Episode Nine of the Folklife Today Podcast is ready for listening! Find it at this page on the Library’s website, or on iTunes, or with your usual podcatcher.
In this episode, John Fenn and I discuss occupational folklife and its place at the American Folklife Center, with special emphasis on the Center’s Occupational Folklife Project. As usual, I’ll try to connect you to all the audio, video, and pictures we discuss in the episode right here in this blog post. Here goes!
Possibly the most exciting part of the episode, if you like to see folklore and folklorists get recognition, is a set of remarks made by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi about folklorist Archie Green, shortly after Green died in 2009. Those remarks come from this video of an AFC symposium; the late Dr. James H. Billington introduces the Speaker at 19:00 into the video.
We open the episode with Billy Bragg’s performance of “Rock Island Line,” which for now is exclusive to the podcast. We hope to have that video online in the future. In discussing the song, I mention Billy’s July 2017 visit to the Library. At the time he gave a talk and sat down for a detailed interview with me and Mary Sue Twohy of Sirius XM Radio. You can watch both of those on video at this link.
We include portions of an interview between former AFC staff member David Taylor and his mentor in folklore, Archie Green, which for now are exclusive to the podcast. But the entire interview is in the archive, and you can see its catalog record here.
We interview the following people in this episode:
- The Occupational Folklife Project’s coordinator, Nancy Groce, who plays a portion of this interview with Gilda Ramirez.
- AFC’s director, Betsy Peterson, who plays a portion of this interview with Thomas N. Lightsey.
- The head of AFC’s archive, Nicki Saylor, who plays a portion of this interview with Terry James Thibodeaux.
- AFC archivist Kelly Revak, who talks about the photos below, which are associated with this interview with B.K. Silverlake.
- Former AFC archivist Melissa Lindberg, who discusses a collection yet to go online.
Kelly’s elephant photos above led me to play a portion of this interview with Barbara Miller Byrd, which includes more cute elephant photos and stories.
As a final note, you can find all the online materials from the Occupational Folklife Project at this link.