Sound Sessions

Smithsonian archivist Jeff Place brings old interviews, musical history to the airways


Part of Jeff Place’s job as an archivist at Smithsonian’s Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections is to field questions from around the world about music. And with his desk, nestled amidst original recordings of songs and interviews with some of the biggest names in music, he is well-prepared for the task.

"I think I’m the person on NPR’s Rolodex when they look up ‘folk,’" says Place.

Now, he adds a new gig to his routine. With host Sam Litzinger, Place records " Sound Sessions from Smithsonian Folkways," a radio show that airs the third Sunday of every month (6 p.m.) on WAMU 88.5, the NPR affiliate for the greater Washington, D.C. area. It also airs six times a month on WAMU’s HD channel

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