As the boundaries between journalism, social media and entertainment become increasingly blurred, folk music provides a stream of diverse voices essential for a healthy democracy

This is this the thesis statement for my Master’s Thesis in Media Studies at Rhode Island College. This thesis launched the research, website and collection of stories for Folk River.

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Journalist Bill Moyers Finds Lessons on Democracy in Woody Guthrie Works

Journalist Bill Moyers looks back at singer-songwriter Woody Gurthrie’s life and work, finding many points of irony and relevance given the current state of our economy and democracy. Is this land truly made...

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Crazy Heart Author Not The Weary Kind With Novel In Spotlight

With the movie “Crazy Heart” winning Academy Awards for best actor and best original song, Rhode Island author Thomas Cobb says the seeds of his book were planted in his own days as a...

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The Man Who Introduced Music Festivals to the World

George Wein changed the way Americans experience their music. The pioneering jazz musician and music producer launched the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. It was the first big outdoor music event of...

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Dancing Into Death

None of us knows when our heart will beat its last beat. For Rodolfo Akel that last beat came on the dance floor. Friends in the Cajun and Zydeco dance community in New...

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Ladino Songs Shed Light on Endangered Language of Jews

As the candles of Hanukah connect Jews around the world, holiday songs in Ladino shine a light on a language UNESCO rates as “severely endangered.”  Ladino is a language that’s been traveling with...

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Gloria Ascher Ladino class Tufts Univ.

Like Hanukah Oil, Endangered Ladino Endures Among Jews

As Jews around the world celebrate Hanukah, some in Boston are singing in Ladino, a language UNESCO rates as “severely endangered” in its 2009 Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger. Ladino has...

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