2nd year grad student
Rachel is originally from England and has a background in music (which is what her undergrad degree was in) and radio producing: she worked in various music radio departments at the BBC for 6 years, then spent 4 years freelancing in Argentina, making programmes, features and reports for English language radio networks around the world. Rachel moved to the States in the summer of 2010 in order to start this MA, having first fallen in love with American traditional culture during a 2002 field-trip to the Southern Appalachians.
Rachel is thoroughly enjoying Kentucky life and in addition to her school work, she makes radio pieces about the state's rich traditional culture for the local NPR station – WKYU.
In the future, she hopes to continue doing the kind of stuff she's doing now – U.S. based folklore related research, writing and radio producing.
Read about her internship here.
She's learning to place old time banjo on the side.
A story, "I was once detained at Union Station in DC on suspicion of passing a fake $100 bill. The Secret Service was called in and they questioned me at some length. In the end, it was determined that the bill (which I'd been given in Argentina) was over 40 years old but was still valid currency and so I was released to freedom."