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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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The Triple Life Of Lori McKenna

In this session, Lori McKenna discusses being a mother of five, a celebrated Nashville songwriter, and a performer with 11 solo albums to her name.

Lori McKenna On World Cafe

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John Craigie Has A Knack For Spinning Stories

In this session, Craigie performs songs from his new album, Asterisk the Universe, and we get to hear what makes him such a great storyteller at his shows.

John Craigie On World Cafe

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Will Toledo Takes Car Seat Headrest In A New Direction

On his band's latest album, Making a Door Less Open, Toledo expanded the scope of Car Seat Headrest's sound, embracing dance music wholeheartedly.

Car Seat Headrest On World Cafe

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Hannah Georgas, The Other Singer-Songwriter Who Enlisted Aaron Dessner

The Canadian singer-songwriter's new album, All That Emotion, was released on Friday.

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Ray Lamontagne's 'Monovision' Provides A Soothing Escape From Everyday Life

The singer-songwriter's latest album gives you a glimpse into the natural world that inspires him — and the first album he's made entirely on his own.

Ray Lamontagne On World Cafe

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Mondo Cozmo Topped The Charts, And Then Lost His Cool

Josh Ostrander shares how putting his hand through a pane of glass influenced his latest album, New Medicine.

Mondo Cozmo On World Cafe

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Don Bryant On The Art Of Songwriting

The esteemed Memphis, Tenn., songwriter discusses his 50-plus years in music and performs live.

Don Bryant On World Cafe

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Bettye LaVette Might Be Just What You Need Today

LaVette just released Blackbirds, an album of reinterpretations of songs popularized by some of her favorite jazz singers.

Betty Lavette On World Cafe

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How Old 97's Kept It Together Through Life's Ups And Downs

Together for 27 years with the same lineup, the long-running band is back with its 12th album, Twelfth.

Old 97s On World Cafe

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Are You 'Chaotic Good'? Johanna Warren Explains The Concept Of Her New Album

Showcasing her beautiful vocals, Johanna Warren also makes space for louder, more aggressive elements on her latest album, Chaotic Good.

Johanna Warren On World Cafe

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