Ballots for the August primary election start going in the mail today to voters affiliated with major political parties…and, river otters are thriving in Colorado, and state wildlife officials say they’re considering lifting protections because the species is doing so well.

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May 25, 2016 | NPR · The Afghan Taliban confirmed that a U.S. drone strike killed their leader last week, and they announced his successor: Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, an extremist scholar without military experience.
 

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May 25, 2016 | NPR · The author of a new meta-analysis says the importance of grit — a concept that has gained wide traction in education circles — has been exaggerated.
 

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May 25, 2016 | NPR · President Obama recently signed a bill striking the term “Oriental” from federal law. It was a reminder for NPR’s Kat Chow of the fact that her father still uses the word — to describe himself.
 

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May 25, 2016 | NPR · Justin Cronin’s blood-and-thunder tale of a viral vampire apocalypse began in 2010 with The Passage. He brings it to a rousing conclusion in his new book, hitting all the beats fans have waited for.
 

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May 24, 2016 | NPR · Forty years ago, the top names in French food and wine judged a blind tasting pitting the finest French wines against unknown California bottles. The results revolutionized the wine industry.
 

May 24, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Audie Cornish speaks with Dan Vyleta about his novel, Smoke. It’s set in an alternate 19th century London, where the morally corrupt are marked by a smoke that pours from their bodies.
 

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May 24, 2016 | WXPN · To celebrate Dylan’s 75th birthday, hear about his special relationship with Woodstock, N.Y., the subject of Hoskyns’ book.
 

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May 24, 2016 | NPR · On this week’s episode we’ve got one of the sunniest bands of all time, mesmerizing music from the Sahara and an elegy to growing old.
 

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May 24, 2016 | NPR · Summer is almost here and you need summer jams. Time to get shakin’ to Drag Sounds, with its key phrase, “Let’s have a beer, and be here!”
 

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