The American Folklore Society invites all inquiries from members of the media interested in the compelling and timely news and research emerging from the folklore community.

Folklorists study the traditional art, stories, knowledge, and practices of a people. We are active in all areas of our society, studying expressive culture in education, healthcare, poverty, and immigration. And folklorists are experts in a wide range of topics, including issues recently covered in the news such as fake news, cryptozoology, legends, holidays, internet memes, traditional and world music, the supernatural, and COVID-19.

Folklorists’ Insight on Hot News Topics

History: How Ghost Stories Became a Christmas Tradition in Victorian England

The Guardian: Why People Believe Covid Conspiracy Theories: Could Folklore Hold the Answer?

Smithsonian Magazine: A Q&A with the Smithsonian’s First Curator from the Lumbee Tribe

House Committee on Appropriations: The Effects of COVID-19 on Arts and Humanities Organizations

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Women potters of North Georgia step out of the long shadow cast by men

Slate: How the Stories We Tell About COVID Can Help—or Hinder—Vaccination Efforts

The Nation: Who Gets to Tell the Story of a Lost Music Culture?

Texas Public Radio: Hispanic? Chicano? Latinx? What’s In A Name?

Western Kentucky University Public Radio: What’s Fake News Got to Do With Folklore? WKU Professor Explores Connections in New Article

The Meiji at 150 Podcast: Episode 71 – Dr. Michael Dylan Foster (UC Davis) discusses yōkai, the supernatural spirits and monsters of Japan

Seven Days: Folklorist Stephen Wehmeyer Lectures on the Lives of Spirit Artists

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