The committee redrawing the boundaries of state legislative districts is holding its final public hearings this week…and, Colorado is considering a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · The tennis superstar beat Russia’s Maria Sharapova in the final 6-3 7-6 (7-5). She is now third in a list of Grand Slam singles champs.
 

January 31, 2015 | NPR · This year marks 25 years of the original Ice Hotel, carved from snow and ice bricks in far northern Sweden. It’s also an annual art contest, where visiting artists sculpt and created their own rooms.
 

January 31, 2015 | NPR · Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.
 

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · Who says a beheaded man can’t still be head of state? NPR’s Scott Simon speaks with British journalist, author and TV host Andrew Marr about his novel, Head of State.
 

January 31, 2015 | NPR · Poet Rod McKuen was loved by millions but mocked by literary critics. He died this week at age 81.
 

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · “The real hallmark of an effective political artist is that the politics is accepted with the art,” said Baraka. A new career-spanning anthology collects his work from 1961 to 2013. He died in 2014.
 

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · Music was an afterthought for Paramount Records, a short-lived label founded by a furniture company. But in its final years, it gave vital exposure to the artists who would come to define Delta blues.
 

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January 31, 2015 | NPR · Krall’s new album is a collection of songs she first heard on vinyl, from The Mamas & the Papas to the Eagles. She discusses getting know the originals and sharing music with her twin sons.
 

January 30, 2015 | NPR · Named after the mosquito-borne disease, LA’s band Dengue Fever combines psychedelic rock with Cambodian pop. For over a decade, the six member band have managed to stay relevant by sticking to this offbeat idea and introducing new sounds.
 

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