Today is the anniversary of the 1970 National Chicano Moratorium peace march in East Los Angeles, when an estimated 30,000 demonstrators from the United States, Mexico, and Puerto Rico gathered to protest the Vietnam War. To remember the Chicano Moratorium’s quest for peace and social justice, listen to Vietnam Veterano by Al Reyes from the album “Rolas de Aztlán: Songs of the Chicano Movement.”

As the International Bagpipe Festival (Mezinárodní dudácký festival) in the Czech Republic wraps up, week 18 of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional music showcases “France: Bagpipes of Central France and Bulgaria”—featuring bagpipe music. Read guest blogger Kevin Levine’s perspective.

As the International Bagpipe Festival (Mezinárodní dudácký festival) in the Czech Republic wraps up, week 18 of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional music showcases “France: Bagpipes of Central France and Bulgaria”—featuring bagpipe music. Read guest blogger Kevin Levine’s perspective.

Trivia Friday! Can you name this major river that runs through Venezuela and Colombia? The Venezuelan folk group Serenata Guayanesa’s upcoming album “Canto con Venezuela” (out 9/2) features the song “Viajera del río – River Traveler” a waltz-meter creation by the late composer and Ciudad Bolívar native Pedro Manuel Yánez.

Recently Chic@no rock band Quetzal performed a NPR Tiny Desk Concert. The set included songs from their Smithsonian Folkways album Imaginaries and a new song from their upcoming album “Quetzanimales.”

‪#‎TBT‬! On this day in 1963, 250,000 people gathered in Washington DC to rally for civil and economic rights for African Americans, culminating in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Listen to the “Sounds of American Freedom” playlist, featuring freedom songs prominent in the movement.

Watch The Seldom Scene perform “110 in the Shade” live at WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. Who else in warm climates is tired of the summer heat?

Album Cover Tuesday! Week 18 of the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music features bagpipe music from Bulgaria. The cover showcases the women vocal groups from the shope region of southwest Bulgaria and the gadulka, a three or four string fiddle from the Northeast region of Bulgaria.