A federal survey says Colorado is among the highest in the nation for use of marijuana, cocaine and alcohol….and, with the cost of prescription drugs on the rise, Medicare and Medicaid are shouldering an ever increasing financial burden, but one Colorado lawmaker is working on a solution.

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · The war against ISIS is hardly Iraq’s only problem. Many factions are angling for power, sectarian differences abound and falling oil prices have left the economy in shambles.
 

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · Pierce Brown finishes his trilogy with a lot of exposition, and a really satisfying bang.
 

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February 8, 2016 | NPR · We talk about the game, the quarterbacks, the halftime show in which Coldplay was hopelessly outshined, and lots more.
 

February 8, 2016 | NPR · After NPR’s Bob Mondello used The Music Man to help explain the Iowa caucuses, he wished there was a musical of Our Town so he could do the same for New Hampshire. It turns out there is one.
 

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February 9, 2016 | NPR · The Barbadian pop star’s album Anti includes so many musical styles that it’s been tagged “adrift” or “confusing.” But there’s method — and plenty of Caribbean history — behind the madness.
 

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