Since 1991, World Cafe, 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.
World Cafe, also serves ups segments on music as pop culture and periodically features interviews with authors, critics, playwrights, historians, and television and movie personalities.
Conversations from the World Cafe is a weekly one-hour radio magazine that presents some interview and performances elements of the daily show while exploring issues and rends in contemporary music & culture.
The rising popularity of World Cafe, has inspired the recent creation of a state-of-the-art performance venue and restaurant that is independently-owned and operated in the same restored historic site where World Cafe is produced.
World Cafe, and Conversations from the World Cafe are produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and distributed nationally by National Public Radio (NPR). The website is www.worldcafe.org.