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The Healing Power of Music?; Snow on the Way?

Behind The News
December 11, 2007 1:11:16 PM PST
Maybe I'm just an old softie, but I can't help but marvel again at how music brings people together. I won't dwell too much on the incredible reunion last night of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin performing for the first time in decades at a charity concert in London. And it's not hard to imagine, if you listen to those who attended, that the group might indeed perform again.

And the bigger story is the New York Philharmonic, which today announced it would play in North Korea in February. This is a huge breakthrough -- culturally and politically, as big as the Boston Symphony's first foray into China in the early 70s.

Are we seeing the crumbling of what had been a cultural and political blockade between the two nations? Many are hoping that's the case. There are some, however, who think that this venture is ill-conceived and there should be no contact between the U.S. and North Korea, dubbed one of the "axis of evil" countries by Pres. Bush.

Any dealings that legitimize the North Koreans, conservatives reason, should be avoided. Clearly, there are many who don't believe that -- the Philharmonic folks among them.

We'll have the latest on the planned Philharmonic trip, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, Lee Goldberg is tracking the storm that will hit us tomorrow. He's talking snow, with another storm on the way this weekend.

And we're tracking the impact of the Federal Reserve cutting once again the key rate -- this time by a quarter point. Many investors wanted to see a bigger cut, and so the stock market reacted negatively.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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