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Raina Douris

Host, World Cafe

Raina Douris, an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, Ontario, is the host and writer of NPR's daily nationally-syndicated music interview and discovery program World Cafe. She has interviewed artists like Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Questlove and Brandi Carlile, and was a 2022 keynote lecturer on the topic of Folk Music and music discovery at the Chautauqua Institution.

She came to World Cafe from the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), where she was host and writer for the daily live, national morning program Mornings on CBC Music. She was also involved with Canada's highest music honors: hosting the Polaris Music Prize Gala from 2017 to 2019, as well as serving on the jury for both that award and the Juno Awards. Douris has also served as guest host and interviewer for various CBC Music and CBC Radio programs, and red carpet host and interviewer for the Juno Awards and Canadian Country Music Association Awards, as well as a panelist for such renowned CBC programs as Metro Morning, q and CBC News.

Douris began her career at Toronto rock station 102.1 The Edge, and then continued on to CBC Radio 3, where she hosted daily music-focused shows. In 2013, she was part of the team that launched Central Ontario Broadcasting's Indie88 radio station, and served as its music director and afternoon host before moving to the morning show. In both 2014 and 2015, she was chosen as the "Best Radio Personality in Toronto" by Now Magazine readers for her work. She is a 2009 graduate of Ryerson University's Radio & Television Arts program.

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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Brittany Howard takes unexpected twists and turns on 'What Now'

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Sampha on World Cafe

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Sleater-Kinney on World Cafe

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John Morrison on World Cafe

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JTM on World Cafe

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The Clingers on World Cafe

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Zach Collier on World Cafe

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ABG's on World Cafe

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The Aces on World Cafe

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For his alt rock band Dogstar, Keanu Reeves is just 'the bass player'

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Nat Myers' 'Yellow Peril' offers a refreshing entry into the blues canon

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My Morning Jacket on World Cafe

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The Culture Corner: John Morrison shares his favorite albums of 2023

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The Philly Specials on World Cafe

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The Culture Corner: 30 years of 'Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)'

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