It’s that time of year again: when we ask those of you who enjoy the great programming, news, music and all the great local content we’ve been unearthing on The Big Something to join our community. Yes, it’s an unusual way of going about things—to give away all this amazing (and expensive!) content and then pass the hat and say, “Hey, would you please join our community and help support this grand and worthwhile effort that helps us all connect to make this a better place to live?” It’s kind of hard to believe that only 1 in 10 people who enjoy these free offerings is actually a member. Imagine how much more we could do if 2 out of 10 of you would join!

As a bonus thanks to those of you who join online, we’re offering a special six-song mix of music we recorded here at KRCC in the studio or at one our many fabulous concerts over the past six months. In it, you will find songs by Great Lake Swimmers, Diane Cluck, Lo-Fi Cowboys, Lukas Nelson, Edith Makes a Paperchain and Alexandra Hope. You’ll find the link to download the songs as a .zip file link on the Thank You page once you’ve joined or renewed by clicking here:

Thanks for being part of our community!

 

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News

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The suit alleged Google, Apple Intel and Adobe agreed not to recruit each others employees in order to drive down wages.
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · The news marks an important flare-up in a long-running war between teachers unions and the federal government over standardized testing. Washington has become the first state to lose its waiver.
 

April 24, 2014 | NPR · Secretary of State John Kerry said there is no question Russia is behind an effort to destabilize eastern Ukraine.
 

Arts & Life

Kino Lorber
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Who Is Dayani Cristal?, a documentary narrated by actor Gael Garcia Bernal, examines the journey that costs many migrants to the United States their lives.
 

Radius TWC
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The revenge drama Blue Ruin demonstrates that the famous dish, often served more cool than cold, can sometimes be more dangerous in the hands of the sincere but inept.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The office has long been seen as a symbol of boredom: It’s a killer of spirits, a destroyer of spontaneity. But reviewer Rosecrans Baldwin says a new book brings out its entertaining side.
 

Music

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April 25, 2014 | NPR · Check out NPR Music’s latest batch of favorite new songs, including music from tUnE-yArDs, Dan Croll, Freddie Gibbs and Madlib, SZA, Dana Falconberry, Ernest Ranglin and more.
 

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April 24, 2014 | NPR · The Latin Alternative‘s Ernesto Lechner discusses the Venezuelan salsa singer, a personal favorite.
 

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April 24, 2014 | WXPN · Though today’s guests call Athens, Ga., home, they have roots in Muscle Shoals, Ala., where the father of lead singer Patterson Hood recorded with the legendary studio band.
 

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