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Music Interviews

Karim Wasfi's 'Spontaneous Compositions' Aid Stability In Iraq

Renowned Iraqi conductor and cellist Karim Wasfi tells NPR's Scott Simon about his music, the challenges of his work and his commitment to his country.

Light Bulb Does Halloween, Alaska
I Can't Live Without My Radio Halloween, Alaska

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Opinion: What The Death Of A 7-Year-Old Migrant Says About This Country

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Christmas Don't Be Late (Instrumental) I Tre Scoiattoli
Blue & Green The Sea of Cortez
Vartha Ambrose Akinmusire
Improvisation Karim Wafsi

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Karim Wasfi's 'Spontaneous Compositions' Aid Stability In Iraq

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Howard Hughes Ride
Chrome Waves Ride
Manila Seelenluft
Here Comes Santa Claus Los Strait Jackets
Deepest Lake on the Planet Dengue Fever

It's been 50 years since Philadelphia Eagles fans pelted Santa with snow balls from the stands. Some people say they are ashamed of what happened that day, while others remain unapologetic. Alex Pantling/Getty Images hide caption

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Philly Frustration, 1968: 'The Day That They Were All Against Everything'

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Three One Three Jake Bass & Evelyn Glennie
Rhapsody Takayoshi Yoshioka

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