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A Ukrainian refugee holding a baby in Poland | Mirek Pruchnicki

Music Uplifts A Nation Under Siege

March 7, 2022

Music Uplifts A Nation Under Siege


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In the midst of so much chaos and destruction in Ukraine, the sound of music has the power to bring light to darkness. William Brangham has this look at the voices and melodies uplifting a nation under siege. Watch the video below and answer the questions.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who are some of the individuals or groups of people mentioned in the video
  • What stories are covered?
  • Where do some of the stories take place?
  • When did those stories occur?
  • Why did the event(s) take place?
  • How do you think the NewsHour’s producers decided which stories made it into the news summary?

Focus Questions

What did you notice? What did the story make you think? What story would you want to find out more about? Where would you go to learn more?

Media literacy: Who else do you think should have been interviewed in the story you watched?

It is understandable to feel upset because of events in Ukraine, particularly after seeing disturbing images of war. Who are some people you can talk with at school and outside school? If you are not sure, check with your teacher.

Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Extra.

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