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13 Nov 2018

World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN

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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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    Robyn On Being Your Own Best Friend

    Robyn just released Honey, her first new full-length album in 8 years. While making the record Robyn was dealing with two big losses – the end of a relationship and the death of a long-time friend and collaborator. Robyn explains how she used dance to help her cope and to inspire creation on Honey

  • Posted on 13 Nov 2018

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    KT Tunstall In Edinburgh

    What do the best Scottish chips have in common with the best songwriters? KT Tunstall explains as we travel to Edinburgh to hear music from KT's new album Wax. KT shares stories from her childhood, including the magical game her physicist father would play with her and her brother when they were kids. It involved liquid nitrogen and a long corridor, and was called "Don't Touch, Don't Die". She describes what it was like the first time her brother, who is deaf, was able to hear her music thanks to a cochlear implant. And KT shares her theory on why Scotland has such a massive musical output for a country with a relatively small population.

  • Posted on 08 Nov 2018

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    Urban Kismet + Eclectic Interest = Bonjay

    Ian Swain is a DJ/producer and urban economist. Alanna Stuart is a stunning singer/songwriter whose mom welcomed foster children from around the world when she was growing up. Together, they are Bonjay, and their full-length debut album Lush Life is unlike anything we've heard. Bonjay's music feels like what happens when different people from different backgrounds come together on rooftops and collide in bike lanes and offer each other seats on subways and sweat in basements blaring dancehall. Hear Bonjay perform live, and meet two fascinating artists in this edition of World Cafe.

  • Posted on 05 Nov 2018

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    Rosanne Cash Remembers Everything

    Rage, regret, long-term love, feminism and memory – those are some of the themes that veteran songwriter Rosanne Cash explores on her new album She Remembers Everything. In our conversation, Rosanne explains the urgent need she felt to tell female stories on this album and how her 20 years of gun control activism informed a song called "8 Gods of Harlem" which also features Kris Kristofferson and Elvis Costello. Cash also reflects on being recently given the "Spirit of Americana Free Speech Award" which was presented for the first time in 2002 to her father, the late Johnny Cash.

  • Posted on 02 Nov 2018

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    The English Beat Goes On

    Dave Wakeling of The English Beat still tours like a man decades younger than he is, and now he's got a new album to support it. It's been almost 30 years since Wakeling has sang on a studio Beat record, but with the new album Here We Go, Love, Wakeling wants to remind everyone that The English Beat hasn't lost a step. He'll tell the stories behind new songs and classics like "Tenderness" and "Save It For Later." Plus, we'll hear live performances as we pogo along with Dave Wakeling and The English Beat.

  • Posted on 29 Oct 2018

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