New York

In this week’s ‘back by popular demand’  broadcast/podcast, Punch Brothers’ band member and banjo impresario Noam Pikelny shares some of his original songs from his latest  CD as a solo artist. Also with us is the Miami-based “sacred steel” band The Lee Boys, who bring their powerhouse, gospel-influenced sound to eTown’s solar-powered stage.

• The Pentagon accepts the first transgender person into the United State military pursuant to a court order, despite an order by President Trump. 

• The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a decision in Arizona granting parental rights to a lesbian and said states could not limit rights of same-sex couples that are currently provided to opposite-sex couples. 

• And in New York, a court of appeals ruled that discrimination in the workplace based on sexual orientation violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. 

In this week’s back-by-popular demand re-airing, eTown welcomes the incredibly gifted singer/songwriter and piano virtuoso Beth Hart to the solar-powered stage at eTown Hall. Plus our longtime friend John McEuen, iconic American musician and founding member of the beloved Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, returns to the show.

Monday, September 25, 2017  
 

Decades before their first collaborative album Power of Peace, Carlos Santana heard The Isley Brothers' version of "Twist and Shout" on a San Francisco jukebox and thought, this is music that "brings unity and harmony to the planet".  Carlos, Ron and Ernie Isley talk mutual admiration and memories on the next World Cafe.  

Tuesday, September 26, 2017  

Here is what's happening on World Cafe for the week of September 18th through the 22nd:  
 

Monday, September 18, 2017  

Wilco's Jeff Tweedy produced Joan Shelly's latest album.  It was recorded at Wilco's loft in Chicago with Tweedy's son Spencer playing drums on some of the tracks.  On the next World Cafe Shelley talks with David Dye and we hear live sets from Shelley, Canadian duo Whitehorse, and New York rockers The National Reserve, recorded at the 56th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival.  

 

We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar land deals, lawyers threatening to beat up parents, felony criminal charges, and the highest levels of state government. Meanwhile, the students are caught in the middle.