Newly-elected state lawmakers have spent the week at the capitol learning the basics of working under the gold dome. Freshman lawmakers are studying everything from the art of negotiating to the location of emergency exits. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · Karl Taro Greenfeld’s new book imagines a near-future America where credit scores determine your fate, and a new generation of Okies travel the country in dilapidated SUVs, searching for prosperity.
 

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · Kate Atkinson’s 2013 bestseller Life After Life chronicled the multiple, century-spanning lives of Ursula Todd; her new book takes a more constrained approach to Ursula’s brother, RAF pilot Teddy.
 

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May 5, 2015 | NPR · Thomas Edison built and sold about 500 dolls back in 1890. Now, new technology has made hearing their supercreepy voices possible for the first time in decades. (Thanks, technology.)
 

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May 6, 2015 | NPR · Gather round the tea kettle. Christopher Paul Stelling is going to blow your lid with his fingerpicking.
 

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