Music on the Front Lines

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Music has always played an important role in military life, but easy access to CDs and MP3 players on the base and in the battlefield has accentuated its place on the front lines. Today, we explore the sonic culture of American soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, from the songs that prepare them for battle to the music that helps them disengage at the end of the day. Also: A visit from Alex Cuba, a Latin Grammy-winning songwriter from the chilly northern reaches of Canada.