World Cafe launched on October 14, 1991. Distributed by NPR to more than 200 US radio stations and heard by nearly 600,000 listeners each week, World Cafe is known by artists, appreciative audiences, and the radio and music industries as an influential source for music discovery. The two-hour daily program features a mix of artist interviews with in-studio performances by both established and emerging artists. The music selection encompasses singer-songwriters, classic rock, indie rock, Americana, alt-country, blues, world music, R&B and soul. As the nation’s most listened-to public radio music program, its impact on the careers and audience awareness of thousands of artists is immeasurable.
Stream complete session in the World Cafe Archives on NPR Music.
World Cafe has received numerous awards, including two NFCB Golden Reel Awards, five “Best of Philly” awards from Philadelphia Magazine, NARAS Philadelphia Chapter’s “Hero Award,” the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award, and many radio industry trade citations.
World Cafe is produced by WXPN in Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania. On April 3rd, 2017, Talia Schlanger took over as the full-time host, following World Cafe’s original host, David Dye, who hosted the show for 27 years. Stephen Kallao – “Kallao” to many – is currently the show’s Contributing Host.
World Cafe Nashville explores the local scene of the Music City and features studio sessions with up and coming artists in the area. Our Nashville contributors include NPR Music’s Ann Powers and journalist Jewly Hight. Listen to past World Cafe Nashville Sessions on NPR Music.
World Cafe Staff
Talia Schlanger – Host
Kallao – Contributing Host
Bruce Warren – Executive Producer
Kimberly Junod – Senior Producer
John Myers – Producer
Will Loftus– Line Producer
Chris Williams – Production Director
Dan Reed – Talent Relations / Booking Manager
Ellen Oplinger – Production Assistant
Rich McKie – Digital Content Manager