For Tom Scharpling, Wanting To Be Part Of Something Bigger 'Never Ends' : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN In this episode of World Cafe, Tom Scharpling talks about his memoir, It Never Ends, and the way music — including how his desire to be part of something: a band, a joke, anything — has shaped his life.

For Tom Scharpling, Wanting To Be Part Of Something Bigger 'Never Ends'

Tom Scharpling on World Cafe

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Playlist

  • Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile, "Blue Cheese"
  • Sandy Bull, "Electric Blend"
  • R.E.M., "Radio Free Europe"
  • The Monkees, "As We Go Along"
  • King Crimson, "Starless"

For over 20 years, Tom Scharpling — often with his comedy partner, Jon Wurster — has been making people feel like they're in on a joke and part of a community. Scharpling hosts The Best Show weekly, a program that previously aired on WFMU, wherein recurring characters (played by Wurster) call into the show alongside listeners. It's funny, bizarre and makes listeners feel like they're part of The Best Show's universe.

In this episode of World Cafe, we talk to Tom Scharpling about his memoir, It Never Ends, and the way music — including how his desire to be part of something: a band, a joke, anything — has shaped his life.

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