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

July 2, 2015 | NPR · The president’s proposal would make 5 million more Americans eligible for overtime pay. But the changes don’t mean that employers will pay more.
 

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July 2, 2015 | NPR · The Labor Department’s June report showed decent job growth, with unemployment dipping to 5.3 percent. In fact, 2015’s first half was fairly good. But economists see dangers lurking in the back half.
 

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July 2, 2015 | NPR · Personal data of at least 18 million federal workers may have been accessed via the OPM computer system. Some officials quietly blame China; others want to avoid upsetting this major trade partner.
 

Arts & Life

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July 2, 2015 | NPR · A new documentary about singer Amy Winehouse goes beyond biopic standards to reveal a woman whose pains and successes were both well-earned.
 

July 2, 2015 | NPR · Poet Tess Taylor reviews The Uses of the Body by Deborah Landau.
 

July 2, 2015 | NPR · Maria from Sesame Street — aka actress Sonia Manzano — is retiring after more than 40 years. NPR reports on the Hispanic pioneer’s impact on generations of children.
 

Music

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July 2, 2015 | WXPN · Yes, you heard right: Outlaw is this L.A. country singer’s mother’s maiden name.
 

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July 2, 2015 | NPR · From more than 3,000 listener suggestions, we’ve whittled the mix down to 99 songs you say are perfect for long summer drives. Stream the playlist here.
 

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July 2, 2015 | NPR · We’ve tallied your votes and compiled a playlist of your favorite new artists and songs from this year.
 

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