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The US's banjo diplomatist


As President Obama tours the Far East, with worries mounting at home that America is being fast-eclipsed by China, songwriter and banjo-player Abigail Washburn is being sponsored by the US State Department to carry out a ground-breaking diplomatic mission of her own. Matt Wells reports from New York, on her attempt to bridge two very different cultures.

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