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World Cafe host David Dye said, "We took our Sense of Place series to Detroit for the rich history of Motown and The Stooges and White Stripes, but also because we had heard so many young people talk about the city's cultural renaissance, and we found both."

Previous editions of Sense of Place have explored such musical hotbeds as Nashville, Brazil and Argentina, New Orleans, Dublin and others. Online visitors to Sense of Place will find an interactive video map of Detroit, along with guided tours of the city by such acclaimed natives as Don Was, Mike Ellison, and The Hounds Below, along with exclusive performance videos of Mike Ellison and The Hounds Below.

Broadcast highlights for Sense of Place: Detroit include:

Monday, Oct. 21: A vintage World Cafe interview with The White Stripes from 2003; author Steve Miller on his recent book, Detroit Rock City: The Uncensored History of Rock 'n' Roll in America's Loudest City; Detroit-based record producer Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, The Dirtbombs, The Mooney Suzuki, more).

Tuesday, Oct. 22: Guitarist Wayne Kramer of the '60s-'70s Detroit punk band MC 5; archived session with Was, Not Was.

Wednesday, October 23: Live music and interview with The Hounds Below; Motown Museum Interim CEO Allen Rawls and Funk Brothers guitarist Dennis Coffey talk Motown Records.

Thursday, October 24: Mike Ellison session recorded at WDET/Detroit, produced by Don Was; host Ann Delisi of WDET's Essential Music program's five favorite up-and-coming Detroit bands; 2008 session with Rodriguez.

Friday, October 25: Live performances and interview with neo-soul artist Mayer Hawthorne; musician Marshall Crenshaw on the legendary Detroit R&B and punk-blues artist Andre Williams.

The Sense of Place series is made possible by the Wyncote Foundation and can be heard only on World Cafe, which airs at 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on its home station, WXPN 88.5 FM Philadelphia. It is nationally syndicated to more than 225 radio stations by NPR. To find a World Cafe affiliate, look here. For more information about World Cafe, visit For more information about WXPN, visit

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