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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February 11, 2016 | NPR · The risk of getting dementia has been dropping for decades. Why? Research suggest education’s effect on the brain and good cardiovascular health help.
 

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · Universities are setting standards for volunteer global health programs in developing countries — so both the student and the local people can have a good experience.
 

February 11, 2016 | NPR · The nation’s crop insurance program is really a lottery, says one prominent economist. And it’s rigged so that farmers win. In fact, farmers typically get back double the money they pay for premiums.
 

Arts & Life

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · We take a look as February 14 approaches at some of the less romantic movies you could add to your schedule.
 

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · Following the White House sex scandal of the 1990s, Monica Lewinsky endured public shame and trauma. Now, she is speaking out about it as a way to help others in similar circumstances.
 

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.
 

Music

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February 11, 2016 | WXPN · The Delta Spirit singer rocks solo in a special episode, recorded live in Austin, Texas.
 

February 11, 2016 | NPR · The video for “Upside Down & Inside Out” shows what the band can do in little to no gravity.
 

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February 11, 2016 | NPR · Alt.Latino puts aside its hatred of Valentine’s Day to hear New Yorkers’ tales of love lost and found.
 

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