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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March 28, 2015 | NPR · In 2010, police arrested a New Jersey man running an football pool — with a payout totaling nearly $900,000. If you’re the one holding money in your office’s college basketball pool, take heed.
 

March 28, 2015 | KQED · More than 200 birds died earlier this year. Now, scientists and federal agencies are running forensic tests and looking for clues to the goo as part of a national investigation.
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · NPR’s Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, who’s been at a polling station in the capital, Abuja, where they’re counting votes.
 

Arts & Life

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · Tyrus Wong’s expressive paintings caught Walt Disney’s eye and became the visual guide for Bambi. Born in China, Wong — now 104 — used forged papers to enter the U.S. under the Chinese Exclusion Act.
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · Yale computer scientist David Gelernter talks with NPR’s Arun Rath about using computers and the Internet to teach young people to appreciate the beauty of what he calls “serious music.”
 

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · Kirstin Valdez Quade’s debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the “romanticized” region of northern New Mexico.
 

Music

March 28, 2015 | NPR · Yale computer scientist David Gelernter talks with NPR’s Arun Rath about using computers and the Internet to teach young people to appreciate the beauty of what he calls “serious music.”
 

March 28, 2015 | NPR · Missy Mazzoli and a host of collaborators — including Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche — use a Christian sunset service as a frame for meditation on modern life.
 

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March 28, 2015 | NPR · The a cappella quartet, known for luminous interpretations of medieval pieces, teams up with folk musician Bruce Molsky in music from more modern times — popular songs from the Civil War era.
 

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