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Wilco's Jeff Tweedy on the songs that changed his life

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Do you remember your first mixtape? That sense of wonder, discovery and personal taste you get from a collection of songs on cassette, CD or even a digital playlist? Jeff Tweedy's new book, World Within a Song: Music That Changed My Life and Life that Changed My Music, captures that feeling perfectly.

It's a series of 50 essays, each tied to a different song, that welcomes you into his world. In the first part of our session, Jeff joins me to talk several of them, including one that taught him to be a better musician, one that he hated but grew to love, and the song he understands you love, but he just can't bring himself to.

And then, later in our session, we head to the stage for a mini-concert from his band, Wilco, performing songs from their 13th studio album, Cousin. But first, let's get into our talk with Jeff Tweedy starting with a bit of one of those songs featured in his new book: Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay."

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Kimberly Junod
World Cafe senior producer Kimberly Junod has been a part of the World Cafe team since 2001, when she started as the show's first line producer. In 2011 Kimberly launched (and continues to helm) World Cafe's Sense of Place series that includes social media, broadcast and video elements to take listeners across the U.S. and abroad with an intimate look at local music scenes. She was thrilled to be part of the team that received the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award for excellence in music programming. In the time she has spent at World Cafe, Kimberly has produced and edited thousands of interviews and recorded several hundred bands for the program, as well as supervised the show's production staff. She has also taught sound to young women (at Girl's Rock Philly) and adults (as an "Ask an Engineer" at WYNC's Werk It! Women's Podcast Festival).