World Cafe Words and Music Podcast WXPN's live performance and interview program featuring music and conversation from a variety of important musicians

World Cafe Words and Music Podcast

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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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Chicago's jazz scene was the perfect place for Makaya McCraven to break the rules

The "beat scientist" and composer chats about his musical upbringing and his approach to remixing live music.

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Here are 5 Chicago soul records you should know

Ayana Contreras, host of WBEZ's Reclaimed Soul, talks about what makes Chicago soul special.

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This Chicago store is a must if you're on the hunt for rare, vintage guitars

The city's Chicago Music Exchange boasts a massive showroom that looks more like a museum of musical instruments.

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Chicago's indie music scene is thriving inside this college student's apartment

DePaul University student Eli Schmitt hosts live performances from local bands as part of his New Now series.

New Now on World Cafe

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Chicago rapper Pinqy Ring knows you can't have a music scene without community

The Puerto Rican rapper and educator travels all over the city and the world using hip hop as a way to connect.

Pinqy Ring on World Cafe

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The Culture Corner: How Curtis Mayfield left an indelible mark on Chicago

Born in Chicago, Mayfield was responsible for so much music over the course of his career, from soundtracks to his work with The Impressions.

Culture Corner: Curtis Mayfield on World Cafe

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A 'product child of Chicago,' KAINA is learning to savor the home she's made here

The musician talks about her latest album, It Was A Home, and the creative community she's fostered in Chicago.

KAINA on World Cafe

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Legendary audio engineer Steve Albini built his Chicago studio brick by brick

The man behind albums by Nirvana, the Pixies and more opens the doors to Electrical Audio and details his egalitarian approach to working with musicians.

Steve Albini on World Cafe

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Pigface to Reznor: Here's what you'll find in Chicago's new industrial rock museum

Industrial music heavyweight Martin Atkins pulled from his personal collection of memorabilia to create Chicago's new Museum of Post Punk and Industrial Music.

Martin Atkins on World Cafe

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Demi Lovato finally gets to unleash her anger on 'HOLY F***'

Demi Lovato reflects on the limitations of the "hyper-feminine pop star" and embracing a hard rock sound on her latest album, HOLY F***.

Demi Lovato on World Cafe

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