WXPN

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WXPN-FM is the non-commercial public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and the premier radio showcase for contemporary music that spans the progressive edges of rock, folk, rhythm and blues, and American roots. WXPN also produces programming for national syndication. Our signature program,World Café with David Dye is distributed by Public Radio International and broadcasts daily on more than 160 public radio stations nationwide. WXPN also produces the Peabody-Award winning Kids Corner, hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the annual Singer Songwriter Weekend two-day music festival.

Series

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67 Pieces

A grab bag of musicians muse about the creative and mundane aspecs of their lives. WXPN's Tracey Tanenbaum hosts this ongoing five minute weekly series

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2008
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2 Pieces

Guest DJs talk about the music that inspired them in their formative years and what they listen to now, in their off-hours.

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Feb 08, 2004
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4 Pieces

Four separate features profile African American artists who have ties to Philadelphia

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  • Updated: Feb 04, 2007
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6 Pieces

a series of profiles celebrating black musicians in and their contributions to popular music

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  • Updated: Feb 02, 2006
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64 Pieces

A weekly exploration of blues and related musical forms

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Sep 26, 2012
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144 Pieces

The Blues File is a weekly snapshot of a topic in this culturally significant genre.

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2005
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7 Pieces

A half-hour weekly show featuring in-studio performances from emerging independent musicians

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Sep 24, 2008
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A series of short-form pieces that WXPN used to galvanize listeners during our predrive & membership drive in fall 2008.

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  • Updated: Jan 05, 2009
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3 Pieces

An live hour of spoken word, poetry and song produced by the Writers House on the University of Pennsylvania

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2005
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4 Pieces

A series of concerts from the Philadelphia PA area by blues artists from Mississippi

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2013

Latest Pieces

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Texas native Rhett Miller threw away a full scholarship to Sarah Lawrence College to pursue music full-time. His gamble paid off. Miller's band O...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 01, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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When Steve Forbert began making records in the late 1970's he was dubbed "the new Dylan". No doubt, critics and audiences responded to his intelli...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 01, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Review: Otis Taylor album "Pentatonic Wars & Love Songs"

Bought by WDNA, KKRN, KKRN, KEOS, and WEFT


  • Added: Jun 30, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Frederick Usher, a collector and scholar of many kinds of art and music has died. He gave us the intriguing 1960 album "One String Blues."

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KEOS, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and WEFT


  • Added: Jun 25, 2009
  • Length: 04:24
  • Purchases: 5
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A remembrance of the late Koko Taylor. Career review includes her rare first recording.

Bought by WDNA, KKRN, KKRN, KEOS, WEFT and more


  • Added: Jun 04, 2009
  • Length: 06:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Blues File review of Chuck Berry boxed set "You Never Can Tell: His Complete Chess Recordings 1960-1966"

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KEOS, and WEFT


  • Added: May 21, 2009
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 4
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Slaid Cleaves may not be the most well-known Texas musician, but he does boast some influential fans, including novelist Stephen King and public ra...

Bought by Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE


  • Added: May 18, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Review of a new fake bootleg album called "Authorized Bootleg" of Muddy Waters in concert at the Fillmore in San Francisco in 1966

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, KTRL, and WEFT


  • Added: May 15, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 4
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On this edition of "A Musician's Life" Tracey Tanenbaum speaks with The Bacon Brothers. The Bacon Brothers are screen actor Kevin Bacon and his br...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: May 07, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Tracey Tanenbaum speaks with Squeeze's founding member Glenn Tilbrook. In the early 1980's critics were comparing Tilbrook and his collaborator Ch...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: May 01, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1