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World Cafe Words and Music Podcast

English, Rock, 1 season, 206 episodes, 3 days, 14 hours, 50 minutes
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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians
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Kim Gordon makes the mundane sound thrilling on 'The Collective'

The Sonic Youth co-founder's latest solo album is full of hard edges and moments of digital distortion.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/24/202421 minutes, 43 seconds
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Jordan Mackampa on his latest album, 'WELCOME HOME, KID!'

The British musicians says his latest effort is a full-circle moment.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/23/202428 minutes, 6 seconds
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30A Songwriters Sessions: Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams

Watch Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams perform at the 30A Songwriters Festival.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/22/202413 minutes, 14 seconds
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Revisiting Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson's 'Winter in America'

World Cafe correspondent John Morrison dives into the seminal record from two jazz giants.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/21/202412 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sense of Place: Nuçi's Space changed the way Athens talks about mental health

Founded in the wake of a young musician's passing, this 23-year-old nonprofit has become a critical resource for the music scene in Athens, Ga.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/17/202414 minutes, 43 seconds
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Sense of Place: Telemarket captures the 'existential quandary' of life in Athens

World Cafe talks with Adam Wayton, frontman of the five-piece punk band from Athens, Ga., about their debut record, Ad Nauseam.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/15/20249 minutes, 41 seconds
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Sense of Place: Wuxtry Records is the heart of Athens' musical legacy

R.E.M.'s Peter Buck and Danger Mouse are just some of this indie record store's former staffers.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/13/202410 minutes, 23 seconds
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Sense of Place: How Athens' 40 Watt Club helped usher in a new era of rock

The music venue in Georgia regularly hosted performances by bands like Pylon, R.E.M., of Montreal, and more.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/10/202413 minutes, 27 seconds
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Sense of Place: This Athens college radio station

Welcome to WUOG, the University of Georgia's student-run radio station.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/8/202426 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Black Keys on their new album, 'Ohio Players'

The Ohio band talks about collaborating with Beck, Juicy J and Noel Gallagher on their latest record.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/6/202424 minutes, 36 seconds
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'You've got to be semi-obsessed': Mark Knopfler is still as dedicated as ever

The former Dire Straits frontman talks about his latest solo album, "One Deep River."Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/3/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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Justice come roaring back to life on 'Hyperdrama'

The French electronic duo return with their first album in over seven years.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
5/1/202422 minutes, 12 seconds
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Alejandro Escovedo reimagines his catalog on 'Echo Dancing'

Escovedo joins World Cafe to talk about covering his own songs, plus he shares live performances.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/30/202436 minutes, 46 seconds
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30A Songwriters Sessions: Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal

Watch Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal perform at the 30A Songwriters Festival.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/29/202411 minutes, 36 seconds
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Charley Crockett on his latest album, '$10 Cowboy'

The Texas musician offers a glimpse into what someone goes through on their path to being a successful touring artist.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/26/202423 minutes, 20 seconds
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30A Songwriters Sessions: Grace Potter

Watch Grace Potter perform at the 30A Songwriters Festival.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/24/202410 minutes, 52 seconds
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The Culture Corner: Soul II Soul made waves on both sides of the Atlantic

World Cafe takes a look back at the British music collective's impactful debut album.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/24/202415 minutes, 16 seconds
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Lizzie No's 'Halfsies' is like an epic role-playing video game

The Nashville-based musician modeled her latest album as a video game journey, complete with a character named Miss Freedomland.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/18/202441 minutes, 33 seconds
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Maggie Rogers made 'Don't Forget Me' with the pedal to the floor

The singer-songwriter spent just five days at Electric Lady Studios making her latest record.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/16/202419 minutes, 22 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Lo Moon

The LA-based psychedelic pop band performs songs from their latest album, I Wish You Way More Than Luck.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/15/202423 minutes, 11 seconds
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Laura Jane Grace confronts past pain on 'Hole In My Head'

The musician, and founder of punk band Against Me!, talks about her latest solo album.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/12/202422 minutes, 22 seconds
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Lindsay Lou taps into the divine feminine on 'Queen of Time'

The Nashville singer-songwriter's latest album features collaborations with Jerry Douglas and Billy Strings.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/11/202411 minutes, 33 seconds
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Brigitte Calls Me Baby is riding a retro rock and roll wave

The Chicago band showcases their nostalgic, yet fresh, sound on This House is Made of Corners.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/10/202426 minutes, 12 seconds
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Listen to Hermanos Gutiérrez's hypnotic guitar interplay

The brother duo perform a blissed-out set recorded at last year's AMERICANAFEST in Nashville.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/9/202418 minutes, 2 seconds
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Tommy Emmanuel shows off his 'fearless' fingerpicking style

One of the best acoustic guitarists in the world performs a live set for World Cafe.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/4/202416 minutes, 44 seconds
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Jamila Woods' latest album strikes for the root of love and heartache

The Chicago-based songwriter and poet talks about her latest album, Water Made Us.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/3/202422 minutes, 4 seconds
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Jacob Collier's sonic world keeps expanding on 'Djesse Vol. 4'

The British musician talks about the fourth installment of his ambitious Djesse project.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
4/1/202422 minutes, 37 seconds
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Aoife O'Donovan mines a century of women's rights on her latest album

The Grammy Award-winning songwriter drew inspiration from the 19th Amendment to pen her latest album, All My Friends.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/29/202428 minutes, 37 seconds
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The Culture Corner: Stevie Wonder's prolific pen extended to other artists

The songwriting legend wrote songs for the likes of Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin and more.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/26/202418 minutes, 41 seconds
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The Black Crowes are back with their new album, 'Happiness Bastards'

The Black Crowes are back with their first album in over a decade — Chris Robinson knew what it needed to sound like...Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/22/202427 minutes, 38 seconds
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Grammy-winning artist Sarah Jarosz opens up on her latest album, 'Polaroid Lovers'

Sarah Jarosz opens up creatively and works with more collaborators and co-writers, resulting in a fresh, adventurous sound.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/21/202434 minutes, 21 seconds
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Norah Jones finds inspiration in the quiet moments on 'Visions'

The Grammy Award-winning artist talks about her latest album.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/18/202416 minutes, 31 seconds
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'To me, nature is God': Kacey Musgraves ponders life's big questions on new album

The Texas singer-songwriter talks about getting older, signs from the beyond and finding inspiration in nature.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/15/202428 minutes, 47 seconds
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Composer Joe Wong brings his cinematic flair to 'Mere Survival'

The film and TV composer talks about his second solo album, plus scoring hit shows like The Midnight Gospel.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/14/202430 minutes, 56 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Deeper

The Chicago band performs songs from their latest album, Careful!Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/12/202415 minutes, 42 seconds
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The Jesus and Mary Chain talk about 'Glasgow Eyes'

The Scottish rock band talk about their eight studio album.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/12/202432 minutes, 56 seconds
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For DJ Shadow, falling down musical rabbit holes is half the fun

The California producer and sampling pioneer talks about his latest album, Action Adventure.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/7/202420 minutes, 50 seconds
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For Yard Act, hitting the big time was only half the battle

The British rock band talk about their new album, Where's My Utopia?.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
3/4/202431 minutes, 23 seconds
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Black Futures: In the new millennium, the dance remix reigns supreme

For Black History Month, World Cafe correspondent John Morrison explores the trends that have defined dance music in the 2000s and beyond.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/29/202417 minutes, 5 seconds
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Billy Porter's latest album is an ode to 'gay church'

The award-winning actor, singer and fashion icon talks about Black Mona Lisa and the road to becoming a pop star.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/28/202434 minutes, 35 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Sen Morimoto

The Chicago multi-instrumentalist performs songs from his latest album, Diagnosis.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/26/202423 minutes, 16 seconds
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MGMT opt for a different kind of trip on 'Loss of Life'

The psychedelic pop band turn their attention toward love and stability on their fifth record.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/23/202423 minutes, 37 seconds
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Allison Russell celebrates survivor's joy on 'The Returner'

The Canadian multi-instrumentalist talks about her sophomore solo record.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/21/202421 minutes, 42 seconds
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Black Futures: In the '90s, dance music was in a 'constant state of mutation'

For Black History Month, World Cafe correspondent John Morrison recounts the proliferation of dance music subgenres in the '90s.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/20/202416 minutes, 40 seconds
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Brittany Howard takes unexpected twists and turns on 'What Now'

The Alabama native talks about the inventive process behind her sophomore solo album, plus she performs live for World Cafe.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/16/202428 minutes, 20 seconds
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Inspired by a childhood tale, Sampha takes to the sky on 'Lahai'

The Mercury Prize-winning musician talks about his arresting sophomore album.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/15/202431 minutes
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Black Futures: How house music took center stage in the '80s

For Black History Month, World Cafe correspondent John Morrison walks us through the synth-driven boom of electronic music in the '80s.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/13/202418 minutes, 37 seconds
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How Slow Pulp used isolation to their advantage on 'Yard'

Lead vocalist Emily Massey joins World Cafe to talk about the indie rock band's sophomore album.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/12/202425 minutes, 37 seconds
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How making music guided Sleater-Kinney through the 'nebulous realm' of grief

Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker talk about the band's 11th studio album, Little Rope.Learn more about sponsor message choices: podcastchoices.com/adchoicesNPR Privacy Policy
2/9/202437 minutes, 20 seconds
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Kiltro's Chris Bowers Castillo mines his memories of Chile on 'Underbelly'

The frontman of the experimental indie band talks about living in Valparaíso and turning inward on the band's latest record.
2/7/202425 minutes, 17 seconds
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Black Futures: How disco set the stage for dance and electronic music

For Black History Month, World Cafe correspondent John Morrison dives into the rise of disco in the '70s and the genesis of dance and club culture.
2/6/202418 minutes, 39 seconds
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Tré Burt imbued 'Traffic Fiction' with the classic soul, Motown spirit

The Sacramento-based singer-songwriter drew from early memories of listening to music with his late grandfather for his new album, Traffic Fiction.
2/5/202426 minutes, 50 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Will Butler + Sister Squares

The former member of Arcade Fire plays songs off his band's new album.
2/1/202423 minutes, 21 seconds
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Black Pumas strike again with 'Chronicles of a Diamond'

The Austin, Texas, band talks about the follow-up to their Grammy Award-nominated self-titled debut.
1/31/202439 minutes, 12 seconds
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Dillon Francis isn't done honing his craft

The Los Angeles-based DJ and music producer talks about his latest record, This Mixtape is Fire TOO.
1/29/202423 minutes, 20 seconds
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Sense of Place: Provo rapper JTM is at a creative crossroads

James Curran, who goes by the moniker JTM, talks about striking a balance between making secular hip-hop music while also wanting to share his faith.
1/26/202418 minutes, 51 seconds
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Sense of Place: How The Clingers helped pave the way for women in rock music

The Clinger sisters from Utah, who found success in the the '60s, were one of the first all-girl groups to play their own instruments and be signed to a major label.
1/24/202418 minutes, 31 seconds
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Sense of Place: Discover the 'Dusty Deseret' sound of Provo's music scene

Zach Collier, co-founder of Provo Music Magazine, talks about the unique blend of folk rock heard in Provo.
1/23/202420 minutes, 40 seconds
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Sense of Place: Provo's 'only proper bar within city limits' is a haven for misfits

Step inside ABG's, the only music venue in Provo, Utah with a liquor license.
1/22/202412 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sense of Place: This all-ages venue is at the heart of the Provo music scene

Velour Live Music Gallery and its owner, Corey Fox, have helped launch the careers of bands like Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons and The Moth & The Flame.
1/19/202413 minutes, 9 seconds
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Sense of Place: What's a world-class recording studio doing in suburban Utah?

World Cafe visits June Audio, alongside Provo band The National Parks, to find out what makes this recording studio so key to the local music scene.
1/19/202413 minutes, 56 seconds
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Sense of Place: The Aces reflect on their Utah roots on their latest album

Inspired by their early days as a band, The Aces open up about growing up in the mostly Mormon city of Provo on I've Loved You For So Long.
1/18/202429 minutes, 21 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Squirrel Flower

The Chicago-based musician performs songs from her latest album, Tomorrow's Fire.
1/17/202411 minutes, 42 seconds
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For his alt rock band Dogstar, Keanu Reeves is just 'the bass player'

First rising to prominence in the mid-'90s, the Southern California outfit says reuniting to make their first album in 23 years felt totally natural.
1/12/202425 minutes, 51 seconds
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Shakey Graves mines limitless potential of the silver screen on 'Movie Of The Week'

The Austin native talks about how songs rejected for a film score led to his latest record.
1/11/202430 minutes, 34 seconds
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Stephen Sanchez weaves a tale of tragic love on 'Angel Face'

The 21-year-old singer finds inspiration in the legendary crooners of the '50s and '60s.
1/8/202423 minutes, 36 seconds
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Nat Myers' 'Yellow Peril' offers a refreshing entry into the blues canon

The Kentucky musician's debut album explores what it means to be a Korean American navigating life in the U.S.
1/5/202452 minutes, 20 seconds
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In the '80s, a rollicking indie rock scene took over the Twin Cities

Music record executive Peter Jesperson remembers discovering The Replacements and more in his new memoir, Euphoric Recall.
1/3/202420 minutes, 49 seconds
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McKinley Dixon on his wildly inventive album 'Beloved! Paradise! Jazz!?'

The Chicago-based musician talks about how everything from Toni Morrison to animation inspired his latest album.
1/3/202422 minutes, 26 seconds
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All I want for Christmas is My Morning Jacket's holiday album

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James talks about the band's new record, Happy Holiday!
12/25/202317 minutes, 16 seconds
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The Culture Corner: John Morrison shares his favorite albums of 2023

The World Cafe correspondent shares the records he kept coming back to this year.
12/21/202318 minutes, 42 seconds
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Live from AMERICANAFEST 2023: Jobi Riccio & The Band of Heathens

Today, we bring you live performances from songwriter Jobi Riccio and Americana group The Band of Heathens.
12/19/202315 minutes, 25 seconds
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Hiss Golden Messenger is utterly joyous on the folk band's latest album

Hiss Golden Messenger frontman MC Taylor talks about loosening his creative approach on the band's latest album, Jump for Joy.
12/14/202337 minutes, 29 seconds
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Live from AMERICANAFEST 2023: Brennen Leigh & Bahamas

Today, we bring you live performances from songwriter and mandolin player Brennen Leigh and Canadian folk artist Bahamas.
12/12/202314 minutes, 57 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Vagabon

The multi-instrumentalist performs songs from her new album, Sorry I Haven't Called.
12/11/202316 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Hives are here to put some childish glee back into rock and roll

The Swedish band talks about their first album in eleven years, The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons
12/7/202320 minutes, 2 seconds
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Live from AMERICANAFEST 2023: Cat Clyde & Adeem the Artist

Today, we bring you live performances from Cat Clyde and Adeem the Artist.
12/5/202314 minutes, 44 seconds
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The song Rush almost nixed and other tales from Geddy Lee's 'Effin' Life'

Rush's frontman and bassist shares highlights from his new memoir, My Effin' Life.
12/4/202334 minutes, 19 seconds
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Before 'GUTS,' Olivia Rodrigo first had to write a lot of 'bad songs'

Under pressure to repeat the success of her debut album, Rodrigo leaned heavily on her songwriting skills to create her latest record. Now, GUTS is up for six Grammys, and she's gearing up for another stint as SNL's musical guest later this month.
12/1/202333 minutes, 59 seconds
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Ring in the holiday season with the sweet sounds of the Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles' offensive tackle Jordan Mailata and The War on Drugs' Charlie Hall join us to talk about the football team's latest Christmas album.
11/30/202326 minutes, 57 seconds
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Live from AMERICANAFEST 2023: Brandy Clark & Tommy Prine

Listen to two great performances from this year's festival in Nashville.
11/28/202317 minutes, 11 seconds
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The Culture Corner: 30 years of 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'

World Cafe celebrates one of the most iconic debuts in hip-hop history.
11/27/202316 minutes, 13 seconds
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How Dizzy sharpened their songwriting on the band's third record

The Ontario indie pop band talks about their latest, self-titled record.
11/22/202328 minutes, 57 seconds
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Live from AMERICANAFEST 2023: Sunny War & Logan Ledger

Today, we bring you live performances from Logan Ledger and Sunny War.
11/21/202321 minutes, 1 second
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Devendra Banhart searches for hope on 'Flying Wig'

The singer-songwriter talks about working with Cate Le Bon on his latest album.
11/20/202325 minutes, 2 seconds
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The sky is the limit for Rhiannon Giddens

The musician talks about winning the Pulitzer Prize in Music and her latest album, You're The One.
11/17/202344 minutes, 5 seconds
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Arkells strip down their sound on 'Laundry Pile'

The Canadian rock band talk about their latest album, Landry Pile, plus they revisit their favorite sports moments.
11/16/202330 minutes, 30 seconds
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Rosanne Cash's 'The Wheel' celebrates 30 years

World Cafe revisits a session with Cash from 1993, featuring live performances.
11/15/202331 minutes, 10 seconds
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Live from AMERICANAFEST 2023: Nat Myers & Jess Williamson

Today, we bring you live performances from blues singer Nat Myers and singer-songwriter Jess Williamson.
11/14/202317 minutes, 23 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Lowland Hum

The duo from Charlottesville, Va., perform songs from their new album, From Self, With Love.
11/8/202315 minutes, 21 seconds
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For The Chemical Brothers, joy can be a tricky emotion to get right

Tom Rowlands of the English electronic music duo joins us to talk about For That Beautiful Feeling and his 30+ year partnership with Ed Simons.
11/7/202325 minutes, 24 seconds
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Kevin Drew contemplates the inevitability of 'Aging'

Kevin Drew, a member of the Broken Social Scene, talks about his new solo album, Aging.
11/6/202342 minutes, 33 seconds
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Why Radiohead's Philip Selway put down the drumsticks on his latest album

The English musician talks about recording his new solo record, Strange Dream.
10/27/202348 minutes, 37 seconds
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Courtney Barnett pares down her sound on 'End Of The Day'

The Australian musician talks about her new instrumental record, End Of The Day, and scoring a documentary about her own career, called Anonymous Club.
10/20/202319 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ilsey channels the Laurel Canyon spirit on her debut solo album

She's written songs for big stars, but Ilsey says her debut record, From the Valley, was crafted from her own experience.
10/18/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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Why America's pastime is the perfect songwriting lens for The Baseball Project

Steve Wynn and Scott McCaughey talk about the supergroup's latest album, Grand Salami Time.
10/16/202325 minutes, 21 seconds
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How Gustavo Santaolalla and his ronroco took the film industry by storm

The small Andean instrument has been core to the success of the Argentine film composer and music producer on projects like The Last of Us video game, 2005's Brokeback Mountain and 2006's Babel.
10/13/202313 minutes, 36 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Usted Señalemelo

The Argentine indie rock band performs songs off their acclaimed third album, Tripolar.
10/12/202322 minutes, 22 seconds
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Pachyman forges his own version of dub music on 'Switched-On'

The Puerto Rican artist's new album harkens back to a wildly creative era when musicians first started tinkering with synths.
10/11/202329 minutes, 26 seconds
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Remembering Avándaro, a watershed moment in Mexican rock history

In the shadow of a government crackdown on rock music, a music festival in 1971 eclipsed all expectations and eventually helped the genre break free.
10/10/20237 minutes, 21 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Mireya Ramos and the Poor Choices

The vocalist behind New York City's all-female mariachi band Flor de Toloache teams up with the Kansas City-based country and western band.
10/5/202317 minutes, 37 seconds
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Sense of Place: Riding the changing tides of Lisbon's dance music scene

Music producer Nídia specializes in batida, one of the many exciting electronic subgenres being championed by Lisbon's Príncipe Discos label.
10/4/202312 minutes, 11 seconds
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Sense of Place: How New York City inspired Lisbon band Hause Plants

The Portuguese rock band talks about their latest EP, Field Trip To Coney Island.
10/2/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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Sense of Place: Lisbon's Salvador Sobral sings with a sense of 'saudade'

Salvador Sobral, the winner of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest talks about his latest album, Timbre, on World Cafe.
9/29/20231 hour, 1 minute, 1 second
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Sense of Place: Maria Reis wants her Portuguese roots front and center

The Lisbon-based musician talks about helping cultivate the music scene in her hometown.
9/28/202330 minutes, 19 seconds
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Margaret Glaspy calls off the search on 'Echo The Diamond'

Glaspy talks about the influences behind her fourth record, from Alanis Morissette to Bruce Lee.
9/21/202332 minutes, 3 seconds
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On 'Sidharth,' Sid Sriram zeroes in on his true path

The Indian star talks about his playback career and creating his first full-length album in English.
9/19/202327 minutes, 46 seconds
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Alt.Latino shares 4 Latinx artists you should have on your radar

Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras and Anamaria Sayre help us ring in Hispanic Heritage Month with new music picks.
9/18/202311 minutes, 54 seconds
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Enter Mitski's cinematic universe

From Ennio Morricone to sonic "jump scares," Mitski digs into the inspirations and making of The Land Is Inhospitable and So Are We.
9/15/202330 minutes, 4 seconds
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Shamir turns grief into gold on 'Homo Anxietatem'

Philly-based Shamir talks about his latest album and exploring an alternative pop rock sound on Homo Anxietatem.
9/11/202330 minutes, 57 seconds
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Hannah Jadagu delivers a jagged, yet warm, performance on 'Aperture'

The Texas musician talks about signing to Sub Pop and making her debut album.
9/5/202331 minutes, 23 seconds
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Splitting up only made the Jonas Brothers' reunion even sweeter

Joe, Kevin and Nick Jonas make their World Cafe debut to talk about The Album, their second record since reuniting in 2019.
9/1/202332 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Wilder Woods

The NEEDTOBREATHE frontman performs songs off his latest album, FEVER / SKY.
8/31/202319 minutes, 28 seconds
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Under the heavy guitars, there's Speedy Ortiz returns with

The Philadelphia band returns with their fourth LP, Rabbit Rabbit.
8/30/202330 minutes, 43 seconds
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How a chance encounter kickstarted Abraham Alexander's music career

The musician from Fort Worth, Texas, talks about his debut album, SEA/SONS.
8/29/202339 minutes, 58 seconds
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The Culture Corner: Philadelphia's place in hip-hop history

As we celebrate 50 years of hip-hop, World Cafe takes a look at the history of the genre in Philly.
8/23/202328 minutes, 29 seconds
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Blondshell is Sabrina Teitelbaum at her most honest and vulnerable

Los Angeles musician Sabrina Teitelbaum talks about the making of her self-titled debut album, Blondshell.
8/22/202328 minutes, 54 seconds
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Genesis Owusu's 'Struggler' takes you on a Kafkaesque journey

The Australian musician Genesis Owusu talks about making his sophomore album, Struggler.
8/21/202325 minutes, 55 seconds
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Brandy Clark teams up with Brandi Carlile on her latest, self-titled album

One of country music's go-to songwriters leaned into a more personal, Americana sound with the help of Carlile.
8/18/202333 minutes, 30 seconds
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Bethany Cosentino looked to '90s heartland rock on her solo debut

The vocalist and guitarist for Best Coast strikes out on her own with Natural Disaster.
8/16/202332 minutes, 3 seconds
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The Milk Carton Kids wanted to go back to the start

The Los Angeles-based duo talk about their latest album, I Only See The Moon.
8/14/202338 minutes, 1 second
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'She did everything with me': Bully's beloved dog is at the heart of her new album

Bully's Alicia Bognanno talks about how losing her longtime companion influenced the making of Lucky For You.
8/9/202330 minutes, 43 seconds
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Low Cut Connie is in search of the true self

Frontman Adam Weiner talks about the Philly-based band's new album, Art Dealers.
8/7/202343 minutes, 19 seconds
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De La Soul want to uphold the legacy of 'this 50-year-old culture called hip-hop'

The legendary hip-hop group's back catalog is finally available on digital platforms. They look back on their genre-shaping career and remember their bandmate Trugoy the Dove.
8/4/202337 minutes, 42 seconds
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Artist To Watch: Denitia

In this bonus episode of WXPN's Artist To Watch, we meet Denitia, a soulful singer-songwriter whose poetic lyrics and retrospective music exhibit elements of country and folk.
8/3/202330 minutes, 36 seconds
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Mountain Stage celebrates 40 years on the air

The live music program celebrates 40 years on air this year, and to celebrate, host Kathy Mattea shares some of her favorite performances and memories from her time as a listener, guest and now host.
8/2/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Cut Worms

The Brooklyn-band explores what they call "pop essentialism" on their latest self-titled album.
7/27/202317 minutes, 50 seconds
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Artist To Watch: The Kentucky Gentleman

In this bonus episode of WXPN's Artist To Watch, we meet Nashville-based twin brothers Brandon and Derek Campbell, who harmonize, write and perform as The Kentucky Gentlemen.
7/27/202325 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Culture Corner: Celebrating 25 years of Beastie Boys' 'Hello Nasty'

We dig into a genre-defying album that captured the feel of the final years of the 20th century.
7/26/202316 minutes, 25 seconds
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David Wax Museum re-examines things on 'You Must Change Your Life'

The leader of the folk band talks about their latest album, plus the band performs live for World Cafe.
7/25/202334 minutes, 9 seconds
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Tune into a mini-concert with Little Moon

Plus, Emma Hardyman talks about how her Utah band wrote the song that won them 2023's Tiny Desk Contest.
7/24/202325 minutes, 55 seconds
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The long road to becoming Killer Mike

The Atlanta rapper dives into Michael, his autobiographical new album and his first in a decade.
7/21/202339 minutes, 25 seconds
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Artist To Watch: Grace Givertz

In this bonus episode of WXPN's Artist To Watch, we meet Grace Givertz, a Boston-based folk artist and multi-instrumentalist whose witty and honest lyrics bring a refreshing energy and sound to folk music.
7/20/202325 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tianna Esperanza wields strength and humor to process trauma on 'Terror'

The singer-songwriter talks about her debut album, plus she performs live for World Cafe.
7/19/202332 minutes, 18 seconds
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Sense of Place: Ginebras explains why Madrid is the best place to form a band

The four-piece rock outfit formed in 2019, weathered the pandemic together and came out an even stronger band.
7/18/202335 minutes, 48 seconds
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Sense of Place: Ralphie Choo merges Madrid's past, present and future

The songwriter and producer melds elements of contemporary electronic music and hip-hop with traditional Spanish sounds.
7/17/202313 minutes, 7 seconds
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Sense of Place: How a wild boom of creativity took hold of post-Franco Madrid

Following Francisco Franco's death in the 1975, a counterculture movement known as La Movida Madrileña took root in the Spanish capital.
7/14/202315 minutes, 44 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul

The duo bring vibrant and incisive dance tracks off of their debut album, Topical Dancer, to World Cafe.
7/11/202313 minutes, 22 seconds
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On 'Weathervanes,' Jason Isbell's storytelling turns everyday lives into magic

Jason Isbell talks about his latest album, recorded with his backing band The 400 Unit.
7/7/202352 minutes, 13 seconds
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Tune in to a mini-concert with Wednesday

The North Carolina band Wednesday performs songs off their critically acclaimed record, Rat Saw God.
7/6/202318 minutes, 49 seconds
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Melba Moore is taking a well-deserved victory lap

The singer and actress says her nearly 60 years in show biz is thanks to a series of chance encounters, but her talent is undeniable.
7/5/202326 minutes, 14 seconds
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Lucinda Williams shares the stories behind her songs in new memoir

Her autobiography, Don't Tell Anybody the Secrets I Told You, coincides with the release of a new album, Stories from a Rock n Roll Heart.
6/30/202340 minutes, 12 seconds
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A look back at Public Enemy's 'It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back'

World Cafe celebrates 35 years of one of the most influential albums of all time: Public Enemy's It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.
6/28/202318 minutes, 4 seconds
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On 'Time Ain't Accidental,' Jess Williamson sounds as open as the West Texas sky

The musician talks about her new record, and shares exclusive live performances for World Cafe.
6/26/202339 minutes, 24 seconds
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The Watson Twins take center stage on 'Holler'

Highly sought after as backing vocalists, the Nashville duo chat about making their latest album, "Holler."
6/21/202331 minutes, 41 seconds
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The exclusive 'World Cafe' Father's Day interview with ... my dad

Raina's dad, Matt Douris, talks about his days playing in Toronto's rock scene.
6/16/202322 minutes, 59 seconds
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Artist To Watch: Samantha Rise

In this week's bonus episode from WXPN's Artist To Watch podcast, we meet Samantha Rise, a Philadelphia singer-songwriter who was selected for the Black Opry Residency project.
6/15/202328 minutes, 29 seconds
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Artist To Watch: Tylar Bryant

Here's a bonus episode from WXPN's new podcast, 'Artist To Watch.' Black artists in Americana and country music are challenging the outdated notion that their lack of representation is due to a shortage of interest or talent. Their rich melodies, soulful harmonies, and artful lyrics are the newest contributions to a body of work that has for too long been overlooked. Join host John Morrison as he presents five stories of up-and-coming Black Americana musicians seeking to reclaim country music as an inclusive genre. In this episode of Artist To Watch: Tylar Bryant's story.
6/8/202332 minutes, 50 seconds
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Black Opry artists talk challenges, joys of making country and Americana music

Five acts (Tylar Bryant, Grace Givertz, Denitia, Samantha Rise and The Kentucky Gentlemen) joined World Cafe to chat about their young careers and perform live.
6/5/20231 hour, 22 minutes, 22 seconds
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Hear Ben Folds perform songs from his new album 'What Matters Most'

Plus, the North Carolina musician talks about collaborating with symphony orchestras and how a trip to Australia inpsired one of the songs on What Matters Most.
6/2/202342 minutes, 41 seconds
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30A Songwriters Sessions: Abe Partridge

Watch the folk musician from Mobile, Alabama perform songs from his latest album, Love in the Dark.
6/1/202313 minutes, 55 seconds
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30A Songwriters Sessions: Tom Rush

Watch the legendary folk singer-songwriter perform songs from throughout his career.
6/1/202312 minutes, 57 seconds
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Rissi Palmer and Miko Marks are 'Still Here' and making moves in country music

The two country music veterans talk about navigating the industry and how they became friends.
5/31/202342 minutes, 2 seconds
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The Culture Corner: Revisiting The Roots' influential 'Organix'

Hear how The Roots' live band approach to hip hop helped shaped the genre's future.
5/30/202317 minutes, 7 seconds
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Arlo Parks find her strength in softness on her sophomore record

Mercury Prize-winner Arlo Parks chats about her new album, My Soft Machine, plus catch live performances.
5/26/202327 minutes, 16 seconds
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Why Dr. Dog's Scott McMicken called on a band of strangers for his solo record

The musician talks about making Shabang with the help of his group, THE EVER-EXPANDING.
5/16/202331 minutes, 39 seconds
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The key to writing a boygenius song? Tell the truth.

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus chat about group therapy, Rainer Maria Rilke and the making of their debut album as boygenius.
5/12/202331 minutes, 30 seconds
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For Lizzy McAlpine, songwriting is all about trusting your instincts

The Philadelphia native chats about the story behind her breakout record, five seconds flat.
5/8/202330 minutes, 10 seconds
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Set sail for Caroline Polachek's island

The pop star talks about the myriad sonic and visual influences behind her new record, Desire, I Want To Turn Into You.
5/2/202340 minutes, 47 seconds
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How Irish folk music inspired Trapper Schoepp's 'Siren Songs'

The Wisconsin singer-songwriter talks about the influences behind his latest record.
4/24/202331 minutes, 45 seconds
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'Fuse' reignites Everything But The Girl after a decadeslong hiatus

What started as a casual experiment evolved into the U.K. duo's first studio album in 24 years.
4/21/202323 minutes, 38 seconds
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The Culture Corner: How Massive Attack shook up pop culture in 1998

Examining the cultural impact of Massive Attack's biggest record, "Mezzanine."
4/19/202316 minutes, 30 seconds
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SYML walks the line between grief and love on 'The Day My Father Died'

The Seattle musician performs songs from his latest album, which features Lucius, Guy Garvey of Elbow, and Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek.
4/18/202322 minutes, 1 second
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Making 'Multitudes' carried Feist through new beginnings

The musician's first full-length album since 2017 was influenced by the birth of her daughter and the death of her father.
4/14/202340 minutes, 29 seconds
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Sense of Place: Denton, Texas' Brave Combo does things their own way

The fierce independence behind their polka music has taken Brave Combo from Japan to an episode of The Simpsons to playing at David Byrne's wedding.
4/7/202320 minutes, 11 seconds
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Sense of Place: How did Denton, Texas, become an unlikely jazz mecca?

Join us as we attend a rehearsal and talk with University of North Texas' One O'Clock Lab Band's director, Alan Baylock.
4/5/202314 minutes, 49 seconds
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Sense of Place: Step inside Dan's Silverleaf Bar in Denton, Texas

Whether they're just starting out or they're big stars, like Leon Russell, it's a place to see live music almost nightly in Denton, Texas.
4/4/202316 minutes, 23 seconds
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'Five Easy Hot Dogs' is a musical departure for Mac DeMarco

The record is all instrumental — no vocals, no lyrics — and was written and recorded on a road trip from LA to New York.
4/3/202326 minutes, 28 seconds
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On 'Continue as a Guest,' The New Pornographers skirt creative expectations

Frontman Carl Newman talks about the band's new album and why he steers clear of the internet.
3/31/202322 minutes, 22 seconds
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Ruston Kelly tore it all down on his new album — so he could build something better

The singer-songwriter calls it a foundation. In this session, hear a live performance of songs from The Weakness.
3/30/202326 minutes, 7 seconds
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Hozier takes things to the extreme on 'Eat Your Young'

The Irish crooner talks about his recent EP and offers details about his new album, Unreal Unearth, due out later this year.
3/29/202327 minutes, 22 seconds
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Nick Hakim flows seamlessly through R&B, soul and psychedelia on 'COMETA'

Hakim stopped by World Cafe for a mini-concert featuring live performances of songs off his latest album, COMETA.
3/28/202313 minutes, 38 seconds
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Hear live performances from Nickel Creek's first album in nearly a decade

Plus, Chris Thile and Sara Watkins join World Cafe to talk about the making of and meaning behind Celebrants.
3/24/202331 minutes, 1 second
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Dionne Warwick has never been afraid to say what's on her mind

One of the greatest artists of all time, Warwick joins World Cafe to recount stories from throughout her career.
3/23/202319 minutes, 41 seconds
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Say She She's sweet harmonies make the band's 'discodelic soul' music shine

Vocalist Piya Malik talks about how the Brooklyn band formed and their debut album, Prism.
3/22/202330 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Culture Corner: How Todd Rundgren shaped a generation of bedroom musicians

World Cafe correspondent John Morrison dives into Rundren's 1973 album, A Wizard, a True Star.
3/21/202315 minutes, 32 seconds
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U2 turns their rock anthems into intimate affairs on 'Songs of Surrender'

World Cafe sits down with guitarist The Edge, who produced and curated the band's new collection of re-recordings.
3/17/202329 minutes, 49 seconds
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Robyn Hitchcock's latest work is a party with a little melancholy

Enjoy this mini-concert featuring songs from Shufflemania!, Hitchcock's latest album of surrealistic rock.
3/15/202315 minutes, 2 seconds
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Adeem The Artist wants to expand what's possible in country music

Country music belongs to anyone with a story. Adeem The Artist asks big questions about privilege, race and toxic masculinity on their new album White Trash Revelry.
3/13/202342 minutes
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Will Sheff strikes out on his own on 'Nothing Special'

The Okkervil River frontman plays songs from his debut solo album in this mini-concert recorded live for World Cafe.
3/9/202320 minutes, 2 seconds
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For Omar Apollo, making music should feel like falling in love

The R&B singer talks about striving for musical perfection on his debut album, Ivory.
3/7/202328 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ron Gallo dances through his anxieties on 'Foreground Music'

The Philadelphia musician shares his fears and observations on an increasingly anxiety-inducing world.
3/6/202329 minutes, 3 seconds
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zzzahara charts the constant change of their native LA on 'liminal spaces'

The musician explores the ways their hometown has grown and changed over the years.
3/2/202321 minutes, 52 seconds
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Michigander charts the long journey to 'It Will Never Be The Same'

Jason Singer's mix of optimism and vulnerability has been one of indie rock's most exciting stories in the last few years.
3/1/202331 minutes, 53 seconds
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The Culture Corner: R&B in the '00s and today

World Cafe caps off its exploration of the Black roots of R&B with a look at the genre in the 2000s, forward.
2/27/202319 minutes, 46 seconds
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Tegan and Sara are still growing as artists and sisters on 'Crybaby'

The duo talk to World Cafe about their first album of all-new music since 2016.
2/24/202344 minutes, 35 seconds
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St. Paul & The Broken Bones take a psychedelic trip on 'The Alien Coast'

The Birmingham, Ala.-based eight-piece band play songs from their entire catalog in this mini-concert for World Cafe.
2/21/202320 minutes, 6 seconds
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The Culture Corner: R&B in the '90s

The '90s saw the continued rise of powerhouse vocal groups in R&B music.
2/20/202313 minutes, 47 seconds
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The Backseat Lovers chronicle young adulthood on 'Waiting to Spill'

The Utah band talks about how they grew closer during the making of their second album, Waiting to Spill.
2/16/202316 minutes, 59 seconds
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Jean Dawson's 'CHAOS NOW*' is an exercise in empathy and self-reflection

The genre-defying artist talks about his latest album, CHAOS NOW*.
2/15/202322 minutes, 22 seconds
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The Culture Corner: R&B music in the '80s

From Prince to Whitney Houston, the '80s was a pivotal decade for R&B music in the mainstream.
2/13/202319 minutes
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How 'Weird Al' Yankovic turned the parody song into an art form

With six platinum records and a career going on its fifth decade, "Weird Al" went from parodying the biggest artist to becoming one.
2/10/202341 minutes, 57 seconds
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Silversun Pickups let go of expectations on 'Physical Thrills'

Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger talk about the indie rock band's sixth studio album, Physical Thrills.
2/7/202336 minutes, 21 seconds
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The Culture Corner: R&B music in the '70s

To celebrate Black History Month, World Cafe is exploring the Black roots of R&B through the decades, beginning with the '70s.
2/6/202318 minutes, 52 seconds
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Is there an album

World Cafe asked veteran music journalists Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of Sound Opinions to choose the definitive Chicago album.
2/3/202325 minutes, 23 seconds
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Step inside the 'birthplace of gospel music'

Chicago's Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church played a pivotal role in the evolution of gospel.
2/3/202313 minutes, 33 seconds
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Chicago's jazz scene was the perfect place for Makaya McCraven to break the rules

The "beat scientist" and composer chats about his musical upbringing and his approach to remixing live music.
2/1/202332 minutes, 16 seconds
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Here are 5 Chicago soul records you should know

Ayana Contreras, host of WBEZ's Reclaimed Soul, talks about what makes Chicago soul special.
1/30/202318 minutes, 37 seconds
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This Chicago store is a must if you're on the hunt for rare, vintage guitars

The city's Chicago Music Exchange boasts a massive showroom that looks more like a museum of musical instruments.
1/30/20237 minutes, 48 seconds
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Chicago's indie music scene is thriving inside this college student's apartment

DePaul University student Eli Schmitt hosts live performances from local bands as part of his New Now series.
1/27/202315 minutes, 56 seconds
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Chicago rapper Pinqy Ring knows you can't have a music scene without community

The Puerto Rican rapper and educator travels all over the city and the world using hip hop as a way to connect.
1/27/202316 minutes, 48 seconds
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The Culture Corner: How Curtis Mayfield left an indelible mark on Chicago

Born in Chicago, Mayfield was responsible for so much music over the course of his career, from soundtracks to his work with The Impressions.
1/26/202315 minutes, 6 seconds
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A 'product child of Chicago,' KAINA is learning to savor the home she's made here

The musician talks about her latest album, It Was A Home, and the creative community she's fostered in Chicago.
1/25/202312 minutes, 21 seconds
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Legendary audio engineer Steve Albini built his Chicago studio brick by brick

The man behind albums by Nirvana, the Pixies and more opens the doors to Electrical Audio and details his egalitarian approach to working with musicians.
1/20/202320 minutes, 42 seconds
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Pigface to Reznor: Here's what you'll find in Chicago's new industrial rock museum

Industrial music heavyweight Martin Atkins pulled from his personal collection of memorabilia to create Chicago's new Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music.
1/20/202312 minutes, 19 seconds
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Demi Lovato unleashes her anger on 'HOLY F***'

Demi Lovato reflects on the limitations of the "hyper-feminine pop star" and embracing a hard rock sound on her latest album, HOLY F***.
1/17/202331 minutes, 6 seconds