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

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Conversations from the World Cafe

Enjoy engaging discussions with some of today's most important artists hosted by David Dye of the World Cafe. Tune in every Wednesday at 10pm on WXPN 88.5FM

Listen to a continuous stream of the three most recent shows.

July 17, 2013 - Vocal acrobat Bobby McFerrin was almost inescapable with his catchy and lighthearted 1988 hit “Don’t Worry Be Happy”. Over his nearly 4 decade long career, he has collaborated with numerous virtuoso musicians like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and YoYo Ma.
July 10, 2013 - In 2004 KT Tunstall had a career break through when she performed her song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” on the British TV show Later… with Jools Holland. Since that time she has continued to find success with her music, but the last few years have been rough in terms of her personal life.
July 3, 2013 - Patty Griffin joins host David Dye on the stage of World Cafe Live. Patty Griffin released her debut in 1996 and since that time she has become a favorite of both music fans and musicians. Her songs have been covered by Emmylou Harris, the Dixie Chicks, and Joan Baez among many others.
June 26, 2013- Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett join host David Dye in the studio. The horror author, populist songwriter, and accomplished producer combined their talents to create the musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County.
June 19 - Frightened Rabbit joins host David Dye in the studio. In 2008 Frightened Rabbit gained fame in indie music circles with the mournful album The Midnight Organ Fight.
June 12, 2013 - The National join host David Dye in the studio. Though they have put out several discs since they got together 12 years ago, The National really made headlines for their last two albums 2007’s The Boxer and 2010’s High Violet.
June 5, 2013 - Rod Stewart discusses Time, his first album of new material in nearly two decades. While in the past Stewart has had hits like “Maggie May,” “Do You Think I’m Sexy,” and “Downtown Train,” in recent years the British singer focused on covering the Great American Songbook.
May 29, 2013 - Nick Cave joins host David Dye in the studio. For the last three decades Nick Cave has been making dark, powerful, and incredibly well crafted songs with his band the Bad Seeds.
May 22, 2013 - Music industry executive, record producer, and author Clive Davis joins host David Dye in the studio. Starting out as a lawyer for Columbia Records, Clive Davis was named President of the company in 1967, and personally signed Janis Joplin after seeing her perform at the Monterey Pop Festival.
May 15, 2013 - Dawes talk about their new album Stories Don’t End. The LA based group has become known for a sound that harkens back to Laurel Canyon in the 70s, but with Stories Don’t End singer Taylor Goldsmith had hoped fans would hear a wider field of influences. He and his brother, Dawes drummer Griffin Goldsmith, discuss that with the Cafe’s Michaela Majoun, as well as look back on the success of their last disc Nothing is Wrong and their turning point tour with Mumford & Sons. And Milk Carton Kids. The duo of Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan gave away their first albums for free, but with their new one The Ash & Clay, they have signed to ANTI-Records and tried the more traditional approach. They talk about the reasons behind both decisions, and why their partnership can be compared to a marriage.
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