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World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

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Best of World Cafe - book cover - peek inside! THE BEST OF WORLD CAFE®
Great Conversations from NPR's Most Popular Contemporary Music Show
ISBN: 9780762427680
ISBN-10: 076242768X
Published by Running Press

World Cafe has been one of public radio's most entertaining and important music shows for over 15 years. Airing weekdays on 185 radio stations nationwide from its home station of WXPN-FM in Philadelphia, PA, it is a uniquely formatted program that features live interviews and performances with the greatest established and up-and-coming artists of today.

In The Best of the World Cafe: Great Conversations from NPR's Most Popular Contemporary Music Show host David Dye offers a stunning retrospective of the show, digging into this impressive vault of content to highlight the show's greatest interviews, quotes, moments, and memories. Featuring interview excerpts and complete transcripts from some of music's legendary, leading, and up-and-coming artists and performers, The Best of the World Cafe is fit to indulge even the most hardcore music junkies.

David Dye originated the show in 1991 to offer listeners a new eclectic mix of musical styles including blues, rock, folk, and alt-country. Every week since the show's inception, Dye has brought out the best in such celebrated musicians as Sting, Joni Mitchell, Robert Plant, and Beck. He also introduced many listeners to newcomers like Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, and John Mayer among thousands of others.

Through The Best of the World Cafe, Dye unlocks the intimate experiences and awe-inspiring moments shared with the artists who have come to make the World Cafe public radio's most popular contemporary music program.

BONUS DVD! The Best of the World Cafe includes an original 50-minute DVD about World Cafe, entitled "WXPN and World Cafe Present a History from There to Here", which features interviews with current and past staff, giving insider accounts of the show's history and daily operation, as well as behind-the-scenes footage, and a selection of performances and interviews.

Available in bookstores everywhere November 12, 2007.

Available NOW when you become an XPN Member!
The Best of World Cafe is available with a $75 pledge.
Current members can pick it up with their additional gift of $25.

Monday through Friday at 2pm ET World Cafethe World Cafe with host David Dye serves up an eclectic mix of music from blues, rock, and world, to folk, and alternative country with live performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists. This acclaimed program, distributed nationally to over 185 stations across the country through NPR Music, is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia.

This Week on World Cafe

Monday, March 9, 2009
Former Beatle Pete Best takes us back to Liverpool on Haymans Green.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Unpredictable psych-folk duo, The Dodos, have released their sophomore effort called Visiter.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Everest released their indie-rock debut, Ghost Notes, on Neil Young's Vapor Records.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009
Freak-folk duo Golden Animals make their debut with Free Your Mind and Win a Pony.

Friday, March 13, 2009
Mark Olson and Gary Louris are back with Ready for the Flood, a largely acoustic album reminiscent of old time bluegrass.

Monday, March 16, 2009
DeVotchKa's fresh gypsy-rock is showcased on their new album, A Mad and Faithful Telling.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Folk-pop songwriter and acclaimed novelist, John Wesley Harding, returns with his latest work, Who Was Changed And Who Was Dead.

The Lillywhite Sessions

Lillywhite Sessions

Producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, Peter Gabriel) will produce music sessions for the World Cafe at the world-renowned Avatar Studios in New York City.

The first of the Lillywhite Sessions, featuring She & Him, aired Wednesday, June 11, 2008. Other sessions include: Goldfrapp, Dr. Dog, Fleet Foxes, and more.

Episode Archives

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World Cafe CDs Also Available at Local Retail Stores

Live At The World Cafe CDs now available at these retail stores.

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World Cafe Session Download Archives
Download tracks

listen Franz Nicolai
"Complete World Cafe session"

Ra Ra Riot
"Ghost Under Rocks"


listen Calexico
"Two Silver Trees"


listen The Low Anthem
"Charlie Darwin"


listen Mercury Rev
"People Are So Unpredictable"


listen Jessica Lea Mayfield
"For Today"


listen Felice Brothers
"Frankies Gun"


listen Ray Lamontagne
"Hey Me Hey Mama"


listen Okkervil River
"Singer Songwriter"


listenMatthew Sweet


listenBon Iver


"Great Heron Gates"


listenBuddy Guy
"Out In The Woods"


listenBen Sollee
"How to See The Sunrise"


"Les Artistes"


listenLykke Li
"Little Bit"


World Cafe Words and Music

World Cafe Words & Music from WXPN
Live performance and interview podcast featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians.

World Cafe: Next

World Cafe: Next
A weekly podcast featuring independent and emerging artists who are making exciting, innovative music.

You can find an Archive of past shows on
David Dye: Biography
David Dye is a longtime Philadelphia radio personality whose music enthusiasm has captivated listeners of World Cafe since 1991. World Cafe is produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania.

World Cafe and Dye have received numerous awards including: two NFCB Gold Reel Awards, Album Network's "Best Triple A Air Talent," four Philadelphia Magazine's "Best of Philly Awards," the Philadelphia Chapter of NARA "Hero Award" and numerous radio industry trade magazine citations.
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Best of the World Cafe
The Best of World Cafe, by David Dye!
Pick Up a Copy of The Best of World Cafe Available now when you become a member of WPXN at the $75 Level. There's interview excerpts, complete transcripts from some of music's legendary, and up-and-coming artists, and much more. Find out more and take a peek inside

Love the music you hear on World Cafe?

You can buy World Cafe releases at Shop.XPN.ORG or at these retail stores.

Live at the World Cafe

Live At The World Cafe 20th Anniversary CD Set

20th Anniversary CD Set

Become a Member of WXPN and Pick up the 20th Anniversary CD Set!

Live recordings from Vampire Weekend, Beach House, David Gray, Fleet Foxes, Coldplay, Feist, Patty Griffin, Justin Townes Earle, Dave Matthews, and many others.

Live At The World Cafe Volume 30

Volume 31

Pick up your copy now at the Online Store!

Live recordings from Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs, JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys, Best Coast, Jukebox The Ghosr, KT Tunstall, The National, Ra Ra Riot and many others.

Live At The World Cafe Volume 30

Volume 30

Pick up your copy at the XPN Music Store online!

Live recordings from Free Energy, The Hold Steady, Dr. Dog, Citizen Cope, Charlotte Gainsbourg, The Clientele, and many others.

World Cafe CDs

Volume 29 Track List

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Live recordings from Wilco with Feist, Fanfarlo, Tori Amos, Blitzen Trapper, Moby, Mayer Hawthorne and many others.

World Cafe CDs

Volume 28

Includes live recordings from The Pretenders, Bell X-1, Bat for Lashes, TV on the Radio, The Walkmen, and many others.

World Cafe CDs

Volume 27

Includes live recordings from Bon Iver, Calexico, Jenny Lewis, Aimee Mann, Ra Ra Riot, Ray LaMontagne, and many others. Now available in stores

World Cafe CDs

Volume 26

Volume 26 is available online and in retail stores. Featuring Sheryl Crow, Wilco, Feist, Rilo Kiley, Counting Crows, and many others.

Shop WXPN on Amazon

Any purchase that starts through an Amazon link on benefits the station.

Be sure to pick up your favorite music heard on World Cafe at XPN's Music Store, or browse our picks. It doesn't cost you anything extra, and the benefits apply to any purchases made through Amazon, not just music.

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