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Why Music Matters

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Mission specialist Stan Love's playlist for space includes David Bowie's "Space Oddity," XTC's "Another Satellite" and Shonen Knife's "Riding on the Rocket."

September 23, 2012 NASA mission specialist Stan Love's playlist also includes David Bowie's "Space Oddity."


Divya Singh in the operating room.

August 19, 2012 "The O.R. is a naturally rhythmic place," says Divya Singh, but a little Pink Floyd doesn't hurt.


Aria Saadi is an Iranian-born musician and actor, who fled the country several years ago and is currently based in Canada.

July 21, 2012 Musician Aria Saadi vowed escape from the country after running afoul of authorities.


Christian Niccum and Dan Joye at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, Canada.

July 1, 2012 Olympic athlete Christian Niccum says the band helped him conquer the world's toughest luge track.


May 27, 2012 Seattle artist Vivi Perez tells her story.


Amy O'Neal, a modern dance choreographer, recently took on the challenge of performing without music.

May 13, 2012 Amy O'Neal is a choreographer who recently took on the task of performing in absolute quiet.


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