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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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Shante, He Stays: RuPaul Reflects On Decades Of Drag — And 2 Emmy Nominations

RuPaul is the most recognizable drag queen in America. His hit show, RuPaul's Drag Race is up for two Emmy Awards as it begins filming its ninth season. But drag, he says, will never be mainstream.
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Food World Rallies For Quake-Hit Amatrice, Home Of Famous Pasta Dish

In Italy and the U.S., restaurants are pledging to use sales of Amatrice's signature dish, spaghetti all' amatriciana, to raise funds for the Italian town devastated by Wednesday's earthquake.
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Friday News Roundup - International

Italy searches for survivors after a devastating earthquake. Turkey escalates its role in the fight against ISIS. And Colombia and the FARC rebels sign a peace treaty ending a half-century-long guerrilla war. A panel of journalists joins guest host Derek McGinty for analysis of the week's top international news stories.

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WhatsApp Will Start Sharing Data, Including Phone Numbers, With Facebook

It will also test new ways for businesses to communicate with users on the app. The privacy policy changes mark the long-expected move by Facebook to begin making money from the free app.

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