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Arts, Culture & Media

Bassekou Kouyate

Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate has made his mark with the West African lute the ngoni; not by playing traditional music on the ancient instrument but by exploring its potential with other styles like Western music. Anchor Marco Werman has details.

Global Politics

US Navy hospital ship helping Haitians

The US is sending another 4,000 Navy sailors and Marines to Haiti for earthquake relief. The Pentagon reported on Wednesday that the Navy hospital ship Comfort, had received its first Haitian patients. WAMU reporter Sabri Ben-Achour sent this report.

Conflict & Justice

Japan's 'foreigners'

Japan's parliament is considering letting ?permanent foreign residents? vote in local elections. It's a politically sensitive issue and, as Akiko Fujita reports, the bill has sparked a fierce public debate.