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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.

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"Charlie Darwin"


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"People Are So Unpredictable"


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"For Today"


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"Frankies Gun"


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"Hey Me Hey Mama"


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"Singer Songwriter"


listenMatthew Sweet


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"Out In The Woods"


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"How to See The Sunrise"


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"Little Bit"


World Cafe Words and Music

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World Cafe: Next

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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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The Best of World Cafe, by David Dye!
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