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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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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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Going Home With Rhiannon Giddens

In this episode of World Cafe, Rhiannon Giddens discusses the locations that influenced her latest album — They're Calling Me Home — from her hometown of Greensboro, N.C., to her adopted home of Ireland.

Rhiannon Giddens

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Nick Thorburn Of Islands Has A Constant Urge To Create

Islands returns with a new album called Islomania, after a five year self-described "retirement."

Islands on World Cafe

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Message Music: 3 Black Artists Who Helped Integrate Country Music

In this episode of Message Music, Michael Mwenso looks back on America's biggest gift to music — country — and a handful of Black artists responsible for integrating the genre.

Message Music on World Cafe: Country Music

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Founding Member Emilio Castillo On Tower Of Power's 50th Anniversary

Since Tower of Power's beginning, founding member Emilio Castillo has been there. To celebrate the band's 50th anniversary, it is releasing a recording of a live concert in the band's hometown.

Tower of Power on World Cafe

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From Producing Electronic Music To Composing For Film, Tom Holkenborg Scores

Tom Holkenborg, also known as Junkie XL, is one of the biggest names in film score composing today.

Junkie XL on World Cafe

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Rostam Rises With The Quiet Conversations Of 'Changephobia'

In this episode of World Cafe, Rostam discusses his new record Changephobia, which was inspired by a quiet conversation the artist had with a stranger on a park bench.

Rostam On World Cafe

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Lord Huron Gets 'Long Lost' In Its Own Fictional World

In this session, frontman Ben Schneider joins World Cafe to take us into the fictional world his band created for a new record, talk about what inspired it and share a few songs.

Lord Huron on World Cafe

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Message Music: 3 Artists Who Performed With 'Pride'

In honor of Pride month, Michael Mwenso highlights three artists who expressed their individuality, gender and sexual identities with freedom.

Message Music with Micahel Mwesno - Pride Month

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Jensen McRae Reintroduces Herself On 'Who Hurt You?'

More than her viral hit and Phoebe Bridgers parody "Immune," McRae has a unique, perceptive ear and a way with words.

Jensen McRae on World Cafe

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Zach Bryan On How Music Helped Him Stay Sane While Deployed

Being a musician kept Zach Bryan sane while he was deployed under the U.S. Navy; it was also the reason why he went viral.

Zach Bryan on World Cafe

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