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Beyond Berlin

A Cold War anniversary reminds us not to take history for granted

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Oni the Lonely

Why the philo-Semitic Republic of Georgia has no Jews

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In God She Trusts

Regina Spektor’s new album finds the human in the divine

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Festival of Candles

Celebrating Hanukkah—and my grandfather’s birthday—whether behind drawn curtains in Latvia or openly in Canada

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From Bukhara With Love

The music of central Asia by way of Queen

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Hidden Sympathies

A dubious portrait of Shostakovich as dissident has been debunked, but motifs in his work underscore his discord with Soviet power.

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