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World Cafe Looks Back: '70s Singer-Songwriters

Today's episode of World Cafe revisits the singer-songwriter movement of the 1970s, chronicling some of the decade's most masterful and indelible artists.

In a 2008 interview, the contemplative and politically minded Jackson Browne discusses his love songs, his reaction to the use of "Running on Empty" in a John McCain campaign ad and his beliefs surrounding the battle between nuclear and alternative power sources.

Chart-topping icon Carole King wrote timeless hits like "I Feel the Earth Move" and "It's Too Late," in the process selling tens of millions of records. In this 2002 interview, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee describes her songwriting process and the joy of collaboration.

Known for his warm voice and inspiring lyrics, James Taylor is a five-time Grammy winner whose Greatest Hits has sold more than 12 million copies. Taylor visited World Cafe in 2009 to recount his major influences, his experience covering other artists' music (such as Carole King's "You've Got a Friend") and the inspiration for his 1976 song "Secret O' Life."

Prolific and complex, Joni Mitchell is widely hailed as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. In 1994, she'd just released Turbulent Indigo, and stopped by World Cafe to reveal how her battle with polio has affected her as a performer. She also discussed her friendship with the legendary jazz bassist Jaco Pastorius, who joined her on her classic 1976 album Hejira.

This segment originally aired on October 21, 2011.

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A Hollywood Animal Trainer's Secrets For Getting Dogs To Act On Cue

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The Democracy Of The Diner

Whether the decor is faux '50s silver and neon or authentic greasy spoon, diners are classic Americana, down to the familiar menu items. Rich, poor, black, white--all rub shoulders in the vinyl booths and at formica counters. We explore the enduring appeal and nostalgia of the diner.

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D.C. Council Member David Grosso

D.C. Council Member and Chair of the Committee on Education David Grosso joins us to discuss local public policy issues, including the challenges facing D.C. Public Schools.

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Texting While Walking: Are You Cautious Or Clueless?

People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

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