The Kitchen Sisters

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The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series Hidden Kitchens, the two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project and most recently, The Hidden World of Girls, a series on NPR that explored the lives of girls and the women they become. Their currenct project is The Making Of…, a production with KQED and AIR.

As independent producers, they are the creators of more than 200 stories for public broadcast about the lives, histories, art and rituals of people who have shaped our diverse cultural heritage.

Hidden Kitchens heard on Morning Edition, explores the world of secret, unexpected, below the radar cooking across America—how communities come together through food. The series inspired their first book, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR’s The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year for 2005 and nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food.

Lost & Found Sound, a national collaboration that went on air in 1999 chronicles American life through recorded sound. In 2001-2002 The Kitchen Sisters created and spearheaded The Sonic Memorial Project, a collection of radio stories and audio artifacts, a website and archive (www.sonicmemorial.org) commemorating the life and history of the World Trade Center and its neighborhood. This nationwide cross-media collaboration was awarded the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York Award for most innovative use of archives and the NFCB Golden Reel for Best Hour-Long Radio Documentary.

Other recent work includes the radio special Hidden Kitchens Texas, narrated by Willie Nelson, which was nominated for a James Beard Award and the inspiration for their second book,Hidden Kitchens Texas: Stories, Recipes and More from the Lone Star State, and Cry Me a River, a portrait of three pioneering river activists and the damming of wild rivers in the West, that aired as part of the series, Stories from the Heart of the Land.

The Kitchen Sisters began their radio lives producing a weekly live radio program in the late 70’s on KUSP-FM in Santa Cruz, California. Their radio documentaries have been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Smithsonian, California Public Radio, Pacifica Radio, Soundprint, and others. Other noted Kitchen Sisters stories include: Waiting for Joe DiMaggio, The Nights of Edith Piaf, Carmen Miranda: The Life and Times of the Brazilian Bombshell, WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Guillermo Cabrera Infante: Memories of an Invented City, Tupperware, The Road Ranger, and War and Separation.

The Kitchen Sisters are also involved in educating and training new voices for public media in an imaginative, artistic and creative approach to storytelling. They have taught at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, University of California Santa Cruz Social Documentary Graduate Program and frequently lecture and provide training at universities, festivals, workshops, radio stations, public forums and events throughout the country and abroad. They also train and work with interns, college students, and youth radio apprentices and participate in the life of the public radio community throughout the country. In addition to producing radio, Davia Nelson is also a screenwriter and casting director. She lives in San Francisco. Nikki Silva is also a museum curator and exhibit consultant. She lives with her family on a commune in Santa Cruz, California.

Series

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Fugitive Waves --  Lost recordings and shards of sound, along with new tales of remarkable people from around the world. Stories from the flip side of history.

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Secret, underground, unexpected, below-the-radar, community cooking across America

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Lost & Found Sound is an eclectic gathering of stories both historical and entertaining, woven together with lyrical sonic transitions, surprising audio artifacts and musings by the likes of Sun Records producer Sam Phillips. A national collaboration with listeners, produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Jay Allison and NPR.

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"Lost & Found Sound and Beyond" is the second anthology of greatest hits from the Peabody Award winning Lost & Found Sound radio series, heard over the last five years on NPR's All Things Considered. A collection of eccentric, endangered and undiscovered sounds and oral traditions, this special two-hour program provides a glimpse of the recorded legacy of our country.

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The Hidden World of Girls is an NPR series exploring the secret life of girls around the world. Girls and the women they become. Stories of coming of age, rituals and rite of passage, secret identities--of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide.

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The making of the Bay Bridge. The making of a jar of jam. The making of the iPhone, an opera, a surfboard… what people make in the Bay Area and why.

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The Sonic Memorial Project's stories about the World Trade Center as aired on NPR's All Things Considered.


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Two new one-hour specials journey into the world of street corner cooking, kitchen rituals and visionaries— how communities come together through f...

Bought by KAZU, KQED, Wisconsin Public Radio, KREV-LP, XRAY.fm and more


  • Added: Nov 15, 2005
  • Length: 59:02
  • Purchases: 20
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Lost & Found Sound is an eclectic gathering of stories both historical and entertaining, woven together with lyrical sonic transitions, surprising ...

Bought by KOSU, PRX Remix, WVIK, KSFR, WJFF and more


  • Added: Sep 27, 2004
  • Length: 59:04
  • Purchases: 11
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Lost & Found Sound is an eclectic gathering of stories both historical and entertaining, woven together with lyrical sonic transitions, surprising ...

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, KOSU, PRX Remix, WFUV, WVIK and more


  • Added: Sep 27, 2004
  • Length: 59:04
  • Purchases: 10
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"Lost & Found Sound and Beyond" is the second anthology of greatest hits from the Peabody Award winning Lost & Found Sound radio series, heard over...

Bought by KUT, KOSU, PRX Remix, WNYC, WFUV and more


  • Added: Sep 17, 2004
  • Length: 59:04
  • Purchases: 10
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Lost & Found Sound and Beyond" is the second anthology of greatest hits from the Peabody Award winning Lost & Found Sound radio series, heard over ...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, KUT, KOSU, KHNS, PRX Remix and more


  • Added: Sep 15, 2004
  • Length: 59:18
  • Purchases: 17
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Mohawk ironworkers built some of the most recognizable buildings in NYC, including the Twin Towers.

Bought by PRX Remix, KUER, WCAI / WNAN, KGLT, Marfa Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 09, 2004
  • Length: 15:18
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Before the WTC was built, the neighborhood was known as the bustling "Radio Row."

Bought by WRNC-LP, KVNF, KXOT Public Radio, WMPG, WHYY and more


  • Added: Sep 09, 2004
  • Length: 13:03
  • Purchases: 6
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Stories of love, marriage and memories at 1,377 feet.

Bought by KUT, KVNF, KUT-HD, KXOT Public Radio, Marfa Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 09, 2004
  • Length: 12:56
  • Purchases: 9
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An impressionistic gathering of sounds and stories, many of them contributed by listeners who called the Sonic Memorial Phone Line.

Bought by WRNC-LP, WMBR, KCPW, WHYY, and WUAL


  • Added: Sep 09, 2004
  • Length: 13:00
  • Purchases: 5
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They were called "Construction Guides" : friendly co-eds in mini-skirted uniforms posted at corner kiosks on the WTC site to inform an inquiring pu...

Bought by Marfa Public Radio, WHYY, and KUOW


  • Added: Sep 09, 2004
  • Length: 22:18
  • Purchases: 3