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Explore these entertaining blogs and podcasts about folklore, many of which are created by members of the American Folklore Society!

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Blog of the Interdisciplinary Working Group on Cultural Property, by Regina Bendix. Critical discussion of intangible cultural heritage, cultural property, and related issues by European and US folklorists and ethnologists as well as their collaborators in anthropology, economic policy, and international law.

Festival Blog, curated by the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C. The annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival hosts communities from around the world in the presentation of their music, dance, crafts, foodways, storytelling, and other living traditions on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Folklife Today is the blog of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, including the Veterans History Project. The blog covers a wide variety of topics in folklife theory and practice, and highlights materials from the Library of Congress's rich collections of folklife, folklore, folk music, and oral history collections.

Jack Dappa Blues Public Media uses broadcast journalism, film, and multimedia production to produce exciting, meaningful and historically accurate content that explores and highlights African American Traditional Music and the black experience. Our featured broadcast “Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Radio” not only plays African American Traditional musics that date back to early Black Spirituals and pre war Blues, but we highlight today’s practitioners of the music, as well as tackle the sensitive topics that relate to the African American experience from the past to the present. Engaging and interactive, Jack Dappa Blues Heritage Radio gives their audience the context in which African American traditions, culture and social environment has been expressed through the oral documentation of Blues, Black Spirituals and the like, that reflects the African American community and their different classes throughout history.

Shreds and Patches, by Jason Baird Jackson (Indiana University).  Topics regularly addressed include material culture and museum ethnography, Native American Studies, scholarly publishing and open access.

Show Me Folk, produced by the Missouri Folk Arts Program (MFAP), a program of the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and the Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Established in 1984, MFAP builds cross-cultural understanding by documenting, sustaining, and presenting Missouri’s living folk arts and folklife in collaboration with Missouri’s citizens.

Street Folks, by Langston Collin Wilkins, PhD., is a blog dedicated to the preservation and presentation of African American and inner city folklife. Includes entries on folklife, performative arts, literary arts, and notes of Wilkins' experience as a fieldworker studying urban folklore.

The Tales They Tell, by Stephen Olbrys Gencarella, is a blog about New England folklore. The initial focus is folk narratives such as myths, legends, folktales, jokes, rumors, anecdotes, and songs. As the blog evolves, Gencarella hopes to consider festivals, folk arts and crafts, and other aspects of expressive culture. The blog also examines some of the darker aspects of these tales and their history, including aspects of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Some content may not be appropriate for young readers.


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