Western Folklife Center Media

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  • Location: Elko, NV


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11 Pieces

The What's in a Song series delves deeper into the stories behind the songs.


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Eva Castellanos, a curandero in Nyssa, Oregon, employs massage, herbs, and prayer to help those who seek her healing.

Bought by KLCC

  • Added: Dec 19, 2005
  • Length: 06:55
  • Purchases: 1
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Music historian Bill C. Malone recalls his family gathering around their first radio to listen to old country songs like "The Last Letter."

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WMPG, and KRCC-FM

  • Added: Dec 16, 2005
  • Length: 04:08
  • Purchases: 3
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Musician Cipriano Vigil describes the myth that inspired the song "La Llorona".


  • Added: Dec 15, 2005
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 5
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British pianist Leslie Howard tells the story behind this familiar Scottish classic.

  • Added: Dec 14, 2005
  • Length: 04:37
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Songwriter Dave Alvin describes his song "Man in the Bed" which tells the story of the last day of his father's life.

Bought by KZYX, KUT, New Hampshire Public Radio, Iowa Public Radio, Hearing Voices and more

  • Added: Dec 12, 2005
  • Length: 04:08
  • Purchases: 8
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Ecologist Larry Stevens sings the saga of the Humpback Chubb, a small odd-looking fish that lives at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and which has ...

Bought by KZYX, KZYX, KZYX, KZYX, New Hampshire Public Radio and more

  • Added: Dec 05, 2005
  • Length: 04:02
  • Purchases: 6
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Rosalie Sorrels sings about the gardens her two Irish grandmothers used to keep, and how the flowers they grew were a reflection of their very diff...

Bought by WKNO

  • Added: Dec 02, 2005
  • Length: 02:46
  • Purchases: 1
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Curly Musgrave talks about "Escalante Adios" his ballad that gives a cowboy's perspective of the establishment of a national monument in Southern U...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2005
  • Length: 03:39
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Navajo singer Alger Greyeyes sings of the beauty of food and the meaning of a bounty from the earth.

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KSJD, KZMU Moab Community Radio, and KRCC-FM

  • Added: Dec 01, 2005
  • Length: 02:47
  • Purchases: 4
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A musical and poetic celebration of the Christmas holiday from the open ranges of America's outback.

Bought by Nevada Public Radio, KUAT, KETR-FM, High Plains Public Radio, WNMU-FM and more

  • Added: Oct 13, 2005
  • Length: 54:24
  • Purchases: 83