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Macy Gray Has An Honest Optimism

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Ruby, Macy Gray's latest album, brings many similarities to her last, The Id. It's funny and funky, never saccharine, always uplifting.

Macy Gray On World Cafe

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Adia Victoria Captures The Spirits Of The Blues In A Simple Phrase: Black Genius

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Her songs are poetic and political, steeped in both punk and cabaret, and sung in a voice that blends Eartha Kitt's cool with Nina Simone's fury.

Adia Victoria On World Cafe

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Listening For The Future During Black History Month

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Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste, New Yorker writer Briana Younger and NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael join World Cafe for a spirited conversation on the black creators shaping the future of music.

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J.S. Ondara's Sound Is Extraordinary And His Story Is Even Better

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Ondara grew up in Nairobi, Kenya with big dreams of becoming a musician in the U.S. Hear a studio performance of songs from his debut album, Tales Of America.

J.S. Ondara On World Cafe

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Kacey, Margo And More: The Grammy-Nominated Acts That Visited World Cafe In 2018

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Listen back to sessions from 2019 Grammy nominees who have come through our doors this past year.

Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

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Julia Jacklin Shares A Sneak Peek Of Her Upcoming Album, 'Crushing'

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Get a sampler of the Melbourne-based singer's forthcoming record that is personal, intimate and beautiful.

Julia Jacklin on World Cafe

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Cat Power Means People Power

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Chan Marshall performs live and talks about her journey to 2018's Wanderer, a powerful realization she had with Lana Del Rey and the true meaning behind her band name.

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How The Band Out Lines Turns True Tales Into Music

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World Cafe takes a trip to Glasgow to hear about Kathryn Joseph and James Graham's life-changing act of taking other people's stories and turning them into songs.

Out Lines On World Cafe

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Oh Pep! Makes Unpredictable Pop

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The Melbourne-based band has always got a bent note or quirky chord progression up its proverbial sleeve.

Oh Pep! On World Cafe

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Gregory Alan Isakov On Barn Tunes And Sand Dunes

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Take a trip to the farm in Colorado where Isakov created his latest album, Evening Machines.

Gregory Alan Isakov On World Cafe

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Jim James: The Musical Magic Of Tidying Up

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The My Morning Jacket frontman reflects on some of the truths he's found in his own lyrics, including his thoughts on drinking and struggles to stay in the moment.

Jim James On World Cafe

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Nothing Deconstructs Songs In Studio

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Hear a stripped-down set of songs from the band's latest album, Dance on the Blacktop, and Dominic Palermo's journey through life and the industry.

Nothing On World Cafe

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Martha Ffion performing live for World Cafe at The Hug and Pint in Glasgow, Scotland. Joe Malachi Silberstein/WXPN hide caption

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When In Glasgow, See Martha Ffion!

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Recommended by locals, Martha Ffion treated World Cafe to songs from her debut album, Sunday Best.

Martha Ffion On World Cafe

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David Crosby Keeps The Harmonies Coming

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Even in his 70s, Crosby's stretching sounds in ways that seem to surprise and delight even the musician himself.

David Crosby On World Cafe

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Mumford & Sons Get Acoustic Again On World Cafe

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The members of Mumford & Sons went through a lot of personal changes that fed into writing the band's fourth album, Delta.

Mumford And Sons On World Cafe

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Mike Farris On World Cafe

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Farris writes a love letter to his wife on Silver and Stone, a collection of originals and covers that are deeply soulful and definitely uplifting.

Mike Farris On World Cafe

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Amy Ray Isn't Afraid To 'Holler'

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Ray's in love with a place that doesn't always love her back. But she draws creative fuel from the differences of opinion.

Amy Ray On World Cafe

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J Mascis On World Cafe

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Hear a live performance from the Dinosaur Jr. frontman, including two songs from his 2018 solo album, Elastic Days.

J Mascis On World Cafe

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Scotland's Elephant Sessions Breaks Floors And Traditions

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World Cafe takes a trip to Glasgow, Scotland for a Sense Of Place session with this festival favorite.

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Alt.Latino's American Anthems: An Exploration Of Songs That Unite

An excerpt of a year-long series featured on NPR that speak to unity and inspiration.

Alt.Latino's American Anthems: An Exploration Of Songs That Unite

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Rubblebucket Break Up... And Don't Break Up

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"We started out as romantic partners at the beginning of the album and then we weren't anymore by the end," musician Kalmia Traver says.

Rubblebucket On World Cafe

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