World Cafe

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World Cafe
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The World Cafe at the former Hajoca Corp. showroom
GenreMusic/Interview
Running time2 hours, Monday-Friday
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
Home stationWXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
SyndicatesPublic Radio International (1991-2005)
NPR (2005-present)
Hosted byDavid Dye (1991-2017)
Talia Schlanger (2017-2019)
Raina Douris (2019-present)
Original release1991 – present
Websiteworldcafe.npr.org
PodcastWorld Cafe Podcasts

World Cafe is a two-hour-long, nationally syndicated music radio program that originates from WXPN, a non-commercial station licensed to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The program began on October 14, 1991[1] and was originally distributed by Public Radio International. Since 2005, the show has been distributed by NPR.

World Cafe features live performances and interviews with established and emerging artists. The program's format covers a wide spectrum of musical genres, including indie rock, folk, hard rock, singer-songwriter, alt-country, and world music. The program produces two weekly podcasts containing interviews and information about musical performers: "World Cafe Words and Music," which features more established singers and bands, and "World Cafe Next," which highlights emerging artists.

Since the program's launch, World Cafe was hosted by David Dye.[1] The program announced Talia Schlanger as its new host in February 2017.[2] Dye continued as full-time host and producer of the radio show until March 31, 2017, continuing afterward as a part-time contributor to the program,[1][3] although Schlanger guest-hosted some episodes in Dye's absence in advance of becoming the program's official host as of April 1. In June 2019, Schlanger announced her departure from the program, to return to other creative projects.[4] In September 2019, the program announced Raina Douris as its new host, beginning October 7.[5]

After Schlanger became permanent host of World Cafe, Dye frequently served as the program's guest host. Other contributors to the program have included Ann Powers and Stephen Kallao.[6]

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