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The Thistle & Shamrock: Hope Springs

John McCutcheon
Irene Young

Music has its part to play in providing rays of hope. Luka Bloom, Peggy Seeger, and John McCutcheon all remind us that having something to hope for is a key to happiness.

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Fiona Ritchie strolls along the main street of a small village in rural Scotland and steps through the plain doorway of an 18th century stone building. Passers-by would find it difficult to imagine what this simple gesture initiates: a weekly connection with devoted public radio listeners throughout the United States. In over two decades of broadcasts, Ritchie's radio program The Thistle & Shamrock has become one of NPR's most widely heard and best-loved music programs. She has entered the lives of millions of Americans by way of an inconspicuous studio door, thousands of miles away in Scotland.