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Unpacking adoption as 'replacement' for abortion; Ukrainian teen adjusts to U.S. life

The leaked draft of the Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade includes some references to adoption. Some conservatives argue that adoption means abortion isn't necessary. An adoptee tells us why she believes that's wrong. And, Svitlana Pokliatska and her family fled to the U.S. shortly after the Russian invasion. We look at how one of the few Ukrainian families that have managed to enter America is doing.


Teens find joy in music during pandemic; 'This Is Us' and more beloved TV sagas end

It's been a hard two years for teenagers and their families. Two high schoolers on how making music carries them through difficult times. And, "This Is Us" is coming to an end. So are other favorites, like "Black-ish," "Grace and Frankie," and "Better Caul Saul." What's next for TV? NPR TV critic Eric Deggans has a few thoughts.


How video game social networks radicalize; What to do if you can't find baby formula

The shooter who killed 10 in a Buffalo grocery store broadcast his rampage on Twitch, a live streaming site popular among gamers. It's just one example of how extremists use gaming platforms and gaming-adjacent social media to recruit and promote violence. And, parents around the country continue to search for baby formula during a national shortage. One mom shares her story, and an expert advises parents on what to do if they end up in a tricky situation.


Alisa Amador wins Tiny Desk contest; Building hydroponic farms in a food desert

NPR announced Alisa Amador as the winner of the Tiny Desk contest. We revisit a conversation from last year with the singer and her mother. And, South Central Los Angeles is considered a food desert. Feed Our Soul tries to fix that by building hydroponic farms in schools across the city.


Chef Kwame Onwuachi's 'My America' cookbook; U.S. women's soccer wins equal pay

Kwame Onwuachi is a 32-year-old cooking sensation. He has just published his first cookbook, "My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef." And, after a years-long battle for pay equity with the men's squad, American women's soccer has closed a deal with the U.S. Soccer Federation that puts their salaries and bonuses on par. Business Insider's Meredith Cash joins us.


Tom Daley opens up about his life in new memoir; Global abortion restrictions

At 27, Tom Daley is Britain's most decorated diver of all time. He talks about his new memoir, "Coming Up for Air." And, the U.S. Supreme Court could be on the verge of reversing its landmark ruling that legalized abortion across the country back in 1973. But abroad, even in some historically conservative countries, courts have been moving in a different direction.


Political rifts within evangelicalism; 'Emergency' deals with life-or-death decisions

Right-wing politics is creating divisions inside the evangelical church. The Atlantic's Tim Alberta writes that he's spent his life "watching evangelicalism morph from a spiritual disposition into a political identity. It's heartbreaking." He joins us. And, the new film "Emergency" is about three men of color whose night out becomes complicated when they find an unconscious white woman in their apartment. Director Carey Williams and screenwriter KD Davila talk about the movie, which opens in...


Simu Liu's origin story; Survivor describes experience at Indigenous boarding school

Actor Simu Liu plays Marvel's first Asian superhero, Shang-Chi. In his new memoir, "We Were Dreamers," he details what it took to get to that role. And, survivors of Native American boarding schools are talking publicly about the physical and sexual abuse that was rampant in those institutions. One of them talks about her experience.


Replacement theory, explained; The danger of buy now, pay later loans

The suspected gunman in the Buffalo grocery store mass shooting allegedly cited a racist theory that the white population has been systematically reduced and "replaced." We break down the origins of replacement theory, and how it's gained traction in right-wing media. And, buy now, pay later loans are increasingly popular. They can be convenient, but read the fine print and watch out for debt, says one business analyst.


The precise art of making olive oil; 'Invisible Child' details toll of homelessness

Chef Kathy Gunst visited ancient trees in Italy to demystify the process of making olive oil. Now she has three new recipes for you. And, "Invisible Child" chronicles the life of one girl dealing with homelessness. New York Times writer and Pulitzer Prize winner Andrea Elliott tells us about the decade she spent with Dasani.


History of abortion rights; Author Vanessa Hua's new novel 'Forbidden City'

Author Vanessa Hua talks about her new novel, "Forbidden City," about a teenage girl from a small village who is selected to serve the Communist Party and Chairman Mao Zedong at the start of the Cultural Revolution in China. And, the draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade cites a tradition of laws criminalizing abortion. But that's not the whole history, history professor Leslie Reagan explains.


How to catch the total lunar eclipse; Book recommendations on Roe, LGBTQ rights

The continental United States and all of South America will have the chance to see a total lunar eclipse Sunday night. Sky & Telescope's Kelly Beatty tells us how to catch a glimpse. And, "The Stacks" host Traci Thomas shares a list of books that can help illuminate the history of the Supreme Court, Roe v. Wade, and LGBTQ rights.


What overturning Roe v. Wade could mean for birth control; Monetary fines in schools

Medical and legal experts say the potential overturning of Roe v. Wade could have implications for other reproductive rights such as contraception and IVF. NPR's Sarah McCammon reports. And, Illinois law bans schools from fining students as discipline, but a new investigation from the Chicago Tribune and ProPublica finds police have been doing it for them. Reporter Jennifer Smith Richards joins us.


The environmental cost of deep sea mining; Delays in routine cancer screenings

Electric vehicles and other new technologies that may help alleviate climate change sometimes rely on rare metals and minerals found at the bottom of the ocean. Professor Douglas McCauley is against deep-sea mining. He joins us. And, Dr. Brian Englum talks about how the pandemic-caused delays in routine cancer screenings are leading to more advanced cancers that are harder to treat.


Author Sy Montgomery talks hawks; Craig McNamara's 'Because Our Fathers Lied'

Author and naturalist Sy Montgomery talks about her new book "The Hawk's Way: Encounters with Fierce Beauty" in which she writes about working with hawks as they hunt. And, Craig McNamara talks about "Because Our Fathers Lied: A Memoir of Truth and Family, from Vietnam to Today." The new book looks at his relationship with his late father, Robert McNamara, who was defense secretary under former Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.


Pulitzer winner 'Covered With Night'; America's baby formula crisis

We revisit a conversation with professor Nicole Eustace about her book "Covered with Night: A Story of Murder and Indigenous Justice in Early America." The book is a co-winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in History. And, The Atlantic's Derek Thompson explains why he thinks U.S. trade policies and the Food and Drug Administration's regulation of baby formula have made the country much more vulnerable to supply chain issues.


Abortion restrictions impact on Black women; Longtime friend of Toni Morrison

States are set to restrict abortion rights once the Supreme Court gives the go-ahead. Dr. Jamilla Perrit, an obstetrician-gynecologist in Washington, D.C., discusses how those restrictions will have an adverse impact on Black women. And, author A.J. Verdelle used to call Toni Morrison Miss Chloe during their longtime friendship. She writes about that relationship in her new book, "Miss Chloe: A Memoir of a Literary Friendship with Toni Morrison."


What our cholera and COVID mistakes have in common; Evolution of diabetes tech

In the 19th century, officials thought cholera spread through smelly air, until one maverick doctor insisted that contaminated water was the culprit. Host Scott Tong looks at how the health establishment had false assumptions about cholera and the parallels with the COVID pandemic, where experts made a similar wrong assumption about how the virus spread. And, changing technology is revolutionizing diabetes care. One journalist with Type 1 diabetes details what's new.


A neurologist's terminal cancer; What Sinn Fein's win means for Northern Ireland

The Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, won a historic victory. What does that mean for the party, which supports a united Ireland, and the country? And, neurologist David J. Linden is dying but still learning. He explains what he's learned about how the human mind works in the face of impending death.


Sheryl Crow opens up about new doc; Physicians urge to allow gay men to donate blood

Sheryl Crow became one of the few women in music able to completely control her own career. The new Showtime documentary "Sheryl" looks at her life and music. And, the American Medical Association has urged the Food and Drug Administration to allow gay men to donate blood without restrictions. State officials are joining in the push.