Teaching Democracy Through Jazz, Perfecting Party Playlists

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The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson tells host Arun Rath about a teacher using jazz to educate young students about democracy and a site that could spruce up the playlist for New Year's Eve parties this year.

The New And The Next

  • The Jazzy Side Of Government

    Wes Watkins i
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    Wes Watkins
    Renee Blodgett

    "Dr. Wes Watkins grew up in Oakland. There was good music all around him, but he was never a musician himself. [He] made his way to Stanford and Oxford, ultimately got a Ph.D. in music education. And along the way ... he realized that the structure and the improv nature of jazz was not dissimilar from democracy and that in fact you needed both. ... He realized that there was an opportunity to teach junior high school and elementary school students who normally got bored at talk of things like democracy more about it by using principles of jazz."

    Read 'America the Bebop' On Ozy.com

  • The Global Party Experience

    The Website Mixify allows for live streaming of DJ events around the world. i
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    The Website Mixify allows for live streaming of DJ events around the world.
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    "The cool thing about Mixifiy is that you log on and, there, famous DJs from around the word are allowing live streams of their performances. So, they may be in a club in New York, but you could stream from the website their music and even their performance ... in your home, in another club and that way you not only get to enjoy the party remotely but you get access to the coolest music. Whether you want it for a full-on party or whether you just wanted to exercise to their music, it's a very cool way to expand the party."

    Read 'DJs At Your Party-Rockin' Service' On Ozy.com



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