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A chapandaz exhibits nearly perfect form: Whip in mouth, he hoists the buz — or ball — under his right leg and steers the horse with his left arm, during a round of buzkashi. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Afghanistan

Buzkashi: Like Polo, But With A Headless Goat

Buzkashi is a centuries-old game in Afghanistan in which men on horses compete to pick up the carcass of a dead calf, carry it across a field, and drop it in a designated circle.

Jessye Norman performs late on June 6, 2008 during the 14th Sacred World Music Festival. Abdelhak Senna/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Author Interviews

The 'Marvelous Living' Of Soprano Jessye Norman

One of the most celebrated voices of her generation talks about her new autobiography, Stand Up Straight and Sing! The opera star journeyed from the segregated South to a divided Berlin and beyond.

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Music News

Hans Zimmer Went Looking For The Next Great Screen Composer. Hear The Winning Entry

The mind behind the music of Inception, Gladiator and more says he was looking for someone who would take his prompt and "ignore it as much as possible." He and the winner joined NPR's Rachel Martin.

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