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The 'Singular Woman' Who Raised Barack Obama

In the media, Stanley Ann Dunham is often identified simply as "a white anthropologist from Kansas," or "a single mother on food stamps." But biogrpaher Janny Scott argues that those descriptions don't do justice to the president's mother -- a complex, intellectual woman who led an "unconventional" life.


Indonesian Popular Music.

World music critic Milo Miles checks out popular music from Indonesia. (He plays selections from the album "Indonesian Popular Music: Kroncong, Dangdut, & Langgam Jawa" on the Smithsonian Folkways label).


A New Javanese Folk Tradition Emerges

After a government decree that Indonesian musicians reject Western music and focus on local traditions, a new style emerged, called Jaipongan. It combines gamelan rhythms, a charismatic woman singer, and melancholy lyrics about jilted lovers. World music critic Milo Miles reviews two CDs featuring vocalist Euis Komariah.

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