Senate Democrats have selected Majority Leader Brandon Shaffer of Longmont to be the next Senate President. Three other lawmakers were originally interested in the job, but on Friday the members unanimously backed Shaffer. Current senate president Peter Groff will leave at the end of the legislative session to take a job in the Obama administration. Bente Birkeland discusses the leadership change in the Capitol Conversation series.

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May 22, 2018 | NPR · Also: South Korea’s President meets President Trump today at the White House; a deadly new virus appears in India; and a Florida city mistakenly sends residents a “zombie” alert.
 

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May 22, 2018 | NPR · Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recalls a lifetime of service in the spy business as he perceives Washington, D.C., crumbling around him.
 

May 21, 2018 | NPR · NPR’s Ari Shapiro speaks with poetry reviewer, Tess Taylor about Terrance Hayes’ new collection American Sonnets for my Past and Future Assassin. Every poem is a sonnet, and every sonnet is titled: “American Sonnet for my Past and Future Assassin.”
 

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May 22, 2018 | NPR · Stephen Malkmus shares the songs that have shaped his life and love of music over the years, and talks about his new album with The Jicks, Sparkle Hard.
 

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