Coming of Age in Rural America, Without Health Care

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I don’t think any position I’m going to get out of college will come with health insurance. I don’t know a single friend from college who has a…

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A Minnesota Minute and Carl Gawboy

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

image by Carl Gawboy The Blandin Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting rural Minnesota, created a series of one-minute television spots last year to commemorate the state’s 150th…

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Consuela Lee and the Snow Hill Institute

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

image by Bill Hackwell Bruce Weber in the New York Times reported today on the passing of Consuela Lee, the jazz pianist and music professor who returned to…

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For the Weekend: Muddy and Willie

Saturday, January 9, 2010

  “Long Distance Call” also appears, in acoustic form, on his classic 1964 Record Folk Singer. I’ve recently found that Muddy Water’s estate keeps up an informative website…

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Ted Kooser and the Wessels Living History Farm

Friday, January 8, 2010

The Wessels Living History Farm of York, Nebraska offers visitors the best of both worlds: a hands-on chance to view an operating farm in the Central Plains as…

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Dust-To-Digital

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Lance Ledbetter’s record label Dust-To-Digital is one of the finest examples of how younger generations are continuing the mission of John Cohen, Alan Lomax and Harry Smith. Ledbetter,…

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The Madison County Project

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I recently discovered the 2005 documentary The Madison County Project: Documenting the Sound on Folkstreams, an excellent and richly-exhaustive site that “streams” new independent documentaries as well as…

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Appalshop and Mine War on Blackberry Creek

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Appalshop is one of the most vital arts organizations in the country. For over 40 years it has served the central Appalachian region in a number of capacities;…

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Saving Texas Dance Halls, One Two-Step At A Time

Monday, January 4, 2010

From John Burnett’s piece on NPR: Dance halls throughout Central Texas have been dying off from decay and disuse. The best way to save them? ‘Dance in them,’…

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Monday, January 4, 2010

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