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World Cafe

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"Ladies and gentlemen, rock and roll". Those were the words TV audiences heard on August 1, 1981 when a brand new channel called Music Television launched. MTV changed the world of music, and we celebrate with a full show of the earliest video hits including The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star" and Pat Benatar's "You Better Run".

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Sex Pistols' guitarist Steve Jones shares wild, touching, and often shocking stories from his memoir Lonely Boy. From his working class childhood, to his downward spiral into heroin addiction, and the time he stole David Bowie’s gear, Jones talks about defining punk rock and surviving it, on an encore edition of the World Cafe.

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Inspired by her great uncle, a Grenada-born cabaret star, Ala.Ni, has been singing since childhood. It shows on her new, acapella album, You & I.  She reflects on the secret love affair that inspired it and more, today on the World Cafe. https://www.vuhaus.com/embed/v2/videos/a594467e-c7a9-4d40-9528-c0a0a096a22e?autostart=false#

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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.   

Shawn Brackbill

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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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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