John Burnett John Burnett is the Southwest Correspondent on the National Desk.
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The production begins with 200 people in the stands, and then in come Mary and Joseph. Above, a shepherd stands with a llama. Courtesy of George Barnett hide caption

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Each year, composer Robert Kyr travels to the secluded Monastery of Christ in the Desert, in New Mexico, to write his music. Karen Kuehn hide caption

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Hear "Santa Fe Vespers" by Robert Kyr, performed by the Santa Fe Desert Chorale

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The Juarez Symphony produces more operas per year than any city in Mexico besides the capital. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Amid Unrest, Juarez Symphony Orchestra Plays On

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A Mexican soldier patrols the tunnel discovered on Thanksgiving Day at a warehouse in Tijuana. Francisco Vega/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Drug Tunnel Discovery Signals New Cartel In Town

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This photo, provided by a resident of Ciudad Mier who did not want to be identified, shows a burned-out police station in the town. A brutal turf war between the Gulf Cartel and the Zetas drug gang has led to an evacuation of the Mexican border town. hide caption

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Drug War Forces Residents To Flee Mexican Town

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U.S. Border Patrol agents patrol the Rio Grande River, passing under the World Trade Bridge. Every 15 seconds one truck crosses the eight-lane bridge, which connects Laredo, Texas with the Mexican border town of Nuevo Laredo. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Antonio Ezequiel Cardenas Guillen, also known as "Tony Tormenta," was killed Friday in a shootout with soldiers in Mexico. Drug Enforcement Administration/Getty Images hide caption

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Mexican Border Lake Shooting Still Awash In Mystery

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Are Texans Tired Of Gov. Rick Perry?

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With his growling vocals, Howlin' Wolf fought his way to the top of the cutthroat Chicago blues scene. Frank Driggs Collection hide caption

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Howlin' Wolf: Booming Voice Of The Blues

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In this Aug. 7 photo, a Mexican journalist protests the targeting of journalists by drug cartels and others in the country. The unrest has prompted some journalists to seek asylum in the U.S. Marco Ugarte/AP hide caption

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