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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0 Pieces

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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Gospel and Soul singer David Dye reports on Mavis Staples and her family's beginnings and artistic evolution.

Bought by KPIP-LP, WUMB, KBUT, Northwest Public Broadcasting, and 90.5 WSNC


  • Added: Feb 09, 2006
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 5
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Host David Dye reports on soulman Al Green, the musical legend who has learned to balance the spiritual and secular in his music and his life.

Bought by KPIP-LP, WUMB, KBUT, 90.5 WSNC, KCUR and more


  • Added: Feb 03, 2006
  • Length: 04:22
  • Purchases: 6
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England's Linton Kwesi Johnson is the inventor of dub poetry. He's also been making reggae music about the Black experience in Great Britain since...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WUMB, and KBUT


  • Added: Feb 03, 2006
  • Length: 03:39
  • Purchases: 3
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David Dye reports on Shemekia Copland, a young blues singer who's been compared to Koko Taylor and Tina Turner

Bought by KPIP-LP, WUMB, KBUT, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, 90.5 WSNC and more


  • Added: Feb 03, 2006
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 6
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Folk artist Richie Havens is best known for his marathon performance at Woodstock. In this profile--hosted by David Dye--Richie Havens talks about...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WUMB, KEOS, and KBUT


  • Added: Feb 03, 2006
  • Length: 04:10
  • Purchases: 4
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This profile of rapper Michael Franti offers insight into the evolution of an artist. Hosted by World Cafe's David Dye

Bought by KPIP-LP, KBUT, KUSP, Musicians' Radio, and KWCW


  • Added: Feb 03, 2006
  • Length: 04:24
  • Purchases: 5
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a look at Robert Johnson's Lifetime Achievement award at the 2006 Grammys

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, WEFT, WQJC, and KUHB


  • Added: Feb 02, 2006
  • Length: 03:22
  • Purchases: 5
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review of Burnside Exploration's CD "The Record"

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, WEFT, WQJC, KUHB and more


  • Added: Jan 26, 2006
  • Length: 02:23
  • Purchases: 6
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review of new Otis Rush live album, featuring a show thirty years ago at a Chicago blues landmark

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, WEFT, WQJC, KUHB and more


  • Added: Jan 09, 2006
  • Length: 02:31
  • Purchases: 6
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review of forthcoming blues CD by Dion

Bought by KKRN, KKRN, WEFT, WQJC, KUHB and more


  • Added: Dec 12, 2005
  • Length: 02:39
  • Purchases: 6