A handful of Republicans joined Democrats at the statehouse to defeat a bill that would’ve required people applying for public welfare to take a drug test in order to receive their monthly benefits…Governor John Hickenlooper took a helicopter tour of the Lower North Fork Fire that continues to burn southwest of Denver…and, warm temperatures and a general lack of spring snow are causing Monarch Mountain ski resort to close one week early. Colorado has had a particularly dry March. The statewide snowpack is 60 percent of average.

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · A new study suggests that diet had a big influence in driving the evolution of brain size in primates. Monkeys who thrive on fruit have bigger brains than their plant eating neighbors.
 

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · By overwhelming majority, NFL owners voted Monday to approve the Raiders’ bid to make a new home in Sin City. But it won’t be a quick farewell. They’re still playing in Oakland at least through 2017.
 

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · A viral image last week claimed 14 girls of color went missing in 24 hours in D.C. — though police say that’s untrue. But the facts are startling, with very real consequences.
 

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March 27, 2017 | FA · Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn’t afford. Her new book is Lower Ed.
 

March 27, 2017 | NPR · Emma Donoghue tackles a tough topic with light and humor in The Lotterys Plus One, her new kids’ book about a boisterous blended family learning to accommodate a difficult grandfather with dementia.
 

March 26, 2017 | NPR · Bruce Feiler speaks about his new book, “The First Love Story,” and how the story of Adam and Eve is still important to relationships between men and women today.
 

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · Forget the 50 States Project, Sufjan Stevens is going to space. Planetarium‘s first single sends Stevens into an Auto-Tuned synth-topia.
 

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March 27, 2017 | NPR · Theo Hilton turns a song about oil refineries into a long and reflective conversation with a friend. Members of Elf Power and The Music Tapes blare the bridge’s horn section.
 

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March 27, 2017 | KCRW · Hear new tracks by Plastic Plates, Running Touch, Lee Foss and more in this week’s dance mix from KCRW’s Jason Bentley.
 

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