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Tuesday, November 04, 2008

It's easy to spot democracy at the polls on Election Day. But today on Soundcheck, you might also find it in the lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Sly Stone or Leonard Cohen. We look at songs that capture the spirit of Democracy, as suggested by Soundcheck listeners here. Plus, guests from red and blue states share their picks. Later: Israeli composer and trumpet player Avishai Cohen explores themes of water and light in new projects. He performs live in our studio.

Your Democracy Song: weigh in with a song that exemplifies democracy.

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Avishai Cohen,

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