For the first time in state history one of the most powerful water organizations in Colorado is proposing a statewide plan to address water needs. Some of the recommendations include water efficiency standards and aggressive conservation measures. Experts say the cost of inaction is dire, but many of the changes require legislation that may not be popular politically. Bente Birkeland explores the next steps.

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December 4, 2016 | NPR · Lauren Graham is the fast-talking Lorelei Gilmore, on Gilmore Girls, a role she recently reprised on Netflix. She tells NPR’s Ailsa Chang about her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can.
 

December 4, 2016 | NPR · The Red Car, the latest novel by Marcy Dermansky, features a protagonist who’s haunted by a former boss. NPR’s Ailsa Chang speaks with Dermansky about the fantastical and dark novel.
 

December 4, 2016 | NPR · Dava Sobel’s new book is a history of the unheralded women — called computers, rather than astronomers — who worked at the Harvard College Observatory, studying, cataloging and classifying stars.
 

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December 4, 2016 | NPR · A Canadian police department jokingly said they’d punish drunk drivers by making them listen to Nickelback. That got us thinking: What song would you pick as punishment? We asked, you answered.
 

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