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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December 2, 2016 | NPR · British character actor Andrew Sachs has died at age 86. He was best known as the waiter Manuel on the cult TV series, Fawlty Towers.
 

December 2, 2016 | NPR · NPR movie critic Bob Mondello has a double-feature review of two films about women who find themselves in drastically altered circumstances in midlife: Things To Come, starring Isabelle Huppert, and Jackie, starring Natalie Portman.
 

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December 2, 2016 | NPR · Bonnie Mackay has written an unusual sort of memoir: Tree of Treasures is the story of her life, told through Christmas tree ornaments. She has nearly 3,000 of them, divided into 67 classifications.
 

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December 2, 2016 | NPR · Jazz Night in America host Christian McBride honors Bobby Hutcherson, Toots Thielemens and Victor Bailey, three prominent jazz musicians who passed away this year.
 

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December 2, 2016 | NPR · D’Ambrosio — a vocalist, pianist, visual artist, composer and teacher — joined Marian McPartland in 1994.
 

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December 2, 2016 | NPR · The Vampire Weekend drummer has a new solo project called Dams of the West. “Tell The Truth” is the second single off Youngish American, due out early next year.
 

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