Lawmakers are nearing the midpoint of the state’s legislative session. So far, a discussion on gun violence has dominated much of the debate under the gold dome. As part of our weekly Capitol Conversation series, Bente Birkeland has this look at other big issues facing lawmakers.

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · International Atomic Energy Agency head Yukio Amano says “with cooperation” from Tehran, a report could be finalized.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · Carolina de Robertis’ new novel God of Tango centers on a 17-year-old widow, recently arrived from Italy with little besides a violin. It’s Argentina, 1913 — and a magical new music fills the barrios.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · Former president Jimmy Carter was one of the youngest ex-presidents ever when he left office in 1981. His new memoir, A Full Life, looks back at his years of public service, in and out of office.
 

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July 4, 2015 | NPR · The Grateful Dead play their final shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field this July 4 weekend. NPR’s Eric Westervelt reflects on how the Dead disrupted the musical and business norms of the industry.
 

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