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A satellite image shows the cargo ship MV Ever Given stuck in the Suez Canal near Suez, Egypt. Attempts to free the mammoth container ship stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal were almost successful Monday morning.
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The massive cargo ship that's been stuck in Egypt's Suez Canal is finally moving. The Ever Given has been wedged at an angle since Tuesday and is blocking billions of dollars-worth of goods from getting through. The ship is now partially afloat, and the stern of the vessel has been pulled back toward the middle of the canal.

The trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd begins today. The prosecution and defense will make their opening arguments 10 months after Floyd's killing triggered outrage and protests against racial inequality across the United States.

The vote for one of the most consequential U.S. union elections in recent history ends today. The results, which will begin getting counted on Tuesday, could lead to Amazon's first unionized warehouse in America.

Gun control activists want the Biden administration to make the issue a priority. They say they are stunned that the president has made infrastructure his next big push. 

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Today's Listens

Syrus Hall, 17, at his home in Mobile, Ala. "I didn't have the words for what I felt," says Hall, who is transgender. "I didn't fully have a grasp on gender until I found the words I needed."
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States are considering a record number of anti-transgender bills, including many that prohibit gender-affirming medical care for trans youth. Alabama's bill would make providing such care a felony. Click here to listen to Syrus Hall, a 17-year-old from Mobile, Ala., tell his story. You can also read about it
 
Microbial Peacock by Balaram Khamari
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Balaram Khamari is an Indian doctoral student in microbiology who spends a lot of time in his lab culturing colorful bacteria and artfully arranging it in a petri dish. He is part of a growing body of scientists across the world who make agar art, and even compete for prizes. Listen or read.

Tammy Duckworth survived a complicated childhood and devastating combat injuries to become a U.S. senator from Illinois. She's also the first sitting senator to give birth while in office. NPR's Michel Martin spoke with Duckworth about her new memoir. Listen here
 
Tina Turner and her children, photographed in 1967.
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Tina Turner's life gets a fresh examination in HBO's new documentary, TinaNPR's Eric Deggans says the film seems intended as the final word on a musical career that defines the notion of triumph over adversity. Listen here or read his review

Before You Go

The GO FlyEase, Nike's first hands-free shoe, hinges open and closed, so the wearer just needs to slip their foot in and push down in order to put it on.
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  • Nike is being accused of “using disability” to market their new hands-free GO FlyEase sneakers
  • Egyptian feminist and physician, Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, died in Cairo on March 21, outliving the two Egyptian presidents who tried to silence her: her jailor, Anwar Sadat, and her censor, Hosni Mubarak. She was 89

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