The Smithsonian Folkways Collection is a podcast series devoted to the amazing collection of music and other recordings at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, formerly Folkways Records. These three podcasts explore various parts of that eclectic and influential collection.
The Folkways Collection
The Folkways Collection is made up of 24 hour-long podcasts that blend the modern music of influential musicians like Bob Dylan and Ani Difranco with original Folkways recordings. The shows discuss how the original Folkways style has influenced popular music throughout the years, as well as the human element behind this impressive collection.
Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways is broadcasted monthly and lays out the recent discoveries from within the Folkways collection. Hosts Sam Litzinger and Jeff Place present never-before-heard recordings and rare interviews from American folk icons, as well as features on emerging Smithsonian Folkways artists and staff members to show how far the record label has come.
Tapestry of the Times
A collaboration between Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Baltimore’s WYPR radio station, Tapestry of the Times is a 36 part, hour-long podcast series that explores the wide-ranging collection of Folkways music and sounds. Host Aaron Henkin creates a loose theme for each episode and blends now-iconic Folkways songs with poetry, food, and culture from around the world.
Fairs and festivals provide communities with a chance to ride classic carnival rides, look at goods from local vendors, eat classic American fare, and maybe even pet some animals. When planning your next vacation, consider taking a trip to one of the most popular state fairs in the U.S. for some classic family fun. Check out these top five fairs!
Iowa State Fair
This popular state fair takes place during August. If you're a junk food addict, make sure you check out the impressive selection of food on a stick, like fried brownies, or just go with a classic corndog. There is tons to see and do with livestock, parades, shows, and the 600 pound cow made out of butter!
Kentucky State Fair
Since 1902, visitors have been flocking to the Kentucky State Fair for some good old fashioned fun. Watch the racehorses compete at the World's Championship Horse Show, or show off your talents in the Coca-Cola Talent Competition. Make sure you check out the schedule of live musical performances.
California State Fair
Take a trip to the West Coast in July to experience this great state fair in Sacramento. Experience over 60 different rides, cool off at the water park, or relax with an award-winning beer. A free concert is held every night of this huge fair.
Ohio State Fair
In the middle of the summer, take a trip to Columbus, Ohio, to ride the largest sky ride, see giant sand sculpture, pet livestock, and learn about agriculture. Live music, from country to blues to classic rock, is always playing on one of the stages.
New York State Fair
Located in Syracuse, this state fair is a different kind of New York than the one you may be familiar with. There is no Times Square here; instead, the fair features over 100 carnival games, live music from big performers, and livestock.
If you're torn between dessert and an apres-dinner cocktail, why not combine the two and have both? With ingredients like ice cream, toasted marshmallows, and Nutella, these five boozy beverages will appease your sweet tooth. Cheers to that!
S'mores Martini [Food Network]
Guinness Milkshake [TheKitchn]
Nutella Martini [Crazy Adventures in Parenting]
White Wine Apple Spritzer [SheKnows]
Death by Chocolate [Food.com]
The California Attorney General’s Office offers the following tips on Crime Prevention.
It takes a lot more than some actors and a camera to make a movie. There’s a veritable army of people behind the scenes working their tails off to get things done. Here are some fun factoids about the many people that make movie magic happen.
Penny Marshall was the first female director to break the $100 million box office glass ceiling with her comedy hit Big. Since then, many other woman directors have accomplished the feat.
When Stanley Kubrick was shooting his horror masterpiece The Shining, he was worried about traumatizing child actor Danny Lloyd with some of the movie’s more graphic scenes, so he shot them separately and went to great trouble to edit them in later. Lloyd didn’t know he’d been in a horror film until he was 14.
Clint Eastwood gave his mother a cameo in his Western classic Unforgiven, and she suffered through a day of shooting in a bulky frontier dress only to be cut out in the editing room by her own son.
Director Quentin Tarantino broke into Hollywood while working at Video Archives, a rental store in Manhattan Beach. He met producer Lawrence Bender at a party and fast-talked him into paying for a screenplay that would become True Romance.
Before Martin Scorsese decided to pursue film, his family had hoped that he would enter the priesthood.
In the past few years, Middle Eastern cuisine has become all the rage, and has won over legions of fans. As you know, one of the most popular and essentials elements of almost any Middle Eastern meal is hummus. This tasty dip made from ground chickpeas is great with veggies, grilled pita, or on sandwiches. Of course you can always buy hummus, but it's really easy to make! Below is a great recipe that’s simple and easy, and packs outstanding flavor.
1. You'll need a 16 ounce can of chickpeas. Reserve a quarter cup of liquid from the can and drain the beans.
2. In a food processor, blend the chickpeas, three tablespoons of lemon juice, two tablespoons of tahini (ground sesame paste, available at most grocery stores), two tablespoons of olive oil, three cloves of crushed garlic, and some salt.
3. Combine all the ingredients in the food processor until they are mixed well, and then add the reserved liquid from the chickpeas. Blend again on a low setting for five minutes or until you get a silky smooth texture.
4. Serve with toasted pita bread, vegetable crudites, and olives!
If you want to add a bit of personality to your hummus, there are many things you can add in during the blending process. Try including some harissa, a zesty condiment that will add some spice, or add a dash of cayenne pepper. Or toss in roasted red peppers, olives, or extra lemon or garlic to alter the flavor.
Serve fresh or refrigerate after mixing to preserve your hummus longer. Enjoy!
Studies show that mindful breathing is a fabulous way to reduce stress, and even increase your lifespan. One of the great benefits of conscious breathing is that it doesn’t cost anything, and it can be practiced almost anywhere! If you’d like to begin a breathing regimen, read through these tips below:
Throughout our day, most of our breaths are “shallow breaths,” which use only 20% of our lung capacity. The key to stress-reducing breathing is deep breathing — that means fully our lungs and ribcage before exhaling. This type of breathing infuses more oxygen into our bloodstream, helping us to eliminate waste buildup faster.
To begin, find a comfortable sitting or standing posture — one that you can maintain without thinking about it. And remember, it's important to keep your back straight, so that the lungs have maximum room to expand.
Inhale through your nose when you breathe, as this technique brings oxygen into your lungs in a smoother manner than breathing through the mouth. As you inhale, slowly count the breath silently in your head.
As you're ready, exhale through the mouth, at a slightly slower than your inhale. Be sure the count of your exhale is a few beats longer than your inhale, and feel our lungs and ribcage ease back down. As you breathe, let your stomach, diaphragm, and chest rise and fall as the breath enters and leaves the body. Let it be natural — don’t force the action by trying to stretch your back or shoulders.
Even just 5 minutes of deep breathing a day can make a fantastic difference for your health!
The houses of Frank Lloyd Wright are triumphs of modern architecture. These homes are particularly exceptional examples, showing this master artist's genius at work.
This iconic structure is an incredible balance of the manmade and the natural. Ingeniously set atop a waterfall, Wright masterfully incorporated the home into the Pennsylvania landscape and showed his love for Japanese designs in this stunning masterwork.
Making bold use of the surrounding Arizona desert, Taliesin West uses local rocks and their flat surfaces to make a home that echoes the simple, sweeping beauty of the surrounding landscape. This house was Wright's winter home as well as the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.
The Darwin Martin House
This Buffalo home is one of the great works of Wright's early career. One of the greatest examples of the Prairie School, the open design beautifully fuses with the landscape. The result is a unified whole whose every detail comes together with elegance.
The Weltzheimer/Johnson House
Now owned by Oberlin College, this house is an incredible answer to the demand for affordable middle-class housing in post WWII America. It's flowing floor plan and organic design create a beautiful connection between the interior and exterior spaces.
This unique home has four wings extending from the central living room, which itself has an impressive dome shape. The last of Wright's Prairie Houses, it embodies the "eloquence of materials" that Wright was constantly seeking in his work.