World Cafe 20th Anniversary

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Looking Back

After 20 years behind the mic, World Cafe host David Dye recounts his 20 favorite interviews and studio sessions, including visits from Jackson Browne, Sonny Rollins and Coldplay, and more. It's a retrospect of the best of the best for the past twenty years. Listen to some of our favorite guests below. AND, be sure to listen to the live performances from our 20th Anniversary Weekend too!

World Cafe Looks Back: Jack White
World Cafe's 20th-anniversary celebration kicks off with a look at Jack White's many talents, including his work as a producer and his bands The White Stripes and The Raconteurs.

World Cafe Looks Back: Guitar Greats
World Cafe celebrates some legendary guitar innovators by sharing past interviews with Les Paul, Peter Frampton and Jeff Beck.

World Cafe Looks Back: The Beatles
We commemorate The Beatles' music with a look back to interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, George Martin and Pete Best as World Cafe's 20th-anniversary celebration continues

World Cafe Looks Back: Robert Plant
Tracing the rock legend's many styles, from Led Zeppelin to feats of blues, folk and country.

World Cafe Looks Back: '70s Singer-Songwriters
Revisit the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s with some of the decade's most masterful and indelible artists: Jackson Browne, Carole King, James Taylor and Joni Mitchell.

World Cafe Looks Back: Beck
In this 20th-anniversary special, David Dye examines the music of Beck through the years.

World Cafe Looks Back: Jam-Boree
Good vibes abound with Phish and Trey Anastasio, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, and Widespread Panic.

World Cafe Looks Back: Musicians We Miss
Celebrate the lives and legacies of two American songwriters, Townes Van Zandt and Jeff Buckley, with their intimate interviews from the World Cafe vault.

World Cafe Looks Back: Uncle Tupelo's Family Tree
The extraordinary and influential alt-country group was a standard-bearer for the genre, and later spawned Wilco and Son Volt after it broke up in the mid-'90s.

World Cafe Looks Back: The Sound Of Memphis    
Celebrate the Tennessee swagger with sessions by Booker T, Al Green, Isaac Hayes and Steve Cropper.

World Cafe Looks Back: Coldplay
Trace the band's maturation with three interviews from this past decade including a recent visit to World Cafe to discuss its new, Brian Eno-produced dance-rock record, Mylo Xyloto.

World Cafe Looks Back: World Music
David Dye recalls the incredible world music artists who've appeared on World Cafe in the past 20 years, including King Sunny Ade, Angélique Kidjo and Bela Fleck; plus Ry Cooder on producing Buena Vista Social Club.

World Cafe Looks Back: Jazz Greats
Hear from tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, drummer Jack DeJohnette and bassist Stanley Clarke.

World Cafe Looks Back: Celebrating U.K. Folk
"World Cafe honors the history of folk music in the United Kingdom with artists who've helped define the sound: John Martyn, Donovan, Bert Jansch, Richard Thompson, Laura Marling and Mumford and Sons.

World Cafe Looks Back: Blues And Gospel
Hear conversations with guitar masters Buddy Guy and R.L. Burnside, gospel storyteller Mavis Staples and blues royalty Koko Taylor.

World Cafe Looks Back: Country And Bluegrass
"In this episode's tribute to country and bluegrass artists, hear from the Grand Ole Opry's Appalachian folk-inspired Charlie Louvin and the "Okie From Muskogee," Merle Haggard."

World Cafe Looks Back: Elvis Costello
World Cafe's 20th-anniversary celebration continues with a look back at Costello's many appearances on the show, including a conversation with collaborator Allen Toussaint about their post-Katrina tribute.

World Cafe Looks Back: '90s Singer-Songwriters
For World Cafe's 20th anniversary, a look at archival interviews with '90s-era singer-songwriters, including Bruce Cockburn, Sting, Sheryl Crow, Aimee Mann and Suzanne Vega.

World Cafe Looks Back: Rosanne Cash
"World Cafe's 20th-anniversary celebration continues with two intimate conversations with Cash. The show includes her emotional, candid response to the loss of her famous father, as well as performances of songs from records she made in his memory."

World Cafe Looks Back: T-Bone Burnett
"Hear a new interview with the legendary producer, who reflects on some of the famous albums he's helped make, including Raising Sand and the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.

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