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Join guest host Madi as she talks to two students who are going back to the roots of Foxfire - way back in 1966! From a class of uninterested high school students to a community organization that Rabun County families have passed down from generation to generation, Foxfire is in its fifty-fifth year of preserving Appalachian culture and history.…
 
For the next few weeks, we'll be introducing a mini series documenting our high school leadership students' summer SEED projects. The SEED projects — Students Experiencing Education Differently — allow the Fellows to choose topics in which they are interested as their focuses as they create additions to the museum, interview experts, and summarize …
 
We're taking a break from the archives this month to sit down with our friends over at the Mainspring Conservation Trust, a nonprofit based in Western North Carolina that works to conserve the water, forests, farms and heritage of the Little Tennessee and Hiwassee river basins. Learn more at https://www.mainspringconserves.org/…
 
In honor of women's history month, we are listening to three interviews conducted in 1975, the "International Women's Year." Foxfire students sat down with women from three generations, all raised in the mountains. Join us as we learn Addie Norton, Lassie Bradshaw, and Emma Chastain's ideas of what it means to be an Appalachian woman!…
 
As students every where prepare for drastic changes to their schooling, we thought we'd take a look back at school in the early 1900s. This month, we feature interviews from Richard Norton, Stella Burrell, Lola Cannon, Billy Long, and Arie Meaders. All attended what were called "country schools"--small, one-room schoolhouses that were scattered thr…
 
Our small corner of Northeast Georgia has surprisingly been the filming site of several movies, as far back as the 1950s. In this month's episode, we feature oral histories from local folks who have dealt with the movie industry -- from loading train cars in "The Great Locomotive Chase" to restoring appliances for "Indiana Jones & the Kingdom of th…
 
In Appalachia, shape-note singing dominated musical and religious groups. Shape-note music, also referred to as sacred heart music, uses different shapes, like squares, triangles, and diamonds, to represent notes instead of traditional music notes. Join host Kami Ahrens and guest Barry Stiles in a discussion of shape-note music, and listen to origi…
 
This month's update on the coronavirus focuses on the threat it presents to indigenous communities. We "sat down"--virtually, of course--with Dakota Brown, program director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, and citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Dakota shared the Eastern Band's quick response to the virus, and how it has impacted life and business…
 
This bonus episode features just a few short excerpts from submissions to our COVID-19 Crowd-sourced Oral History Project, many from high school and college students through Appalachia. As public historians and folklorists, we have a responsibility (and interest!) to capture history as it happens around us, and to engage the community in that pursu…
 
In this episode, we're taking a look at how moonshine is made, and the experiences of both moonshiners and lawmen in Appalachia. Join hosts Kami Ahrens and TJ Smith, along with special guest Barry Stiles, as we talk all things moonshine and listen to excerpts from Conway Watkins, Lamon Queen, Leona Carver, and Simmie Free. Learn more about moonshin…
 
As we approach the long-awaited release of Foxfire's newest book, Foxfire Story, we decided to bring you a small sample of the folktales you'll encounter in this volume. Foxfire Story is filled with tales and legends collected throughout the 50+ years of Foxfire's history. Listen in and hear from storytellers May Justice, Pat Cotter, Lyndall Toothm…
 
In response to "social distancing," we are putting together some special bonus episodes of our podcast, "It Still Lives." The first of these is a Foxfire playlist—we've compiled several original recordings of mountain music for your listening pleasure. Check out Season 1, Episode 2 for more information on music in Appalachia or grab a copy of Foxfi…
 
The holiday season is upon us! During the month of December, hosts Kami Ahrens and TJ Smith introduce you to a unique Appalachian Christmas tradition: serenading. On Christmas Eve, groups of teenagers and adults would sneak up to homes and make a racket - sometimes even using firearms! Listen to accounts from Lawton Brooks, Ernest Watts, Burma Patt…
 
This week we are releasing part 2 of our folk medicine episode. Part 2 features interviews from Flora Youngblood, Ronda Reno, Kenny Runion, and Patricia Kyritsi Howell. Hosts Kami Ahrens and TJ Smith delved deeper into folk medicine and the rich traditions of Southern Appalachia by focusing on plant uses and how medicine has changed over time.…
 
This month we sit down with PhD candidate and climate researcher Dylan Harris. Dylan joined us at the end of August to host a storytelling and climate conference at Foxfire. This event explored climate-based narratives, and drew on the experiences of climate researchers, geographers, and storytellers from Appalachia and Alaska.…
 
This episode features special hosts, two local high school students participating in the summer Foxfire Fellowship. The fellows this summer decided to create an episode on the movie Deliverance (1972) which was filmed in Rabun County. Their inspiration for this episode came from the recent filming of Netflix's Hillbilly Elegy, also in Rabun County,…
 
Hosts Kami Ahrens and TJ Smith take you on a journey through Southern Appalachia heritage using stories, songs, and more from the Foxfire archives. This pilot episode explores storytelling and the role of folklore in the mountains. Featuring storyteller and musician Stanley Hicks, we talk animals and legends and whether or not the 'stinger snake' r…
 
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