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Afropop Worldwide

Afropop WorldwideExperience the rich musical sounds of Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas in a lively blend of music, interviews and stories. Host Georges Collinet brings you live music and conversations with some of the biggest names in world music, including Thomas Mapfumo and Youssou N’Dour. Each episode is a worldwide celebration of music with African roots. The show is produced by Sean Barlow for World Music Productions.

Afropop Worldwide host Georges Collinet, a native of Cameroon in West Africa, is one of the best-known and best-loved broadcasters on the African continent. A warm, relaxed music enthusiast, Collinet worked with African musicians in Paris during the '70s and early '80s, supporting their efforts to retain African roots in their music and to develop a distinctive professional sound.

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All Songs Considered

All Songs Considered logoAll Songs Considered, is your guide to discovering new music below the radar. Every week, host Bob Boilen and producer Robin Hilton go through hundreds of new CDs to find sneak previews of music that's worth getting excited about, whether it's the latest Swedish pop band, a hip hop artist going ambient, or a singer-songwriter with a twisted new take on love. Sometimes, artists or critics stop by All Songs Considered with their top picks. It's the perfect show for listeners who love to stay current, but can't always wade through a myriad of sources.

All Songs Considered started as a web show in 2000 after receiving countless letters from listeners who wanted to know more about the music played between stories on NPR's evening news program, All Things Considered. Now All Songs Considered has become a destination for artists such as Lily Allen or Bright Eyes to spin their favorite tunes, or musicians such as Wilco, Björk, Sigur Rós or Ben Gibbard webcast their live concerts. It is a show that one week can feature the music of Portugal and the next feature the White Stripes or Andrew Bird.

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American Routes

American Routes logo with roadAmerican Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music—blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music—and how they are distinguished.

The program also presents documentary features and artist interviews. American Routes conversations include Willie Nelson, Tom Waits, B.B. King, Dr. John, Dave Brubeck, Abbey Lincoln, Elvis Costello, Ray Charles, Randy Newman, McCoy Tyner, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Thomas, Jerry Lee Lewis and many others. Join American Routes as we ride legendary trains, or visit street parades, instrument-makers, roadside attractions and juke joints, and meet tap dancers, fishermen, fortunetellers and more.

The songs and stories on American Routes describe both the community origins of our music, musicians and cultures—the “roots”—and the many directions they take over time—the “routes.”

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Le Show

Harry ShearerLe Show is a weekly, hour-long romp through the worlds of media, politics, sports and show business, leavened with an eclectic mix of mysterious music, hosted by Harry Shearer (pictured).

First and foremost Harry Shearer is an actor. He is also an author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multi-media artist and record label owner. For nineteen years the Los Angeles native has planted the fruits of his talents in the heads of millions worldwide thanks to his voice work for The Simpsons.

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Mountain Stage

Mountain Stage logogMountain Stage offers listeners the best seats in the house for performances captured in front of a live audience by established stars and emerging artists. It's a two-hour weekly exploration of the exciting and spontaneous world of live music, offering intelligent, contemporary music seasoned with traditional and roots performers.

Since its beginnings in 1983, Mountain Stage host Larry Groce has presented live performances from many stars before they gained critical and popular acclaim. Some such guests include the Indigo Girls, Ani DiFranco, Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows and Norah Jones. Mountain Stage records 26 new episodes each year, mostly recorded at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, WV. The show also travels and has visited New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto, Winnipeg, Lansing, MI, Athens, GA, Kerville, TX and Nashville, TN in it's quarter-century of existence.

The longest running radio program of its kind, Mountain Stage continues to honor tradition and embrace innovation with the diverse cast of performers it showcases.

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Sound Opinions

Sound Opinions hosts with Mavis StaplesTake two nationally respected rock critics, the latest music news, personal commentary, and exclusive interviews and performances, add a huge pile of records old and new, and the result is Sound Opinions—the world's only rock and roll talk show.

Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation (pictured right with Mavis Staples). For over a decade DeRogatis and Kot were dedicated competitors at Chicago’s two daily newspapers—Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at the Chicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for Vocalo.org and teaches criticism at Columbia College.

Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun.

Sound Opinions' consistently informed, engaging, and controversial dialogue makes it a unique and essential source for the top stories, albums, and trends in music. This is cutting-edge criticism and journalism presented in the great tradition of Siskel and Ebert. The discussion is as indispensible to the hardcore music fan as it is to the casual music fan who feels out of touch.

Sound Opinions is a direct result of the experience and credibility of its creators. Jim and Greg are both critically acclaimed authors who also write for some of the nation's most prestigious rock magazines, including Rolling Stone, Spin, and Vibe.

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The Business

The Business logoThe Business is public radio's show about the business of show business. This entertaining half-hour about the people who make entertainment is hosted by Kim Masters, who most recently covered the business for NPR.  She's served as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, Time and Esquire and is the author of The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else and co-author, with Nancy Griffin, of Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood.

John Horn, staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times joins Kim each week for the Hollywood News Banter, a weekly analysis of the entertainment industry's top stories.

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The Sound of Young America

The Sound of Young America logo with rocketshipThe Sound of Young America is an irreverent weekly arts and entertainment interview program, described by its creator as "a public radio show about things that are awesome." An hour-long episode can showcase comedians, writers, punk rockers and rappers, each of whom host and producer Jesse Thorn interrogates with equal parts empathy and enthusiasm.

Host Jesse Thorn is the creative force behind The Sound of Young America. He launched the show during his sophomore year at the University of California, Santa Cruz, nurturing it from college radio original to podcast powerhouse.

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World Café

World Cafe logo with circleSince 1991, World Café, has emerged as the premier public radio showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. This two-hour daily program is nationally syndicated to more than 165 markets including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles.

The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye. A passionate music enthusiast, Dye takes listeners on a unique journey of musical discovery as he presents a mix of music from both new and legendary artists. Live performances and intimate interviews with Dye's musical guests highlight each day's show. The show's guest roster has included Joni Mitchell, David Bowie, Dave Matthews, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant, Dolly Parton, The Shins, Lucinda Williams, Paul McCartney, Ani Difranco, Damien Rice, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, REM, Rachael Yamagata, David Byrne, Yo Yo Ma, Billy Joel, Lyle Lovett, Bela Fleck, Moby, Taj Mahal, and Coldplay, among hundreds of others.

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XPoNential Radio

XPoNential Radio features a unique mix of emerging and heritage contemporary musicians. Embark on a journey of great musical discovery each day with an eclectic blend of blues, rock, world, folk and alternative country.

A few artists you’ll hear on XPoNential Radio:
Neil Young | Belle & Sebastian | Talking Heads | My Morning Jacket | Jimi Hendrix | Ryan Adams | The Faces | Jack Johnson | Nickel Creek | Robert Cray | Cat Power | John Prine | The Decemberists | Billie Holiday | The Ramones | Dire Straits | Robert Randolph | Beck | XTC | Bob Dylan | Calexico | Lucinda Williams | M.Ward | Steely Dan | B.B King | Beth Orton | The Grateful Dead | Wilco | Soulive | Sufjan Stevens | Matisyahu | The Byrds | Trey Anastasio | Marvin Gaye | Gang Of Four | Paul Simon | Death Cab For Cutie | Nick Drake | Rhett Miller | Velvet Underground | The White Stripes | Los Lobos | Bright Eyes | World Party | Ben Harper | Rosanne Cash | Spoon | and so much more...

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