Jon Kay on October 29, 2013 Download (69.9MB) In this episode we talk with Nicholas R, Bell who works at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and is the curator of A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets. The exhibit is on display this fall, and there is a beautiful catalog with essays by Bell as well as […]

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Jon Kay on April 12, 2013

I will be teaching Indiana Folklore and Folklife this summer at Indiana University and am enjoying putting together the Syllabus for the course.  This course explores the folklore and traditional arts of Indiana. First,we survey the oral traditions of our state. From local legends and ghost stories to jokes and personal experience narratives, we probe […]

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Jon Kay on April 8, 2013 Download (23.8MB) No cultural expression is more synonymous with American traditional arts than quilt making. In this episode, I talk with SouthArts folklorist and senior program director Teresa Hollingsworth  about The Sum of Many Parts, a large exhibit of quilts made by 25 contemporary America artisans. Katy Malone joins the interview and explains her […]

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Jon Kay on February 6, 2013–episode31SouthCarolinasDigitalTraditions/AA-Episode32-SouthCarolinaDigitalTraditions.mp3Podcast: Download (26.2MB) In this episode I talk with my old friend Saddler Taylor, the Chief Curator of folklife and fieldwork at the McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina.  He has researched the traditional arts and culture of the American South, and helped produce the Digital Traditions website, an online repository of resources […]

Continue reading about Episode 32: South Carolina’s Digital Traditions Download (38.5MB) Look who is 30 episodes old! We are excited to reach this milestone, but are continuing to move forward at Artisan Ancestors. In this  episode we talk with the new Executive Director of the Alabama Folklife Association, Mary Allison Haynie, who has just released into the world a traveling exhibit that focuses […]

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A wordpress site for a great oral history project focused on the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky.  Looking for a way to build an online presence or community? WordPress has emerged as the leading tool for building blogs and websites on the internet. As a way to encourage folks to take the plunge, I am […]

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Jon Kay on December 2, 2011

I wanted to let my listeners know about a podcast series that the TAI staff and I have been working on, Second Servings.  It is an internet radio program that explores the food traditions and cultures that give flavor to the Hoosier State.  From old time favorites like morel mushrooms and tenderloins to more recent […]

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