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Desperate To Secure Her Mother's Release From Prison, Egyptian Woman Seeks U.S. Help

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Jihad Khaled is desperate for help getting Egypt to release her jailed mother, Hoda Abdelmoniem, a human rights lawyer. The family says Abdelmoniem is being held on unspecified charges in a women's prison north of Cairo. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ In recent months, Khaled and her husband, Abdullah Elshamy, have flown from Doha, Qatar, where they currently live, to Washington, D.C., to advocate on her mother's behalf. Follow the link in our bio for the full story. (Credit: @amr.alfiky | Amr Alfiky/NPR)
It's hard to be civil without being empathetic. But researchers say our natural instinct for empathy may be going out of style. (Image: @christinaillos | Christina Chung for NPR)
From @hereandnowradio : Maryland lawmakers recently became the first in the U.S. to approve a statewide ban on Styrofoam food containers — and a local Baltimore celebrity may have had something to do with it. Mr. Trash Wheel — and his cousins Professor Trash Wheel and Captain Trash Wheel — have scooped up a million Styrofoam containers since the first one was installed on a tributary leading to the Baltimore Harbor in 2014. The city's "trash interceptors" — and their cartoonishly charming personas — have also developed a loyal following on social media. The man who invented the technology, John Kellett, spent 20 years working along the city's waterfront watching piles of trash floating in the iconic waterway. He decided to build a machine that would clean it up. "We're really the last best place to stop it before it gets spread out into the larger harbor and eventually the Chesapeake Bay," Kellett says. Many experts who track the issue of plastic in the world's oceans say part of the solution is stopping it before it ever reaches the water. Kellett has plans to do that by installing trash wheels in other cities in California, New York and Hawaii, and even abroad in countries like Indonesia. (Images: @rosemmorton | Rosem Morton for Here & Now)
McKenna Hensley got into 10 colleges — each with its own distinctive financial aid offer. "It was very confusing," she says. "It makes a difference when you're paying yourself. You have to be extra careful."⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Financial aid offer letters look vastly different from one school to the next, and it isn't always clear how much students will have to pay. "It's really the Wild West," one expert says. (Credit: @elissanad | Elissa Nadworny/NPR)
We asked our audience to share thoughts after fire devastated the beloved Paris cathedral on Monday. We received hundreds of responses including watercolor sketches. Michael Scherotter visited Notre Dame a month ago and sketched the cathedral. (Image: @travelartjournalist | Michael Scherotter) #notredame
John Sheridan (left) lunges to steal the ball from Dan Reise during the University of Maryland quidditch team practice. Concussions, broken bones, and torn ligaments are a few serious injury concerns in quidditch — a new sport inspired by the Harry Potter books where the rules are still evolving, and players are testing the safety of them. (Image: @nofo_34 | Noah Fortson/NPR)
Christopher Kilpatrick and Cheryl Hume are about as politically different as two people can be. Chris, 38, describes himself as a "far-right kind of guy" who voted for Trump. Cheryl, his 58-year-old future mother-in-law, voted for Hillary Clinton and donates to causes like refugee resettlement and prisoner re-entry programs. They see each other only a few times a year but connect frequently on Facebook, where they clash over everything from Trump's border wall to the latest conspiracy theory. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ “He’s completely devoted to Kathy [Cheryl’s foster daughter]. … And he’s changed her life completely. … I’m sure he ignores many things on my Facebook wall, and I do the same to him — because it’s not worth risking a relationship over,” Cheryl Hume said.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ “We could be butting heads all year round [on Facebook] and then see each other in person — and you wouldn’t know,” Christopher Kilpatrick said.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Don't talk politics with strangers, we're told. But these days, conversations with even those closest to us can be fraught. How are friends, families keeping things civil across the political divide? (Image: @hanloveyoon | Hannah Yoon for NPR)
When Patricia "P." Price (right) met Simone Perry in 2016, she was surprised when Simone told her she was Republican. As P. explains, "Black, lesbian and Republican — it doesn't go in the same sentence." They got married a year later, and Simone Perry became Simone Price.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ “I was definitely shocked … that she took the position she did [defending Brett Kavanaugh] — not to the point where I thought I’d made the biggest mistake in the world by marrying this person, but I was definitely shocked. … I had to leave the room,” Patricia “P.” Price said.⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ “I believe she narrated her exit — something to the effect of ‘I’m going to go now because I really can’t believe you believe him. I love you, but you’re wrong,’” Simone Price said. ⁣⠀ ⁣⠀ Don't talk politics with strangers, we're told. But these days, conversations with even those closest to us can be fraught. How are friends, families keeping things civil across the political divide? (Image: @lnweatherspoon | Lynsey Weatherspoon for NPR)
Most Americans say they aspire to homeownership. But how do you know if it's right for you or whether you should continue renting? In this episode of NPR’s Life Kit podcast, we help you weigh the pros and cons of renting versus owning.(Image: @shannondrewthis | Shannon Wright for NPR)
Concern is growing about a burgeoning online market for ghost-written essays, that students can turn in as their own work. And schools are trying new tools to catch it.(Image: @hisiheyah | Angela Hsieh/NPR)⁣⠀
Toys are more pink and blue than ever before, experts say. But before you ban the sparkle unicorns and foam-dart blasters, consider other ways to help kids expand their play possibilities. (Image: @zhengran | Ran Zheng for NPR)
For most students, figuring out where to go to college is closely linked with, "How am I gonna pay for it?" The answer – sort of – comes in complicated financial award letters filled with all kinds of confusing terms and jargon. Here are some definitions to help. (Credit: @elissanad and @neoncatDC | Elissa Nadworny and LA Johnson/NPR)
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