Talia Schlanger joins the World Cafe team straight from CBC, Canada's public broadcaster, where she hosted a triple-A radio show on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Before that, the Toronto native worked as a radio and TV journalist for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and, earlier, as an actress on Canadian shows including Degrassi: The Next Generation. On stage, she was cast in the first U.S. national tour of Green Day's American Idiot musical. She says, "Like our listeners, I'm here as a music fan first. Discovering, sharing and connecting over artists is our collective passion, and it’s my mission to serve that as best I can on World Cafe. David Dye is so beloved and respected because for 25 years, audiences have been able to feel the genuine curiosity, excitement and care he has for the music he plays and for the artists who make it. I know this is a big change, but I hope our devoted World Cafe crowd will feel the same degree of passion and care coming from me as we charge forward with amps blaring."