The Global Village

Weekdays, Noon - 3pm

Maggie Brennan is your tour guide for a 3-hour musical journey starting in your very own backyard and reaching the ends of the earth. Live "Studio A" performances and interviews in the 2 o'clock hour, top of the hour news updates from National Public Radio.

Every weekday afternoon at 2:55pm, you can also hear "The Writer's Almanac", hosted by Garrison Keillor.

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First Listen
7:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

First Listen: Devendra Banhart, 'Mala'

Devendra Banhart's new album, Mala, comes out March 12.
Ana Kras Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon August 12, 2013 10:08 am

For a guy who gets tagged with a lot of limiting descriptors — "freak folk," "hippie" and so forth — Devendra Banhart doesn't like to let his music sit in any spot for long. His catalog, which now includes seven official albums, has taken him through warmly intimate ballads, raw and unselfconsciously strange home recordings, songs in several languages (Banhart spent much of his childhood in Venezuela), a lot of smoothly strummy folk-pop and the occasional low-key anthem about free-spiritedness.

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Music
11:50 am
Sat March 2, 2013

Townes Van Zandt Tribute & Benefit For WCBE!

Townes Van Zandt Tribute

Please join us for The Eighth Annual Townes Van Zandt Tribute & Benefit For WCBE

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First Listen
5:23 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

First Listen: Jimi Hendrix, 'People, Hell And Angels'

Jimi Hendrix's new album, People, Hell and Angels, comes out March 5.
Brian T. Colvil Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed March 6, 2013 7:55 am

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
5:22 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Whitehorse Live From Studio A March 6, 2013 @ 2PM!

Whitehorse will perform Live From Studio A

  


Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland, the husband and wife duo behind Whitehorse, will perform a few songs live during the Global Village ahead of their show that night at The Basement!

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
5:01 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Whitey Morgan & The 78's Live From Studio A Feb. 28, 2013 @ 2PM!

Whitey Morgan will perform Live From Studio A

Whitey Morgan and the 78's are a honky tonk country band based in Flint, MI.

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Music
4:45 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

The Relatives On World Cafe Tonight @ 8PM On WCBE!

The Relatives.
Sam Butler Courtesy of the artist

Founded by brothers Rev. Gean West and Tommie West, The Relatives first surfaced in the 1970s with the single "Walking On." With its rhythmic fusion of traditional gospel and psychedelic funk, the quintet became known for its energetic live performances. However, the group disbanded in 1980, disappearing from the music world without so much as a full studio album to its name — until now.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:56 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Eilen Jewell Live From Studio A Feb. 27, 2013 @ 2PM!

Eilen Jewell will perform Live From Studio A


  


Eilen Jewell will play a few songs during the Global Village ahead of her show that night at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza

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First Listen
4:21 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

First Listen: Josh Ritter, 'The Beast In Its Tracks'

Josh Ritter's new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, comes out March 5.
Laura Wilson Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue February 26, 2013 7:41 am

As one of the most thoughtful singer-songwriters around, Josh Ritter isn't one to write angry, over-the-top, knee-jerk breakup songs — even though his new album, The Beast in Its Tracks, was written entirely in response to his own recent divorce. Gentility and empathy are wired into Ritter's songwriting, so his idea of a breakup anthem is the gorgeous and glorious "Joy to You Baby," in which he closes the book on a relationship by wishing everyone well, himself included.

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Music
2:45 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Richard Thompson On World Cafe @ 8PM Tonight On WCBE!

Richard Thompson.
Pamela Littky Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 5:08 pm

Richard Thompson started playing in "The British Byrds," Fairport Convention, when he was only 17.

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Music
11:14 am
Tue February 26, 2013

All Good Music Festival Lineup Announcement!

The annual music & camping event features over 40 bands with no overlapping sets, held July 18-21 at Legend Valley Concert Venue & Campground!

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:52 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Martin Harley Live From Studio A Feb. 25, 2013 @ 2PM!

Tune in for a live session during the Global Village with the UK's Martin Harley

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Music
6:18 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

McCartney, Mumford Top Eclectic Bonnaroo Lineup

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — There will be a British invasion of the main stage at

  

this year.

Paul McCartney and Mumford & Sons are among the headliners for the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn.


The four-day festival, held on a rural 700-acre farm, always features an eclectic roster, but the June 13-16 event is even more varied than usual.

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Music
9:59 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

First Listen: Shout Out Louds, 'Optica'

Shout Out Louds' new album, Optica, comes out Feb. 26.
Frode & Marcus Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 27, 2013 7:11 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

Say what you will about some of the biggest songs of the 1980s — go ahead and badmouth electric pianos, and by all means bemoan the prevailing production quality — but the decade continues to cast a long shadow over popular music. Given its enduring popularity on dance floors and on radios, not to mention the rise of '80s-emulating singers like Gotye, you could do far worse than look to that decade for tips on connecting with audiences.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
9:42 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

The Shazzbots Live From Studio A Feb. 21, 2013 @ 2PM!

The Shazzbots will perform Live From Studio A

Local group The Shazzbots will perform live during the Global Village. 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
5:58 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

The Pimps Of Joytime Live From Studio A Feb. 20, 2013 @ 2PM!

The Pimps Of Joytime will perform Live From Studio A

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Music
1:59 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Days With John And Yoko: A Writer Remembers

John Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, pictured above in January 1970, are the subjects of Jonathan Cott's new book Days That I'll Remember. Cott met Lennon in 1968 and was friends with the couple.
Anthony Cox Getty Images

Originally published on Sun February 17, 2013 5:00 pm

As the European editor of Rolling Stone, Jonathan Cott spent his time interviewing legendary musicians like Mick Jagger and Pete Townshend. But in 1968, he finally got the opportunity to meet his hero, John Lennon. Cott was nervous.

"He said, 'There's nothing to be nervous about,'" Cott recalls. "'It's going to be OK, and we're doing it together, and that's what really matters.'"

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:24 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Vintage Trouble Live From Studio A Feb. 18, 2013 @ 2PM!

  

L.A.'s soulful four-man band will play a few songs for us during the Global Village a day after their show opening up for The Who at The Schottenstein Center!

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
10:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Benjamin Francis Leftwich Live From Studio A Feb. 18, 2013 @ 1PM!

Benjamin Francis Leftwich will perform Live From Studio A

  

Tune in for a live session with Benjamin Francis Leftwich during the Global Village! 

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Music
4:03 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Bonnie 'Prince' Billy Adjusts His Crown

Bonnie "Prince" Billy performing onstage at Lincoln Center's Allen Room February 7.
Kevin Yatarola Lincoln Center

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 9:31 am

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Music
5:47 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Wanda Jackson On World Cafe Tonight @ 8PM on WCBE!

Wanda Jackson.
Joshua Wilkins Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 10:50 am

Known as the queen of rockabilly, Wanda Jackson is widely considered the first woman to record a rock 'n' roll song: 1958's "Let's Have a Party." A singer-songwriter, pianist and guitarist, Jackson became a pioneer for her mix of country and rockabilly music. This approach served her well in the mid-1960s, as rockabilly began to decline in popularity.

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