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World Cafe
4:24 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Yukon Blonde On World Cafe

Yukon Blonde.
Courtesy of the artist

The physical environment surrounding a band can have a pronounced influence on the songs said band produces, whether it's a sunny beach in Malibu or a craggy, wind-swept hillside in Scotland.

Given that Yukon Blonde calls Vancouver home, it wouldn't be surprising if the group's music took some cues from the perpetually rainy skies that settle over the city every winter. Perhaps as escapism, though, the songs written by Jeff Innes, Brandon Scott, Graham Jones and John Jeffrey have an inherently sunny quality to them, drawing heavily from 1970s American radio-rock.

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Economy
4:23 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Fed Tying Low Interest Rates To Job Creation

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:29 pm

Federal Reserve policymakers issued a statement Wednesday saying they will keep interest rates low until the unemployment rate falls to 6.5 percent. Identifying a specific target for unemployment is a big change for the Fed and is part of its effort to become more transparent.

Law
4:22 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Software Pioneer John McAfee To Be Deported To U.S.

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:29 pm

Guatemala says it will deport software pioneer John McAfee to the United States. McAfee is wanted for questioning in Belize over the murder of one of his neighbors. Carrie Kahn talks with Audie Cornish on the latest.

Around the Nation
4:22 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

'Radio Pirates' Used Medium As An Organizing Tool

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:29 pm

The Federal Communications Commission recently passed rules that will mean more community groups across the nation can apply to be on FM airwaves in the coming year. The changes are lauded by those who say more diverse and local voices belong on the radio — especially in urban settings where issues important to the community are often absent in mainstream media. In Springfield, Ill., Mbanna Kantako has been broadcasting illegally for 25 years. He's a pioneer of a movement that led to the pirating of radio channels across the nation.

Middle East
4:21 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Syrian Government Fires Scud Missiles At Rebels

Originally published on Wed December 12, 2012 5:29 pm

Robert Siegel talks to Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Oklahoma, about the recognition by the Friends of Syria of the Syrian opposition. He says it's an important step, but the longer the group of exiles go before naming officers in the transitional government, the harder it will be to exert any authority over the small local governments and militias that have sprung up all over rebel controlled Syria.

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