The Sounds of American Culture Every year, the Library of Congress selects 50 sound recordings for the National Recording Registry. Deemed by the Library as "culturally, historically or aesthetically" significant, the recordings range from John Coltrane's Giant Steps to Game Four of the 1941 World Series. Independent producer Ben Manilla, Media Mechanics, and Weekend All Things Considered look at recent additions to the registry.
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The Sounds of American Culture

NPR honors recent additions to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry.

American composer Samuel Barber (1910-1981) won the Pulitzer Prize twice — once for his opera Vanessa in 1957 and again for his 1962 piano concerto. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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