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Time To Lay It Down - The Soundtrack to the Vietnam War

Time to Lay It Down ~ The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War is a two-part documentary special that explores the music created during the Vietnam War, which expressed the deep divisions in the U.S., and provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam, as well as a source of healing when they came home. It airs Sunday at Noon on WRUR and repeats Tuesday September 19th at 6PM. It is airing in conjunction to the Ken Burns' 10-part series The Vietnam War broadcast starting September 17, at 8PM on WXXI TV, and...

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Time to Lay It Down ~ The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War is a two-part documentary special that explores the music created during the Vietnam War, which expressed the deep divisions in the U.S., and provided a life line for GIs in Vietnam, as well as a source of healing when they came home.

Tune in for this live broadcast from the Memorial Art Gallery’s Clothesline Arts Festival, or stop by and see us there!  Saturday, September 9th from 10 AM to Noon on Different Radio, WRUR. Scott Regan will be broadcasting his Open Tunings Saturday program, and will be joined by Maureen Rich, host of Road to Joy, Mike Murray of Whole Lotta' Shakin' and Jen Sally, host of In the Fold. Join us for great art and music at this year's Clothesline Arts Festival. The program will also air live on WITH, 90.1FM in Ithaca.

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Different Radio will air concert sets from this year's Newport Folk Festival from 9AM to Noon, and again 6PM to Midnight. Wilco, John Prine, Shovels & Rope,  and Hurray for the Riff Raff are just some of the acts you can hear. It all starts Monday, Labor Day, at 9AM, only on Different Radio, WRUR 88.5 FM and WITH 90.1 FM. 

Here is the lineup (times aproximate):

9:00  AM  John Prine & Friends

10:10 AM  Marlon William

10:46 AM  Wilco

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Like many singer-songwriters, Jessica Lea Mayfield depends on vocal demeanor to bring out the emotional nuances in her writing. She's got quite a range: She can sound spacey and serene, or distant and suspicious, or fiercely sure of herself. Her raw fourth album, Sorry Is Gone, has a series of songs about escape from damaging relationships, and each is conveyed through its own weather system. There are outbreaks of snarling bitterness followed by moments of calm, and times when inner turmoil is masked under a coating of honeyed pop exuberance.

"You know, I really wasn't kidding," laughs David Crosby, referencing our 2016 conversation about his then-new album, Lighthouse, during which he'd described experiencing an unprecedented, elongated bout of creativity. The imminent arrival of Lighthouse's follow-up, Sky Trails, less than a year later, lends Crosby's claim credibility. Crosby has released six solo albums since 1971, but three of them have arrived since 2014.

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When last the world heard a full-length from Emil Svanängen, who records under the name Loney Dear, it was 2011's Hall Music. It's a symphonic sprawl of a record that heaped instrument upon instrument atop the Swedish singer-songwriter's elfin voice and tender melodies. Since then, he's switched labels, from the celebrated indie Polyvinyl to no less than Peter Gabriel's pet imprint, Real World. In that time, Svanängen has also pulled back. Where Hall Music swelled and swirled, his new album, Loney Dear, whispers.

In this special episode, we're having a listening party inspired by Turning the Tables, NPR Music's list of 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women. It was spearheaded by Ann Powers, our Nashville correspondent. She joins us — along with Alisa Ali from WFUV in New York City, Andrea Swensson from The Current in Minneapolis, and me, Talia Schlanger — to focus on a couple important records from that list that came out in the '90s.

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The premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country.
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Feist is back with her first album in six years; it's called Pleasure. Tune in to the World Cafe to find out more about the complex emotions behind the record and how it represents a period of reflection for the famed Canadian singer.   

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  On the World Cafe today is Jason Isbell, one of Nashville's most acclaimed singer-songwriters, who recently released a new album called The Nashville Sound. Hear him discuss the dual meaning behind the album title and what he thought about when writing the track “White Man’s World”.   

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Legendary British folk singer, Shirley Collins, performs music from Lodestar, her first release in nearly four decades in an encore edition of the next World Cafe. She shares the painful personal experience that kept her from singing for decades and what finally led her back to recording. 

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  It's the start of encore week, and Josh Tillman, who performs as Father John Misty, tackles survival, capitalist greed, climate change and the apocalypse on his latest album Pure Comedy. He talks about the humanity, humor and heart behind it, and performs live in an encore edition of the next World Cafe.   

A rebroadcast from December 2016  from The Town Hall in New York City, New York. Marcus Mumford sings "I Was Young When I Left Home" and "I Will," Corinne Bailey Rae performs "Hey, I Won't Break Your Heart" and "Put Your Records On," and Trevor Noah talks with Chris Thile about succeeding in succeeding.

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After a 6-year hiatus, Fleet Foxes are back with a new album called Crack-Up. The band performs live music showcasing the folk-tinged harmonies they’re known and loved for, and lead singer Robin Pecknold tells Talia Schlanger about some of the creative forces that shaped the album including a trilogy of essays by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Friday at 2 PM on Different Radio

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Thursday July 13 John Palocy Trio & San Gabriel Social Club

Friday July 14 Jackson Cavalier

Saturday July 15 The Jane Mutiny

Monday July 17 Uptown Groove Duo

Tuesday July 18 Alyssa Rodriguez

Wednesday July 19 The Old Hippies

Thursday July 20 John Palocy Trio & San Gabriel Social Club

Friday July 21 Connie Deming

Saturday July 22 The Jane Mutiny

Monday July 24 Stringplicity

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With the help of Jack White's Third Man Records, the young Nashville band Sunseeker release their much anticipated debut EP Biddeford on July 14th. The Music City four piece now hope to make their presence known nationally - hear why the 21 years olds have been so quickly recognized for their talent in their artistically rich hometown.

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Best known as David Letterman’s house band leader for 33 years, Paul Shaffer is back with The World’s Most Dangerous Band. Their new record features Shaggy, Jenny Lewis, Darius Rucker, and Bill Murray. Paul talks about his time with Dave, his gig playing in the original Saturday Night Live House band and his role as Artie Fufkin in the mockumentary cult hit This is Spinal Tap.

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From growing up in LA to living in a 200-year-old gothic home in Virginia so her father could pursue priesthood, hear how Angelica Garcia’s range of experiences has shaped her music on her debut album, Medicine for Birds.

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