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trains for the train sounds, Paris
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Cities are full of music — but can cities also BE music? David Rothenberg gives us a tiny history of how composers have used cities to make music, beginning with Pierre Schaeffer’s “Musique concrète.”

honey as a cure
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A poem by Karina Borowicz, read by Stephanie Elkins.

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A poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, read by Peter Sobol.

a single bee in a prairie
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A poem by Emily Dickinson, read by Anne Strainchamps.

Jukebox hero
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In 1985, The New Yorker writer Susan Orlean started traveling around the country to find out how Americans spend their Saturday nights. One thing she discovered? How many Saturday night songs there are.


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