World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN
About the Podcast
By WXPN: World Cafe features interviews with and performances by today’s essential and emerging artists in contemporary music — blues, rock, world, folk and alternative country. Hosted and produced by Talia Schlanger of WXPN, World Cafe features live performances, intimate interviews and additional discussions with pop-culture figures including authors, critics, historians and media personalities, including such artists as Dave Matthews Band, Warpaint, Of Montreal, Rosanne Cash and Moby. World Cafe can be heard on 200+ stations.
About the Host
Talia Schlanger and Raina Douris
Talia Schlanger hosts World Cafe, which is distributed by NPR and produced by WXPN, the public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. She got her start in broadcasting at the CBC, Canada's national public broadcaster. She hosted CBC Radio 2 - a triple-A radio show - on Saturday and Sunday mornings on radio and was the on-camera host for two seasons of the television series CBC Music: Backstage, as well as several prime-time music TV specials for CBC, including the Quietest Concert Ever: On Fundy's Ocean Floor. Schlanger also guest hosted various flagship shows on CBC Radio One, including As It Happens, Day 6 and Because News. Schlanger also won a Canadian Screen Award as a producer for CBC Music Presents: The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions, a cross-country rock 'n' roll road trip. Schlanger is a proud alumna of Ryerson's Radio and Television Arts program. Previously she worked as a professional actress and singer, including performing in the first national US tour of Green Day's rock opera "American Idiot," Mirvish Productions' original Canadian company of Queen's "We Will Rock You" and "Mamma Mia!". Born and raised in Toronto, Schlanger denies the accusation that she's biased toward Canadian bands. But she is proud to introduce American audiences to a lot of them. When World Cafe celebrated its 25th Anniversary in February of 2019, World Cafe introduced its new host, Talia Schlanger. Talia took over for long-time host David Dye, who entered semi-retirement, March 31st 2019. Dye founded World Cafe in 1991 and has conducted nearly 4,500 interviews during his 20 years with the program.
Starting on October 7th, the NPR-distributed daily music program World Cafe, announced that Raina Douris will become the new host of World Cafe. Raina Douris is an award-winning radio personality from Toronto, ON and the host of CBC Music Mornings. A graduate of Ryerson University's Radio & Television program, she began her career at Toronto rock station 102.1 the Edge, and then continued on to CBC Radio 3 where she hosted daily music-focused shows. In 2013, Douris was part of the team that launched the new station Indie88 as their music director and afternoon host, before moving to the morning show. In both 2014 and 2015, was chosen as the Best Radio Personality in Toronto by Now Magazine readers for her work. When she's not on-air, you’ll find her at concerts and making art.