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February 5, 2000

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An index of this week's stories:

WALDHEIM -- From the NPR Archives of 1986, Neal Conan reports on the eve of national runoff elections for President of Austria when former U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim was facing charges of collaboration with Nazis during World War II. (15:30)

CHANGING NEIGHBORHOOD -- Commentator Guillermo Gomez-Pena is noticing changes in San Francisco's fashionable Mission District. What was once a laid back Latino barrio is now an area hailed as one of the hippest and trendiest spots in the country -- to the Western Expansion. (4:30)

NICK DRAKE -- A current car ad campaign has revived interest in a long gone singer and songwriter. Volkswagen is using music by Nick Drake, who died in 1974. His music is known by few, but it influenced many. Tom Moon takes a brief look at the life of a musician whose short life has been has been eclipsed by his music. (5:21) Way To Blue: An Introduction to Nick Drake is available on Island Records.

GYPSY MUSIC -- Robert speaks with three musicians -- guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad, and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, about their new CD collaboration, based on Gypsy music. The music bears hints of Spain, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. The songs are written and arranged primarily by Sergio Assad. The three are currently on tour to small venues in the U.S. (13:00)

OPERA IN PARMA -- NPR's Sylvia Poggioli visits Parma, the city of Paganini, Verdi, Toscanini, and the center of Italian operatic tradition. (8:30)

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