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World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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Rank #90 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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190 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

190 Ratings
Average Ratings
105
38
19
12
16

Nice music

By Goranger22 - May 07 2016
Read more
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!
Cover image of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

Updated 6 days ago

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

Rank #1: Tiny Desk Winner Feels Protective Of His Lauded Song

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My guest today makes some of the most stunning music I've ever heard. It's raw, it's visceral, it's real. Quinn Christopherson hails from Alaska, and even though he's released less than a handful of songs, they've left quite an impression on people. You might know Quinn's name if you're fan of the Tiny Desk Concert series. A Tiny Desk Concert is a big deal. Musicians like Lizzo, Dave Matthews, Taylor Swift and hundreds of others have crowded around the desk of our friend, NPR Music's Bob Boilen, since 2008. And NPR has a contest for up and coming bands to get their chance to perform at Bob's desk. This year, there were over 6000 entries and Quinn won for his moving song, "Erase Me," which is a powerful expression of his experience as a transgender man. Winning the contest brings exposure and attention. We talk about that, and why he made, in my opinion, the wise decision not to perform the song "Erase Me" for us. That's right, he didn't play it! And you'll find his reasoning to be among the most real and honest answers I've heard.

Oct 28 2019

18mins

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Rank #2: Ranky Tanky Shares The Music Of Gullah

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Ranky Tanky is from Charleston, S.C. and the band's music draws on the culture of slave descendants from Gullah, a region of coastal sea islands that stretches from the southern coast of North Carolina to the northernmost part of Florida. Anchored by the powerful voice of Quiana Parler (who has shared the stage with Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5 and Miranda Lambert), Ranky Tanky showcases some dynamite musicianship. We'll talk about the history of Gullah, the importance of Alan Lomax and some pretty incredible performances starting with "Stand By Me".

Oct 29 2019

18mins

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Rank #3: Getting To The United States Wasn't Easy For The Muckers

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Emir Mohseni grew up in Tehran, Iran, loving rock music and wanting to be a musician. Thanks to a musical connection with his friend Tony Azar (who split time between the United States and Iran), The Muckers were born. The only catch? Emir wanted to play his music in America, not Iran. Getting to the United States wasn't easy for Emir, especially as his journey coincided with the implementation of Trump's travel ban in 2017. We'll talk about that intense experience, plus they'll rock out for us, starting with "It's Better Without You.

Oct 25 2019

24mins

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Rank #4: Questlove Invites You To A 'Mixtape Potluck'

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Today's show features a true renaissance man: Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. He's the co-founder of the iconic hip-hop band The Roots, the bandleader for 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' and is an author five times over. His latest book is called "Mixtape Potluck". Inspired by the "food salon" dinner parties he throws, the book is a collection of recipes from his friends, including Martha Stewart, Fred Armisen, Amy Poehler and dozens more. Alongside each recipe, Questlove has selected a song to inspire each friend in the kitchen. Quest will take us through some of his musical selections and we'll try to figure out which of his friends' recipes is his favorite. We'll have a lot of laughs, plus a giant surprise that you do not want to miss. Questlove also touches on food's special relationship to the genesis of The Roots' landmark album, 'Things Fall Apart', which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

Oct 23 2019

35mins

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Rank #5: David Wax Museum Creates A Positive Message From A Difficult Situation

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What happens when your hometown witnesses a seismic social event? David Wax and Suz Slezak, who lead the band David Wax Museum, had to answer that question after the 2017 Unite the Right rally and subsequent counter-protests in the pair's hometown of Charlottesville, Va. made national news. "I think for people who grew up there, we feel like 'Gosh, this does not represent our town at all,' " Suz explains. "But I think that is also a view that has a lot of blinders on it, because this does represent our country." Born out of that experience, the band's latest album, 'Line of Light', is a beautiful record, and you don't have to know its inspiration to appreciate it. David and Suz are two of the most thoughtful musicians you could meet, and they'll talk candidly about creating a positive message from a difficult situation.

Oct 24 2019

25mins

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