The Kitchen Sisters Present

The Kitchen Sisters Present
Stories from the flip side of history.

146 — French Manicure—Tales from Vietnamese Shops in America
Jul 28 • 25 min
In honor of the many people who work in nail salons across the country who are struggling to keep their businesses from going under during these long closures, The Kitchen Sisters Present French Manicure —Tales from Vietnamese Nail Shops in America, a…
145 - Louis Jones, Field Archivist, Detroit
Jul 14 • 22 min
Louis Jones, Field Archivist, is a Keeper. For 27 years he has worked building and caring for the largest labor archive in North America—the Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit. Home to numerous union and labor collections from around the…
144 - 95,000 Names—Gert McMullin, Sewing the Frontline
Jun 19 • 31 min
In 1985, Gert McMullin was one of the first San Franciscans to put a stitch on the AIDS Quilt, the quilt that began with one memorial square in honor of a man who had died of AIDS, and that now holds some 95,000 names. Gert never planned it this way, but…
143 - The McDonogh Three—First Day of School
Jun 9 • 18 min
November 14, 1960, New Orleans. Three six-year-old girls, flanked by Federal Marshals, walked through screaming crowds and policemen on horseback as they approached their new school for the first time—McDonogh No. 19. Leona Tate thought it must be Mardi…
142—From King Henry the VIII to the Rolling Stones on Eel Pie Island
May 26 • 22 min
Eel Pie Island, a tiny bit of land in the River Thames has a flamboyant history involving King Henry VIII, Charles Dickens, The Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Rod Stewart, Anjelica Huston, Trad Jazz, Rock and Roll… and eel pie—a disappearing London…
141—Pati Jinich’s Mexican Jewish Table
May 12 • 18 min
An intimate, inspiring, hopeful conversation with Mexican chef and cookbook author, Pati Jinich, host of the James Beard Award winning PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table and resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. On a walk through…
140 -The Climate Underground with Al Gore and Alice Waters
Apr 17 • 30 min
Al Gore is back and he’s got a new slide show. Better take heed. Last October the former Vice President, Nobel Prize-winner and Academy Award-winner for An Inconvenient Truth, together with activist, restaurateur, and founder of The Edible Schoolyard,…
139 - Waiting for Joe DiMaggio
Apr 14 • 31 min
April 1993: A small village in Sicily prepares for the first visit of 78-year-old baseball legend Joe DiMaggio to the town where his parents were born and raised. Fishermen, artisans, grandmothers — some 3,000 villagers brush up on The Yankee and Marilyn…
138 - The Keepers - Archive Fever, with host Frances McDormand
Mar 24 • 55 min
The Keepers, from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand. Stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Guardians of history, large and small. Protectors of the free…
137- The Keepers - Archiving the Underground, with Host Frances McDormand
Mar 10 • 53 min
The Keepers, from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand. Stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Guardians of history, large and small. Protectors of the free…
136 - The Lou Reed Archive with Laurie Anderson
Feb 25 • 31 min
Lou Reed—music icon, poet, photographer, Tai Chi master, vital force in the cultural life and underworld of New York City. Lou died in 2013 and left not a word of instruction about what he wanted done with his archive of recordings, instruments, gear, his…
135 - Deep Fried Fuel - A Biodiesel Kitchen Vision - Celebrating Over the Road
Feb 11 • 20 min
In celebration of truckers everywhere and of Radiotopia’s new show Over the Road, The Kitchen Sisters visit some of their favorite Texas pitstops. First up — a truck stop in Carl’s Corner, Texas off I 35 between Dallas and Austin where Willie Nelson first…
133 - WHER - 1000 Beautiful Watts, The First All-Girl Radio Station in the Nation
Jan 28 • 40 min
When Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract in 1955 he used the money to start an all-girl radio station in Memphis, TN. Set in a pink, plush studio in the nation’s third Holiday Inn, it was a novelty—but not for long. He hired models, beauty queens,…
133 - Theaster Gates — Keeping the South Side
Jan 14 • 14 min
The Archive House, The Listening House, The Stony Island Arts Bank, The Dorchester Projects. Theaster Gates is a keeper of Greater Grand Crossing, his neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. He first encountered creativity in the music of Black…
132 - The Pancake Years
Dec 24, 2019 • 22 min
For five years Davia’s father, Lenny Nelson, asked her to go to Rattlesden, England, to visit the Air Force base where he was stationed during WWII and to find an old photograph hanging in the town pub honoring his 8th Air Force squadron. It was still…
131 - Night of the Living Intern: First Stories from Kitchen Sisters Interns
Dec 10, 2019 • 39 min
Since we started our intern and mentoring program in 2000, over 100 young people, ranging from age 15 to 35, have come through our doors at Kitchen Sisters Central in the historic Zoetrope building in San Francisco to work on the art and craft of audio…
130 - Lipstick Traces — Dreaming in Public
Dec 5, 2019 • 3 min
They say the average woman dies with a pound of lipstick in her stomach. “I have a feeling when I go they’ll find five,” says Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters. Along with radio and podcasting, lipstick is a bit of an obsession. Over the years of…
129 - Martin Scorsese — Try Anything
Nov 26, 2019 • 25 min
An onstage conversation with this master filmmaker about his extraordinary documentary work. Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore… to name but a few. The films of Martin Scorsese are astounding. As is his effort to…
128 - First Day of School—1960, New Orleans
Nov 12, 2019 • 16 min
November 14, 1960 — Four six-year-old girls, flanked by Federal Marshals, walked through screaming crowds and policemen on horseback as they approached their new schools for the first time. Leona Tate thought it must be Mardi Gras. Gail thought they were…
127 - Robert Krulwich—Talking Story, The First Third Coast
Oct 22, 2019 • 25 min
Award winning producer Robert Krulwich talks about storytelling techniques and his early career in radio and television as part of Talking Story, a panel hosted by The Kitchen Sisters at the first Third Coast International Audio Festival in Chicago in…
126 - Lawrence Weschler—Archivist of the Odd, the Marvelous, the Passionate and Slightly Askew
Oct 8, 2019 • 21 min
As part of The Keepers, The Kitchen Sisters series about activist archivists, rogue librarians and keepers of the truth and the free flow of information, we query Lawrence Weschler, archivist of “the odd, the marvelous, the passionate and slightly askew.”…
125 - The Passion of Chris Strachwitz—Arhoolie Records
Sep 24, 2019 • 30 min
Chris Strachwitz is a man possessed. “El Fanatico,” Ry Cooder calls him. A song catcher, dedicated to recording the traditional, regional, down home music of America, his adopted home after his family left Germany at the close of WWII. Mance Lipscomb,…
124 - The Brothers Burns — A Conversation with Filmmakers Ken & Ric Burns
Sep 10, 2019 • 35 min
PBS is going to be juiced this year with two remarkable projects from The Brothers Burns — Ken and Ric. The Kitchen Sisters Present an onstage conversation with the two on Labor Day at The Telluride Film Festival. Both were there to screen their new…
123- San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part Three
Aug 27, 2019 • 25 min
In the late 1930s, during the depths of the Depression, 300 craftspeople came together for two years to build an enormous scale model of the City of San Francisco — a WPA project conceived as a way of putting artists to work and as a planning tool for the…
122 - Burning Man — Archiving the Ephemeral
Aug 21, 2019 • 18 min
“Hello Kitchen Sisters, I am a rogue archivist, the archivist for Burning Man. Come to Burning Man headquarters and I’ll show you the collection. Cheers.” — LadyBee, Archivist & Art Collection Manager, Burning Man On the night of Summer Solstice 1986,…
121 - San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part Two
Aug 13, 2019 • 24 min
In the late 1930s, during the depths of the Depression, 300 craftspeople came together for two years to build an enormous scale model of the City of San Francisco — a WPA project conceived as a way of putting artists to work and as a planning tool for the…
120 - San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part One
Jul 22, 2019 • 23 min
In the late 1930s, during the depths of the Depression, 300 craftspeople came together for two years to build an enormous scale model of the City of San Francisco—a WPA project conceived as a way of putting artists to work and as a planning tool for the…
119 - Nancy Pearl—Librarian Action Figure
Jul 8, 2019 • 24 min
Nancy Pearl—she’s been called “one of the 10 coolest librarians alive.” She’s the bestselling author of “Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason,” and a regular commentator about books on NPR’s Morning Edition. She’s the creator…
118 - The Nation’s 10th Keeper—David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States
Jun 25, 2019 • 21 min
“From the very beginning the intent was that the American people needed to be able to access the records so that we would be able to hold the government accountable for its actions.” David Ferriero We talk with David Ferriero, the 10th Archivist of the…
117 - Dieter Kosslick’s Last Red Carpet Ride
Jun 11, 2019 • 26 min
Dieter Koslick is is one of the film world’s most gregarious, hilarious and controversial Film Festival Directors. He’s put his stamp on the legendary Berlin Film Festival for 18 years and kicked up a lot of dust in the process. The Kitchen Sisters…
116 - The Bob Dylan Archive - A Curveball Comes To Tulsa
May 28, 2019 • 26 min
It may come as no surprise but Bob Dylan is a Keeper. Bob and his team have been archiving his music, notebooks, paintings and journey for some five decades. Thousands of artifacts comprise this collection of American treasure. Bob kept just about…
115 - You Too Can Barbecue - Stubb’s Blues Cookbook Cassette & More
May 13, 2019 • 17 min
In celebration of National Barbecue Month, which is every month in our book, stories from C.B. “Stubb” Stubblefield and his Blues Cookbook Cassette, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Nick Patoski, Robb Walsh, Tom T. Hall, Willie Nelson’s bass player Bee Spears and…
114 - Chamelecon—Below the Border in Honduras with Scott Carrier
Apr 22, 2019 • 21 min
On the gang-ridden streets of Chamelecon in Honduras, artists are protected and respected — exempt from the ongoing war that is driving families to leave their homes and seek asylum in the US. Producer Scott Carrier, under the protection of a hip hop…
113 - Filmmaker Agnés Varda — A Conversation
Apr 8, 2019 • 22 min
Today we honor pioneering filmmaker Agnés Varda, part of the French New Wave of the 1960s, who died on March 29, 2019 at home at age 90. Varda broke ground in many mediums — features, documentaries, photography and art installations. Her work often…
112 - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Celebrating 100 years
Mar 26, 2019 • 45 min
Lawrence Ferlinghetti, the famed poet of North Beach, San Francisco, creator of City Lights Bookstore, publisher of the beat poets of the 1950s and 60s, champion of free speech and First Amendment rights. Lawrence is turning 100 this year, and we’re…
111 - Palaces for the People—Author Eric Klinenberg from The Librarian Is In
Mar 11, 2019 • 33 min
As part of our series, The Keepers, The Kitchen Sisters Present an episode of the New York Public Library’s podcast The Librarian Is In featuring Eric Klinenberg, author of Palaces for the People about the power and promise of the public library and its…
110 - Filmmaker Wim Wenders - The Entire Caboodle
Feb 21, 2019 • 16 min
Filmmaker Wim Wenders talks about his early influences — Cinémathèque Française, Henri Langlois, Lotte Eisner — and tells stories of Werner Herzog and the films that have impacted his work. Ernst Wilhelm “Wim” Wenders, filmmaker, playwright, author,…
109 - Linda Spalding - A Reckoning
Feb 11, 2019 • 18 min
Best selling author Linda Spalding is a keeper. A keeper of her family history, a keeper of words, a keeper of truth. In this episode of The Kitchen Sisters Present, Spalding reads from her new book and talks about how discovering her family’s dark…
108 - The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System
Jan 22, 2019 • 22 min
Melvil Dewey, the father of library science and the inventor of the most popular library classification system in the world, was a known racist and serial sexual harasser. Forced out of the American Library Association, which he co-founded, his 19th…
107 - William Ferris—Keeper of Southern Folklife
Jan 8, 2019 • 32 min
Folklorist and Professor Bill Ferris, a Grammy nominee this year for his “Voices of Mississippi” 3 CD Box set, has committed his life to documenting and expanding the study of the American South. His recordings, photos and films of preachers, quilt…
106 - 21 Collections—Every Object has a Story
Dec 11, 2018 • 26 min
Paper airplanes, photographs of men in rows, birds nests, gay bar matchbooks, dolls hats —an untraditional take on what warrants our attention. As part of The Kitchen Sisters’ series THE KEEPERS, we wander through a curated collection of collections at…
Bonus Episode - The Free-Range Archivist: Jason Scott
Dec 4, 2018 • 9 min
We’ve got something extra for you today as part of the Radiotopia fundraiser that is happening now. You can join the Radiotopia community and support The Kitchen Sisters Present… and all of your favorite shows in this beautiful network at…
105 - The Keepers: The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy
Nov 26, 2018 • 17 min
After a devastating car accident that made his work as a janitor impossible, civil rights activist Eddie McCoy, picked up a scavenged tape recorder and began taping anyone and everyone in his town—from the oldest person on down—piecing together the little…
104 - The Keepers: Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen
Nov 12, 2018 • 30 min
Deep in the hidden archives of Harvard’s Houghton Library are the butter stained recipes of Emily Dickinson. Who knew? Emily Dickinson was better known by most as a baker than a poet in her lifetime. In this story a beautiful line up of “Keepers”—…
103 - The Keepers: The Lenny Bruce Collection
Oct 23, 2018 • 23 min
One of the most controversial, outspoken men of the last century, comedian Lenny Bruce spent much of his life in court defending his freedom of speech and First Amendment rights. His provocative social commentary and “verbal jazz” offended mainstream…
102 - Archive Fever: Henri Langlois and the Cinémathèque Franc╠žaise
Oct 9, 2018 • 31 min
Keepers: people possessed with a passion for preservation, individuals afflicted with a bad case of Archive Fever. The Keepers continues with the story of one such man, Henri Langlois, founder and curator of one of the world’s great film archives, the…
101 - The Keepers: The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky
Sep 24, 2018 • 27 min
During the Depression, those horrible years after 1929, the Appalachians were hit hard. Coal mines were being shut down. Many people were living in dire poverty with no hope. In 1936, as part of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, the Kentucky WPA began to…
100 - The Keepers: Archiving the Underground—The Hip Hop Archive
Sep 5, 2018 • 32 min
This is the first episode in our new series THE KEEPERS—stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians—Keepers of the culture and the cultures and collections they keep. We begin at The Hip Hop Archive and Research…
99 - Lovers of Lost Fans
Aug 27, 2018 • 20 min
In 2000 we received a call to the NPR Lost & Found Sound Hotline from Willard Mayes, a member of the Antique Fan Collectors Association, who was concerned about the vanishing sound of electric fans. Willard leads Jay Allison, Curator and “Keeper” of the…
98 - Lost & Found Sound and Voices of The Dust Bowl
Aug 13, 2018 • 33 min
Fish mongers recorded on the streets of Harlem in the 1930s. An 8-year-old girl’s impromptu news cast made on a toy recorder in a San Diego store. Lyndon Johnson talking to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover a week after President Kennedy’s assassination in…
97 - Pan American Blues: The Birth of The Grand Ole Opry & “Harmonica Wizard” Deford Bailey
Jul 23, 2018 • 21 min
The story of the birth of the Grand Ole Opry on radio station WSM in Nashville, TN and the story of “Harmonica Wizard” DeFord Bailey, the Opry’s first African American performer. WSM’s most popular show, the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show…
96 - Cry Me a River — Keepers of the Environment
Jul 9, 2018 • 33 min
The dramatic stories of three pioneering “Keepers” and environmental activists—Ken Sleight, Katie Lee, and Mark Dubois and the damming of wild rivers in the west. Ken Sleight is a long time river and pack guide and activist in southern Utah who fought the…
95 - Give Space A Chance: Gastrodiplomacy in Orbit
Jun 25, 2018 • 19 min
Russians preparing dinner for Americans in space? Sounds good to us. There’s been a lot of jabber these days about creating a “Space Force,” a sixth branch of the US military to dominate outer space. Over the years we’ve talked with astronauts about what…
94 - Tequila Chamber of Commerce & The Birth of the Frozen Margarita
Jun 11, 2018 • 13 min
The Agave Goddess with 200 breasts; jimadors stripping lethal thorny leaves off agaves; farmers battling cambio climatico (climate change); distillers contemplating mono-culture production and the environmental impact of tequila; generations-old tequila…
93 - Prince and the Technician
May 21, 2018 • 24 min
In 1983 Prince hired LA sound technician, Susan Rogers, one of the few women in the industry, to move to Minneapolis and help upgrade his home recording studio as he began work on the album and the movie Purple Rain. Susan, a trained technician with no…
92 - The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel
May 7, 2018 • 37 min
In the early 1970’s, radio producer and author Studs Terkel wrote a book called Working. He went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical.…
91 - Mimi Chakarova: Love, Art and Anger
Apr 23, 2018 • 15 min
Mimi Chakarova is a Bulgarian-American filmmaker, photographer, journalism professor, activist, immigrant and single mother. Her documentary “Men a Love Story” premiered at the Telluride Film Festival in 2017 where Davia Nelson of The Kitchen Sisters…
90 - Jorge Amado: The Ballad of Bahia
Apr 9, 2018 • 31 min
Jorge Amado, the beloved Brazilian author of Gabriella, Clove and Cinnamon, Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, Tent of Miracles – wrote over 30 books in his lifetime. His works have been translated into 49 languages and adapted for film, television, and…
89 - Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Celebrating 99 Years
Mar 27, 2018 • 23 min
In honor of poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s 99th birthday we celebrate with River’s of Memory, produced by Jim McKee of Earwax Productions. Over the last 20 years, Jim McKee has been chronicling Lawrence and Lawrence’s good friend radio dramatist Erik…
88 - Frances McDormand Hosts Hidden Kitchens
Mar 12, 2018 • 26 min
Two-time Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand hosts Hidden Kitchens—secret, underground, below the radar cooking—how communities come together through food. Stories of NASCAR Kitchens, Hunting and Gathering with Angelo Garro, listeners calls to…
87—Guillermo Cabrera Infante: Memories of an Invented City
Feb 26, 2018 • 32 min
A sound portrait of Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante, a one-time leader in the Cuban cultural revolution who fell from favor and went into exile in London in 1965. Intense and compelling, Cabrera Infante was passionate about cinema, satire, puns,…
86 - The Mardi Gras Indians—Stories from New Orleans
Feb 12, 2018 • 22 min
Jelly Roll Morton talks of being a “Spy Boy” in the Mardi Gras Indian parades of his youth. Bo Dollis, of the Wild Magnolias, tells of sewing his suit of feathers and beads all night long. Tootie Montana masks for the first time after Mardi Gras started…
85 - House of Night - The Lost Creation Songs of the Mojave People
Jan 19, 2018 • 22 min
The story of an aging pile of forgotten reel-to-reel tapes discovered on the shelf of a tribal elder on the Fort Mojave Reservation. Recorded by an amateur ethnographer in the 1960s, these tapes of the last Creation Song singer of the tribe recount the…
84 - Levee Stream Live from New Orleans
Dec 12, 2017 • 33 min
Levee Stream— a live neighborhood pop-up, Cadillac, radio station installation in New Orleans. Presented by Otabenga Jones & Associates and The Kitchen Sisters in collaboration with Project& as part of Prospect.4 New Orleans, an international exhibit of…
83 - Chicken Pills - A Hidden World of Girls Story from Jamaica
Nov 27, 2017 • 11 min
Every culture has its idealized woman, its standard of beauty that is valorized. Everywhere women are altering themselves in small and major ways to attempt the look that is celebrated. History is full of methods, home grown and scientific, used to attain…
82 - First Day of School—1960, New Orleans
Nov 9, 2017 • 15 min
November 14, 1960 — Four six-year-old girls, flanked by Federal Marshals, walked through screaming crowds and policemen on horseback as they approached their new schools for the first time. Leona Tate thought it must be Mardi Gras. Gail thought they were…
81 - Sonic Prayer Flags - New Orleans
Oct 24, 2017 • 28 min
A string of sonic prayer flags —voices and sounds from New Orleans and Bayou Road, the oldest street in the city. Local visionaries, neighborhood entrepreneurs, artists, skate boarders, civil rights activists, musicians, teachers, and more. Listening to…
80 – Thad Vogler: A Short History of Spirits
Oct 10, 2017 • 13 min
Thad Vogler, creator of San Francisco’s Bar Agricole and Trou Normand, travels the world in search of hand made spirits — rum, scotch, cognac, mescal — and the hidden stories of the people and places behind these spirits. Thad talks about his life and…
79 – Pati’s Mexican Jewish Table
Sep 25, 2017 • 18 min
A walk through Oaxaca’s Ethnobotanical Garden with chef and cookbook author Pati Jinich, host of the Emmy and James Beard nominated PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table and resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC. Pati talks about her…
78 – The Galveston Hurricane of 1900: No Tongue Can Tell
Sep 11, 2017 • 20 min
The Great Galveston Hurricane arrived on a Saturday, September 8, 1900 — almost without warning. Galveston, the grand dame of Texas, a vibrant port city sitting haughtily on a sand bar facing the Gulf, was reduced to a splintered wasteland. Some 6,000…
77 – New Orleans Visions – King’s Candy & Living with Water
Aug 22, 2017 • 15 min
Robert King Wilkerson was imprisoned at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for 31 years, twenty-nine of those years in solitary confinement. During that time he created a clandestine kitchen in his 6×9 cell where he made pralines. And Julia Kumari…
76 – Liberace and the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band
Aug 7, 2017 • 19 min
In 1967, the Esso Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band performed at the Montreal World’s Fair and caught the ear of one of the most popular entertainers of the day: Liberace. The flamboyant pianist was so taken by this new, luminous sound that he took the Band on…
75 – The Making Of a Karaoke Ice Cream Truck and More Stories
Jul 25, 2017 • 23 min
Stories of creativity and invention— the making of a jar of jam, the making of a fashionable 3-D printed covering for an artificial limb, Muttville-a foster care rescue center for senior dogs, a Karaoke Ice Cream Truck— and more stories from The Making…
74 – What Is It About Men and Meat and Midnight and a Pit?
Jul 10, 2017 • 35 min
Barbecue, burgoo, mopping the mutton, the fellowship of stirring. Stories of conflict, competition and resolution in the backyards and fire pits of our nation.
73 – Basque Sheepherders Ball
Jun 27, 2017 • 21 min
In the 1930s and 40s, hundreds of Basques were brought to the western United States to do the desolate work that no one else would do—herding sheep. Alone for months at a time with hundreds of sheep the Basque’s improvised songs, baked bread in…
72 – Warriors vs Warriors
Jun 12, 2017 • 11 min
For the last five years The Golden State Warriors have been going inside San Quentin, the legendary maximum security California State prison, to take on The San Quentin Warriors, the prison’s notorious basketball team. The Kitchen Sisters Present team up…
71 – Hidden Kitchen Gaza: A Palestinian Culinary Journey
May 23, 2017 • 18 min
Author and journalist, Laila El-Haddad takes us into the hidden world of Gaza through the kitchen. Interweaving history, personal experiences and stories of food, family and recipes, El Haddad paints a vivid picture stories of food, family and daily life…
70 – The Egg Wars
May 9, 2017 • 18 min
A hidden Gold Rush kitchen when food was scarce and men died for eggs… We travel out to the forbidding Farallon Islands, 27 miles outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate, home to the largest seabird colony in the United States, where in the 1850s egg hunters…
69 – The Romance and Sex Life of the Date
Apr 24, 2017 • 15 min
In 1898, the United States Department of Agriculture created a special department of men, called “Agriculture Explorers,” to travel the globe searching for new food crops to bring back for farmers to grow in the U.S. These men introduced exotic specimens…
68 – Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later
Apr 10, 2017 • 23 min
Cab drivers, children’s jump rope rhymes, folk songs, dialects, controversial TV ads, interviews with blacklisted artists and writers during the McCarthy Era—Tony Schwartz, one of the great sound recordists and collectors of the 20th Century. An audio…
67 – The Hidden World of Girls with Tina Fey
Mar 27, 2017 • 25 min
Stories from The Hidden World of Girls with host Tina Fey: Nigerian writer Chris Abani tells about his English-born mother enlisting him at age 8 to be her translator in Nigeria as she travels door to door through the villages teaching women the Billings…
66 – Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Hidden Kitchen
Mar 13, 2017 • 18 min
Niloufer Ichaporia King—a kitchen botanist, a one-of-a-kind cook, a Parsi from Bombay living in San Francisco, and author of “My Bombay Kitchen,” prepares an elaborate ceremonial meal for Parsi New Year, the first day of spring.
65 – Sam Phillips, Sun Records, and the Acoustics of Life
Feb 28, 2017 • 27 min
Sam Phillips — the father of Sun Records, the man who discovered Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash…, the creator of WHER, The First All Girl Radio Station in the World — talks about his journey, his adventures and “the acoustics of…
64 – Kimchi Diplomacy: Hidden Kitchens – War and Peace and Food
Feb 13, 2017 • 21 min
Kimchi in space. The Kimchi Bus. Korean government-sponsored chefs and restaurants spreading the word of Kimchi around the globe. A story of “Gastrodiplomacy” — the use of food as a diplomatic tool in helping nations resolve conflict and foster…
63 – War and Food and Manga
Jan 24, 2017 • 22 min
Manga, the ubiquitous Japanese comic books written on just about every subject—sports, music, sex, shooting pool—represent about 40% of all books published in Japan. In recent decades ‘food manga’ has exploded. Stories of food and conflict and competition…
62 - Black Cake: Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen
Jan 10, 2017 • 29 min
We enter the secret, steamy, myth-laden world of Emily Dickinson through her kitchen.
61 – Rattlesden
Dec 26, 2016 • 21 min
For five years Davia’s father, Lenny Nelson, asked her to go to Rattlesden, England, to visit the Air Force base where he was stationed during WWII and to find an old photograph hanging in the town pub honoring his 8th Air Force squadron. Lenny died on…
60 – Milk Cow Blues: The Apple Family Farm and the Indiana Cow Share Association
Dec 12, 2016 • 13 min
A journey into the mysterious and controversial world of raw milk.
59 – Weenie Royale: The Impact of the Internment on Japanese American Cooking
Nov 21, 2016 • 20 min
During World War II, in desolate inland internment camps in the US, like Manzanar, Topaz, and Tule Lake some 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans lived for the duration of the war — their traditional food replaced by US government commodities and war…
58 – The Kiosk Strategy, Lisbon — Hidden Kitchens: War & Peace & Food
Nov 8, 2016 • 15 min
A story from the plazas of Portugal, where small ornate kiosks that served traditional snacks and drinks once graced the city and brought people together. Neglected by time and pushed into abandonment by a dictator’s regime that suppressed public…
57 – War and Peace and Coffee
Oct 25, 2016 • 17 min
“Nobody can soldier without coffee,” a Union calvary man wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.
56 – Operation Hummus and More Stories of War and Peace and Food from Israel and Ramallah
Oct 11, 2016 • 30 min
The “Hummus Wars” and the battle for the Guinness World Record title for the world’s largest plate of hummus and the deeper meanings of this Middle Eastern food war. And more Hidden Kitchens stories of war and peace and food from Israel and Ramallah.
55 – Between Us, Bread and Salt: Lebanon Hidden Kitchens with Kamal Mouzawak
Sep 26, 2016 • 24 min
A road trip through the hidden kitchens of Lebanon, with kitchen activist, Kamal Mouzawak, a man with a vision of re-building and uniting this war-ravaged nation through its traditions, its culture and its food.
54 — Walking High Steel: Mohawk Ironworkers at the World Trade Towers
Sep 12, 2016 • 14 min
Six generations of Mohawk Indian ironworkers, known for their ability to work high steel, have helped shape New York City’s skyline. Hundreds of Mohawks still commute to Manhattan each week from reservations in Canada to work on the city’s skyscrapers and…
53 — Garden Allotments—London’s Kitchen Vision
Aug 23, 2016 • 17 min
A Hidden Kitchens story about London’s long tradition of urban garden allotments — and the story of Manor Garden Allotments, a 100 year old community, that found itself in the path of London’s 2012 Olympics.
52 – Hunting & Gathering with Angelo Garro
Aug 8, 2016 • 16 min
Sometimes it’s the kitchen that’s hidden, sometimes it’s the food itself. Blacksmith Angelo Garro forges and forages, recreating in wrought iron and in cooking the life he left behind in Sicily. The Kitchen Sisters join Angelo along the coast of Northern…
51 – Harvest on Big Rice Lake
Jul 26, 2016 • 20 min
Each fall, the Ojibwe tribes of northern Minnesota harvest wild rice by hand. It’s a long process that begins with families in canoes venturing into the tall grasses, where rice is poled and gently brushed with knockers into the bed of the canoe. We…
50 – An Unexpected Kitchen: The George Foreman Grill
Jul 12, 2016 • 20 min
Sometimes life without a kitchen leads to the most unexpected hidden kitchen of all—The George Foreman Grill. How immigrants and homeless people without official kitchens use The George Foreman Grill, hidden crock pots, and secret hot plates to make a…
49 – The Cabyard Kitchen
Jun 28, 2016 • 15 min
Many Kitchen Sisters stories are born in taxi cabs. Hidden Kitchens was conceived in the back of a Yellow. Each time The Kitchen Sisters took a cab in San Francisco they noticed the driver was from Brazil, specifically the same town in Brazil, Goiânia.…
48 – Kibbe at the Crossroads: Lebanese Cooking in the Mississippi Delta
Jun 14, 2016 • 19 min
We travel to the Mississippi Delta into the world of Lebanese immigrants who began arriving in the 1800s soon after the Civil War. Clarksdale — where barbecue and the blues meet traditional Lebanese meatloaf
47 – The Chili Queens of San Antonio
May 24, 2016 • 14 min
For over 100 years, young women came at twilight to the Alamo and the plazas of San Antonio with makeshift tables and big pots of chili to cook over open fires. The plazas teemed with people—soldiers, tourists, cattlemen and the troubadours who roamed the…
46 – Stubb Stubblefield: The Archangel of BBQ
May 10, 2016 • 15 min
C.B. “Stubb” Stubblefield, namesake of the legendary club in Austin, Texas, had a mission to feed the world—especially the people who sang in it. When he started out in Lubbock, he generously fed and supported both black and white musicians, creating…
45 – Hidden Kitchen Mama
Apr 26, 2016 • 14 min
Stories of mothers and kitchens from playwright Ellen Sebastian Chang, cookbook author Peggy Knickerbocker, designer Cristina Salas-Porras, folklorist and creator/host of American Routes Nick Spitzer, and actress Robin Wright.
44 – Black Chef, White House: African American Cooks in the President’s Kitchen
Apr 12, 2016 • 17 min
Cooking for the founding fathers — the story of Hercules and Hemings — the enslaved chefs of George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. And an interview with Zephyr Wright, President Lydon Johnson’s cook who worked for the family for 27 years.
43 – Carmen Miranda: The Life and Fate of the Brazilian Bombshell
Mar 21, 2016 • 28 min
Carmen Miranda—Brazil’s Ambassador of Samba, the highest paid woman entertainer in the world in the 1940s—her iconic turban piled high with fruit, her rapid fire Portuguese lyrics, her wild lens of samba and rhumba, captured the imagination of the world.
42 – Hidden World of Traveller Girls
Mar 7, 2016 • 17 min
Stories of young Irish Traveller women. Travellers —the people of walking, sometimes called the gypsies of Ireland. Exploring ancient and modern Traveller rituals that cling on the edge of the Celtic Boom.
41 – A Secret Civil Rights Kitchen: Georgia Gilmore and the Club from Nowhere
Feb 22, 2016 • 11 min
In the 1950s, a group of Montgomery, Alabama women baked goods to help fund the Montgomery bus boycott. Known as the Club from Nowhere the group was led by Georgia Gilmore, one of the unsung heroes of the civil rights era. This story comes from Can Do:…
40 – New Orleans—Cowboys, Indians, Broncos & Boudin
Feb 9, 2016 • 28 min
Convict cooking at the Angola Prison Rodeo, Tootie Montana and the legendary Mardi Gras Indians, Tennessee Williams, Two Sisters Cafe, The Court of Two Sisters, an eloquent ode to the Mint Julep and more stories Kitchen Sisters’ stories from New Orleans.
39 – One Big Self: The Hidden World of Deborah Luster & C. D. Wright
Jan 26, 2016 • 29 min
Our show today is in honor of the beloved poet C. D. Wright who unexpectedly passed away recently. We interviewed C. D. in 2009 as part of a story we produced for our Hidden World of Girls series on NPR. And like all of our stories there are hours and…
38 – Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins
Jan 11, 2016 • 23 min
In 1948, Bill Hawkins became Cleveland’s first black disc jockey. He had a jiving, rhyming style. People gathered on the street to watch him broadcast from a glass booth at the front of his record store. His popularity grew rapidly. Over the next decade…
37 – Bone Music: A Collaboration with 99% Invisible
Dec 22, 2015 • 20 min
Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, ingenious Russians began recording banned bootlegged jazz, boogie woogie and rock ‘n’ roll on exposed X-ray film salvaged from hospital waste bins and archives.
36 – Tupperware
Dec 7, 2015 • 18 min
“Somewhere in the world there’s a Tupperware Party starting every 10 seconds.” And we’re going to one with The Kitchen Sisters.
35 – Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake
Nov 24, 2015 • 20 min
We go behind the scenes, into rehearsals, sound checks, and the making of Way to Blue, a tribute to Nick Drake.
34 – The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski
Nov 9, 2015 • 26 min
Michael Baronowski was a 19-year-old Marine when he landed in Vietnam in 1966. He brought with him a reel-to-reel tape recorder and used it to record audio letters for his family back in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was killed in action in 1967. Produced…
33 – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts—The First All Girl Radio Station in the Nation—Part 2
Oct 26, 2015 • 24 min
An all-girl radio station in Memphis—set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, the women’s movement, Vietnam, and the death of Martin Luther King—the story of WHER continues following the women who pioneered in broadcasting as they head into…
32 – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts—The First All Girl Radio Station in the Nation—Part 1
Oct 13, 2015 • 24 min
When Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract in 1955 he used the money to start an all girl radio station in Memphis, TN. Set in a pink, plush studio in the nations’s third Holiday Inn, it was a novelty—but not for long.
31 – Waiting for Joe DiMaggio
Sep 21, 2015 • 30 min
April 1993: A small village in Sicily prepares for the first visit of 78-year-old baseball legend Joe DiMaggio to the town where his parents were born and raised. Flags are strung, feasts prepared, nearly the entire annual budget of the town is spent…
30 – The Building Stewardesses: Construction Guides at the World Trade Center
Sep 7, 2015 • 30 min
They were called “Construction Guides” — friendly co-eds in mini-skirt uniforms posted at corner kiosks as the World Trade Center was being built (1968-70), to inform an inquiring public and put a pretty face on a controversial issue.
29 – King’s Candy: A New Orleans Prison Kitchen Vision
Aug 25, 2015 • 19 min
Robert King Wilkerson was in imprisoned at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola Louisiana for 31 years. Twenty-nine of those years he was in solitary confinement. During that time he created a clandestine kitchen in his 6x9 cell where he made pralines.
28 – Wall Street: San Quentin’s Stock Market Wizard
Aug 19, 2015 • 12 min
Everyone in San Quentin calls him Wall Street. Curtis Carroll aka Wall Street, was illiterate when he came into prison 20 years ago. Today he teaches his fellow prisoners about stocks. Through friends and family on the outside, he invests and he’s also an…
27 – Braveheart Women’s Society: Coming of Age in South Dakota
Aug 11, 2015 • 12 min
The Braveheart Women’s Society, a group of Yankton Sioux grandmothers, re-establish an almost forgotten coming of age ritual for young girls—a four day traditional Isnati ceremony on the banks of the Missouri River in South Dakota.
26 – Horses, Unicorns & Dolphins
Jul 28, 2015 • 18 min
Horses and dolphins and unicorns— creatures that possess the imagination of so many young girls—borderland creatures—gateway animals to other worlds. “They let us be cowgirls and oceanographers and mermaids and princesses, wizardessess.”
25 – Hidden Kitchens Texas with host Willie Nelson
Jul 13, 2015 • 25 min
Willie Nelson and Dallas-born actress Robin Wright, along with some wild and extraordinary tellers, take us across Texas and share some of their hidden kitchen stories. Gas station tacos, ice houses, the birth of the Frito, the birth of 7-Eleven, the…
24 – Route 66: The Mother Road, Part 2
Jun 22, 2015 • 31 min
Route 66—part 2: Studs Terkel, Eldin Shamblin guitar player for Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Woody Gutherie and so many others tell the story of Route 66, The Mother Road—a history of The Main Street of America.
23 – Route 66: The Mother Road, Part I
Jun 9, 2015 • 32 min
The birth of the Main Street of America
22 – War and Separation: Life on the Homefront During World War II
May 26, 2015 • 23 min
A portrait of life on the homefront during World War II featuring 4 women’s stories, rare home recorded letters sent overseas to soldiers, archival audio, music and news broadcasts from the era.
21 – The Secret (and Not So Secret) Life of Theresa Sparks
May 12, 2015 • 14 min
Theresa Sparks, one of San Francisco’s most respected and outspoken transgender activists tells her truth, that she was walking around in the wrong suit for 50 something years.
20 – The Birth of Rice-A-Roni: The San Francisco, Italian, Armenian Treat
Apr 28, 2015 • 18 min
The worlds of a young Canadian immigrant, an Italian pasta-making family, and a 70-year-old survivor of the Armenian Genocide converge in this story of the San Francisco Treat.
19 – America Eats: A Hidden Archive
Apr 13, 2015 • 16 min
America Eats, a WPA project, sent writers like Nelson Algren, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, and Stetson Kennedy out to document America’s relationship with food during the Great Depression.
18 – A Man Tapes his Town: The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy
Mar 24, 2015 • 16 min
After a debilitating accident, Eddie McCoy took his passion for local history and a scavenged cassette recorder from a trash can and began taping his town, from the oldest citizen on down—hidden stories of slavery times, sharecropping, the civil rights…
17 – Unfinished Business: Ali vs Frazier VI, Daughters of Destiny
Mar 10, 2015 • 24 min
In 2001, a quarter-century after boxing’s celebrated “Thrilla in Manila,” Ali and Frazier were once again poised to enter the ring. But this time it was the daughters of the legendary combatants who were scheduled to battle—22 year old Laila Ali and 39…
16 – The Green Street Mortuary Band
Feb 24, 2015 • 15 min
The Green Street Mortuary Band, made up of mostly Italians playing Christian hymns and dirges, accompanies traditional Chinese funeral processions through the streets of San Francisco’s Chinatown. Tubas, gongs, firecrackers and spirit money tossed in the…
15 – Electronic Memories: R.A. Coleman’s Memphis
Feb 9, 2015 • 14 min
In the early 1950s, at the same time legendary record producer Sam Phillips was making recordings of the pageants and events happening in Memphis’ white community—across town, R.A. Coleman, an African American photographer, was making recordings of the…
14 – Taylor Negron: Portrait of an Artist as an Answering Machine
Jan 27, 2015 • 17 min
A look into the life of Taylor Negron— actor, comedian, and telephone message hoarder— told through the voicemails on his machine. Taylor died on January 10, 2015. We present this story in his honor.
13 – Sam Phillips and the Early Years of the Memphis Recording Service: We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime
Jan 13, 2015 • 28 min
Before Elvis walked through the door, before Sun Studios put Memphis on the map—Sam Phillips, a young man with a tape recorder, lived by the motto, “We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime.”
12 – The Nights of Edith Piaf
Dec 16, 2014 • 29 min
She rose every day at dusk and rehearsed, performed, ate and drank until dawn. Then slept all day, woke up and began to create and unravel again as the sun went down. Nearly every song Edith Piaf sang came from a moment of her life on the streets of…
11 – Cigar Stories: El Lector—He Who Reads
Nov 25, 2014 • 24 min
Narrated by Andy Garcia, the story of the men who read to the cigar rollers as they worked in the cigar factories of Ybor City and Tampa in the early 19th century.
10 – Dissident Kitchens
Nov 12, 2014 • 14 min
Part 3 of Hidden Kitchens World Trifecta with host Frances McDormand: Hidden Kitchens Russia, stories of the role of the kitchen in the downfall of the Soviet Union.
9 – Atomic Wine
Oct 29, 2014 • 16 min
Part 2 of the Hidden Kitchens World Trifecta with host Frances McDormand and special guests Werner Herzog, Gael Garcia Bernal and Stories of Atomic Wine and The Romance and Sex Life of the date.
8 – The Pizza Connection
Oct 13, 2014 • 18 min
Fugitive Waves presents a Hidden Kitchens World Podcast Trifecta with Frances McDormand and The Kitchen Sisters. In this episode Salman Rushdie talks about his Hidden Kitchen. We travel to Sicily for The Pizza Connection—a story of fighting the mafia…
7 – Just Girls: The Hidden World of Patti Smith and Judy Linn
Sep 2, 2014 • 11 min
Just about anytime we walk out of The Kitchen Sisters office in San Francisco we stop and stare in the windows of City Lights bookstore, soaking in the covers of the new arrivals. Awhile back, we were stopped in our tracks by a book of photographs of…
6 – Cry Me A River: A story of three pioneering river activists and the damming of wild rivers in the west
Jul 31, 2014 • 32 min
Fugitive Waves: Episode 6: Cry Me a River: A story of three pioneering river activist and the damming of wild rivers in the west. Mark Dubois, co-founder of Friends of the River, Earth Day and International Rivers Network, began as a river guide who…
5 – The Making of the Homobile: A Story of Transportation, Civil Rights & Glitter (and further stories of making…)
Jun 24, 2014 • 19 min
In this episode of Fugitive Waves, The Kitchen Sisters ride the nightshift with The Homobile. Homobiles is a non-commercial, volunteer, 24/7 ride service created by Lynnee Breedlove for the “LGBTQRXT and transgender community and others around San…
4 – The French Manicure – The Long Shadow of Shirley Temple
May 15, 2014 • 22 min
“I left Vietnam in 1972. I listen the radio when I was in high school. I still in Vietnam at that time. I left with US troops during the Vietnam War. I really love the song, you know, played by Glen Campbell, “Wichita Lineman.” And all the song from the…
3 – Eel Pie Island
Apr 11, 2014 • 18 min
We were in London, searching for hidden kitchens, when we came upon an Eel Pie and Mash shop. These shops are now a dying breed, along with the eels they serve. Our search for the source of these vanishing eels led us to southwest London, to Eel Pie…
2 – Tennessee Williams: The Pennyland Recordings
Feb 27, 2014 • 19 min
“Disc 6A-5. Princess Interview. The speakers are Tennessee Williams and Pancho Rodriquez.” Tennessee: “This is Vanilla Williams interviewing Princess Rodriguez who’s just arrived here from Monterrey. Princess, what do you have to say about the trade here…
1 – The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison
Feb 3, 2014 • 19 min
Look around your daily life. There’s a little piece of Thomas Edison almost everywhere. Your desk lamp. That x-ray you got when you broke your arm. The battery in your car. The movie you saw last night. The recording of this story that you’re about to…