Rachel Hopkin

Rachel Hopkin is a BBC-trained radio producer and has worked for broadcast networks around the world.  She has a longstanding interest in American traditional culture and, as a result, undertook an MA in Folk Studies at WKU between 2010 and 2012.  

During that time, she produced a series of pieces about Kentucky's folklife for WKU Public Radio and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology.

Upon graduating, Rachel received the John D. Minton Award for outstanding graduate student at WKU.  She was also named the outstanding graduate student in Potter College of Arts & Letters. 

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The Flying Frog Farm was a commune set up in Allen County, Kentucky in the early 1970s. In this program we hear from some of its members, many of whom reconvened at the farm recently to celebrate the group's 40th anniversary.

This is the last in the occasional series of radio features about local culture in South Central Kentucky, produced by Rachel Hopkin. Rachel recently completed her graduate studies in the WKU Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology.

This Friday, a new exhibition will open at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s Bowling Green campus:  An American Educator in Liberia: The Collection of Dr. Daniel Hays.

It will put on public display for the first time an important collection of Liberian artifacts which was recently donated to WKU’s Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology. 

Louisiana Blues Musician Clarence "Frogman" Henry talks with WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin about the origins of his nickname, his life in Bowling Green post-Katrina, and his varied career (including opening for The Beatles in the early 1960s).

Photo by Amanda Hardeman

Rachel Hopkin explores the distinctive barbecue style associated with Monroe County, Kentucky. She visits a number of establishments to learn more about secret sauce recipies, the dangers of hot grills, and to enjoy plenty of barbecue.

This special program is devoted to the work of Dr. Lynwood Montell. He was a professor in the WKU Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology for many years, and is the author of over 20 books about folk life and stories in our region. Produced by WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin on the occasion of Dr. Montell's 80th birthday this year.

Arthur Hartfield is a Bluegrass banjo player and maker from Rocky Hill, KY. Hatfield started off in a traveling Bluegrass band, but decided he preferred to stay home and became a cabinet maker while playing in local bands. When he retired from cabinet making he decided to start professionally making banjos. This is the latest in an ongoing series of features produced for WKU Public Radio by WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin.

Photo by Jennifer Jameson

A new exhibition at the Kentucky Museum on the WKU Campus in Bowling Green chronicles the work of Freeman Kitchens.

For decades his store, housed in the post office in Drake, Kentucky, has been a magnet for collectors and music enthusiasts from around the world.

WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin reports.

John Edmonds (photo by Marvin Young)

Bowling Green's John Edmonds has had a long and varied career, and is an important part of the regional gospel music scene. WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin produced this documentary about the internationally-recognized musician.

This Friday and Saturday (April 29 & 30), a historic Kentucky home will conduct an open house.

Built in the early 19th Century, the Gardner House is located on the WKU Biological Preserve in Hart County, and has become a restoration project for WKU's Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology.

WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin prepared this story.

Photo by Amanda Hardeman

South Central Kentucky has a rich and unique basket making tradition. WKU Folk Studies graduate student Rachel Hopkin explores this heritage in an hour-long documentary produced for WKU Public Radio.

Russellville's Charles Neblett was one of the founding members of The Freedom Singers, a vocal group that became a powerful force in the Civil Rights Movement (fellow member Dr. Bernice Reagon will perform Wednesday, February 16th as part of the WKU Cultural Enhancement Series).

WKU Folk Studies Graduate student Rachel Hopkin visited him to learn more about the group and his long-time involvement in Civil Rights.

The documentary film "Rovers, Wrestlers and Stars" tells the story of a vanished piece of Bowling Green history.

The Quonset Auditorim stage was shared by the likes of Ray Charles, Bill Monroe, Tina Turner and revival preachers in the years following World War II.

Rachel Hopkin, a student in the WKU Folk Studies department, prepared this report.