Ethnic Yi schoolgirls take a break halfway down the mountain, on their way from their homes in Atule'er village to their first day of school in a new semester. The difficulty of getting up and down the mountain has made it hard for villagers to shake off poverty, and made it challenging for their children to attend school. Anthony Kuhn/NPR hide caption

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A Harrowing, Mountain-Scaling Commute For Chinese Schoolkids

To get to school, the children must trek as many as four hours up and down a 2,600-ft. mountainside, relying on rickety ladders. Their families see their education as a way out of poverty.

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Goats and Soda

The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You

Greenland has the world's highest suicide rate. And teen boys are at the highest risk.

The Arctic Suicides: It's Not The Dark That Kills You

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An Israeli security officer next to an overturned vehicle belonging to a family of Jewish settlers ambushed near Hebron, in the West Bank, on July 1. Two Palestinians aided the wounded Israelis. One of the Palestinians has since lost his job and been targeted for abuse by fellow Palestinians. Courtesy of Judea and Samaria Fire and Rescue Department hide caption

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After Aiding Injured Israelis, A Palestinian Is Targeted For Abuse

When an Israeli family was ambushed in their car in the West Bank, two Palestinians came to their aid. One is paying a price now, seen as aiding the enemy.

After Aiding Injured Israelis, A Palestinian Is Targeted For Abuse

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Election Buzz: Recreational Marijuana On The Ballot

Legalizing Marijuana: It Changes Policing, But May Leave Racial Disparities

California is among five states this year where marijuana legalization is on the ballot. But there's concern about if legalizing it will reduce the number of marijuana arrests among African-Americans.

Legalizing Marijuana: It Changes Policing, But May Leave Racial Disparities

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A Nation Engaged: Sparking Conversations That Matter

As Jobs Are Automated, Some Say We'll Need Guaranteed Basic Income

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How will the economy provide economic opportunities if employers need fewer workers in the future? A growing number of people in Silicon Valley are saying the only realistic answer is a basic income.

Schrafft's was a chain of restaurants, with a candy store attached, that catered to ladies who lunch. To NPR's Lynn Neary, who used to waitress there, Schrafft's "always felt like the epicenter of the comfort zone." MCNY/Gottscho-Schleisner/Getty Images hide caption

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The Salt

While Everyone Was Partying At Woodstock, I Was Stuck At Schrafft's

The chain restaurant that catered to women helped redefine how Americans eat, according to a new book. For NPR's Lynn Neary, it also defined how she did and didn't fit with the counterculture.

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Music Interviews

BANKS On What Happens When You Give Your Fans Your Phone Number

Social media isn't Jillian Banks' style, so she told her fans to text her instead. "Something that I'm still learning and have had to learn is how to put boundaries up," she says.

BANKS On What Happens When You Give Your Fans Your Phone Number

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