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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And finally, the latest edition of our feature In Your Ear. That's where we ask some of our guests about the music that's inspiring them. It's seems only fitting that we cap off today's parenting conversation with a song list from Professor Joan Williams. She's recently spoke with us about her latest book, "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter." And what matters to Williams when she's trying to unwind is having the right music.

Professor JOAN WILLIAMS (Author, "Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter"): My name is Joan Williams, and in my spare time, I love to listen to NPR.

Unidentified Man: This is NPR.

Prof. WILLIAMS: But I also love to listen to music. First is Postal Service, a song "Such Great Heights." It's one of my favorite songs in the whole world.

(Soundbite of song, "Such Great Heights")

POSTAL SERVICE (Pop Group): (Singing) I am thinking it's a sign, that the freckles in our eyes are mirror images, and when we kiss they're perfectly aligned. I have to speculate that God himself did make us into corresponding shapes, like puzzle pieces from the clay.

True, it may seem like a stretch, but it's thoughts like this that catch my troubled head when you're away, when I am missing you to death.

Prof. WILLIAMS: I couldn't agree more that everything looks perfect from far away.

(Soundbite of song, "Such Great Heights")

POSTAL SERVICE: (Singing) But everything looks perfect from far away. Come down now, but we'll stay...

Prof. WILLIAMS: Second thing I completely love is Bach cantatas. My favorites are 78 and 106.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Group: (Singing in foreign language)

Prof. WILLIAMS: I think the best way of going to church and getting in touch with any kind of spirituality is to take a hike or listen to one of those two cantatas.

(Soundbite of music)

Unidentified Group: (Singing in foreign language) Amen. Amen.

Prof. WILLIAMS: The third favorite music I have is by Art Tatum.

(Soundbite of music)

Prof. WILLIAMS: And if I'm sitting around on a Saturday night and want to relax and enjoy the moment and just feel pleasure in living, there's nothing better than putting on Art Tatum and listening to him play the piano, and there's a level of joy and serenity that nothing can beat.

(Soundbite of music)

MARTIN: That was Professor Joan Williams telling us what's playing in her ear. To listen to our original conversation about balancing work and family, please check out our website. Go to npr.org and select TELL ME MORE from the Program page.

And that's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE, from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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