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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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Rank #188 in Music category

Music
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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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WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

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200 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Nice music

By Goranger22 - May 07 2016
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Love when it's an all music podcast

I love this show!

By thecrazylibrarian - Jun 23 2012
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I listen to an episode as I am falling asleep. Keep 'em coming!

iTunes Ratings

200 Ratings
Average Ratings
110
39
22
12
17

Nice music

By Goranger22 - May 07 2016
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Love when it's an all music podcast

I love this show!

By thecrazylibrarian - Jun 23 2012
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I listen to an episode as I am falling asleep. Keep 'em coming!
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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

Latest release on Jan 16, 2020

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Rank #1: Michael Kiwanuka On Embracing His Name And How 'Big Little Lies' Changed His Life

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You might know the song, "Cold Little Heart" as the opening credits to the HBO show "Big Little Lies", starring Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon. It was a pretty big deal, but the person who wrote that song, Michael Kiwanuka, didn't even remember signing off on it at the time the show premiered. The popularity of that show catapulted Michael Kiwanuka into the spotlight here in the U.S. It also added to his fame at home in the U.K., where he had won the BBC Sound of 2012 poll before even releasing his first album and later saw his second album, 2016's 'Love & Hate', debut at No. 1 on the charts. Still, as the son of Ugandan parents, he struggled with feeling like an outsider. Now, he's back with his third album, simply titled 'Kiwanuka'. Michael Kiwanuka talks about embracing that name, finding his voice and how that TV show changed his life. Before we get to that conversation, we start with a live performance of "You Ain't the Problem" from his latest album.

Dec 20 2019

38mins

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Rank #2: Liam Gallagher Has A Lot To Be Happy About

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One of my favorite viral videos in recent memory involved Liam Gallagher, former front man of Oasis, answering questions from a group of kids. It showcased his supremely talented wit, and a bit of his heart too. You can hear that joy in Gallagher's voice today, as he's got a lot to be happy about. 'Why Me? Why Not.' is the name of his second solo album, released in September, and he's also the subject of a new documentary called "Liam Gallagher: As It Was". The film chronicles the break-up of Oasis, the band that made him famous. The group was well-known, not only for songs like "Live Forever," "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back in Anger," but also because of the notoriously tense relationship between Liam and his brother Noel, who wrote the band's songs. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Oasis' debut album, 'Definitely Maybe'. We'll talk about all of that, plus why he admires his mother so much and how different it is to be a young rock star today than it was in the '90s.

Nov 29 2019

38mins

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Rank #3: Robbie Robertson On His Creative And Symbiotic Relationship With Martin Scorsese

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Robbie Robertson is a very busy guy. This year alone, he released a new album, 'Sinematic', re-released The Band's self-titled sophomore album (celebrating its 50th anniversary) and worked with pal Martin Scorsese on two different projects. He scored "The Irishman", starring guys like Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino and helped with the documentary "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band", which talks about his group's seminal work and the band members' relationships with one another. In other words, there's a lot to talk about, including getting booed every night backing Bob Dylan's first electric tour. We also chat about making music at Big Pink, Neil Diamond showing up for 'The Last Waltz' and oh-so-much more.

Nov 27 2019

38mins

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Rank #4: On 'Bird Songs Of A Killjoy,' Bedouine Only Feels LA's Sunshine Sometimes

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Our guest, Azniv Korkejian, records as Bedouine. The name reflects the many moves Azniv has made in her life — born in Syria, Azniv grew up in Saudi Arabia before coming to the United States. Here, she lived in Boston and Houston, as well as in several other Southern cities, before she settled in Los Angeles' Echo Park neighborhood. On her sophomore record, Azniv has a song inspired by Echo Park, which she's called home now for a decade. We will also discuss the title of her album, 'Bird Songs of a Killjoy'. Azniv was finishing up the album when she realized there were more than a few instances of birds showing up in her song lyrics and titles.

Dec 05 2019

23mins

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Rank #5: Difficult Truths Best Whispered: Joan Shelley Sees The Beauty In The Fading

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Where a musician lives can tell you a lot about their songs. Joan Shelley wears her love of Kentucky proudly, but for her latest album, 'Like The River Loves The Sea', Shelley left her home outside of Louisville, Ky., and headed to a very different environment: Iceland. Iceland presented its own opportunities and difficulties. Shelley found a wonderful string section that lends a lot of weight to the record, but apparently it's hard to find a banjo in Iceland. There may or may not be a single one in the whole country, but Shelley made the most of it with this beautiful and restrained album. We'll talk to her and her musical partner, Nathan Salsburg, about recording in Iceland and the very powerful nature of natural love.

Dec 17 2019

22mins

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