FROM Bob Carlin
The New York Philharmonic Visits Pyongyang The Star Spangled Banner, An American in Paris and Dvorak's Symphony from the New World are all on the New York Philharmonic's playlist. While there's nothing odd about that, what will astonish many Americans is that the concert will take place in Pyongyang. Kim Jong Il's North Korea is often called the most closed society in the world, where children are taught from birth that the US is an enemy. Nevertheless, the New York Philharmonic will play musical tributes to the American spirit in a live concert broadcast on national TV. Bob Carlin, a former diplomat who negotiated with North Korea during the 1990's, has more on the unprecedented event scheduled to take place tomorrow.
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