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108 - The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System

22:20 | Jan 22nd

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 ...Show More

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

24:33 | Feb 13th, 2017

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 conne...Show More

102 - Archive Fever: Henri Langlois and the Cinémathèque Française

31:54 | Oct 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 world’s great film archives, th...Show More

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

32:20 | Sep 5th, 2018

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 Rese...Show More

93 - Prince and the Technician

24:21 | 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 recording studio as he began work on the album and the movie Purple Rain. Susan, a trained technician with ...Show More

62-Black Cake: Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen

32:38 | Jan 10th, 2017

We enter the secret, steamy, myth-laden world of Emily Dickinson through her kitchen.

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

21:05 | Apr 22nd

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...Show More

113 - Filmmaker Agnés Varda — A Conversation

22:40 | Apr 8th

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 ...Show More

112 - Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Celebrating 100 years

45:26 | Mar 26th

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 c...Show More

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

33:33 | Mar 11th

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 ...Show More

110 - Filmmaker Wim Wenders - The Entire Caboodle

16:32 | Feb 21st

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,...Show More

109 - Linda Spalding - A Reckoning

18:50 | Feb 11th

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 h...Show More

107 - William Ferris—Keeper of Southern Folklife

32:00 | Jan 8th

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 m...Show More

106 - 21 Collections—Every Object has a Story

26:39 | Dec 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 part of The Kitchen Sisters’ series THE KEEPERS, we wander through a curated collection of collections...Show More

Bonus Episode - The Free-Range Archivist: Jason Scott

09:23 | Dec 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 beautiful network at radiotopi...Show More

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

17:22 | Nov 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 and began taping anyone and everyone in his town—from the oldest person on down—piecing together the l...Show More

104 - The Keepers: Emily Dickinson's Hidden Kitchen

30:44 | Nov 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 beautiful line up of “Keepers”— d...Show More

103 - The Keepers: The Lenny Bruce Collection

23:40 | Oct 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 “verbal jazz” offended mainstrea...Show More

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

27:15 | Sep 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 Deal, the Kentucky WPA began t...Show More

99 - Lovers of Lost Fans

20:09 | Aug 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 concerned about the vanishing sound of electric fans. Willard leads Jay Allison, Curator and “Keeper” of ...Show More

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

33:32 | Aug 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. Lyndon Johnson talking to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover a week after President Kennedy’s assassination i...Show More

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

21:30 | Jul 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 first African American performer. WSM’s most popular show, the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio...Show More

96 - Cry Me a River — Keepers of the Environment

33:03 | Jul 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 activist in southern Utah who foug...Show More

95 - Give Space A Chance: Gastrodiplomacy in Orbit

19:00 | Jun 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 we’ve talked with astronauts about...Show More

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

13:12 | Jun 12th, 2018

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 ...Show More

92 - The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel

37:28 | 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 and even inspired a Broadway mu...Show More

91 - Mimi Chakarova: Love, Art and Anger

15:47 | Apr 23rd, 2018

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...Show More

90 - Jorge Amado: The Ballad of Bahia

31:10 | Apr 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 adapted for film, television, and...Show More

89 - Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Celebrating 99 Years

23:28 | Mar 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 good friend radio dramatist Erik B...Show More

88 - Frances McDormand Hosts Hidden Kitchens

26:28 | Mar 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 with Angelo Garro, listeners cal...Show More

87—Guillermo Cabrera Infante: Memories of an Invented City

32:38 | Feb 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 exile in London in 1965. Intense and compelling, Cabrera Infante was passionate about cinema, satire, pu...Show More

86 - The Mardi Gras Indians—Stories from New Orleans

22:46 | Feb 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 suit of feathers and beads all night long. Tootie Montana masks for the first time after Mardi Gras star...Show More

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

22:37 | Jan 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 Song singer of the tribe recount t...Show More

84 - Levee Stream Live from New Orleans

33:15 | Dec 12th, 2017

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...Show More

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

11:27 | Nov 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 attempt the look that is celebrated. History is full of methods, home grown and scientific, used to a...Show More

82 - First Day of School—1960, New Orleans

15:37 | Nov 9th, 2017

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 ...Show More

81 - Sonic Prayer Flags - New Orleans

28:44 | Oct 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 entrepreneurs, artists, skate boarders, civil rights activists, musicians, teachers, and more. Listenin...Show More

80 – Thad Vogler: A Short History of Spirits

13:39 | Oct 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 — and the hidden stories of the people and places behind these spirits. Thad talks about his life an...Show More

79 – Pati’s Mexican Jewish Table

21:43 | Sep 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 Mexican Table and resident chef at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington DC. Pati talks about...Show More

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

24:53 | Sep 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 city sitting haughtily on a sand bar facing the Gulf, was reduced to a splintered wasteland. Some 6,00...Show More

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

19:50 | Aug 22nd, 2017

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 Kumar...Show More

76 – Liberace and the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band

20:49 | Aug 8th, 2017

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 Ban...Show More

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

25:55 | Jul 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, Muttville-a foster care rescue center for senior dogs, a Karaoke Ice Cream Truck— and more stories from The Maki...Show More

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

38:49 | Jul 11th, 2017

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

24:22 | Jun 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. Alone for months at a time with hundreds of sheep the Basque's improvised songs, baked bread in under...Show More

72 – Warriors vs Warriors

19:00 | Jun 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 on The San Quentin Warriors, the prison’s notorious basketball team. The Kitchen Sisters Present tea...Show More

71 – Hidden Kitchen Gaza: A Palestinian Culinary Journey

20:45 | 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 recipes, El Haddad paints a vivid picture stories of food, family and daily ...Show More

70 – The Egg Wars

19:52 | 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 Francisco’s Golden Gate, home to the largest seabird colony in the United States, where in the 1850s egg hun...Show More

69 – The Romance and Sex Life of the Date

18:59 | Apr 25th, 2017

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 speci...Show More

68 – Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later

26:39 | Apr 10th, 2017

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 audi...Show More

67 – The Hidden World of Girls with Tina Fey

27:59 | Mar 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 villages teaching women the Bill...Show More

66 – Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Hidden Kitchen

22:38 | Mar 13th, 2017

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

32:37 | Feb 28th, 2017

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 acousti...Show More

63 – War and Food and Manga

26:56 | Jan 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 published in Japan. In recent decades ‘food manga’ has exploded. Stories of food and conflict and compet...Show More

61 – Rattlesden

25:11 | Dec 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 and to find an old photograph hanging in the town pub honoring his 8th Air Force squadron. Lenny died ...Show More

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

24:16 | Nov 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 Americans lived for the duration of the war — their traditional food replaced by US government commodities and ...Show More

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

18:15 | Nov 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 regime that suppressed public con...Show More

57 – War and Peace and Coffee

21:36 | Oct 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 Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

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

36:58 | Oct 11th, 2016

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

28:56 | Sep 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 war-ravaged nation through its traditions, its culture and its food.

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

19:09 | Sep 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 to work on the city’s skyscraper...Show More

53 — Garden Allotments—London’s Kitchen Vision

20:34 | Aug 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 community, that found itself in the path of London’s 2012 Olympics.

52 – Hunting & Gathering with Angelo Garro

19:17 | Aug 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 Angelo along the coast of Nort...Show More

51 – Harvest on Big Rice Lake

23:27 | Jul 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 the tall grasses, where rice is poled and gently brushed with knockers into the bed of the canoe. We ...Show More

50 – An Unexpected Kitchen: The George Foreman Grill

24:25 | Jul 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, and secret hot plates to make ...Show More

49 – The Cabyard Kitchen

19:36 | Jun 28th, 2016

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, Goiâni...Show More

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

23:20 | Jun 14th, 2016

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

18:51 | May 24th, 2016

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 roame...Show More

46 – Stubb Stubblefield: The Archangel of BBQ

18:21 | 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 black and white musicians, creating...Show More

45 – Hidden Kitchen Mama

18:26 | Apr 26th, 2016

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

20:27 | Apr 12th, 2016

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

31:41 | Mar 22nd, 2016

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 wo...Show More

42 – Hidden World of Traveller Girls

19:36 | Mar 8th, 2016

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

13:05 | Feb 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 era. This story comes from Can D...Show More

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

29:53 | Feb 9th, 2016

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 Orle...Show More

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

30:06 | Jan 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 our stories there are hours an...Show More

38 – Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins

25:37 | Jan 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 broadcast from a glass booth at the front of his record store. His popularity grew rapidly. Over the next dec...Show More

37 – Bone Music: A Collaboration with 99% Invisible

21:09 | Dec 22nd, 2015

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

20:01 | Dec 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.

35 – Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake

20:34 | Nov 24th, 2015

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

30:38 | Nov 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 audio letters for his family back in Norristown, Pennsylvania. He was killed in action in 1967. Prod...Show More

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

29:30 | Oct 27th, 2015

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 ...Show More

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

27:32 | Oct 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 the nations's third Holiday Inn, it was a novelty—but not for long.

31 – Waiting for Joe DiMaggio

34:02 | Sep 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 born and raised. Flags are strung, feasts prepared, nearly the entire annual budget of the town is spen...Show More

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

33:06 | Sep 7th, 2015

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

22:01 | Aug 25th, 2015

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 prali...Show More

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

14:52 | Aug 19th, 2015

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 al...Show More

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

17:21 | Aug 11th, 2015

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

21:59 | Jul 28th, 2015

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

28:28 | Jul 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 Frito, the birth of 7-Eleven, the...Show More

24 – Route 66: The Mother Road — Part 2

35:15 | Jun 23rd, 2015

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.

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

26:43 | May 26th, 2015

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

17:24 | May 12th, 2015

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

20:41 | Apr 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 of the San Francisco Treat.

19 – America Eats: A Hidden Archive

19:29 | Apr 13th, 2015

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

17:55 | Mar 24th, 2015

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 righ...Show More

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

25:50 | Mar 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 was the daughters of the legendary combatants who were scheduled to battle—22 year old Laila Ali and ...Show More

16 – The Green Street Mortuary Band

17:04 | Feb 24th, 2015

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...Show More

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

16:57 | Feb 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' white community—across town, R.A. Coleman, an African American photographer, was making recordings of t...Show More

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

21:30 | Jan 27th, 2015

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

0:00 | Jan 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."

12 – The Nights of Edith Piaf

32:36 | Dec 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 of her life on the streets o...Show More

11 – Cigar Stories: El Lector—He Who Reads

27:14 | Nov 25th, 2014

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

17:44 | Nov 13th, 2014

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

22:18 | Oct 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

20:38 | Oct 14th, 2014

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...Show More

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

13:13 | Sep 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. Awhile back, we were stopped in our tracks by a book of photographs o...Show More

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

33:19 | Jul 31st, 2014

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...Show More

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

21:21 | Jun 24th, 2014

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 Fr...Show More

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

25:14 | May 15th, 2014

"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 ...Show More

3 – Eel Pie Island

31:15 | Apr 12th, 2014

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 Pi...Show More

2 – Tennessee Williams: The Pennyland Recordings

21:25 | Feb 27th, 2014

"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 ...Show More

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

23:27 | Feb 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 of this story that you're abo...Show More