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The New Cultural Diplomacy

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Music has been an instrument of global diplomacy since the Cold War era. But critics say it's ineffective and misguided. Today, our Soundcheck Smackdown debate focuses on music as a diplomatic tool, from Cuba to North Korea. Also: The Red Fox Chasers were hitmakers back in the late 1920s. Now, their classic American string band music is back, courtesy of the group The Dust Busters. They perform live in our studio.

Smackdown: Diplomacy and the Arts

The Latin pop superstar Juanes is set to perform in Havana this Sunday. And, the New York Philharmonic is considering the Cuban government's invitation to perform there later his year. Today: a Soundcheck Smackdown on the effectiveness and appropriateness of music as a diplomatic tool. Guests include cultural commentator and ...

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The Dust Busters

The Red Fox Chasers were hitmakers back in the late 1920s. Now, their classic American string band music is back, courtesy of the group The Dust Busters. They perform live in our studio.

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