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World Cafe is a two-hour long, nationally syndicated music radio program that originates from WXPN, a non-commercial station licensed to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The program began in 1991 and was originally distributed by Public Radio International. Since 2005, the show has been distributed by NPR. Hosted by David Dye, World Cafe features live performances and interviews with established and emerging artists. The program's format covers a wide spectrum of musical genres, including indie rock, folk, hard rock, singer-songwriter, alt-country, and world music. The program produces two weekly podcasts containing interviews and information about musical performers: "World Cafe Words and Music," which features more established singers and bands, and "World Cafe Next," which highlights emerging artists.

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World Cafe
1:48 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Ximena Sarinana On World Cafe

Ximena Sariñana.
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Mexican singer-songwriter Ximena Sariñana first flexed her creative muscles in a role on the telenovela Luz Clarita, until she discovered her passion for music by composing scores for her father, a film director. Now, with two critically acclaimed albums under her belt, Sariñana is a household name in her home country, as well as a burgeoning international star.

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World Cafe
8:32 am
Mon November 14, 2011

Ryan Adams On World Cafe

Ryan Adams.
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Originally published on Mon March 31, 2014 3:53 pm

In this Vintage Cafe session from 2011, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams had just released the album Ashes & Fire. Adams had taken a couple years off between recording his last record with The Cardinals and this one. At the time, the delay was unusual for the prolific singer-songwriter, though he did put out a vinyl-only metal record called Orion. He also spent time relearning how to play guitar after a serious hand injury.

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World Cafe
12:03 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

The Zombies On World Cafe

The current lineup of the Zombies features founding members Rod Argent (left) and Colin Blunstone.
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Originally published on Mon December 5, 2011 8:00 am

In the 1960s, the Zombies enjoyed success as one of the most popular bands of the British Invasion, releasing the enduring and beloved hits "Time of the Season," "Tell Her No" and "She's Not There." Although the group initially split amicably in 1968, the Zombies returned to making music in various incarnations in the early '90s. This year, two of its founding members, Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, released Breathe Out, Breathe In, which the veteran musicians say is the first album that makes them feel truly together again as a band.

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World Cafe
12:42 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Wild Flag On World Cafe

Wild Flag.
John Clark

Perhaps Wild Flag's burgeoning success is due to the fact that each member is a valued veteran of the indie rock scene, with collective stints in The Minders, Sleater-Kinney, Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, The Spells and Helium.

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World Cafe
2:16 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Megafaun On World Cafe

Megafaun.
Sara Padgett

When DeYarmond Edison broke up in 2006, its guitarist and singer Justin Vernon moved to Wisconsin to create Bon Iver, and the other three members — Joe Westerlund and brothers Brad and Phil Cook — stuck around North Carolina and formed Megafaun.

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World Cafe
12:02 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Joe Henry On World Cafe

Joe Henry.
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Since his 1986 studio debut Talk of Heaven, the Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter and producer Joe Henry has defied convention. Known best for his country-inspired work, Henry reinvigorates each new release by injecting hints of soul, blues, jazz and funk.

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World Cafe
8:37 am
Mon November 7, 2011

Beirut On World Cafe

Beirut's third album, The Rip Tide, is out now.
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The story of Beirut, the sweetly melancholy musical venture of Zach Condon, is like something out of a movie. The New Mexico native dropped out of college in 2006 to focus on writing and recording music. He produced Gulag Orkestar, celebrating old-world weirdness and nostalgia with bawdy Balkan organ pumps and trumpets. The album sparked a meteoric rise for the young artist.

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World Cafe
3:49 pm
Fri November 4, 2011

World Cafe: 20th-Anniversary Concert Highlights

Feist performs at the World Cafe 20th-anniversary concert.
John Bartol WXPN

Originally published on Mon May 28, 2012 9:29 am

Today's show features live performances from some of our favorite World Cafe artists, straight from our 20th-anniversary celebration concerts.

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World Cafe
2:48 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Stephen Malkmus And The Jicks On World Cafe

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks.
Leah Nash

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks formed after Malkmus' previous band, Pavement, went on hiatus in 1999. Five albums later, Malkmus has evolved as much as he's returned to his roots: He's sometimes focused and refined, other times lithe and unpredictable.

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World Cafe
3:31 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Fool's Gold On World Cafe

Fool's Gold.

Jesse Fleming

The L.A. collective Fool's Gold visits World Cafe today to discuss its latest work, Leave No Trace. Under the artistic leadership of Lewis Pesacov and Luke Top, the band has become known for incorporating rhythms and sound textures — particularly in the guitar parts — from all over the globe, including Africa and the Middle East. For the current record, the group, once 12 members strong, has pared itself down to a quintet, in the process fine-tuning the detail in its songwriting.

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World Cafe
12:48 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Paul Brady On World Cafe

Paul Brady.

Kate Horgan

Singer-songwriter Paul Brady's acclaim extends beyond his reputation as one of Ireland's most loved artists — he's renowned worldwide as one of folk music's greats. Brady grew up listening to the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Winifred Atwell and Fats Domino, and taught himself to play the piano and guitar almost entirely by ear.

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World Cafe
1:42 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

T-Bone Burnett On World Cafe

T Bone Burnett holds two trophies, one for Producer of the Year, at the Grammy Awards in 2002.

Lee Celano AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 5:42 pm

Legendary singer-songwriter and folk-rock pioneer T-Bone Burnett is known for his captivating solo material, but also for his role as a legendary producer of records by everyone from Roy Orbison to actor Jeff Bridges. In a new interview on World Cafe, Burnett sits down with host David Dye to reflect on some of his most famous projects.

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World Cafe
1:45 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Beck

Beck.

Autumn de Wilde

Originally published on Mon May 14, 2012 12:03 pm

Beck has been an influential creative force for two decades, popular for his sharp, intelligent and often humorous lyrics. Slickly genre-hopping from punk to folk, alternative and electro, he's put out albums both acoustic and electric, but always innovative. Today's installment of World Cafe revisits three of his interviews from the past decade or so.

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World Cafe
1:01 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Jam-Boree

Trey Anastasio of Phish.

Michael Loccisano Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 7, 2012 1:43 pm

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisted some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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World Cafe
12:32 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

World Cafe Looks Back: Musicians We Miss

Townes van Zandt (left) and Jeff Buckley (right).

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Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 9:22 am

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisited some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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