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Chick Corea with World Cafe host Talia Schlanger inside a rehearsal room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Dan Muse/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Chick Corea On World Cafe

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The revered jazz pianist shares stories about working with Miles Davis and watching Thelonious Monk perform while we try to wrap our heads around the breakneck pace of his creative life.

Chick Corea On World Cafe

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Superchunk On World Cafe

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A studio performance of songs from the indie outfit's most focused and aggressive album in years, What a Time to Be Alive.

Superchunk On World Cafe

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Ben Harper And Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

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The Grammy-winning duo is back to talk about finding common ground and perform songs from their new record No Mercy In This Land.

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite On World Cafe

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Hop Along On World Cafe

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The Philadelphia group delivers a live performance that gives you that bubbling feeling of a band about to break.

Hop Along On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Brothers Osborne

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John Osborne's guitar runs through every track like a duet partner with T.J.'s ever more sophisticated vocalizing. Hear a live session from Nashville's Sound Stage Studios.

World Cafe Nashville: Brothers Osborne

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Erika Wennerstrom On World Cafe

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The Heartless Bastards front woman details her experience on a trip through the Amazon and how it informed the art she made on her latest solo album, Sweet Unknown.

Erika Wennerstrom On World Cafe

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Superorganism On World Cafe

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The eight-piece group deliver fantastic gems of indie pop that are never too clever for their own good.

Superorganism On World Cafe

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Squirrel Nut Zippers On World Cafe

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The band just released Beasts of Burgundy, its first new album of original material in 18 years. If you don't like funk, now would be the time to move on to another session.

Squirrel Nut Zippers On World Cafe

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Field Report On World Cafe

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Frontman Chris Porterfield shares stories and performs songs from Field Report's new album, Summertime Songs.

Field Report On World Cafe

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Laura Veirs' latest album is The Lookout. Jason Quigley/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Laura Veirs On 'The Lookout' And Embracing Limits

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Veirs performs songs from The Lookout, for which she originally wrote over 100 songs, and explains how a set of creative constraints helped her arrive at its gauzy new sound.

Laura Veirs On World Cafe

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World Cafe Nashville: Dom Flemons

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Flemons' latest work, Black Cowboys, explodes the stereotypes that have dominated one of America's founding mythologies and opens up the frontier for all to claim.

Dom Flemons On World Cafe

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Kyle Craft On World Cafe

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There's few people who enjoy telling a story as much as Kyle Craft and the rocker has plenty of inventory to keep you engaged.

Kyle Craft On World Cafe

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