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  1. Hear live performances from Nickel Creek's first album in nearly a decade2023/03/24
    Plus, Chris Thile and Sara Watkins join World Cafe to talk about the making of and meaning behind Celebrants.
  2. Dionne Warwick has never been afraid to say what's on her mind2023/03/23
    One of the greatest artists of all time, Warwick joins World Cafe to recount stories from throughout her career.
  3. Say She She's sweet harmonies make the band's 'discodelic soul' music shine2023/03/22
    Vocalist Piya Malik talks about how the Brooklyn band formed and their debut album, Prism.
  4. The Culture Corner: How Todd Rundgren shaped a generation of bedroom musicians 2023/03/21
    World Cafe correspondent John Morrison dives into Rundren's 1973 album, A Wizard, a True Star.
  5. U2 turns their rock anthems into intimate affairs on 'Songs of Surrender'2023/03/17
    World Cafe sits down with guitarist The Edge, who produced and curated the band's new collection of re-recordings.
  6. Robyn Hitchcock's latest work is a party with a little melancholy2023/03/15
    Enjoy this mini-concert featuring songs from Shufflemania! , Hitchcock's latest album of surrealistic rock.
  7. Adeem The Artist wants to expand what's possible in country music 2023/03/13
    Country music belongs to anyone with a story. Adeem The Artist asks big questions about privilege, race and toxic masculinity on their new album White Trash Revelry.
  8. Will Sheff strikes out on his own on 'Nothing Special'2023/03/09
    The Okkervil River frontman plays songs from his debut solo album in this mini-concert recorded live for World Cafe.
  9. For Omar Apollo, making music should feel like falling in love2023/03/07
    The R&B singer talks about striving for musical perfection on his debut album, Ivory .
  10. Ron Gallo dances through his anxieties on 'Foreground Music'2023/03/06
    The Philadelphia musician shares his fears and observations on an increasingly anxiety-inducing world.
  11. zzzahara charts the constant change of their native LA on 'liminal spaces'2023/03/02
    The musician explores the ways their hometown has grown and changed over the years.
  12. Michigander charts the long journey to 'It Will Never Be The Same'2023/03/01
    Jason Singer's mix of optimism and vulnerability has been one of indie rock's most exciting stories in the last few years.
  13. The Culture Corner: R&B in the '00s and today2023/02/27
    World Cafe caps off its exploration of the Black roots of R&B with a look at the genre in the 2000s, forward.
  14. Tegan and Sara are still growing as artists and sisters on 'Crybaby'2023/02/24
    The duo talk to World Cafe about their first album of all-new music since 2016.
  15. St. Paul & The Broken Bones take a psychedelic trip on 'The Alien Coast'2023/02/21
    The Birmingham, Ala.-based eight-piece band play songs from their entire catalog in this mini-concert for World Cafe.
  16. The Culture Corner: R&B in the '90s2023/02/20
    The '90s saw the continued rise of powerhouse vocal groups in R&B music.
  17. The Backseat Lovers chronicle young adulthood on 'Waiting to Spill'2023/02/16
    The Utah band talks about how they grew closer during the making of their second album, Waiting to Spill .
  18. Jean Dawson's 'CHAOS NOW*' is an exercise in empathy and self-reflection2023/02/15
    The genre-defying artist talks about his latest album, CHAOS NOW*.
  19. The Culture Corner: R&B music in the '80s2023/02/13
    From Prince to Whitney Houston, the '80s was a pivotal decade for R&B music in the mainstream.
  20. How 'Weird Al' Yankovic turned the parody song into an art form2023/02/10
    With six platinum records and a career going on its fifth decade, "Weird Al" went from parodying the biggest artist to becoming one.
  21. Silversun Pickups let go of expectations on 'Physical Thrills'2023/02/07
    Brian Aubert and Nikki Monninger talk about the indie rock band's sixth studio album, Physical Thrills .
  22. The Culture Corner: R&B music in the '70s2023/02/06
    To celebrate Black History Month, World Cafe is exploring the Black roots of R&B through the decades, beginning with the '70s.
  23. Is there an album 2023/02/03
    World Cafe asked veteran music journalists Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot of Sound Opinions to choose the definitive Chicago album.
  24. Step inside the 'birthplace of gospel music'2023/02/03
    Chicago's Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church played a pivotal role in the evolution of gospel.
  25. Chicago's jazz scene was the perfect place for Makaya McCraven to break the rules2023/02/01
    The "beat scientist" and composer chats about his musical upbringing and his approach to remixing live music.
  26. Here are 5 Chicago soul records you should know2023/01/30
    Ayana Contreras, host of WBEZ's Reclaimed Soul, talks about what makes Chicago soul special.
  27. This Chicago store is a must if you're on the hunt for rare, vintage guitars2023/01/30
    The city's Chicago Music Exchange boasts a massive showroom that looks more like a museum of musical instruments.
  28. Chicago's indie music scene is thriving inside this college student's apartment2023/01/27
    DePaul University student Eli Schmitt hosts live performances from local bands as part of his New Now series.
  29. Chicago rapper Pinqy Ring knows you can't have a music scene without community2023/01/27
    The Puerto Rican rapper and educator travels all over the city and the world using hip hop as a way to connect.
  30. The Culture Corner: How Curtis Mayfield left an indelible mark on Chicago2023/01/26
    Born in Chicago, Mayfield was responsible for so much music over the course of his career, from soundtracks to his work with The Impressions.
  31. A 'product child of Chicago,' KAINA is learning to savor the home she's made here2023/01/25
    The musician talks about her latest album, It Was A Home , and the creative community she's fostered in Chicago.
  32. Legendary audio engineer Steve Albini built his Chicago studio brick by brick2023/01/20
    The man behind albums by Nirvana, the Pixies and more opens the doors to Electrical Audio and details his egalitarian approach to working with musicians.
  33. Pigface to Reznor: Here's what you'll find in Chicago's new industrial rock museum2023/01/20
    Industrial music heavyweight Martin Atkins pulled from his personal collection of memorabilia to create Chicago's new Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music.
  34. Demi Lovato unleashes her anger on 'HOLY F***'2023/01/17
    Demi Lovato reflects on the limitations of the "hyper-feminine pop star" and embracing a hard rock sound on her latest album, HOLY F*** .
  35. Danielle Ponder found her own voice after years of giving a voice to others2023/01/16
    For a long time, singing was something Danielle Ponder did on the side, but with the release of her debut album, Some of Us Are Brave, last fall, it's become her main focus.
  36. Captain Kirk Douglas dives into a 'New Unknown'2023/01/12
    Captain Kirk Douglas, the guitarist and vocalist for The Roots, talks about his second solo album, New Unknown .
  37. Alvvays hopes a sip of 'Blue Rev' will transport you to a different time2023/01/10
    Alvvays frontwoman Molly Rankin talks about the stolen demos and recording experiments that led to the Canadian band's latest album, Blue Rev .
  38. Shemekia Copeland wants to sow understanding on 'Done Come Too Far'2023/01/04
    Copeland, widely considered one of the greatest blues singers of her generation, talks about the third installment in a trilogy of albums.
  39. Honey Harper makes country music for everyone2023/01/03
    Hear Honey Harper's blend of cosmic country and southern rock in this mini-concert recorded live for World Cafe .
  40. Here's why Amos Lee crafted a full album tribute to jazz legend Chet Baker2022/12/19
    The Philadelphia-based musician performs covers from Baker's classic record, Chet Baker Sings.
  41. 10 albums in, Nickelback is no longer bothered by their haters2022/12/16
    Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake talk about the band's 10th record, Get Rollin', and how the public perception of Nickelback has changed in recent years.
  42. The Smile is a weirder version of Radiohead, if that's even possible2022/12/14
    Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood formed a new band, and they share this exclusive mini-concert, recorded at the 2022 Montreux Jazz Festival.
World Cafe Words and Music Podcast
WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

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