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1:01am

Mon January 23, 2012
Author Interviews

'Taft 2012': A Presidential Time Warp

A burly beast of a man bursts into a presidential press conference and is shot in the leg by secret police. Two days later, the White House reveals that the befuddled intruder with a handlebar mustache is really former President William Howard Taft.

So begins Taft 2012, a novel that gives a satirical take on contemporary politics through the eyes of a president who served a century ago. Author Jason Heller places Taft in a 21st-century election campaign, where he is forced to sit in bars on New Year's Eve and master Twitter along the way.

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10:01pm

Sun January 22, 2012
Music Interviews

First Aid Kit: Swedish Blood, American Hearts

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 1:27 pm

First Aid Kit's new album is The Lion's Roar.
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First Aid Kit is two sisters, ages 18 and 21, from Sweden. But their music sounds like a slice of Americana: acoustic guitar, autoharp and lots of vocal harmony.

Klara and Johanna Soderberg wrote the songs for their new album, The Lion's Roar, while on their last tour. Many started with ideas, short riffs, recorded on a cellphone.

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10:01pm

Sun January 22, 2012
Books News & Features

Publishers And Booksellers See A 'Predatory' Amazon

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 9:00 am

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Booksellers and publishers are worried that Amazon is going to devour their industry. The giant online retailer seems to have its hands in all aspects of the business, from publishing books to selling them — and that has some in the book world wondering if there is any end to Amazon's influence.

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8:21am

Sun January 22, 2012
Politics

Capitol Conversation: Election Year Politics Already Underway

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State lawmakers are more than a week into the legislative session and election year politics are already starting to flare up under the gold dome. Several lawmakers are running for Congress, which doesn’t make things any easier. KUNC’s state capitol reporter Bente Birkeland breaks things down with her fellow state house reporters.

7:41am

Fri January 20, 2012
Arts & Culture

KUNC Entertainment Report

A lot of great music, theatre, and art to enjoy along Colorado's Front Range this weekend... and this is the last weekend for the National Western Stock Show.

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