State lawmakers are a little more than halfway through the legislative session, and there’s been no shortage of drama and divisive issues. Bente Birkeland takes stock of what’s happened so far and what’s ahead as part of our capitol conversation series.

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August 18, 2019 | NPR · Pouring rain did not deter the 11th weekend in a row of mass protests, which caused roads to shut down and traffic to reroute as streets flooded with people.

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August 18, 2019 | NPR · The fire broke out Friday in a Dhaka slum while many were away celebrating the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha. Hundreds of homes were destroyed, leaving about 10,000 people uncertain of their future.

August 18, 2019 | NPR · A government source told the Sunday Times, which obtained the document, that “this is the most realistic assessment of what the public face with no deal.”

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August 18, 2019 | NPR · Tupelo Hassman’s novel about a group of teenagers at loose ends in a tiny town run by Christian fundamentalists has some dark moments, but ultimately it’s as heartwarming as it is beautifully written.

August 18, 2019 | NPR · Eighteen-year-old Muslim Somali refugee Saida Dahir is an activist and hopes to inspire as a spoken word artist. Her debut poetry album is The Walking Stereotype. She talks with Lulu Garcia-Navarro.

August 18, 2019 | NPR · Chris L. Terry draws on his own experiences for this story about an unnamed biracial man whose attempts to hold on to both his white and black identities (and his gig in a punk band) cause a crisis.


August 18, 2019 | NPR · NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro speaks with jazz singer Jazzmeia Horn about her sophomore album Love and Liberation.

August 18, 2019 | NPR · John Klinkle of Sierra Vista, Ariz., shares his “signature song”: “Are You Feelin’ It?” by Teddybears.

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August 17, 2019 | NPR · The Jonas Brothers chat with NPR’s Michel Martin about gaining fame young, taking time off and getting back together for the band’s latest album, Happiness Begins.

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