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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 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

After two master's degrees and three children, Hilary Gordon is one of the women who now make up more than half of the contractors at food delivery apps like Instacart. NPR spent a day with her.

Why Suburban Moms Are Delivering Your Groceries

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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

"Just continually putting people in jail, that's not doing anything for them," says an Everett, Wash. police officer who connected with one drug user, Shannon McCarty, and helped her get off drugs.

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

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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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What's Your Purpose? Finding A Sense Of Meaning In Life Is Linked To Health

Researchers found that people who did not have a strong life purpose were more likely to die than those who did — specifically more likely to die of cardiovascular diseases.

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

Access to pornography is easier now than ever before. For many people, it's their first experience with sex. How is the fantasy of pornography affecting young people's ideas toward the reality of sex?

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

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The Martinez family stands in front of their home in New Jersey. During a speech at her graduation, Alondra said to her parents: "Mamá, papá, lo logramos." Mom, dad, we made it. Mohamed Sadek for NPR hide caption

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Hispanic Unemployment Has Hit Record Lows. But Does That Mean Progress?

Latino joblessness has dipped to historic lows. But many economists are taking those numbers with caution: There's still a gaping wage difference with white workers.

Hispanic Unemployment Has Hit Record Lows. But Does That Mean Progress?

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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

In some remote border towns in Texas along the Rio Grande, U.S. citizens cross back and forth for medical care in Mexico. It's a technically illegal reality that local Border Patrol acknowledges.

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

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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

Somehow, at the beginning of time, there was an imbalance of matter and antimatter. That's how all the stuff in the universe came about. Scientists think they may find an answer by studying neutrons.

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

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The Iowa State Fair in Des Moines is a regular stop for candidate speeches, hand-shaking and fried-food consumption. It takes place for about two weeks every August, with the years just before the Iowa caucuses especially busy. Don Gonyea/NPR hide caption

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On The Campaign Trail, These Are Hot Spots Candidates Can't Resist

In early primary and caucus states, there are well-known places — diners, fairs, union halls — where candidates connect with voters. Here are some of the classics and a few new spots.

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos arrives at a White House event with Wounded Warrior Project veterans in April 2018. On Friday, 51 attorneys general called on her to institute automatic student loan forgiveness for veterans who are permanently disabled. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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47 States Call On Betsy Devos To Forgive Student Loans For Disabled Veterans

Attorneys general from 47 states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia have asked the Department of Education to make loan discharge for permanently disabled veterans automatic.

A man walks past a board announcing elections at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday. Some 400 million Europeans from 28 countries are eligible to vote. Francisco Seco/AP hide caption

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European Elections Will Be A Test For Nationalist Parties Hoping To Remake The EU

"I believe this is the first time since the beginning of European integration that this European Union could actually break apart," center-left Dutch politician Frans Timmermans warned this month.

European Elections Will Be A Test For Nationalist Parties Hoping To Remake The EU

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

At 104 years old, Gilbert Seltzer remembers his time in a secret Army unit in World War II, helping deceive the enemy with rubber artillery and the recorded sounds of rumbling tanks.

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

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Zolgensma, a new drug approved by the FDA Friday, costs more than $2.1 million. It's made by AveXis, a drugmaker owned by pharmaceutical giant Novartis. Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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At Roughly $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever

The Food and Drug Administration approved a new gene therapy for a rare but devastating genetic disorder. The drugmaker says the cost is worth it because it's a one-time treatment that saves lives.

At $2.1 Million, New Gene Therapy Is The Most Expensive Drug Ever

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A protester waves the European Union flag during the pro-Europe demonstration "One Europe for All: Your voice against nationalism," a week before Sunday's European elections in Berlin, on May 19. Omer Messinger/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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As Allies See Nationalism Rise, Germany Sees Threats To Alliances It Champions

The worldview that nations should promote their interests over those of the international community poses a challenge for Germany, a country built on partnerships.

Threat Of Nationalist Wins In EU Vote Tests Germany, A Country Built On Alliances

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The drug buprenorphine blocks the cravings associated with addiction. It comes in tablets and dissolvable film. The only injectable form available is a drug called Sublocade; a rival drug is ready for market but may be blocked for several years by the FDA. Tetra Images/Getty Images/Tetra images RF hide caption

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In Midst Of Opioid Crisis, FDA May Block New Addiction Drug From Market

A quirk in the law gives an older opioid addiction treatment "orphan drug" status — and a period of exclusive market access. That may prevent some new therapies from reaching patients for years.

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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Why Ditching Processed Foods Won't Be Easy — The Barriers To Cooking From Scratch

Though a new study shows that eating unprocessed food is healthier, home-cooked meals require resources that food experts take for granted, such as money and time, the authors of a new book argue.

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