Notes from the Front

Reporting from a war zone may be the toughest assignment a journalist can get. Along with the flak jacket and the satellite phone, music—an iPod, Walkman or just a noisy singalong—can be a war correspondent's best friend. Here are a few tunes that have given our reporters a respite while covering Iraq.

Aparisim Ghosh: I never leave home without The Best of Daler Mehndi, a compilation of uptempo bhangra standards by India's best-selling pop act. It's Punjabi dance music at its best. I've made Mehndi fans out of cab drivers in Jenin, Gaza, Amman and...

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