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What Makes Tennessee's Music So Very Special?

Oxford American magazine has a few answers, not to mention one killer Tennessee mixtape. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with editor Roger Hodge and music editor Rick Clark about assembling the magazine's new issue on the music of Tennessee and its companion two-CD sampler.

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Draining The Daring From A High School Production Of 'Rent'

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Seasons of Love B Original Soundtrack
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La bohème, opera [Act 1. Arie des Rodolfo. Arie. Che gelida manina] Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra, Emil Tabakov (conductor)
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White House Hires A Crisis Manager, Easing Democratic Worries

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Ka'nard Allen, twice a victim of gun violence, started at a new this fall in New Orleans. Administrators say he's just like any other fifth-grader, despite all the adversity he's faced in his life. Keith O'Brien for NPR hide caption

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A Common Story: Bullet's Trajectory Interrupts Child's Path

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Alothea Zomby
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Jimmy Greene holds a picture of his daughter, Ana, as he kisses his wife Nelba Márquez-Greene, at a January news conference in Newtown, Conn. They try to remember the good days with their daughter. "It is what brings me great comfort and great joy," Márquez-Greene says. Jessica Hill/AP hide caption

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A Grieving Newtown Mother's Motto: 'Love Wins'

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Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring Raine, The City of Prague Philharmonic
Hereyesin Cliff Dweller
I Remember It Differently Near the Parenthesis

It's probably for the best that Brad Pitt didn't sing his lines in Troy — but the source material, Homer's Iliad, is one of many ancient Greek works that were written to be sung. Warner Bros. Pictures hide caption

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Should 'Troy' Have Been A Musical? Finding Melodies In The Classics

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First Delphic Hymn to Apollo Various
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Pizzicato Polka for orchestra, Op. 234 André Rieu, Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra, Peter Marschik (conductor)
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In The Background: Art You May Never Notice

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Tennessee Carl Perkins
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Jingle Bells [Instrumental] Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash et. al.
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What Makes Tennessee's Music So Very Special?

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