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The Man In Black Goes To The County Fair

Working as a DJ at his local radio station in Monroe, Mich., NPR's Don Gonyea snagged the interview of a lifetime when his musical idol Johnny Cash stopped to answer questions before taking the stage at the Monroe County Fair in 1981.

Ellie Goulding On World Cafe

The U.K. singer performs stripped-down versions of her global pop hits and talks about her image.

Music's New 'Real Ambassadors'

Last year, the State Department launched a program that brings international artists to Main Street America. The groups are trying to open ears in the U.S. — and send a message back home.
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What Is More D.C. Than An Indie Band Singing About Jumbo Slice?

Rebecca Sheir introduces us to the native Washingtonians behind Ugly Purple Sweater: An eclectic, up-and-coming local band whose brand-new album features songs about life in Washington.


Erin McKeown On World Cafe

McKeown's new Manifestra is a self-released, fan-funded album of personal and political folk-rock.

Sera Cahoone On World Cafe

The singer-songwriter plays a few warmly charming songs from her latest album, Deer Creek Canyon.