Margaret Martin, right, poses with student Jose Correa during a Harmony Project open house at the Ramon C. Cortines School for Visual and Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Esteban Rael/Harmony Project hide caption

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Q&A: Why Teaching Music Matters

From homeless parent to Ph.D., Margaret Martin has always believed in the power of music. She founded Harmony Project, which puts instruments into the hands of kids from L.A.'s toughest neighborhoods.

Sergio Mendes, shown here in August 2014, grew up with classical music. But when he heard a jazz record for the first time, he fell in love with the improvisational possibilities. Omar Vega/Invision/AP hide caption

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My Big Break

Sergio Mendes On Jazz, Luck And 'The Magic Of The Encounter'

The Brazilian musician and composer says his life has been a succession of serendipitous moments. One of them led to the song that transformed his career — his first hit, "Mas Que Nada."

In Malawi, Biti Rose Nasoni used a CARE microsavings program to start a business selling doughnuts. Nicholas D. Kristof/Random House hide caption

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Goats and Soda

In The Quest To Make A Difference, 'A Path Appears'

Everyone wants to "make a difference" but the question is: how? Journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn set out to find the answer in their new book, A Path Appears.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves (left), with intelligence officer Eston Kohver in 2010. Kohver was arrested by Russian police on spying charges, but Estonian officials called it an illegal kidnapping. AP hide caption

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Europe

Estonia 'Spy' Dispute Could Be Russia Making Anti-NATO Mischief

It could be the next big spy movie: an Estonian intelligence agent nabbed by Russia on spy charges. Russia says he was spying on them; Estonia says he was kidnapped in a cross-border raid.

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