Because many people choose to vote by mail in Colorado rather than on Election Day in a traditional polling place, we’re talking elections and politics this month. Early voting begins October 18th, and voters will decide on a host of regional and statewide positions and issues. This month we have conversations about politics and elections, and take a look at a Libertarian school.

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · The 4,000-ton freight train could not come to a stop. But the women laid down between the rails and survived.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · The news from the Commerce Department comes after the economy shrank at a 2.1 percent rate in the first quarter of the year. The numbers raise hope for continued growth in the second half of 2014.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · One U.N. official said this was a “breaking point.” The conflict, now going into its 23rd day, shows no sign of abating. The death toll in Gaza has now surpassed 1,200.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Is Comic-Con as overwhelming as you’ve heard? Well … yes and no. Mostly yes. But on the other hand, it’s also completely fascinating, even to nervous first-timers.
 

July 30, 2014 | NPR · Also: Rand Paul plans to come out with a book in 2015; Jesse Ventura was awarded almost $2 million in a defamation suit.
 

July 30, 2014 | OZY · Author Christiane Dorion distills complex scientific concepts into bite-sized explanations. “You can teach anything to children if you pitch it at the right level and use the right words,” she says.
 

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July 30, 2014 | NPR · Download new music from Hiss Golden Messenger, Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis, Azekel, Beach Day, Strand of Oaks, The Wytches, Christian Gregory, KING, Jonah Tolchin and The Acid.
 

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July 29, 2014 | WXPN · For the U.S. release, singer-songwriter John Grant fashioned English lyrics to go with the Icelandic musician’s melodies. For our Vintage Cafe today, Ásgeir sings live in the World Cafe studios.
 

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July 29, 2014 | NPR · “Cowboy” Jack Clement produced and wrote songs for the likes of Johnny Cash and George Jones. On his final album, the late visionary reclaims some of those tunes and makes them his own.
 

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