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The U.S. exported Jim Crow to Panama when it ran the Canal, and has sent troops to occupy the Central American nation. But it also brought jazz and influenced its vibrant musical culture. Reese Erlich shows us these musical traces.

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Reese Erlich is a best-selling book author and freelance journalist who writes regularly for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. Radio, Marketplace Radio and National Public Radio.