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Sound and Spirit
Drummers’ Circle
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Sound And Spirit is a weekly series of hour-long radio programs exploring the human spirit through music and ideas.The program blends classical, traditional and world musics with myth and history, stories and poetry, and commentary from composers, theologians and writers, to provide insight into various aspects of the human experience. Each week the program explores connections between world cultures and examines different approaches to universal questions.

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The most primitive, universal musical instrument accompanies not only our dances, but also sacred ceremonies around the world. Host Ellen Kushner looks at the origins of traditional drumming, talks with longtime Grateful Dead percussionist Mickey Hart, and samples music from India, Japan, the Americas, and West Africa where myth and and ritual have spanned the centuries to the beat of drums.

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