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"The continuous impromptus of performing after car bombs, I believe that it is an empowering element of solidarity...," Karim Wasfi says. Zaid Al-Oeidi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Karim Wasfi's 'Spontaneous Compositions' Aid Stability In Iraq

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Though he is best-known for his auteur work, composer, playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda says it was his dream to be offered a part in someone else's musical. Elias Williams for NPR hide caption

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage

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Jeff Tweedy (left) with World Cafe Host Talia Schlanger (right) at the Free Library of Philadelphia. John Myers/WXPN hide caption

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Jeff Tweedy On World Cafe

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Kurt Vile On World Cafe

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Jacob Collier describes his new project, Djesse (Vol. 1), as "maximalism in the name of minimalism." Morgan Hill-Murphy/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jacob Collier Makes Staggering, Complex Music Feel Effortless

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Doyle Bramhall II performs live at WXPN's Free At Noon Concert, recorded live for this World Cafe Session. Taylor Johnson/WXPN hide caption

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Doyle Bramhall II On World Cafe

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Dolly Parton's Dumplin' soundtrack is all about finding the confidence to be yourself. "You star in your own role. You be the star of your own life," Parton says. Katie King/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Dream It On Through': Dolly Parton On Her New Album, Inspiring Young People And More

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"At the and of the day, I feel like your purpose can come from making one person feel like they're not alone," Alessia Cara says. supadupabrick/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'It's A Learning Curve': Alessia Cara On Growing Up, The Grammys And More

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"I think what makes a song good is, for a listener, there always has to be something new happening," Benny Blanco says. Matt Adam/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Continuous Work Ethic Of Benny Blanco

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Glorietta inside the World Cafe Production Studio Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Glorietta On World Cafe

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"I'm out here still updating and like, you have to interact with these updates," Earl Sweatshirt says. Kat Lonsdorf/NPR hide caption

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Earl Sweatshirt On Resentment, Growth And Giving Yourself A Chance

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Ernie Isley (left) of The Isley Brothers and Chuck D of Public Enemy met at Mr Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles to discuss their respective versions of "Fight the Power." Nickolai Hammar/NPR hide caption

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'Fight The Power': A Tale Of 2 Anthems (With The Same Name)

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Doe Paoro (third from the left) with her band, inside the World Cafe Performance Studio. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Doe Paoro On World Cafe

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Hozier On World Cafe

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Swinging on a Star, written by jazz and film critic Gary Giddins, is out now. STF/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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New Biography Chronicles Bing Crosby's Most Beloved Years

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Anna St. Louis inside the World Cafe Performance Studio during this session. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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Anna St. Louis On World Cafe

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Professor Patricia Hall and graduate student Joshua DeVries discuss the music manuscript for "The Most Beautiful Time Of Life" at University of Michigan. University of Michigan hide caption

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University Of Michigan Ensemble 'Gives A Voice' To Nazi Prisoners Through Unearthed Music

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Jeff Tweedy's WARM is out now via dBpm Records. Whitten Sabbatini/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On 'Warm,' Jeff Tweedy Confronts His Shadow Self

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Greensky Bluegrass inside the World Cafe Performance Studio during this session. Galea McGregor/WXPN hide caption

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The Nude Party On World Cafe

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"To be honest with you, I don't have many answers. I've got a bunch of questions," Matty Healy says. Magdalena Wosinska/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The 1975's Matty Healy Negotiates With The World

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