World Cafe

Mon-Fri between 4am to 6am and 6pm to 8pm; Sun between 8pm-10pm
  • Hosted by David Dye

World Cafe is the premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. 

Join us Wednesday night, April 11 for World Cafe.  We will have the latest copy of World Cafe, Volume 43 available for your pledge of support.  Click here to make your contribution or call 1-800-245-8870.

View tonight's playlist here.

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World Cafe Live - On Air Ticket Giveaway Today

Feb 23, 2016

World Cafe Live is happening tonight at 8:00pm at The Grey Eagle.  The show is sold out, but WNCW has one more pair of tickets to giveaway.

Tune in today between 12noon and 3pm for your chance to win a pair of tickets, which also includes a meet and greet with David Dye.

World Cafe Special Offers

Mar 18, 2015

We have special offers for World Cafe supporters.  CALL 1-800-245-8870

  • World Cafe Volume 38 - $75 pledge
  • World Cafe Volume 38 + Crowd Around The Mic - $175 pledge
  • World Cafe Volume 38 + Pint Glass - $115 pledge
  • World Cafe Volume 38 + T-shirt - $135 pledge

All World Cafe CD orders automatically receive two randomly selected previous World Cafe CDs.

Joining us in the studio for hour two of Tuesday's World Cafe is the Los Angeles band He's My Brother, She's My Sister. As the name implies, lead vocalists Robert and Rachel Kolar are indeed siblings.

In hour one of Tuesday's installment of World Cafe, we talk with Elvis Costello and The Roots' powerhouse drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson about how they met and came to utilize hip-hop techniques to make a non-hip-hop record. Costello and The Roots unveiled their collaborative album Wise Up Ghost last week — it's a project they'd made in semi-secrecy.

World Cafe Next: Ásgeir

Sep 23, 2013

Musically speaking, we travel to Iceland for Monday's installment of World Cafe: Next. Our featured artist is Ásgeir, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter who's on his way to making history. After releasing his debut album (In the Silence) in his homeland last year, the singer has the best-selling and fastest-selling debut album ever in Iceland.

Ray LaMontagne On World Cafe

Sep 23, 2013

In this installment of Vintage Cafe, we revisit Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs' performance from Oct. 8, 2010.

Jack Johnson On World Cafe

Sep 20, 2013

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson recently released his sixth album of breezy, easygoing songs: From Here to Now to You finds him returning to more acoustic arrangements after 2010's To the Sea, which featured more instrumental variations, including electric guitars.

In this World Cafe session, Johnson credits much of his success to his wife, and dedicates a couple of songs to their relationship. The singer also discusses his Hawaiian home and the influence of the indigenous slack-key guitar culture on his style.

Latin Roots: The Evolution Of Balada

Sep 19, 2013

On Thursday's installment of World Cafe's Latin Roots series, Ernesto Lechner — co-host of the radio show The Latin Alternative — dives into balada, a romantic style of Latin music. Lechner starts by playing a couple of examples of the style from the late 1960s, when authentic balada drew from jazz and even the Brazilian genre of bossa nova. We'll also hear a modern rendition of the style from Babasónicos of Argentina.

Jason Isbell On World Cafe

Sep 19, 2013

Soulful roots-rock singer Jason Isbell has been writing revealing, introspective songs since his days in the Southern rock band Drive-By Truckers. After leaving the group in 2007, Isbell went on to record a string of studio albums with and without his new band, The 400 Unit. His hit "Alabama Pines" won Song of the Year honors at the 2012 Americana Music Awards.

Neko Case On World Cafe

Sep 18, 2013

This segment, from Sept. 18, is part of our Best Of 2013 series, in which we revisit some of our most memorable interviews and performances of the year.

She & Him On World Cafe

Sep 17, 2013

When actress Zooey Deschanel started recording with producer M. Ward as She & Him in 2006, it was easy to see it as a passing thing. With the duo releasing the third album-length installment of its ongoing collaboration this year — in addition to a holiday record titled A Very She & Him Christmas — it's now pretty clearly a long-haul project.

World Cafe Next: Wildcat! Wildcat!

Sep 16, 2013

The punchy L.A. indie-pop band Wildcat! Wildcat! is made up of three members who've been friends since middle school. They've released a couple of singles — including the latest, "Mr. Quiche" — and recently compiled them on a new EP. Hear a couple of the band's songs on this installment of World Cafe: Next.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band On World Cafe

Sep 13, 2013

New Orleans' Preservation Hall, the dirt-floor space off Bourbon Street, was founded in 1961 as a place for the elders of Crescent City jazz to play nightly. Today, World Cafe talks with Ben Jaffe; like his father Alan, who ran the space initially, Jaffe is a tuba player who guides the world-renowned band today.

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