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Today's show features live performances from some of our favorite World Cafe artists, straight from our 20th-anniversary celebration concerts.

Storms And Salvation: 'The Flying Dutchman'

Nov 8, 2011

Love him or hate him, Richard Wagner has a reputation as the composer of immense, four-hour-plus dramas rooted in confusing stories and drawn from obscure mythology.

When William Bolcom's opera A View from the Bridge premiered in Chicago in 1999, one critic described it as "Brooklyn verismo," invoking the emotive style popularized by Italian composers such as Puccini. And that pretty much hits the nail on the head.

When we think of opera's biggest stars and greatest hits, we tend to think of solo arias. But that overlooks another operatic goldmine: duets.

Over the years, there have been plenty of classic duet collaborations, resulting in legendary recordings and performances. Mirella Freni and Luciano Pavarotti come to mind, singing the "Cherry Duet" from Mascagni's L'Amico Fritz. Going back a little further, there's Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill with "Au fond du temple saint," the famous duet from Bizet's The Pearl Fishers.

T-Bone Burnett On World Cafe

Oct 31, 2011

Legendary singer-songwriter and folk-rock pioneer T-Bone Burnett is known for his captivating solo material, but also for his role as a legendary producer of records by everyone from Roy Orbison to actor Jeff Bridges. In a new interview on World Cafe, Burnett sits down with host David Dye to reflect on some of his most famous projects.

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October 25, 2011 – The Master Plan's aim for U-L Lafayette is to create a
hospitable campus for cyclists and pedestrians, but Zane Hill reports it
is just one step in the process.

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October 25, 2011 – After wrapping up her new film "Escapee", former Murphy Brown star and Louisiana native Faith Ford sat down with reporter Alex Labat after a Q&A held at U-L Lafayette

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October 25, 2011 – Learning disabilities are but one of the many obstacles that students face in academics.
T'Erica French reports on two learning specialists who diagnose and solve such problems.

The Bloodiest Opera Ever? Maybe Strauss' 'Elektra'

Oct 28, 2011

It's a story that would seem excessive for even the most lurid of "real life" dramas, or blood-soaked slasher movies. But it's always been right at home in the opera house — Richard Strauss' intense, one-act opera, Elektra.

World Cafe Looks Back: Jam-Boree

Oct 27, 2011

Throughout the month of October, we celebrated the 20th anniversary of World Cafe and revisted some of the best and most memorable interviews of the past 20 years.

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