76th National Folk Festival – Yes! Weekly


The National Folk Festival is worth planning ahead for, penciling some dates on the calendarand coming up with a strategy for how to get to all the shows you’re going to want to see. The free three-day festival is having a three-year residency in Greensboro, and the 2016 festival, which takes place Sept. 9 – 11, marks year two of the run.

Interview with Zydeco Accordion Virtuoso Jeffery Broussard | World Music Central.org


Jeffery Broussard and The Creole Cowboys are set to perform at the National Folk Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina. Concerts dates include Friday, September 9 at 6:00 pm at Wrangler Stage; Saturday, September 10 at 2:45 pm at Dance Pavilion; Saturday, September 10 at 9:30 pm at Wrangler Stage; Sunday, September 11 at 12:00 pm at Dance Pavilion; and The Big Squeeze: Accordion Traditions on Sunday, September 11 at 3:15 pm at Lawn Stage.

The Price of Pork – Chicago Tribune


Hundreds of hog confinements have been constructed across Illinois in recent years, using a factory-like system to grow millions of pigs and put inexpensive bacon on your plate. But a Tribune investigation finds all that cheap meat is coming at great cost to rural communities.

Moving doesn’t get easier with experience – Art Menius

Moving doesn’t get easier with experience – Art Menius

At a certain age, we delude ourselves into thinking accumulated experience helps us avoid repeating mistakes. Then we decide to move and prove that wrong. The very act of voluntary moving is a misstep.

Progressives Need to Stop Ignoring Rural Communities | The Nation

Why have rural communities moved so far to the right? Why have farmers, miners, drillers, loggers, and a host of other working folks become so enthralled with the antigovernment, anti-environmentalist, and antilabor pundits and politicians?