WXPN

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WXPN-FM is the non-commercial public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania and the premier radio showcase for contemporary music that spans the progressive edges of rock, folk, rhythm and blues, and American roots. WXPN also produces programming for national syndication. Our signature program,World Café with David Dye is distributed by Public Radio International and broadcasts daily on more than 160 public radio stations nationwide. WXPN also produces the Peabody-Award winning Kids Corner, hosted by Kathy O'Connell. WXPN also produces the annual Singer Songwriter Weekend two-day music festival.

Series

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67 Pieces

A grab bag of musicians muse about the creative and mundane aspecs of their lives. WXPN's Tracey Tanenbaum hosts this ongoing five minute weekly series

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2008
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2 Pieces

Guest DJs talk about the music that inspired them in their formative years and what they listen to now, in their off-hours.

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  • Updated: Feb 08, 2004
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4 Pieces

Four separate features profile African American artists who have ties to Philadelphia

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  • Updated: Feb 04, 2007
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6 Pieces

a series of profiles celebrating black musicians in and their contributions to popular music

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  • Updated: Feb 02, 2006
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64 Pieces

A weekly exploration of blues and related musical forms

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  • Updated: Sep 26, 2012
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144 Pieces

The Blues File is a weekly snapshot of a topic in this culturally significant genre.

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  • Updated: Mar 22, 2005
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7 Pieces

A half-hour weekly show featuring in-studio performances from emerging independent musicians

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  • Updated: Sep 24, 2008
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A series of short-form pieces that WXPN used to galvanize listeners during our predrive & membership drive in fall 2008.

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  • Updated: Jan 05, 2009
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3 Pieces

An live hour of spoken word, poetry and song produced by the Writers House on the University of Pennsylvania

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  • Updated: Mar 31, 2005
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4 Pieces

A series of concerts from the Philadelphia PA area by blues artists from Mississippi

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2013

Latest Pieces

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In this "Women Making Music" vignette folk icon Joan Baez ponders her evolution in both her personal and artistic life since her beginnings as a pe...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2005
  • Length: 03:12
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Singer songwriter Erin McKeown muses about her artistic process and fascination with Judy Garland in WXPN's continuing series of short modules call...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2005
  • Length: 03:00
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Jolie Holland is a Texas-born singer-songwriter with an impressive musical vocabulary and a wandering spirit. The newcomer muses about her life in...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2005
  • Length: 02:45
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Genre defying performer k.d. lang remarks on her life in music as WXPN continues it's "Women Making Music" vignettes.

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2005
  • Length: 03:03
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In celebration of Women's History Month our Women Making Music series continues with words and music from Alt. Country singer-songwriter Lucinda Wi...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2005
  • Length: 02:53
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Veteran singer songwriter shares insights about her music as part of WXPN's Women's history month series Women Making Music.

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2005
  • Length: 02:43
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Michael Franti spins music by some of his most enduring influences.

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2004
  • Length: 08:53
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Blues man Keb Mo talks about his music and his inspirations.

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2004
  • Length: 13:12
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Living in a democratic society doesn't just mean speaking your mind. It means singing your heart out.

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2003
  • Length: 02:00:00
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A program for the entire family, designed to help understand the root of our democracy - the United States Constitution

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2003
  • Length: 59:00
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