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Global Hit

The world of African music is still honoring a man who died 20 years ago this week. Francois Luambo Makiadi � or Franco � the King of Congolese rumba. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Afropop Worldwide's Banning Eyre.

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Global hit and geo answer

American musician Melody Gardot says her introduction to music, and her subsequent international success, have come through a series of accidents. Anchor Marco Werman has her story and the answer to today's Geo Quiz: Toulouse, France.

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Dolapdere Big Gang

Cover bands aren't usually musical innovators. But Dolapdere Big Gang of Turkey might be the exception. This eight-piece band of young Roma musicians, plays Western pop hits in a traditional Turkish style. Matthew Brunwasser has the Global Hit.

Global Politics

Ludmilla Petrushevskaya

For decades, the writer Ludmilla Petrushevskaya was banned in the Soviet Union. She wrote stories about domestic despair and Soviet censors demanded optimism. Today she's a living legend in Russia. Kiera Feldman reports.

Global Politics

Quan Ho

Vietnam these days is young and hip to the latest trends. Some 60 percent of Vietnamese are under 30, and more likely to listen to pop tunes than traditional Vietnamese music. The government hopes to change that. The World's Mary Kay Magistad reports.

Arts, Culture & Media

San Patricio

The San Patricio Battalion fought in the Mexican American War. The story of the San Patricio Battalion is the subject of a new CD. It's by The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder. Marco Werman speaks to Paddy Moloney of The Chieftains and Ry Cooder.