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.

  • From: WXPN
  • 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.

  • From: WXPN
  • Updated: Mar 22, 2005
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7 Pieces

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

  • From: WXPN
  • 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

  • From: WXPN
  • 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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The Proclaimers are Scotland's Charlie and Craig Reid. Here in the States they're best known for the tune "I'm Gonna be (500 miles) popularized in ...

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Dec 05, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The singer-songwriter best known for her indie-rock band "Throwing Muses" talks about her unorthodox, and involuntary approach to making music.

Bought by KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Dec 02, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Ralph Covert doesn't see much difference between the music he made with his Chicago indie-rock band The Bad Examples and the songs he churns out fo...

Bought by WGDR and KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio


  • Added: Nov 21, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 2
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As a young sax player, C.J. Chenier planned to pursue a career in jazz. Then his father Zydeco great Clifton Chenier, recruited his son to play in...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 1
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A 30 minute episode of Daytrotter Radio featuring The Subjects and O'Death

  • Added: Nov 12, 2008
  • Length: 29:34
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Singer songwriter Duncan Sheik feels much more at ease watching other people perform his work. He likes writing and recording his own albums but h...

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


  • Added: Nov 10, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 4
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A 30 minute episode of Daytrotter Radio featuring Jolie Holland, Justin Townes Earle & The Ruby Suns

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Nov 04, 2008
  • Length: 29:10
  • Purchases: 1
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Ben Taylor resisted becoming a musician for a lot of reasons, beginning with the pressure of his lineage. Taylor is the son of James Taylor and Ca...

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


  • Added: Nov 03, 2008
  • Length: 05:00
  • Purchases: 4
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Musicians routinely sing about love--love in bloom and love gone bad. But there's another songwriting tradition as well--the political or protest ...

Bought by WORLDcompass.org, WFHB, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 27, 2008
  • Length: 58:31
  • Purchases: 3
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A 30 minute episode of Daytrotter Radio featuring Department Of Eagles, The New Frontiers & Neva Dinova

  • Added: Oct 21, 2008
  • Length: 30:21