Sound Files Podcast

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Check out our new podcast, Sound Files. On the pod, we share and celebrate archival audio through conversations and stories. If you ever wondered what it takes to preserve historic sounds, this podcast is for you. Come and listen to hear about the preservation of recorded sounds and the people and organizations who preserve them.

Episodes feature long-form conversations with audio archivists, sounds from the collections we have supported, and interviews with voices from the audio preservation community. We will also offer occasional updates on our activities and programs.


Help us spread the word! New episodes will be distributed here and via major podcast platforms. If you like the pod, use any of the players below to via your podcast service of choice. Then you will be notified any time that a new episode drops! You can also leave a review, rate the podcast, and share to your networks. Episodes will be posted about once a month for the 2024 season, so be sure to check below for our most recent episodes!

Meet the Hosts

Sound Files is hosted by two new members of the NRPF community! We are happy to welcome:

Jesse A. Johnston

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Jesse A. Johnston, M.S.I., Ph.D., serves as Executive Director and Secretary of NRPF. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan School of Information. He has worked in various archival and library rules, including at the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about Jesse at

Evan Haywood

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Evan Haywood is podcast host, producer, and engineer for NRPF’s Sound Files. Evan is an audio engineer and founder of Black Ram Sound and Black Ram Treehouse recording studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He holds a Master’s of Science in Information, with a specialization in digital archives, from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Recent Episodes

Episode: Preserving Alaskan Oral Histories and Native Languages featuring Leslie McCartney


Episode: Preserving HBCU Radio Archives featuring Jocelyn Robinson


Trailer: Introducing Sound Files


Donations large or small are always appreciated and gratefully acknowledged! If you enjoy the podcast, please consider giving – any donation advances our services by supporting the costs of creating, distributing, and sharing the podcast. Beyond that, you will be contributing to the overall work of preserving recorded sound history.

To donate, click above, or text “soundfiles” to 44-321.