Thirty-one new state lawmakers took the oath of office yesterday. Much of the attention was focused on the House of Representatives which switched to Republican control for the first time in six years. Democrats remain in control of the state Senate. And while lawmakers stressed the importance of bi-partisanship, for some Democrats the session started off on a sour note. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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February 6, 2016 | NPR · NPR’s Ina Jaffe talks with Scott Simon about the struggle to find the right words to describe older people. Longevity and lifestyles have changed and the language hasn’t kept up.
 

February 6, 2016 | NPR · Scott Simon notes an item from the week in which a present-day mouse found its way into a mousetrap so old it’s a museum item.
 

February 6, 2016 | NPR · Scott Simon previews Super Bowl 50 with NPR’s Tom Goldman.
 

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February 6, 2016 | NPR · A Decent Ride brings back many of Welsh’s beloved characters with their ribald humor and Scottish vernacular, but now they must address a new challenge: aging.
 

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February 5, 2016 | NPR · The Oscar-nominated film is set in 1916 Saudi Arabia, a pivotal time in the region. Director Naji Abu Nowar says he wanted to explore “how strange and surreal it must have been” for the Bedouins.
 

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February 5, 2016 | NPR · Gummi and Kiddi are two sheep-herding brothers who’ve spent a lifetime butting heads near the top of the world. When a disease threatens their flocks, they must overcome decades of estrangement.
 

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February 6, 2016 | NPR · These days, it’s pretty much impossible to miss a discussion on cultural appropriation. But we explore where we draw the line between what’s acceptable and what’s downright offensive.
 

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February 6, 2016 | NPR · The duo School of Seven Bells wrote its final album together in 2012. Alejandra Deheza didn’t know then that her bandmate and songwriting partner wouldn’t live to see its release.
 

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February 5, 2016 | WXPN · The Philadelphia rock band introduces songs from The Psychedelic Swamp during a hometown show at World Cafe Live.
 

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