Settle in with these weekend reads

(CNN)Midwest farmers cope with cruel times after heavy flooding, a "dirty" revelation emerges about kale and Jordan Peele celebrates the uniqueness of black culture as part of the American experience. Grab a cup of coffee and settle in. Here's what you might have missed during a busy news week.

As they wait for floodwaters slowly to recede, Midwest farmers have a painfully long time to reflect: They have lost so much; how will they go on?
    Programs across the United States are trying to strengthen ties between mothers serving time in prison and their children, whose welfare faces grave risks if those family bonds weaken.
    Until recently, you couldn't open a fashion magazine without seeing Nathan Westling staring back at you. But that was when he was known as Natalie. He talks about his journey in a CNN exclusive.
    In the ongoing -- and sometimes vicious -- vaccination debates online, a study confirms that Facebook is an element of the anti-vaccine movement.
    Some active-duty service members and their families may consider family planning a larger concern than military pay or post-traumatic stress disorder. CNN's Brianna Keilar shares a personal experience in her column, Home Front.
    Kale is known for being a source of vitamins and other nutrients, but the vegetable could also be tainted by residue from pesticides known for their cancer risk, according to an analysis from an environmental group. The leafy green joined the group's "Dirty Dozen" list of 12 fruits and vegetables with the most pesticide residues.
      Director, producer and writer Peele is boldly going where no black man has gone before by conquering the horror film genre, but he is not alone. Successful black artists are producing content in which they don't feel the need to provide context for mainstream America.