference. (Credit: @eemajin | Fahmida Azim for NPR)

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you before you became a parent? It's a question we're asking our audience as part of #HowToRaiseAHuman, a series from NPR's Science desk. ⠀

Saira Siddiqui, 38, a mom to 10-year-old twins and a 6-year-old and the writer of Confessions Of A Muslim Mom (@confessionsofamuslimmom).⠀

“I wish someone had told me to block out the outside voices that come when you become a parent — and pay more attention to the children and what their needs are.⠀

But we've taken an untraditional path of schooling, where we 'unschool.' We don't follow traditional homeschooling. Part of the reason is because we were paying attention to what was working for our children.⠀

Each of my kids is completely different. One child tends to be more analytical and precise. This child tends to be more excited about computations, riddles and problem-solving. I have another child who I call my "liberal arts" child. This child likes reading, writing and art.” Follow the link in our bio to hear more from parents. (Credit: @confessionsofamuslimmom | Courtesy of Saira Siddiqui)⠀

Be part of the conversation: Parents, we’d like to hear from you: What do you wish you had known before becoming a parent? Share your story on Instagram using the hashtag #HowToRaiseAHuman. We may feature your story on NPR.

Human brains are still developing throughout our teenage and early adult years. Knowing more about the way they work can teach us about how schools can work, too. (Credit: LA Johnson/NPR)

How did we end up with a system in the U.S. where hunting helps pay for conservation? NPR’s Skunk Bear explains that it all started when a tree hugger and a gun-loving president went on a camping trip. (Credit: Adam Cole and Ryan Kellman/NPR)

Kyle Johnson was driving around southwestern Virginia in February 2017 when he heard a radio ad for jobs in a coal mine. He had wanted to be a coal miner since high school. "I don't think anyone here in the coalfields thought [Trump's] going to bring back every job," says Johnson. "But ... I think everybody thought maybe he's going to bring back my job." Since Trump was elected, there has been a bump in coal jobs in Virginia and a handful of other states. That's in part because of the coal companies' new confidence in Trump, but also because demand for metallurgical coal — the kind used to make steel — went up, mainly in China.

In December 2017 Johnson started as "red hat," or a rookie in training. "It's not an easy life here," he says. "But I think it's about the best life you can have." (Credit: @carolguzy | Carol Guzy for NPR)

People who spend time with young children know firsthand the power of music. New research highlights an unexpected positive impact — and also shows that when a parent sings to a child, the parent can benefit, too. (Credit: @consolifabio | Fabio Consoli for NPR)

"This is my life now," Tracy Coffin wrote in a Facebook post days after her 22-year-old son Maleak was shot on Dec. 23, 2017. "He was always talking about what he wanted to do...he wanted to be free," she said about Maleak. Tracy also lost the father of her daughter eight years ago to gun violence.⠀

Some residents in Washington, D.C. — which faces daily gun violence — say their needs are being forgotten in the national conversation surrounding gun control. (Credit: @_eslahlahlah | Eslah Attar/NPR)

This is Maria (left) and two of her daughters. She's raising five kids, does housework and helps with the family's business in their family home in Yucatan, Mexico. Yet, there doesn’t seem to be a straight-up Mayan term for stress, at least not pertaining to motherhood. How does she do it? Read the first story in our series about parenting around the world.
Parents, we’d like to hear from you: What do you wish you had known before becoming a parent? Share your story on Instagram using the hashtag #HowToRaiseAHuman. We may feature your story on NPR. (Credit: @adrianazehbrauskas | Adriana Zehbrauskas for NPR)

In rural areas, doctors and nurses competent in transgender care are hard to find. It can also be a challenge to locate providers who offer respectful care for issues unrelated to gender identity. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @janiceechang | Janice Chang for NPR)

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