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

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  • 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

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  • Updated: Jul 25, 2013

Latest Pieces

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On this edition of "A Musician's Life" Tracey Tanenbaum speaks with Teddy Thompson. He's still best known as the son of folk legends Richard and L...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Apr 28, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Jorma Kaukonen is best known as a founding member of the seminal psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane, but his first love is American roots mus...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Apr 16, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 3
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On this edition of "A Musician's Life" Tracey Tanenbaum speaks with Mark Olson & Gary Louris. The two men co-founded the Jayhawks in 1985. A decad...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 09, 2009
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 1

  • Added: Apr 09, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 5
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On this edition of A Musician's Life with Tracey Tanenbaum folk-rock icons Emily Saliers and Amy Ray muse about their different musical and persona...

Bought by Georgia Public Broadcasting, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 07, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Remembrance of Lester "Mad Dog" davenport who died 3-17-2009

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KKRN, KKRN, WEFT, and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Apr 02, 2009
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 5
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On this edition of A Musician's Life, John Wesley Harding talks to Tracey Tanenbaum about his life as an author and singer-songwriter. He's got a ...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2009
  • Length: 05:00
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Erin Mckeown got her start playing folk-based guitar as a student at Brown University. A decade into her career Erin has developed a genre-defying...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio and WGDR


  • Added: Mar 27, 2009
  • Length: 05:01
  • Purchases: 2
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An all-women version of Live at the Writers House, featuring winners of the Leeway Arts & Change Grant.

  • Added: Mar 17, 2009
  • Length: 01:04:10
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Bluesman John Cephas died recently. he was one of the world's best-known country blues players.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KKRN, KKRN, and WEFT


  • Added: Mar 12, 2009
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 4