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Sertanejo singer Marília Mendonça, 22, sings to a crowd of thousands at Expo Londrina, an agricultural fair in the southern Brazilian city of Londrina. Catherine Osborn for NPR hide caption

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In 'Macho' Brazil, Fast-Rising Star Marília Mendonça Is Inspiring Women To Push Back

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Rodney Crowell, whose new album Acoustic Classics has the Nashville legend reinterpreting some of his catalog from a new vantage point. Austin Lord/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Rodney Crowell, A Godfather Of Americana, The Work Is Never Finished

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Iraqi-born, New Mexico-based composer and oud player Rahim Alhaj. Michael G. Stewart/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stories Of Wartime, Transformed Through Music

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Officers of the 5th U.S. Cavalry near Washington, D.C., in 1865. Julia Ward Howe was inspired to write "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" after a visit with Union troops in the thick of the Civil War. Library of Congress hide caption

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One Song Glory

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John Coltrane (right) with McCoy Tyner at New Jersey's Van Gelder studios in 1963, one day after the session that would become the newly unveiled Both Directions at Once. Joe Alper /Joe Alper Photo Collection LLC hide caption

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