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Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy

Banner from the National Oldtime Fiddlers' Pilgrimage Fiddlers' Pilgrimage: The Weiser Legacy explores the reasons that oldtime fiddling is thriving in our time, and why Weiser, Idaho, is the western mecca for this traditional art form.

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Deep West Radio Documentaries
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Sign on Main Street in Baker City, Oregon announces the Great Salt Lick contest

This Deep West Radio documentary features one of the most unusual art contests and auctions in the nation, right in the middle of ranch country in eastern Oregon. Experience more.

Listen to an excerpt ~ Length: 4:29
12/22/2012 NPR Weekend Edition Saturday


Expressing Montana

Artists are compelled to express their lives—the place they live, the times they live in, the traditions they grow up in—in artistic terms. Expressing Montana is a project of the Western Folklife Center that seeks to document and present the artists from one place, who, through their art, make social, political, spiritual or environmental commentary. Enter Here.


What's in a Song

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Kristina Olsen, courtesy of the artist Songwriter and troubadour Kristina Olsen says she was seeking perspective when she wrote her song Prayer Flags, our latest What's in a Song that aired on NPRs Weekend Edition Saturday, December 29, 2012.

Length: 3:07  ~ Listen
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Folk Economy

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Western Folklife Center Media focuses on the people who make a living using traditional skills and creativity. Folk Economy stories were produced for Marketplace on Public Radio International in 2000 and 2001.


The Open Road

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The Open Road is a series of radio stories from some of America's best loved places in the West. These are intimate stories that take the listener into the lives of people who live and work in America's open spaces, that aired for just over a year as part of Public Radio International's popular Savvy Traveler, from October, 1998 through 2000.


The 24 Hour Show

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In 2005, the Western Folklife Center's gaze turned south to one of the largest groups of people at work in Nevada - the people who staff the casino and entertainment industry. A 22-part radio collaborative documentary project between the Western Folklife Center, the Nevada State Museum & Historical Society and other partners.