Democratic leaders at the statehouse hope to introduce bills dealing with the impacts of hydraulic fracturing by the end of the month. This comes as Governor John Hickenlooper is touting Colorado’s current regulations on fracking as a national model. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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September 28, 2020 | NPR · The two presidential candidates will face off for the first time in a debate moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.
 

September 28, 2020 | WAMU-FM · There is renewed energy around the push to make the District of Columbia the nation’s 51st state. Much of that energy comes from young activists who see it as a civil rights issue.
 

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September 28, 2020 | NPR · Many American schools are back in class via distance learning. It’s stressful everywhere but especially in rural districts where most students lack high-speed Internet and cell phone service at home.
 

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September 28, 2020 | NPR · It feels like a minor miracle that there are so many high-quality shows coming to the small screen this season. Four NPR critics share their picks to keep you entertained during a challenging year.
 

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September 28, 2020 | NPR · Former Washington Post leader Len Downie is well-placed to offer a look at 50 years in news — but he also writes of times he had to weigh the public’s right to know against national security.
 

September 27, 2020 | NPR · Host Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to comedian Michelle Buteau about her new Netflix special, Wecome to Buteaupia.
 

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September 27, 2020 | NPR · This year’s Tiny Desk Contest attracted plenty of talent, including standout entrant Mama Haze, aka California songwriter Meaghan Maples. Her song “On Your Side” was written during a time of healing.
 

September 27, 2020 | NPR · TikTok’s fate in the U.S. is unclear, but one thing is: the video-sharing app has been good for emerging artists. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with LA Times pop music critic Mikael Wood.
 

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September 25, 2020 | NPR · Hear new releases from Anadama, Skerryvore, The Black Brothers, and Luke Bloom.
 

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