Members of Governor John Hickenlooper’s TBD initiative tasked with taking on some of the state’s biggest policy challenges are now looking ahead to the next steps in the process. Advisers met with the Governor yesterday to analyze the data and offer their feedback. A final report is due in November. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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December 26, 2014 | NPR · Rev. Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta’s body was recovered after his abduction earlier this week in the southern state of Guerrero, where 43 students disappeared in September.

December 26, 2014 | WNYC · A foundation that supports first responders killed in the line of duty says it will take over the mortgages of the two New York City police officers killed last week as donations begin to come in.

December 26, 2014 | WAMU · For 110 years, Senate bean soup has been offered every day but one in the U.S. Senate cafeteria. But few staffers have actually tasted the traditional soup of the “world’s greatest deliberative body.”

Arts & Life

December 26, 2014 | NPR · This week we celebrated not only Christmas, but also the solstice — the shortest day of the year. In honor of this wintry weather, author Edward Carey recommends his favorite winter fairy tale.

December 26, 2014 | NPR · Editors at Longform read hundreds of print and online journalism pieces each year. Co-founder Max Linsky talks to Audie Cornish about highlights from 2014, from literary stalwarts and upstarts alike.

Twentieth Century Fox
December 26, 2014 | NPR · Censors say the film takes liberties with its source material, the Book of Exodus, especially its depiction of the parting of the Red Sea. Also: American Sniper prepares to return to court.


December 26, 2014 | NPR · A 1970 collection of humpback whale songs is the biggest selling natural recording of all time. It inspired artists from Judy Collins to Kate Bush and helped fuel a nascent environmental movement.

20th Century Fox
December 26, 2014 | NPR · Music can give movies special power. Hear NPR’s Robert Siegel speak with the composers behind Life of Pi, Whiplash, Chocolat, Halloween and Finding Nemo.

Courtesy of the artist
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