Election issues with a melody: An interview with The National


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    The National during a special recording of their election-inspired “Bloodbuzz Ohio,” performed for Marketplace at their recording studio in Rhinebeck, N.Y.

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    Matt Berninger performing "Bloodbuzz Ohio."

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    Setting up in the studio.

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    Filming The National's Bryan Devendorf.

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    The brass section.

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    Marketplace's Krissy Clark sits down for an interview with The National's Matt Berninger. Click here to read the full interview.

    - Martha Little

Marketplace's Krissy Clark sits down for an interview with The National's Matt Berninger. Click here to read the full interview.

By this point in the 2012 presidential campaign, you've probably had just about enough of candidates and talking heads saturating the airwaves with partisan talking points. So we decided to do something a little bit different today on Marketplace: talk policy, add a melody. Kind of like an election mix-tape.

Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark goes back a long way with some of the guys in the indie rock band The National, five guys who are all big Obama supporters and who all grew up in a certain midwestern swing state that's getting a whole lot of attention right now. That state -- and its election-year politics -- is also the subject of one of the band's hit songs, "Bloodbuzz Ohio."

Krissy spent a day with the band at a Rhinebeck, N.Y., recording studio last week. She sat down with lead singer Matt Berninger to talk about the music and the politics behind it. Read the complete interview with the band, and watch an exclusive music video of the band performing "Bloodbuzz Ohio" for Marketplace.

About the author

Krissy Clark is the senior reporter for Marketplace’s Wealth & Poverty Desk.

Marketplace's Krissy Clark sits down for an interview with The National's Matt Berninger. Click here to read the full interview.

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