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The Kitchen Sisters Present… Stories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission. The episodes tell deeply layered stories, lush with interviews, field recordings and music. From powerhouse producers The Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchen… read more

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158 — A Plea for Peace: Leonard Bernstein, Richard Nixon, and the Music of the 1973 Inauguration

January 26th, 2021


Music and poetry were powerful headliners at the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris signaling change and new beginnings. This was not the …

157 — Chido Govera—The Mushroom Queen of Zimbabwe

January 12th, 2021


A mushroom farmer, food activist, business entrepreneur, foster mother to more than a dozen girls—Chido Govera is a kitchen visionary in Zimbabwe—a …

156 — The Amish Pandemic Sewing Frolic

December 22nd, 2020


It was Friday, April 10th, 2020. The pandemic was really starting to roar. PPE was scarce and the supply chains were already breaking down. Every hospital was scrambling to find enough masks, gowns and face shields. It …

155 - Frances McDormand in Nomadland

December 8th, 2020


Frances McDormand talks about her extraordinary new film—Nomadland directed by Chloe Zhao, based on the nonfiction book Nomadland: Surviving in the Twenty First Century by Jessica Bruder. A tale for our times.

The …

154 — Hunting & Gathering with Angelo Garro

November 24th, 2020


With all of us thinking of home and family and of all the things we love and miss, we thought we’d spend some time with Angelo Garro – a Sicilian blacksmith living in a forge in San Francisco with a passion for hunting, …

153 — The Vietnam Tapes of Lance Corporal Michael A. Baronowski

November 10th, 2020


In 1966, a young Marine took a reel-to-reel tape recorder with him into the Vietnam War. For two months, Michael A. Baronowski made tapes of his life …

152 — Winona LaDuke—First Born Daughter

October 27th, 2020


For Winona LaDuke the best part of running for Vice President in 1996 and 2000 on the Green Party ticket with Ralph Nadar was meeting so many people who really want to see a democracy that works—who really want to vote …

151 - Pearl Jam: It's a Rock Band, Not The Smithsonian

October 13th, 2020


Sometimes we find the story, sometimes the story finds us. Such is the case with this tale of two Keepers from the Pacific Northwest, the …

150 — Floating City - The Mirabeau Water Garden, New Orleans

September 22nd, 2020


We go to New Orleans for a kind of biblical reckoning. A story of science and prayer, with a cast of improbable partners—environmental architects and nuns—coming together to create a vision forward for living with water …

149 - The Sonic Memorial—Remembering 9/11 with host Paul Auster

September 8th, 2020


The Peabody Award winning Sonic Memorial Project, an intimate and historic documentary commemorating the life and history of the World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood, through audio artifacts, rare …

148 - Youth on Fire—The International Congress of Youth Voices

August 25th, 2020


Picture this: 131 young people, 13 to 26 years old, from 37 countries—youth activists from around the globe— students, writers, poets, marchers, …

147 - Kamal Mouzawak—A Lebanese Kitchen Vision

August 11th, 2020


On Tuesday August 4th, a massive explosion devastated Beirut, shattering the port and the heart of the city. Over 150 people have lost their lives, some 5000 people have been injured, hundreds of thousands have lost …

146 — French Manicure—Tales from Vietnamese Shops in America

July 28th, 2020


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 …

145 - Louis Jones, Field Archivist, Detroit

July 14th, 2020


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 …

144 - 95,000 Names—Gert McMullin, Sewing the Frontline

June 19th, 2020


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 …

143 - The McDonogh Three—First Day of School

June 9th, 2020


November 14, 1960, New Orleans. Three six-year-old girls, flanked by Federal Marshals, walked through screaming crowds and policemen on horseback as …

142—From King Henry the VIII to the Rolling Stones on Eel Pie Island

May 26th, 2020


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 …

141—Pati Jinich's Mexican Jewish Table

May 12th, 2020


An intimate, inspiring, hopeful conversation with Mexican chef and cookbook author, Pati Jinich, host of the James Beard Award winning PBS series …

140 -The Climate Underground with Al Gore and Alice Waters

April 17th, 2020


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 …

139 - Waiting for Joe DiMaggio

April 14th, 2020


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 …

138 - The Keepers - Archive Fever, with host Frances McDormand

March 24th, 2020


The Keepers, from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand. Stories of activist archivists, rogue …

137- The Keepers - Archiving the Underground, with Host Frances McDormand

March 10th, 2020


The Keepers, from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winning actress, Frances McDormand. Stories of activist archivists, rogue …

136 - The Lou Reed Archive with Laurie Anderson

February 25th, 2020


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 …

135 - Deep Fried Fuel - A Biodiesel Kitchen Vision - Celebrating Over the Road

February 11th, 2020


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 …

133 - WHER - 1000 Beautiful Watts, The First All-Girl Radio Station in the Nation

January 28th, 2020


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 …

133 - Theaster Gates — Keeping the South Side

January 14th, 2020


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 …

132 - The Pancake Years

December 24th, 2019


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 …

131 - Night of the Living Intern: First Stories from Kitchen Sisters Interns

December 10th, 2019


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 …

130 - Lipstick Traces — Dreaming in Public

December 5th, 2019


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 …

129 - Martin Scorsese — Try Anything

November 26th, 2019


An onstage conversation with this master filmmaker about his extraordinary documentary work.

Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, Alice Doesn’t …

128 - First Day of School—1960, New Orleans

November 12th, 2019


November 14, 1960 — Four six-year-old girls, flanked by Federal Marshals, walked through screaming crowds and policemen on horseback as they …

127 - Robert Krulwich—Talking Story, The First Third Coast

October 22nd, 2019


Award winning producer Robert Krulwich talks about storytelling techniques and his early career in radio and television as part of Talking Story, a …

126 - Lawrence Weschler—Archivist of the Odd, the Marvelous, the Passionate and Slightly Askew

October 8th, 2019


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, …

125 - The Passion of Chris Strachwitz—Arhoolie Records

September 24th, 2019


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 …

124 - The Brothers Burns — A Conversation with Filmmakers Ken & Ric Burns

September 10th, 2019


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 …

123- San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part Three

August 27th, 2019


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 …

122 - Burning Man — Archiving the Ephemeral

August 21st, 2019


"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. …

121 - San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part Two

August 13th, 2019


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 …

120 - San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part One

July 23rd, 2019


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 …

119 - Nancy Pearl—Librarian Action Figure

July 8th, 2019


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 …

118 - The Nation's 10th Keeper—David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States

June 25th, 2019


“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 …

117 - Dieter Kosslick’s Last Red Carpet Ride

June 11th, 2019


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 …

116 - The Bob Dylan Archive - A Curveball Comes To Tulsa

May 28th, 2019


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 …

115 - You Too Can Barbecue - Stubb's Blues Cookbook Cassette & More

May 13th, 2019


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 …

114 - Chamelecon—Below the Border in Honduras with Scott Carrier

April 22nd, 2019


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, …

113 - Filmmaker Agnés Varda — A Conversation

April 8th, 2019


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 …

112 - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Celebrating 100 years

March 26th, 2019


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 …

111 - Palaces for the People—Author Eric Klinenberg from The Librarian Is In

March 11th, 2019


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 …

110 - Filmmaker Wim Wenders - The Entire Caboodle

February 21st, 2019


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, …

109 - Linda Spalding - A Reckoning

February 11th, 2019


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 …

108 - The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System

January 22nd, 2019


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 …

107 - William Ferris—Keeper of Southern Folklife

January 8th, 2019


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 …

106 - 21 Collections—Every Object has a Story

December 11th, 2018


Paper airplanes, photographs of men in rows, birds nests, gay bar matchbooks, dolls hats —an untraditional take on what warrants our attention. As …

Bonus Episode - The Free-Range Archivist: Jason Scott

December 4th, 2018


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 …

105 - The Keepers: The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy

November 27th, 2018


After a devastating car accident that made his work as a janitor impossible, civil rights activist Eddie McCoy, picked up a scavenged tape recorder …

104 - The Keepers: Emily Dickinson's Hidden Kitchen

November 13th, 2018


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 …

103 - The Keepers: The Lenny Bruce Collection

October 23rd, 2018


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 …

102 - Archive Fever: Henri Langlois and the Cinémathèque Française

October 9th, 2018


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 …

101 - The Keepers: The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky

September 24th, 2018


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 …

100 - The Keepers: Archiving the Underground—The Hip Hop Archive

September 5th, 2018


This is the first episode in our new series THE KEEPERS—stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians—Keepers …

99 - Lovers of Lost Fans

August 28th, 2018


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 …

98 - Lost & Found Sound and Voices of The Dust Bowl

August 14th, 2018


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. …

97 - Pan American Blues: The Birth of The Grand Ole Opry & "Harmonica Wizard" Deford Bailey

July 23rd, 2018


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 …

96 - Cry Me a River — Keepers of the Environment

July 9th, 2018


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 …

95 - Give Space A Chance: Gastrodiplomacy in Orbit

June 25th, 2018


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 …

94 - Tequila Chamber of Commerce & The Birth of the Frozen Margarita

June 12th, 2018


The Agave Goddess with 200 breasts; jimadors stripping lethal thorny leaves off agaves; farmers battling cambio climatico (climate change); …

93 - Prince and the Technician

May 22nd, 2018


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 …

92 - The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel

May 7th, 2018


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 …

91 - Mimi Chakarova: Love, Art and Anger

April 23rd, 2018


Mimi Chakarova is a Bulgarian-American filmmaker, photographer, journalism professor, activist, immigrant and single mother. Her documentary “Men a …

90 - Jorge Amado: The Ballad of Bahia

April 9th, 2018


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 …

89 - Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Celebrating 99 Years

March 27th, 2018


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 …

88 - Frances McDormand Hosts Hidden Kitchens

March 12th, 2018


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 …

87—Guillermo Cabrera Infante: Memories of an Invented City

February 27th, 2018


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 …

86 - The Mardi Gras Indians—Stories from New Orleans

February 13th, 2018


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 …

85 - House of Night - The Lost Creation Songs of the Mojave People

January 19th, 2018


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 …

84 - Levee Stream Live from New Orleans

December 12th, 2017


Levee Stream— a live neighborhood pop-up, Cadillac, radio station installation in New Orleans. Presented by Otabenga Jones & Associates and The …

83 - Chicken Pills - A Hidden World of Girls Story from Jamaica

November 27th, 2017


Every culture has its idealized woman, its standard of beauty that is valorized. Everywhere women are altering themselves in small and major ways to …

82 - First Day of School—1960, New Orleans

November 9th, 2017


November 14, 1960 — Four six-year-old girls, flanked by Federal Marshals, walked through screaming crowds and policemen on horseback as they …

81 - Sonic Prayer Flags - New Orleans

October 24th, 2017


A string of sonic prayer flags —voices and sounds from New Orleans and Bayou Road, the oldest street in the city. Local visionaries, neighborhood …

80 – Thad Vogler: A Short History of Spirits

October 10th, 2017


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 …

79 – Pati’s Mexican Jewish Table

September 25th, 2017


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 …

78 – The Galveston Hurricane of 1900: No Tongue Can Tell

September 11th, 2017


The Great Galveston Hurricane arrived on a Saturday, September 8, 1900 — almost without warning. Galveston, the grand dame of Texas, a vibrant port …

77 – New Orleans Visions – King’s Candy & Living with Water

August 22nd, 2017


Robert King Wilkerson (aka Robert Hillary King) was imprisoned at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana for 31 years. Twenty-nine of …

76 – Liberace and the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band

August 8th, 2017


In 1967 thirty men left Trinidad with 97 steel drums to represent their country at the World’s Fair in Montreal. None of them had ever been off their …

75 – The Making Of a Karaoke Ice Cream Truck and More Stories

July 25th, 2017


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, the making of Muttville – a foster care rescue center for senior dogs, a Karaoke …

74 – What Is It About Men and Meat and Midnight and a Pit?

July 11th, 2017


Barbecue, burgoo, mopping the mutton, the fellowship of stirring. Hidden Kitchens stories of conflict, competition and resolution in the backyards …

73 – Basque Sheepherders Ball

June 27th, 2017


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. …

72 – Warriors vs Warriors

June 12th, 2017


For the last five years The Golden State Warriors have been going inside San Quentin, the legendary maximum security California State prison, to take …

71 – Hidden Kitchen Gaza: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

May 23rd, 2017


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 daily life, El-Haddad paints a vivid picture …

70 – The Egg Wars

May 9th, 2017


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 …

69 – The Romance and Sex Life of the Date

April 25th, 2017


In 1898, the United States Department of Agriculture created a special department of men, called “Agriculture Explorers,” to travel the globe …

68 – Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later

April 10th, 2017


Cab drivers, children’s jump rope rhymes, folk songs, dialects, controversial TV ads, interviews with blacklisted artists and writers during the …

67 – The Hidden World of Girls with Tina Fey

March 27th, 2017


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 …

66 – Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Hidden Kitchen

March 13th, 2017


Niloufer Ichaporia King lives in a house with three kitchens. She prowls through six farmer’s markets a week, at least, in search of unusual greens, roots and seeds, and traditional food plants from every immigrant …

65 – Sam Phillips, Sun Records, and the Acoustics of Life

February 28th, 2017


Recording sound pioneer Sam Phillips — the father of Sun Records, the man who discovered Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash…, …

64 – Kimchi Diplomacy: Hidden Kitchens – War and Peace and Food

February 13th, 2017


Kimchi in space. The Kimchi Bus. Government-sponsored chefs and restaurants spreading the word of Kimchi around the globe. South Korea is one of the …

63 – War and Food and Manga

January 24th, 2017


Manga, the ubiquitous Japanese comic books written on just about every subject—sports, music, sex, shooting pool—represent about 40% of all books …

62 - Black Cake: Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen

January 10th, 2017


Black cake, gingerbread, slant rhyme, secret loves, family scandals, poems composed on the back of a coconut cake recipe —we journey into the steamy, myth-laden, hidden world of poet Emily Dickinson through her kitchen. …

61 – Rattlesden

December 27th, 2016


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 …

60 – Milk Cow Blues: The Apple Family Farm and the Indiana Cow Share Association

December 13th, 2016


A journey into the mysterious and controversial world of raw milk.

Tucked away in the vanishing farm land on the outskirts of Indianapolis, the …

59 – Weenie Royale: The Impact of the Internment on Japanese American Cooking

November 22nd, 2016


During World War II, In desolate inland internment camps in the US,  like Manzanar, Topaz, and Tule Lake, some 120,000 Japanese and Japanese …

58 – The Kiosk Strategy, Lisbon — Hidden Kitchens: War & Peace & Food

November 8th, 2016


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 …

57 – War and Peace and Coffee

October 25th, 2016


“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 …

56 – Operation Hummus and More Stories of War and Peace and Food from Israel and Ramallah

October 11th, 2016


Nothing is simple in Mideast relations. Not even hummus. Lebanon, Israel and Palestinians are entangled over who owns the dish. Not even the title of world’s largest hummus platter — more than 11 tons — settled the …

55 – Between Us, Bread and Salt: Lebanon Hidden Kitchens with Kamal Mouzawak

September 26th, 2016


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 …

54 — Walking High Steel: Mohawk Ironworkers at the World Trade Towers

September 12th, 2016


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 …

53 — Garden Allotments—London’s Kitchen Vision

August 23rd, 2016


A Hidden Kitchens story about London’s long tradition of urban garden allotments — and the story of Manor Garden Allotments, a 100 year old …

52 – Hunting & Gathering with Angelo Garro

August 9th, 2016


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 …

51 – Harvest on Big Rice Lake

July 26th, 2016


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 …

50 – An Unexpected Kitchen: The George Foreman Grill

July 12th, 2016


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, …

49 – The Cabyard Kitchen

June 28th, 2016


A lot of Kitchen Sisters stories are born in taxicabs. The Hidden Kitchens series was conceived in the back of a Yellow. Davia lives in San Francisco and hates to drive. She started noticing that every time she got into …

48 – Kibbe at the Crossroads: Lebanese Cooking in the Mississippi Delta

June 14th, 2016


We travel to the Mississippi Delta into the world of Lebanese immigrants —where barbecue and the blues meet kibbe, a kind of traditional Lebanese raw meatloaf. Lebanese immigrants began arriving in the Delta in the late …

47 – The Chili Queens of San Antonio

May 24th, 2016


Some kitchens are hidden by place, some by time—like the saga of the chili queens. 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 …

46 – Stubb Stubblefield: The Archangel of BBQ

May 10th, 2016


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 …

45 – Hidden Kitchen Mama

April 26th, 2016


Kitchens and mothers. The food they cooked or didn’t. The stories they told or couldn’t. In honor of mothers from around the world, The Kitchen …

44 – Black Chef, White House: African American Cooks in the President’s Kitchen

April 12th, 2016


Hidden Kitchens turns its focus on the president’s kitchen and some of the first cooks to feed the Founding Fathers — Hercules and James Hemings — …

43 – Carmen Miranda: The Life and Fate of the Brazilian Bombshell

March 22nd, 2016


Carmen Miranda—Brazil’s Ambassador of Samba, the highest paid woman entertainer in the world in the 1940s. When she died, hundreds of thousands of Brazilians lined the streets of Rio to pay homage to her. Over 50 years …

42 – Hidden World of Traveller Girls

March 8th, 2016


Stories of young Irish Traveller women. Travellers—the people of walking. Sometimes called the gypsies of Ireland. They speak of non-Travellers as “the settled people.” Mistrusted for the most part and not …

41 – A Secret Civil Rights Kitchen: Georgia Gilmore and the Club from Nowhere

February 23rd, 2016


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 …

40 – New Orleans—Cowboys, Indians, Broncos & Boudin

February 9th, 2016


New Orleans stories from The Kitchen Sisters—including the world of unexpected, down home convict cooking at The Angola Prison Rodeo, an event that …

39 – One Big Self: The Hidden World of Deborah Luster & C. D. Wright

January 26th, 2016


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 …

38 – Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins

January 12th, 2016


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 …

37 – Bone Music: A Collaboration with 99% Invisible

December 22nd, 2015


Before the availability of the tape recorder and during the 1950s, when vinyl was scarce, ingenious Russians began recording banned bootlegged jazz, …

36 – Tupperware

December 8th, 2015


“Somewhere in the world there’s a Tupperware Party starting every 10 seconds.” And we’re going to one with The Kitchen Sisters.

Parties. Rallies. Sales sessions. More than a way of storing leftovers in covered plastic …

35 – Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

November 24th, 2015


Nick Drake was a British singer songwriter from the early 1970s. His music has attracted a passionate, loyal following and influenced countless …

34 – The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski

November 9th, 2015


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 …

33 – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts—The First All Girl Radio Station in the Nation—Part 2

October 27th, 2015


When Sam Phillips sold Elvis’ contract in 1955 he used the money to start WHER, an all-girl radio station in Memphis, TN. In this episode we move …

32 – WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts—The First All Girl Radio Station in the Nation—Part 1

October 13th, 2015


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 …

31 – Waiting for Joe DiMaggio

September 22nd, 2015


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 …

30 – The Building Stewardesses: Construction Guides at the World Trade Center

September 7th, 2015


As construction commenced in 1968 on the largest building project since the pyramids, questions and controversies swirled around Lower Manhattan. How tall? Why two? What’s a slurry wall? A kangaroo crane? Where are the …

29 – King’s Candy: A New Orleans Prison Kitchen Vision

August 25th, 2015


Robert King Wilkerson was imprisoned at Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, Louisiana for 31 years. Twenty-nine of those years he was in solitary …

28 – Wall Street: San Quentin’s Stock Market Wizard

August 19th, 2015


Everyone in San Quentin calls him Wall Street. Curtis Carroll aka Wall Street teaches his fellow prisoners about stocks. Through friends and family …

27 – Braveheart Women’s Society: Coming of Age in South Dakota

August 11th, 2015


The Braveheart Women’s Society, a group of Yankton Sioux grandmothers and tribal elders, have re-established an almost forgotten coming of age ritual for young girls—the Isnati, a four day traditional ceremony on the …

26 – Horses, Unicorns & Dolphins

July 28th, 2015


Horses and dolphins and unicorns—creatures that possess the imagination of so many young girls—borderland creatures—gateway animals to other worlds. …

25 – Hidden Kitchens Texas with host Willie Nelson

July 13th, 2015


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 …

24 – Route 66: The Mother Road, Part 2

June 23rd, 2015


John Steinbeck called it the “Mother Road.” Songwriter Bobby Troup described it as the route to get your kicks on. And Mickey Mantle said, “If it …

23 – Route 66: The Mother Road, Part I

June 9th, 2015


The birth of the Main Street of America—songwriter Bobby Troup tells the story of his 1946 hit Get Your Kicks on Route 66; Gladys Cutberth, aka Mrs. …

22 – War and Separation: Life on the Homefront During World War II

May 26th, 2015


For Memorial Day — a portrait of life on the homefront during World War II featuring 4 women’s stories, rare home recorded letters sent overseas to …

21 – The Secret (and Not So Secret) Life of Theresa Sparks

May 12th, 2015


Theresa Sparks has lived more than one life. Born a guy’s guy, a man’s man, cowboy boots, motorcycles, a stint in the army, married his childhood …

20 – The Birth of Rice-A-Roni: The San Francisco, Italian, Armenian Treat

April 28th, 2015


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 …

19 – America Eats: A Hidden Archive

April 13th, 2015


Potlucks, church picnics, fish fries, family reunions — during the 1930s writers were paid by the government to chronicle local food, eating customs and recipes across the United States. America Eats, a WPA project, …

18 – A Man Tapes his Town: The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy

March 24th, 2015


Eddie McCoy owned a janitorial service in Oxford, North Carolina, a tobacco town of some 10,000 people. When he was badly injured in a car wreck, …

17 – Unfinished Business: Ali vs Frazier VI, Daughters of Destiny

March 10th, 2015


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 …

16 – The Green Street Mortuary Band

February 24th, 2015


Lawrence Ferlinghetti wrote a poem about them. Amy Tan’s mother was serenaded by them as she lay in state. Jessica Mitford’s memorial procession was led by them. And more than 300 Chinese families a year hire the Green …

15 – Electronic Memories: R.A. Coleman’s Memphis

February 10th, 2015


In the early 1950s, at the same time legendary record producer Sam Phillips was making recordings of the pageants and events happening in Memphis’ …

14 – Taylor Negron: Portrait of an Artist as an Answering Machine

January 27th, 2015


A look into the life of Taylor Negron—actor, comedian, and telephone message hoarder—told through the voicemails on his machine. We produced this …

13 – Sam Phillips and the Early Years of the Memphis Recording Service: We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime

January 13th, 2015


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.” Weddings, funerals, marching …

12 – The Nights of Edith Piaf

December 16th, 2014


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 …

11 – Cigar Stories: El Lector—He Who Reads

November 25th, 2014


Narrated by Andy Garcia. At the turn of the century until the 1930s in the cigar factories of Tampa and Ybor City, a well dressed man in a panama hat …

10 – Dissident Kitchens

November 13th, 2014


Part 3 of the Hidden Kitchens World Trifecta with host Frances McDormand: Hidden Kitchens Russia, stories of the role of the kitchen in the downfall …

9 – Atomic Wine

October 30th, 2014


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

October 14th, 2014


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 …

7 – Just Girls: The Hidden World of Patti Smith and Judy Linn

September 3rd, 2014


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. A while back, we were stopped in our …

6 – Cry Me A River: A story of three pioneering river activists and the damming of wild rivers in the west

July 31st, 2014


The story of three pioneering river activists and the damming of wild rivers in the west. Ken Sleight, now in his late 80s, is a long time river and pack guide in southern Utah who fought the damming of Glen Canyon and …

5 – The Making of the Homobile: A Story of Transportation, Civil Rights & Glitter (and further stories of making…)

June 24th, 2014


The Kitchen Sisters ride the nightshift with The Homobile. Homobiles is a non-commercial, volunteer, 24/7 ride service created by Lynne Breedlove for …

4 – The French Manicure – The Long Shadow of Shirley Temple

May 15th, 2014


Shirley Temple died on February 10. 2014. Watching the parade of clips from her 1930s movies on TV that night brought back the magic she had as a child to delight and entertain. How many hours did we spend watching her …

3 – Eel Pie Island

April 12th, 2014


The Kitchen Sisters  take us to a little-known, hidden corner of London — to Eel Pie Island, a tiny slice of land in the middle of the Thames. Now a small bohemian community of artists, inventors, river gypsies and boat …

2 – Tennessee Williams: The Pennyland Recordings

February 27th, 2014


In 1947 Tennessee Williams and his lover Pancho stepped into a recording booth at a penny arcade in New Orleans and recorded 8 cardboard discs. Lost in a trunk under a friends bed for some 50 years, The Kitchen Sisters …

1 – The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison

February 4th, 2014


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 …

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