The state legislature took a snow day on Thursday afternoon and Friday, giving lawmakers time to travel home in blizzard like conditions. But for a few legislators the snow was cause for some fun Bente Birkeland reports from Denver.

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The Arizona senator said he believes in the death penalty, but that was not “an acceptable way of carrying it out.”
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · In what will be his first papal visit to the U.S., the pontiff has accepted an invitation to a meeting in Philadelphia and is reportedly considering stops in New York and Washington, D.C.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Republican Congressman Paul Ryan has a new plan to address poverty. Host Michel Martin talks with commentators Corey Ealons and Ron Christie about it and other political stories of the week.
 

Arts & Life

July 25, 2014 | NPR · The late actor hit his peak in the adaptation of John le Carre’s 2008 novel. The movie isn’t a clean piece of storytelling, but Hoffman connects with viewers on a level most actors never approach.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Luc Besson’s Lucy isn’t a smart movie, but you have to respect — sort of — the high energy and commitment it puts into being ridiculous.
 

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Also: Brian McGreevy on horror writer Angela Carter; why poetry and computer engineering go together.
 

Music

July 25, 2014 | NPR · Try your hand at our puzzler for careful listeners, this week featuring fills and intros hand-picked by Interpol drummer Sam Fogarino. Hear the fill or intro and match it to the song.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · The doom metal band sure has been busy since 2011. Hear the leadoff track from its third LP, Mobile of Angels. It’s indebted to heavy blues and — surprisingly — Fairport Convention.
 

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July 25, 2014 | NPR · Thirty years ago this week, Prince’s mythmaking movie showed the world a new philosophy of what it meant to be a pop artist. NPR’s Michele Norris and Eric Deggans remember the moment vividly.
 

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