This week Bill previews the new film Following the Ninth: In the Footsteps of Beethoven's Final Symphony, a documentary exploring the worldwide cultural and political influence of Beethoven’s masterpiece and its majestic “Ode to Joy.”

The film follows the Ninth Symphony to cultures around the world, telling the story of its impact in countries at critical inflection points in history including Germany, China and Chile.

Following the Ninth, produced and directed by Kerry Candaele, was inspired by the 2012 book Journeys With Beethoven, written with The Nation's Greg Mitchell.

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