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

April 17, 2014 | NPR · “Selfie” may have been the 2013 word of the year. But “belfies,” or “butt selfies” are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.
 

April 17, 2014 | NPR · A lot of children grow up wanting to be doctors, but now some physicians are discouraging others from joining the profession. What has changed over the years?
 

April 17, 2014 | NPR · Government benefits enable military veterans to attend college, but accessing them is complicated. So how can veterans pay for higher education?
 

Arts & Life

April 17, 2014 | NPR · Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer’s Sabrina Eaton.
 

Warner Brothers Pictures
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Transcendence is the directorial debut of Wally Pfister, a celebrated cinematographer. While his visual sophistication is evident, so is his limited experience with storytelling.
 

Getty Images
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s health is said to be stable but “very fragile”; Dave Eggers’ new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?
 

Music

Mountain Stage
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Matrimony are a true family band, as their name would suggest. In this performance, they combine their many influences and play songs from their upcoming album Montibello Drive.
 

KCRW
April 17, 2014 | KCRW · After spending time in a decked out geodesic dome in the desert, the LA band is back with their second album. See them perform their new “Love Is To Die” in the KCRW studios.
 

NPR
April 17, 2014 | NPR · Two members of the indescribable Tampa band perform “Become What You Are” in this Field Recording, captured during SXSW at an intimate backyard venue in east Austin.
 

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