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World Cafe Words and Music Podcast
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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians
1 hour ago
Julieta Venegas finds the perfect balance between past and future on 'Tu Historia'
Fans of the Mexican singer-songwriter were surprised to hear Julieta Venegas embrace disco and synth pop on her latest album, but the artist has never shied away from new sounds.
6 days ago
The Culture Corner: Love's 'Forever Changes' counterbalanced 1967's 'Summer of Love'
The Los Angeles-based band reacted a little differently to the "Summer of Love" with their 1967 album, Forever Changes.
6 days ago
Calexico's 'El Mirador' is a love letter to Tucson
Calexico's new album, filled with Latin influences including cumbia and ranchera music, is about introspection and connectivity.
Nov 18, 2022
Amy Ray sees the good, the bad and the ugly on 'If It All Goes South'
On her latest solo album, the Indigo Girls member finds positivity and love in places some folks might give up on.
Nov 16, 2022
Alex G brings indescribable feelings to life on 'God Save the Animals'
For his ninth album, the Philadelphia artist branched out and enlisted the help of different studios and engineers for the first time.
Nov 15, 2022
Get To Know Merge Records' New Band, Friendship
The Philadelphia band taps into the sounds of Americana and country without abandoning its indie rock roots. Hear a live mini-concert in this session of World Cafe.
Nov 14, 2022
Guitar virtuoso Marcus King found his way out of the darkness with 'Young Blood'
Marcus King's new album, Young Blood, sounds almost jubilant — but is the product of some very difficult years for the guitarist.
Nov 11, 2022
Marcus Mumford charts painful, powerful journey to healing on debut album
In this session, Marcus Mumford talks about sharing a message of hope and healing on his solo debut album, self-titled.
Nov 7, 2022
Maggie Rogers channeled the chaos of recent years into 'Surrender'
With Surrender, Rogers is figuring out what she can control, what she can't and exactly what it means to accept and give in.
Nov 4, 2022
Phoenix dishes on its date with the Mona Lisa
Hear a live performance from Phoenix recorded in their dressing room before a concert in Boston earlier this fall.
Oct 28, 2022
For Danger Mouse and Black Thought, feel is more important than sound
Though Black Thought and Danger Mouse have known each other for a very long time, it took a while to complete their debut collaborative album, Cheat Codes.
Oct 25, 2022
Matt Nathanson set out to make a true singer-songwriter album in 'Boston Accent'
It was recorded during the early stages of the pandemic with his friend and fellow songwriter/producer extraordinaire, Butch Walker.
Oct 24, 2022
The Culture Corner: Janet Jackson's 'The Velvet Rope' turns 25
Janet Jackson experimented lyrically on the 1997 album, which included exploring new sexual themes she'd never sung about before.
Oct 21, 2022
Get to know Colson Baker, the person behind Machine Gun Kelly
In this session, MGK opens up about the ups and downs he's faced in the music industry, his relationship with fame and how being a father has shaped his music.
Oct 20, 2022
Belle & Sebastian's influence on indie rock and pop since the '90s is undeniable
The music industry is known for hype and drama and flash-in-the-pan stars who are up-and-coming one day and gone the next. But Belle & Sebastian are an exception.
Oct 14, 2022
Nilüfer Yanya showcases her growing confidence in her own voice on 'Painless'
The London-based artist's latest album is a genre-blending record that was produced by a much smaller team than her previous releases.
Oct 7, 2022
Bonnie Raitt performs as if no one has ever seen the show before
Whether singing stories she wrote herself or those written by others, Bonnie Raitt is a brilliant storyteller.
Oct 6, 2022
Alt.Latino's best new Latinx music
NPR Music's Alt.Latino new co-host, Anamaria Sayre, joins us to showcase some of the best new Latinx music out right now.
Sep 30, 2022
The Lumineers are expert chefs when it comes to making songs together
In this session, The Lumineers talk about how they improvised more than ever while writing their latest album, Brightside.
Sep 28, 2022
Welcome to beabadoobee's 'Beatopia'
The Filipino-British songwriter fashioned her new album with help from the colorful, imaginary world she created when she was just 7 years old.
Sep 27, 2022
The Culture Corner: Get to know Cody ChesnuTT, the writer behind The Roots' 'The Seed'
On today's edition of The Culture Corner, World Cafe Correspondent John Morrison talks about that song and dives deep into Cody's 2002 album, The Headphone Masterpiece.
Sep 23, 2022
Beth Orton makes an uncompromising record that is completely hers
Getting dropped from your record label isn't a good thing, per se, but for Beth Orton, it gave her the opportunity to take the reins.
Sep 19, 2022
Adrian's Quesada's 'Boleros Psycidelico' a love letter to psychedelic bolero music
The discovery of Los Pasteles Verdes, an experimental Peruvian band from the 1960s, sent Adrian Quesada down a rabbit hole that would, decades later, lead to his new solo album, Boleros Psicodélicos.
Sep 16, 2022
Rhett Miller still finds the freedom to experiment and play on 'The Misfit'
Miller talks about the making of the record, how much he missed live performance, his side hustle as a children's author and more on World Cafe Live.
Sep 15, 2022
Alt.Latino kicks off Latinx Heritage Month on World Cafe
Felix Contreras and new co-host Anamaria Sayre discuss the evolution of Alt.Latino and give a preview of their month-long takeover of the Tiny Desk Concert series, El Tiny.
Sep 12, 2022
Joan Shelley's 'The Spur' is evocative, immediate — and a return to familiar ground
Hear Shelley perform a mini-concert of songs from her latest album, "The Spur," recorded live for World Cafe.
Sep 8, 2022
Built to Spill spills the beans on the making of 'When The Wind Forgets Your Name'
In this session, Doug Martsch talks about how discovering a lo-fi punk band from Brazil led to the album's creation and shares advice he'd give to his younger self.
Sep 6, 2022
Charley Crockett's 'The Man From Waco' is country music through an R&B lens
Charley Crockett performs songs from his latest album, in the great tradition of Ray Charles and Aaron Neville.
Sep 5, 2022
Peeling back the layers of Amanda Shires' life and musical career
In this session of World Cafe, Shires shares about getting to a place of confidence again after thinking she was finished with making music.
Sep 2, 2022
Bilderbuch brings larger-than-life, completely captivating energy to FM4's studios
We didn't realize quite how big they were until we landed in Vienna — Bilderbuch stops by for a Sense of Place: Vienna studio session in the middle of a sold-out arena tour.
1 hr 6 min
Aug 31, 2022
Hear the piano thought to be too perfect by Beethoven
To find out what made Nannette Streicher's pianos so special, World Cafe visited the Museum of Science and Technology in Vienna, where a couple of her pianos still survive.
Aug 31, 2022
Join us on a tour of the Vienna Central Cemetery
On the outskirts of Vienna, more than 3 million people are buried in the Vienna Central Cemetery — including Beethoven, Strauss and one of Austria's most celebrated musicians, Falco.
Aug 29, 2022
Hear a mini-concert by '90s-inspired supergroup My Ugly Clementine
For the World Cafe's Sense of Place: Vienna series, we knew there would be lots of Classical music. But it turns out, there's also a thriving indie music scene.
Aug 26, 2022
Far from the operas and museums of Vienna is a growing hip hop scene
Emerging rap star YUGO takes World Cafe on a tour of the the 15th district on the outskirts of Vienna in this Sense of Place episode.
Aug 24, 2022
DIVES is one of the most exciting new bands on Vienna's music scene
Vienna is known for classical music, but if you know where to look, you'll find a flourishing indie rock scene, too. Hear a live performance from DIVES in this Sense of Place session.
Aug 22, 2022
The Head and the Heart revisit that place where everything felt magical and easy
With some time back in the studio, and working on better ways to communicate, the band release their latest album, Every Shade of Blue.
Aug 19, 2022
Vienna's Sharktank blends and bends genres to create its own unique sound
There's a whole other side of Viennese music other than grand symphonies or operas performed on gilded stages. Enjoy this live Sense of Place: Vienna series performance by Sharktank.
Aug 17, 2022
Sense of Place: Produce shopping for musical instruments in Vienna, Austria
Vienna is a city where the streets are alive with the sounds of violins, pianos, clarinets and ... vegetables!? A member of the city's Vegetable Orchestra takes us shopping at a local market for instruments.
Aug 16, 2022
Catbite balances styles, from two tone to third wave, with shades of power pop
Catbite offers something for almost everyone. Hear it for yourself in this mini-concert session.
Aug 15, 2022
How Michaela Anne's 'Oh To Be That Free' resonates within each of us
It turns out the music Michaela Anne was making was just what she needed to hear herself, in an incredibly uncertain time.