The U.S. population is growing. In normal times, the labor force — working or not — would be growing too. But these are not normal times, and the labor force is actually smaller than it was four years ago, meaning millions of people who should be there aren't.

The reasons people drop out of the workforce are myriad. People go back to school. Others have health issues or family priorities that keep them from looking for work. But some stop looking because they are discouraged.

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Maybe you remember when you first realized that the rabbit hole of jazz was far, far deeper than you'd possibly imagined. That the same tenor saxophone player on Kind of Blue also made Blue Train and Giant Steps and A Love Supreme and Interstellar Space and dozens of other albums and who knows how many guest appearances, and that that was just what people recorded of John Coltrane. And that all those records involved scores of other contributors, who in turn played with scores of other people over scores of years.

  • Very touching: the ailing Van Cliburn addressed the Fort Worth audience at the concert celebrating his competition's 50th anniversary: "I personally want to thank you all for all of your faithful support. Never forget that I love you all from the bottom of my heart forever."

One of the primary issues at the heart of the the Chicago teachers' strike is whether student test scores should be used to evaluate teachers and determine their pay. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing that approach, as are other officials around the nation.

But many teachers insist that it's inherently unfair to grade their teaching based on their students' learning.

ZZ Top: Taking The Blues Back To The Future

Sep 13, 2012

Over the years, ZZ Top has stayed contemporary: dabbling in new wave, flirting with grunge and techno, making goofy music videos, even using a drum machine. But the band has never strayed too far from its classic amalgam of electric blues, garage rock and greasy grooves. On their new album, La Futura, the members sound like their old selves.

KVNF Sports Report: 9/13/12

Sep 13, 2012

It’s been a busy week for local prep sports teams. KVNF’s sport reporter Tamie Meck has these highlights.

After a five-year hiatus, the rivalry between the Delta and Montrose football teams was resurrected last Friday, when Montrose junior Angelo Youngren scored three touchdowns and kicked five extra points in the Indians’ 35-0 routing of Delta. Montrose held Delta to just 84 yards rushing and 49 yards passing.

The Olathe Pirates will try for their first win of the season Friday night when they host Grand Valley.

Artist Title Genre
David Byrne & St Vincent Love This Giant Rock +
Helio Sequence Negotiations Rock
Two Gallants Bloom & The Blight Rock
Bob Mould Silver Age Rock
Pet Shop Boys Elysium Rock
Ryan Bingham Tomorrowland Rock Folk
Grateful Dead Spring 1990-So Glad You Made It Rock

Bettye LaVette / Thankful N' Thoughtful / Anti

The Soul Blues Jazz singer with a lot of history and great pipes takes on songs by Dylan, Neil Young, Black Keys, Tom Waits & Sly Stone and celebrates her 50 years on stage.

The Helio Sequence / Negotiations / SubPop

2 guys writing, singing, producing & playing a variety of instruments create a lush, sultry sound that is refreshing.

David Byrne & St Vincent / Love This Giant / 4AD

The XX // Coexist

Sep 9, 2012

9.10.12 Young Turks

If you haven’t heard The xx before, their unique sound is hard to describe, but it's irresistible. (I still regularly turn to their first record from 2009 for everything from road trips to cooking music.) The music is soft, and although the vocals are lovely centerpieces, they also somehow fade into the songs. Chord arrangements are simple but combine to make beautiful tracks.

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