World Cafe

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This article is about the radio show. For the organisational development technique, see The World Cafe.
World Cafe
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The World Cafe at the former Hajoca Corp. showroom
Genre Music/Interview
Running time 2 hours, Monday-Friday
Country United States
Language(s) English
Home station WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Syndicates Public Radio International (1991-2005)
NPR (2005-present)
Host(s) David Dye
Air dates since 1991
Podcast World 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 in 1991 and was originally distributed by Public Radio International. Since 2005, the show has been distributed by NPR. Hosted by David Dye, 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.

Performance venue[edit]

World Cafe Live[edit]

World Cafe Live is a three-tiered live music venue dedicated to showcasing live music.[1] It is also home to the WXPN studios. The venue is well known for hosting upcoming local artists as well as nationally touring acts and has a capacity of approx. 350 people.[2] Past performers have included Adele, Phoenix, Charlotte Martin and Aimee Mann. The venue also hosts the beta hi-fi Music Festival every year in an effort to highlight and promote local talent. Past participants have been artists such as Melody Gardot, Joshua Park and Rod Kim.[citation needed]

World Cafe Live is a full-service restaurant, serving drinks and light fare for upstairs performances and serving complete dinners during the shows downstairs.[3]

A second World Cafe Live venue, known as World Cafe Live at the Queen, opened in the former Queen Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware in the early spring of 2011.


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