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Sense Of Place, South Africa: Sannie Fox

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Bringing together her Afrikaans, Portuguese and Welsh heritage, all combined into the unique perspective of someone who moved to South Africa as a child.

Sense Of Place South Africa: Sannie Fox

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Sense Of Place, South Africa: Sol Gems

A live psychedelic performance recorded live in the economic hub of the country, Johannesburg.

Sense Of Place South Africa: Sol Gems

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Brandi Carlile performs a live World Cafe Session at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Liz Waldie/WXPN hide caption

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Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

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Brace your abs for an emotional gut-punch. Brandi Carlile performs live with bandmates and co-writers Tim and Phil Hanseroth.

Brandi Carlile On World Cafe

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Remembering Dolores O'Riordan

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Dolores visited the World Cafe in the summer of 2007, just after releasing her first solo album that May. Hear the Session.

Remembering Dolores O'Riordan On World Cafe

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Lizz Wright On World Cafe

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We were pretty floored by Lizz Wright and this set performed with an unwavering grace.

Lizz Wright On World Cafe

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Joe Henry On World Cafe

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Mentored by T Bone Burnett in the '90s, he's gone on to work with the likes of Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Glen Hansard and more. The singer-songwriter and producer performs live.

Joe Henry On World Cafe

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Slingshot: Sessions With The Class Of 2018

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Get a look inside the studio for live performances from Phoebe Bridgers, Jade Bird and Bedouine — three artists in a new group of exceptional young talent.

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The Secret Sisters On World Cafe

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Hear a live performance of songs from Laura and Lydia Rogers' new album, You Don't Own Me Anymore.

The Secret Sisters On World Cafe

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St. Vincent On World Cafe

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With only an acoustic guitar in hand, Annie Clark pulls off an in-studio performance in spades.

St. Vincent On World Cafe

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Mondo Cozmo On World Cafe

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From making music in his spare bedroom to a No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts, the Philadelphia-born, LA-based musician performs live.

Mondo Cozmo On World Cafe

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Margo Price On World Cafe

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Zooming out on her lens of personal experience, the singer-songwriter tells small stories that speak to big social and political issues on her latest album.

Margo Price On World Cafe

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Bedouine On World Cafe

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"Charming" is a word that gets tossed around a lot in describing her self-titled debut record — hear that in this live performance.

Bedouine On World Cafe

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Encore Week: Celebrating 2017's Studio Sessions

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Listen back to some of the best World Cafe interviews and performances of the past year, including Robert Plant, John Mayer, Hurray For The Riff Raff and many more.

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Priscilla Presley Remembers Christmas With Elvis

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From the first gifts they ever exchanged to their tree-trimming traditions at Graceland, hear heartwarming holiday stories and music from Christmas with Elvis and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Priscilla Presley On World Cafe

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Jidenna On World Cafe

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The star quality you can't really describe but it's just there? He's got it.

Jidenna On World Cafe

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Curtis Harding On World Cafe

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The young Atlanta-based artist has an old soul — key word, "soul." Hear a performance of songs from his new album, Face Your Fear.

Curtis Harding On World Cafe

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Lukas Nelson And Promise Of The Real On World Cafe

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From Willie Nelson's band to touring with Neil Young, here comes a new generation carrying the country-rock torch.

Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real On World Cafe

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Michael McDonald On World Cafe

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Wide Open gets pretty personal, and so did our conversation. McDonald discusses the reality of being a musician in his sixties and what he calls his "first big hurt" (and no, it's not a romantic one).

Michael McDonald On World Cafe

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