World Cafe (radio program)

World Cafe
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The World Cafe Live venue at the former Hajoca Corp. showroom
Genre Music/Interview
Running time 2 hours, Monday-Friday
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station WXPN 88.5 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Syndicates Public Radio International (1991–2005)
NPR (2005–present)
Hosted by
Original release 1991 – present
Podcast World Cafe Podcasts

World Cafe is a two-hour-long, nationally syndicated music radio program that originates from WXPN, a non-commercial station licensed to the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. The program began on October 14, 1991[1] and was originally distributed by Public Radio International. Since 2005, the show has been distributed by NPR.

World Cafe features live performances and interviews with established and emerging artists. The program's format covers a wide spectrum of musical genres, including indie rock, folk, hard rock, singer-songwriter, alt-country, and world music. The program produces two weekly podcasts containing interviews and information about musical performers: "World Cafe Words and Music," which features more established singers and bands, and "World Cafe Next," which highlights emerging artists.

Since the program's launch, World Cafe was hosted by David Dye.[1] The program announced Talia Schlanger as its new host in February 2017.[2] Dye continued as full-time host and producer of the radio show until March 31, 2017, continuing afterward as a part-time contributor to the program and sometime fill-in host,[1][3] although Schlanger guest-hosted some episodes in Dye's absence in advance of becoming the program's official host as of April 1. In June 2019, Schlanger announced her departure from the program, to return to other creative projects.[4] In September 2019, the program announced Raina Douris as its new host, beginning October 7.[5]

Other contributors to the program have included Michaela Majoun,[6] Ann Powers and Stephen Kallao.[7]


  1. ^ a b c David Dye Announces A Change With 'World Cafe' Radio Show. National Public Radio, November 14, 2016.
  2. ^ "'World Cafe' Selects Talia Schlanger as New Host". Billboard, February 24, 2017.
  3. ^ David Dye to leave ‘World Cafe’ host chair next spring. Current, November 18, 2016
  4. ^ "‘World Cafe’ host to step down this autumn". Current, June 20, 2019.
  5. ^ Bruce Warren, "Hello, Goodbye: Raina Douris joins World Cafe as Talia Schlanger departs". WXPN, September 18, 2019.
  6. ^ Vettese, John. "End Of An Era: Longtime Morning Show host Michaela Majoun will bid farewell to XPN next month". WXPN.
  7. ^ "WXPN adds Stephen Kallao as new 'World Cafe' contributing host". The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 4, 2017

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