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
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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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
5:45 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Ballyhoo! Live From Studio A Thurs. Feb 14, 2013 @ 2PM!

Ballhoo! will perform Live From Studio A

Baltimore's Ballyhoo! will play a few songs live during the Global Village ahead of their show that night at Woodland's Tavern!  Tune in for live music, conversation and a chance to win tickets to the show that night with Kayavibe and Tropidelic!  Listen here!

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:45 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Colin Gawel, Joey Hebdo, Stephanie Jeffries & Joey Hendrickson Live From Studio A Feb. 13th @ 2PM!

Coming up on Saturday Feb. 16th it's the eighth annual Music In The Round benefiting the Rafiki AIDS Orphanage School of Muziki. 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
4:13 pm
Sat February 9, 2013

Punch Brothers Live From Studio A Feb. 12, 2013 @ 2PM!

Punch Brothers will perform Live From Studio A

The progressive bluegrass outfit the Punch Brothers will perform live during the Global Village ahead of their show that night at The Southern Theatre with Anais Mitchell

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Music
3:24 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Yo La Tengo On World Cafe

Yo La Tengo.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon March 18, 2013 3:23 pm

After nearly 30 years of prolific genre-avoidance, the indie-rock trio Yo La Tengo returns with Fade, its first studio album in almost four years. The record, the band's 13th full-length release, features "Before We Run," a six-minute piece of orchestral pop showcasing Yo La Tengo's stately side.

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
1:09 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Micah Schnabel & Shane Sweeney Live From Studio A Feb. 8, 2013 @ 2PM!

  

Micah Schnabel and Shane Sweeney of the local band Two Cow Garage will join us live during the Global Village in the 2PM hour.

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Music
7:24 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

James Hunter's Well-Worn Soul Bursts With Life

Geoff Woods Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 4:50 pm

James Hunter has spent his life learning how to tell soul's stories in fresh and personal ways. Born in 1962 in Essex, England and mentored early on by Van Morrison, he embarked on a career with many ups and downs before breaking through in America in his forties. Now the Grammy-nominated Hunter has made his first album in the States, where the music he loves was born.

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First Listen
12:11 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

First Listen: Ballake Sissoko, 'At Peace'

Ballake Sissoko's new album, For Peace, comes out Feb. 5.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 7:07 pm

Audio for this feature is no longer available.

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