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A boy from a tribe in Northern Kenya stands on a dried-up river bed.

#CuriousGoat: Ask Us About Climate Change And Global Well-being

Earth Day is coming up on April 22.

It's an occasion to think about the risks we all face from climate change — and to recognize the toll these problems take on the people in the developing world, who are especially vulnerable. When oceans rise, when drought strikes, the consequences can be dire. People are losing their homes and becoming climate refugees, losing their crops, losing their water sources. Disease-carrying insects are moving into new territory.

They had the right idea: During the worldwide flu epidemic that began in 1918, women in this U.S. office wore cloth masks.

#CuriousGoat: How To Prepare For A Pandemic

No matter how you slice it, outbreaks are becoming more common. Overseas, there's been Ebola, Zika and yellow fever. And here at home, we're seeing a surge in tick-borne diseases, with Lyme leading the way.

For the past month, NPR has been looking at why this is the case. Deforestation lets animal viruses jump into people. Factory farming amplifies the problem. And then international tourism spreads the new diseases around the globe.

But throughout our series, there's been something else on people's minds.

President Trump, accompanied by Vice President Pence, speaks during a meeting with the Republican Study Committee.

Trump Claims To Move Some Republicans From 'No' To 'Yes' On GOP Health Care Bill

Republican leaders plan to bring the American Health Care Act to the floor of the House for a vote next Thursday, and President Trump is now publicly applying his deal-making skills to ensure passage.

"I just want to let the world know, I am 100 percent in favor," Trump told reporters brought to the Oval Office to see the tail end of his meeting with about a dozen members of the Republican Study Committee. That group of House members includes some who'd been lukewarm about the bill going into the meeting.

Louise Erdrich, Matthew Desmond Lead National Book Critics Circle Winners

At a ceremony in New York on Thursday, one of America's most celebrated writers had a new reason to celebrate. Louise Erdrich won the 2017 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction for her novel LaRose, the story of an accidental shooting — and the fraught tale of family and reparation that follows.

Doctors who trained in foreign medical schools often end up practicing in rural or low-income areas in the U.S. with a shortage of physicians.

Let's Hope That Match Day Brings Us Lots Of Foreign-Born Doctors

This Friday is Match Day, an annual rite of passage for seniors in medical school, when they find out at noon if they've "matched" with a residency in the specialty and location of their choice.

But many of those being matched will be happy to go pretty much anywhere. They are international medical graduates — either U.S citizens who've attended school out of the country (think the Caribbean or Mexico) or doctors who are citizens of other countries and want to train here.

In an image from the first Foxfire book, students in 1969 look on as Hobe Beasley, John Hopper and Hopper's wife suspend a hog for finishing the work of scalding and scraping.

The Foxfire Book Series That Preserved Appalachian Foodways

The 1,500-mile Appalachian Mountain range stretches so far that those on the northern and southern sides can't agree on what to call it: Appa-LAY-chia or Appa-LATCH-ia. The outside perspective on the people who live there might be even more mangled. Stories about Appalachia tend to center around subjects like poverty, the opioid epidemic and coal, but since 1966 a series called Foxfire has been sharing food, culture and life as it's actually lived in the mountain region.

Poet and playwright Derek Walcott published his first poem at the age of 14. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992.

Derek Walcott, Who Wrote Of Caribbean Beauty And Bondage, Dies At 87

Derek Walcott's work explored the beauty of his Caribbean homeland and its brutal colonial history. The prolific, Nobel Prize-winning poet and playwright died Friday at his home in St. Lucia. He was 87.

Walcott wrote dozens of books of poetry and plays, among them his epic poem Omeros and his Obie-winning drama, Dream on Monkey Mountain.

President Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel pose for pictures side by side in the Oval Office on Friday.

WATCH LIVE: After First Face-To-Face Meeting, Trump And Merkel Address Media

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

Like any diplomatic visit worth its salt, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's first personal meeting with President Trump since he took office was punctuated by the flash and snap of cameras. The two leaders sat side by side for photographers in the Oval Office after Merkel arrived Friday, smiling despite months of unease between the two longtime allies.

Naturally, though, the photo op isn't the only order of business between Trump and Merkel, who are capping their meeting with a joint news conference.

By combining results of common blood tests, the researchers were able to come up with a way to predict risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases.

Common Blood Tests Can Help Predict Chronic Disease Risk

A score based on common blood tests may someday help people gauge their risk of developing a chronic disease like diabetes or dementia within the next three years.

President Donald Trump looks over towards Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, left, after signing his "Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch" executive order.

Why Eliminating Government Agencies Is A Lot Easier Said Than Done

President Trump's budget blueprint calls for eliminating dozens of government programs and zeroing out funding for 19 independent agencies. And that may only be a preview of things to come as the Trump administration seeks to reorganize the executive branch.