Philly Folk, the official podcast of the Philadelphia Folklore Project, takes a deep dive into the organization's history and work, our fundamental community and creative partnerships, archival collections, flagship initiatives, and grass root cultural life from the streets of Philadelphia.
Over the last fifteen years, gentrification has brought about rapid cultural and social changes within the Historically Black Neighborhood of Swarthmore displacing Black people and Black memory. This podcast presents a collective oral history/telling practice to preserve alternative (AKA Black, AKA fuller) history, culture and practices necessary to Swarthmore / community well-being and justice. The HBNS: Making a Homeplace inaugural podcast features three community curated episodes from various HBNS ethnographic research in 2010, 2020, 2022. Our first episode starts with The Great Migration: The Rise of the Black Neighborhood.The second episode focuses on the role of the Black church, Swarthmore Wesley AME Church: Strategies for Thriving. The last episode, Growing up in Swarthmore A Black Child’s Perspective: School, Play, Love, rounds out the series with intergenerational childhood memories.
FolkAid: Healing and Healers expands our understanding of health and healing practices through the lens of folklore work, revealing how art and creativity function as an essential form of solace and empowerment. We speak with various artists and heritage bearers in the Philadelphia community to learn how they find comfort, care, and healing power in their traditions and artistry. We highlight how community endurance can be built and nurtured specifically during public health crises, and we delve into various forms of traditional medicine and healing. This series approaches folklore as an accessible and powerful device for uplifting and preserving mental, spiritual, and physical health while being a tool for social change.