Folk Economy Series

While most business reporting focuses on stories of the ”new economy,” Western Folklife Center Media decided to focus on the people who make a living using traditional skills and creativity. Our Folk Economy stories ask some basic questions: How do these economies work? Who are these people who choose to make a living this way? What do they gain, and what do they sacrifice by choosing to survive through a life of independence and tradition? Our features were produced for Marketplace on Public Radio International in 2000 and 2001.