Lawmakers are on the verge of wrapping up the state’s annual legislative session. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland takes a look at some of the highs and lows of the last four months.

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October 18, 2017 | NPR · In late August, Hurricane Harvey brought record rainfall to Houston. In mid-October, the city’s two large federal reservoirs are finally back to empty.
 

Arts & Life

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October 18, 2017 | NPR · The Irish novelist is known for his sense of humor — but his latest, about a man abused in his youth by Catholic priests, is distressing and at times almost unbearable. It’s also his best book yet.
 

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October 17, 2017 | NPR · It’s the second year in a row that an American writer has taken home the prestigious literary award.
 

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October 17, 2017 | FA · Kate Winkler Dawson’s new book chronicles The Great Smog of 1952, when moist air from the Gulf Stream stalled for days over London, mixing with poisonous gases and causing more than 12,000 deaths.
 

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October 18, 2017 | NPR · Thundercat is willing and able to shape-shift to fit into just about any box you show him, but he won’t stay in there for long.
 

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October 18, 2017 | KUTX-FM · The Slingshot artist stopped by KUTX’s backstage recording studio after her first Austin City Limits music festival.
 

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October 17, 2017 | NPR · Night of the Taranta, an Italian folk music festival akin to Woodstock, celebrates a musical tradition that dates to antiquity.
 

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