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
3:54 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

First Listen: Meridian Brothers, 'Salvadora Robot'

Meridian Brothers' new album, Salvadora Robot, comes out June 16.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:34 pm

It takes just two words to sum up Salvadora Robot, the new album by the Colombian band Meridian Brothers: "happy weirdness."

Last year's release of the anthology Devocion: (Works 2005-2011) introduced the quirky group to audiences beyond avant-garde circles in Bogota, and Salvadora Robot reiterates that these free thinkers don't merely throw out tradition. They make it sound, well, weird.

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First Listen
3:49 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

First Listen: Sam Smith, 'In The Lonely Hour'

Sam Smith's new album, In the Lonely Hour, comes out June 17.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun June 15, 2014 9:32 pm

British singer-songwriter Sam Smith isn't shy. With a steady, well-trained swell of a voice and a knack for whipping in and out of his falsetto in a hairsbreadth, he doesn't feel the need to hide — not by stifling his vocal abilities and not by ducking beneath distracting, colorful production. But on his full-length debut, In the Lonely Hour, he proves that he can play that game when he feels like it.

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Music
4:17 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk

Bob Mould's latest album is Beauty & Ruin.
Jay Blakesberg Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon June 9, 2014 3:26 pm

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Monthly Music & More
12:45 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

WCBE's Monthly Music & More Giveaway: Nickle Creek & The Secret Sisters!

Congratulations to John Parrett! John was randomly selected out of all of the registrations as the winner of this giveaway!

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First Listen
6:47 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

First Listen: Mary Gauthier, 'Trouble & Love'

Mary Gauthier's new album, Trouble & Love, comes out June 10.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:13 pm

The breakup songs that offer instant gratification, to songwriter and listener alike, are often the ones that either strike while the anger is hot or skip right to the part where a busted old love is replaced by a new one. Those are the fast-paced action scenes of romantic dissolution. Who would want to dwell on the quietly agonizing, drawn-out times between; the times when a person can feel like a broken record of heartache?

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First Listen
6:43 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

First Listen: Jose James, 'While You Were Sleeping'

Jose James' new album, While You Were Sleeping, comes out June 10.
Janette Beckman Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 12:13 pm

When the spirit of Nirvana surfaces in a song, the artist paying tribute almost always shares style points with that treasured band. The hair is shaggy, the clothes a little ragged; the lineage unfolds, relatively neatly, from punk to the present.

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First Listen
4:55 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

First Listen: First Aid Kit, 'Stay Gold'

First Aid Kit's new album, Stay Gold, comes out June 10.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 12:35 pm

Swedish sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg first made their names with feather-light chamber-folk confections that echoed the soaring sweetness of Fleet Foxes. A cover of that band's "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" even helped launch the then-teenagers to YouTube fame back in 2008. But in 2014, styles have changed and so have the Söderbergs: First Aid Kit's major-label debut, Stay Gold, moves well beyond the portentous prettiness of the pair's 2012 breakthrough, The Lion's Roar.

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Music
4:38 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

WCBE Presents Old 97's w/ Lydia Loveless Fri. June 6, 2014!

WCBE Presents the Old 97's with Lydia Loveless!

WCBE proudly presents Dallas' Old 97's with local great Lydia Loveless and her band at The Newport on Friday, June 6th! 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
6:46 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

WCBE Presents Blitzen Trapper Live From Studio A Tues. June 3, 2014 @ 2PM!

Blitzen Trapper will perform Live From Studio A

Portland, Oregon's Blitzen Trapper will be playing a few songs during the Global Village ahead of their show that night at The Basement with The Parkington Sisters!

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Music
5:25 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Jack White's 'Lazaretto': The All Songs Interview

Mary Ellen Matthews Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 12:29 pm

  • Listen To Jack White On All Songs

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First Listen
3:54 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

First Listen: Lee Fields, 'Emma Jean'

Lee Fields' new album, Emma Jean, comes out June 3.
Danny Miller/Leon Michels Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed June 4, 2014 11:55 am

Press play on any of the songs from Lee Fields' new album, Emma Jean. It'll take just a few moments for you to connect his sound to that of decades past — but in all fairness, he's lived through it. Now 63 years old, Fields has been pumping out soul, funk and Southern blues since he was a teenager.

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WCBE Exclusive
1:28 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

WCBE Presents Bootstraps Live From Studio A Fri. May 23, 2014@11am!

Credit Bootstraps

This project of Jordan Beckett has had songs on TV and cinema. Currently touring the USA, their Columbus show will be that evening at the Rumba Cafe.

Listen to music from Bootstraps, on 90.5 WCBE FM And HD Columbus, 106.3 FM Newark, and online at wcbe.org.

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Music
4:42 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

WCBE Presents Devil's Lettuce Live From Studio A Thurs. May 22, 2014 @ 11:30AM!

Devil's Lettuce will perform Live From Studio A

Local group Devil's Lettuce will play a few songs for us ahead of their upcoming set at the Dark Star Jubilee coming up May 23-25th at Legend Valley! 

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
6:39 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

WCBE Presents Ben Miller Band Live From Studio A Wed. May 21, 2014 @ 2PM!

Ben Miller Band will perform Live From Studio A

Tune in for a live session with the Ben Miller Band ahead of their American Whiskey Wednesdays event that night over at Park Street Patio from 6-9PM (FREE EVENT)!

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
6:37 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

WCBE Presents Keller Williams & More Than A Little Live From Studio A Fri. May 23, 2014 @ 1PM!

Keller Williams will perform Live From Studio A

Keller Williams & More Than A Little will be playing a few songs for us during the Global Village before they head on over to The Dark Star Jubilee at Legend Valley!

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Music
5:29 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

WCBE Presents Neulore Live From Studio A Fri. May 23, 2014 @ 2PM!

Neulore will perform Live From Studio A

Nashville's Neulore will be joining us for a live set at WCBE ahead of their show that night at The Rumba Café with Bootstraps and Spencer Saylor

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
5:17 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

WCBE Presents Drivin' N' Cryin' Live From Studio A Thurs. May 22, 2014 @ 2PM!

Drivin' N' Cryin' will perform Live From Studio A

Atlanta's Drivin' N' Cryin' will be playing a few songs for us during the Global Village before their show that night at The Rumba Café

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WCBE Fundraiser
9:36 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Rumba Cafe Presents A Benefit for WCBE on May 27th!

The Rumba Café is supporting WCBE again by holding a benefit on Tuesday, May 27th with a night of performances by many amazing local musicians including:

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WCBE EXCLUSIVE
3:49 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

WCBE Presents Rodney Crowell Live From Studio A Wed. May 14, 2014 @ 2PM!

Rodney Crowell will perform Live From Studio A

Legendary songwriter and singer Rodney Crowell will return to WCBE to play a few songs during the Global Village!

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Music
6:04 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

WCBE Presents Rob Drabkin Live From Studio A Mon. May 12, 2014 @ 2PM!

Rob Drabkin will perform Live From Studio A

The Denver, CO. native Rob Drabkin is currently out on the road for a radio tour in support of his latest release Little Steps and will be making a stop by WCBE!

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