World Cafe

M.I.A.: Vibrant Hip-Hop and Dancehall

XPN

Hear an interview and performance by the eclectic, genre-bending vocalist and producer.

M.I.A. in Studio on World Cafe 1/4/08

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From the Top

William Bolcom Joins Teens To Play His Music

Musicians aged 11 to 17 play works by the American composer William Bolcom, who turned 70 this year.

William Bolcom Joins Teens To Play His Music

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Tiny Desk

David Dondero

Watch Dondero perform his well-crafted songs at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music offices.

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Bon Iver: Sparse And Ghostly

XPN

Justin Vernon's primal falsetto accentuates his band's stark arrangements in a session on WXPN.

Bon Iver in Studio on World Cafe 9/25/08

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John Harmon On Piano Jazz

Harmon is an enthralling jazz pianist, a tireless educator and a widely commissioned composer.

John Harmon in Studio on Piano Jazz 9/20/05

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Season's Greetings With The Singing Saw

XPN

Julian Koster plays Christmas classics with his unusual musical instrument in a session from WXPN.

Julian Koster in Studio on World Cafe 12/25/08

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Bela Fleck Gives Christmas A Flecktone Fervor

XPN

Fleck and his band The Flecktones breathe new life into the Christmas canon in a session from WXPN.

Bela Fleck in Studio on World Cafe 12/24/08

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Mary Chapin Carpenter's Christmas Special

The venerable and popular country-folk singer plays holiday tunes in a session from WXPN.

Mary Chapin Carpenter in Studio on World Cafe 12/24/08

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Holiday Music

An Irish Christmas With Dervish And Friends

One of the biggest traditional bands in Ireland, Dervish presents a special holiday-music session.

Listen Now: Dervish Feature On Morning Edition

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Charlie Haden: Just A 'Rambling Boy'

XPN

The jazz bassist returns to his Americana roots in a session with his family on WXPN.

Charlie Haden in Studio on World Cafe 12/23/08

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