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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January 28, 2015 | NPR · The film about a Navy SEAL whose service in Iraq made him a mythic figure has become a cultural lightning rod. But the squabbles are too simple for a low-key movie striking in its lack of stridency.
 

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January 28, 2015 | NPR · An interview with the New York rap impresario who died unexpectedly this month.
 

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