Folk Economy Series
|While most business reporting focuses on stories of the ”new economy,” Western Folklife Center Media decided to focus on the people who make a living using traditional skills and creativity. Our Folk Economy stories ask some basic questions: How do these economies work? Who are these people who choose to make a living this way? What do they gain, and what do they sacrifice by choosing to survive through a life of independence and tradition? Our features were produced for Marketplace on Public Radio International in 2000 and 2001.|
Salt Lake City, UT
PRI's Marketplace - 01/18/2001
An innovative snowboarder named “Cowboy” uses Utah’s “Greatest Snow on Earth” to develop and test the Split Decision, a new board that opens up the backcountry to snowboarders.
PRI's Marketplace - 06/02/2000
Meet the students of an innovative teacher in rural Nevada who have bridged the digital divide by forming their own internet company, and bringing high-speed internet to their isolated school.
PRI's Marketplace - 04/12/2000
Hal Cannon visits the workshop of two jewelry makers at the Pueblo of Zuni, where Native Americans have made and worn their own jewelry for millennia.
PRI's Marketplace - 02/08/2000
Drawing on instructions laid down by Moses in the Old Testament, a modern-day scribe carefully creates a Torah for a New York synagogue, using ink and parchment that he prepares himself.
Salt Lake City, NV
PRI's Marketplace - 11/22/1999
Our story examines the ancient trade of the tinsmith, and whether the automation that computers have brought to this occupation has robbed the modern tinman of his craft, and his heart.