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Pop quiz: What's a word you use a hundred times a day — that doesn't show up in the dictionary?

Give up? Mmhmm.

You got it! Mmhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias and the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Once upon a time, English speakers didn't say "mmhmm." But Africans did, according to Robert Thompson, an art history professor at Yale University who studies Africa's influence on the Americas.

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Right now, the markets are brimming with berries. Charlie Dunmire is scoping out the berries at the stands, taking mental notes before deciding which ones she’ll buy.

“Blackberries and raspberries are perfect for cakes right now because you can just stuff them in between the layers,” she said. “You don’t have to cook them down or anything, it’s so nice."

A sign on Interstate 82 welcomes visitors to Yakima
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Kim Malcolm talks with Yakima Herald editorial page editor Sam McManis about why he published an editorial denouncing President Trump's attacks on the press. The Yakima Herald joined hundreds of newspapers across the country that published editorials promoting press freedoms.

How we realized we needed to question other people's biases

Aug 16, 2018
Early in her career as a college administrator, Yoshiko Harden gave a professional presentation and this is the response she got. Her daughter, Leila Abe, interviews her for this podcast

Everyday we encounter things we don’t question and just accept. Things like stop signs: why are they octagons? And fire trucks: why are they red? At first, these things don’t seem significant, but do they give us an inside view on how we see the rest of the world?

Take awkward social interactions, for example. How do we know if they're awkward because of race? In this RadioActive podcast, we explore the concepts of implicit bias and social behavior, and how that plays out for different people in everyday life.

Dr. Jodi Jackson has worked for years to address infant mortality in Kansas. Often, that means she is treating newborns in a high-tech neonatal intensive care unit with sophisticated equipment whirring and beeping. That is exactly the wrong place for an infant like Lili.

Lili's mother, Victoria, used heroin for the first two-thirds of her pregnancy and hated herself for it. (NPR is using her first name only, because she has used illegal drugs.)

Editor's note: Story updated with additional information about generic pricing on August 17.

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first identical alternative to the EpiPen, which is widely used to save children and adults suffering from dangerous allergic reactions.

The FDA Thursday authorized Teva Pharmaceuticals USA to sell generic versions of the EpiPen and EpiPen Jr for adults and children who weigh more than 33 pounds.

I'm sure you've had this experience at some point: You hear the voice of an artist who was important to you at a particular time and all of a sudden, the sound of it sends you tumbling back through your own memory right to where you were – that college dorm room, those bleachers on that football field, that cross country road trip with your first love — the first time you heard that voice.

Nikk Wong lives on North Beacon Hill and wonders if a plane might one day crash on his house.
KUOW Photos / Megan Farmer

Seattleites worry a lot about disasters. Earthquakes, landslides, forest fires (or at least the smoke from them) ...

Then there's the concern that a plane might land on your head.

marijuana joint pot
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Washington state is dealing with a lot of weed waste — and we're not talking about the stuff you dig out of  your yard.

Our legal marijuana industry is creating a new waste problem. Seattle journalist Kristen Millares Young covered the story for The Washington Post and spoke to KUOW’s Angela King about it.

Heavy smoke from wildfires is shown on Wednesday, August 15, 2018, outside of Wenatchee.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

If you're a longtime Seattleite, this may seem like one of the worst weeks ever for air pollution.

Air quality experts say ... that's probably true.