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Families communicated through a border fence at San Diego's Friendship Park Nov. 17. On weekends, people on the American side are allowed to to visit, under U.S. Border Patrol supervision, with family and friends in Mexico. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Adrian Quesada of Ocote Soul Sounds, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, The Echocentrics, and Spanish Gold. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ricky Munoz, lead singer of Intocalbe, performs in Juarez, Mexico earlier this month. Intocable, a band popular on both sides of the border, is inspired by Mexican music, country hits and rock bands like Def Leppard. Kainaz Amaria/NPR hide caption

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Gilberto Gil, pictured here on the cover of Luar (A Gente Precisa Ver o Luar), is one of the many artists we listen to this week to understand the concept of "saudade." Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A driver disguised as Santa Claus drives a public bus at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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IXTEPEC, MEXICO — Thousands of Central American migrants ride trains known as La Bestia (the beast) during their long and perilous journeys north through Mexico to the U.S. border. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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