Rachel Hopkin

Folklorist and Radio Producer

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This is the page where I note my thoughts about matters concerning radio production, folklore, cultural sustainability, and what I’m currently working on, as well as general musings regarding life as a folklorist/radio producer.

Elkmont Interpreted

10 July, 2015

A couple of years ago, I was part of a team of folklorists who worked on the Elkmont Oral History Project. Read more

New Radio Documentary on Early Kentucky Women Musicians

27 June, 2015

Earlier this week, my latest feature – Banjo Pickin’ Girls and Fiddlin’ Women – was broadcast on Australia’s Radio National in their Earshot strand. Read more

The Way of the Croissant

9 May, 2015

I’ve just completed a wonderful spring semester at Ohio State, where I’m in the first year of a PhD in Folklore. I made this presentation for the final class of an excellent course on Tradition (led by Dr Ray Cashman). It’s taken my croissant obsession to the next level. Read more

Death Valley Wilderness – Radio Documentary

5 March, 2015

A radio documentary I made last year from Death Valley is now available to listen to at PRX.  It was part of a short series called Untrammelled that marked 50 years since the Wilderness Act was put in place. Read more

Nevada’s Hidden Stories: Combat Paper Nevada

11 November, 2014

Nevada’s Hidden Stories is a partnership between my former employer – Nevada Humanities – and Reno Public Radio. It’s an occasional series which I produce that aims to shed light on the unique people, places, and communities which make the Silver State home.

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Nevada’s Hidden Stories: Lost City Farm

27 September, 2014

Even though I’m no longer an employee of Nevada Humanities, I’m still making some radio pieces for them which air on KUNR, Reno’s Public Radio station as part of the Nevada’s Hidden Stories series. Read more

Leaving Las Vegas

9 August, 2014

Today I leave Las Vegas and head east to embark on a PhD in folklore at Ohio State. I’m excited about getting back into research, but I have loved living in this city. I feel privileged to have known it – at least a little – in a way that most people who experience it don’t. Read more

Nevada’s Hidden Stories: Radio Profile of Christine Kelly

25 July, 2014

Who Would Own an Independent Bookshop in this Day and Age?

Christine Kelly, that’s who. Read more

Texas Folklife – Summer Stories Institute

20 July, 2014

A few years ago, I was part of a media panel at the Folklorists in the South retreat. There, I met one of the members of staff of Texas Folklife – Sarah Rucker – who gave a terrific presentation about the Big Squeeze accordion contest.  Sarah also told me about another program her organisation runs: Stories from Deep in the Heart.   Read more

Nevada Heritage Award 2014

3 July, 2014

The Las Vegas Review Journal has just published an article about Gary and Sheldeen Haleamau, recipients of the 2014 Nevada Heritage Award.  It’s so good to see these bearers of Hawaiian traditions honoured. Read more