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The Climate Underground

The Climate Underground

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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, Alice Waters, gathered farmers, ranchers, scientists, chefs, researchers, policymakers on Al’s family farm in Carthage, Tennessee for a riveting set of conversations about the role of food and regenerative agriculture in solving the climate crisis. They called the two day event, The Climate Underground.

Along with the conversations, some of Nashville’s hottest chefs and dedicated regenerative farmers joined Alice to create a sustainable organic school lunch for the 350 participants to highlight the power of local, school supported agriculture in nurturing the health of children and the land.

This event happened long before the moment we all find ourselves in right now, as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the planet. But it holds the seeds and hope for a different approach to our future and the fate of the planet we all share.

In honor of Earth Day, The Kitchen Sisters Present…The Climate Underground.

The Climate Underground "School Lunch" Photo by Jason Bade

The Climate Underground “School Lunch”
Photo by Jason Bade

School lunch placemat Photo by Jason Bade

School Lunch Placemat
Photo by Jason Bade

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Flatbread and field pea hummus

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“CheFarmer” Matthew Raiford

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Mary Crow

Alice and the chefs

Alice and the chefs

The Climate Underground was produced by The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva and Matt Hoisch in collaboration with Nathan Dalton and Brandi Howell and mixed by Jim McKee.

Keep it Rolling | Support the Stories

Keep it Rolling | Support the Stories

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“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”
— Elvis Presley

Dear Friends,

Greetings as the year turns. We write to wish you well and to ask for your support for a new year of strong stories — stories full of heart, truth, empathy and surprise.

A new strand of Kitchen Sisters stories is ahead in 2020, the election year, one of the most critical in our nation’s history. Along with continuing to chronicle the nation’s Keepers, we are beginning a series of stories of youth activists and visionaries from around the world.

In August we traveled to Puerto Rico with Dave Eggers for the second gathering of The International Congress of Youth Voices — 137 young activists and writers from 26 different countries focused on pressing, pulsing issues around the world — climate change, gun control, human rights, the arts, LGBTQ rights, race, food, immigration, governance… We are staggered by the voices, stories and imaginations of fearless, funny, activated young people around the globe and we’ll be turning our microphone in their direction in the year ahead.

We write to ask for your support and your collaboration to bring these new, provocative stories to air in this monumental coming year. The heart of our work, and a central part of our mission is to bring new voices and perspectives into the public discourse, to grapple with big issues in profound, unusual and inspiring ways.

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We close 2019 with the launch of two new hour-long, sound-rich, hope-filled Keepers Specials narrated by that Academy Award-winning wonder, Frances McDormand now being broadcast by PRX, NPR and public radio stations nationwide. Check your local stations to find out when The Keepers airs in your town. We thank you for making these startling and surprising stories of archiving, keeping and the free flow of information and ideas possible.

Also in 2019, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art commissioned us to produce San Francisco: Stories From the Model City, an unusual look at the cascade of issues bearing down on the Bay Area and cities everywhere — tech, housing, homelessness, gentrification, city planning, neighborhood activism. Roman Mars featured this hour-long Kitchen Sisters documentary on his path-breaking design podcast, 99% Invisible. Take a listen.

Our Radiotopia podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present… is brimming with rich, deeply layered stories — of keepers, of gutsy girls, pioneering women, sonic pioneers, of food visionaries and kitchen cultures. If you haven’t already, please subscribe. The more subscribers, the more stories we can tell. Stories that ignite and engage.

The Keepers continues in 2020 — Lou Reed’s Archive, the repatriation of 1890’s Oglala Lakota recordings from the Library of Congress to the tribe in South Dakota, Theaster Gates: Keeping the South Side. Food and climate will be a focus as well. This past year we recorded a remarkable series of interviews at FRUTO in Brazil, a gathering of activist chefs, farmers and indigenous peoples, and at The Climate Underground Summit at Al Gore’s farm on the role of soil and regenerative agriculture in combating climate change.

We’re all in this together. Thank you for being such a vital part of The Kitchen Sister and Brotherhood, for supporting the stories and our internship, training and mentoring program. Your participation, your tax-deductible contribution, the stories you share with us, the music you make, the causes you tell us about… all of it adds up. All of it stirs the pot.

Wishing you and your family peace and a fair election in the coming year.

Keep it rolling,

Davia & Nikki
The Kitchen Sisters

Notes from The Kitchen Sisterhood – Spring 2017

Notes from The Kitchen Sisterhood – Spring 2017

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Dear Friends,

The last time we sent you Notes From The Kitchen Sisterhood we were urging you to vote. It’s a whole new ballgame now with arts, culture, climate, healthcare, immigrants all threatened and the mother of all bombs bursting in air. All around us storytellers, artists, organizers, teachers, librarians, athletes, scientists are stepping up, rising to this moment. We wanted to share a few things from our world and the world of those we admire.

On the homefront, The Kitchen Sisters have a bit of a Trifecta at the moment and now we need to ask for your vote.

Our podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present (until recently known as Fugitive Waves)was just nominated for a Webby Award for best documentary podcast. Please help us claim the title. Vote here, vote now!

We are also thrilled to say that we have been nominated for a 2017 James Beard Award for our latest season of NPR stories, Hidden Kitchens: Kimchi Diplomacy: War and Peace and Food.

And our TED Talk about Wall Streetthe self-schooled San Quentin inmate and stock market savant is now online. Take a look.

Forward ever,

The Kitchen Sisters
Davia & Nikki

Events we are going to / wish we were going to:

The Unplugged Soul: A Conference on the Podcast. The Kitchen Sisters, Benjamen Walker, Christopher Lydon, Jeff Emtman and a slew of other podcasters. April 14-15, Heyman Center, Columbia University.

Here and Home: A retrospective of the work of California photographer Larry Sultan. April 15-July 23, SFMOMA

Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind person to summit of Mount Everest and kayak the Grand Canyon, in conversation with Davia about his book, No Barriers, May 2, Lighthouse for the Blind, SF

Fake News Room: A response to Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel’s 1983 exhibition “Newsroom.” Artists include Jason Fulford, Jim Goldberg and Dru Donovan, as well as The Kitchen Sisters. Open now through April 29 at the Minnesota Street Project in San Francisco

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What we’re watching:

Mifune, directed by Stephen Okazaki

I Called Him Morgan, directed by Kasper Collin. The jazz tragedy of Lee Morgan, exquisitely rendered.

An Inconvenient Sequel. Al Gore’s climate change sequel. Truth to Power.

Century of Self, Adam Curtis’ 2002 BBC documentary.

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

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What we’re making:

This year, we are embarking on a new NPR/podcast series called The Keepers–activist archivists, rogue librarians, collectors, curators, historians–keepers of the culture and the cultures and collections that they keep. Guardians of history, large and small. Protectors of the free flow of ideas and information. People afflicted with what French philosopher Jacques Derrida called “Archive Fever.”

We welcome your tips and suggestions for who and what needs chronicling.

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What we’re reading:

Black Panther by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Really Good Day by Ayelet Waldman

True South by Jon Else

Scratch: Writers, Money, and the Art of Making a Living, edited by Manjula Martin

Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

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What we’re cooking:

Potlikker Papers by John T. Edge. A people’s history of the modern South set on farms, in kitchens and at tables.

King Solomon’s Table by Joan Nathan.

The President’s Kitchen Cabinet by Adrian Miller. African Americans who fed the First Families, from Washington to Obama.

Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook by Elisabeth Prueitt

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Music we’re spinning:

Save the Country by Laura Nyro.

We recently attended the SF Symphony Pride concert, a staggering night of LGBTQ music from Henry Cowell, Lou Harrison, Stephen Sondheim and more. What got us most was was when conductor Michael Tilson Thomas accompanied Audra McDonald singing Laura Nyro’s barnburner Save the Country. It is our new national anthem.

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Podcasts we’re pumping:

RadioPublic podcast app. Free podcasts!

S-Town from Serial and This American Life. You know you wanna hear it.

The many splendored podcasts from the Radiotopia collective

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Citizens we’re admiring:

Russ Kickinvestigative archivist from Arizona and founder of the Memory Hole. Russ finds and preserves documents the government tries to keep hidden. A keeper.

Magnus Toren runs the Henry Miller Library in Big Sur that has been closed since mid-February after Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge into Big Sur was damaged due to relentless winter rains. They’re now raising funds to open The Henry Miller Library in the Barnyard in Carmel, bringing Big Sur to “town.” They could use your support.

Years ago we recorded Brian Eno talking about the weekly Tuesday “Sing” he holds with his friends–not professional musicians, just pals, gathered standing around a table, singing a capella for a few hours. Times like these call for communal singing. As Brian says, “Singing aloud leaves you with a sense of levity and contentedness. And then there are what I would call ‘civilizational benefits.’ When you sing with a group of people, you learn how to subsume yourself into a group consciousness because a capella singing is all about the immersion of the self into the community.”

Graffiti artists in Ho Chi Minh City Pushing Back Against Official Censorship. “For many in Vietnam, the spray can is a tool of rebellion—illicit spray-painting is a way of defying restrictions in an authoritarian country where artists must have their work approved before exhibitions, shows are routinely shut down, and works deemed controversial are replaced by a black ‘X’ on gallery walls.”

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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 Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls, The Sonic Memorial Project, Lost & Found Sound, Fugitive Waves and coming soon… The Keepers). The Kitchen Sisters Present is produced in collaboration with Nathan Dalton and Brandi Howell and mixed by Jim McKee. Part of PRX’s Radiotopia, a network of the best story-driven audio shows on the planet (and off…) — shows like 99% Invisible, The Truth, Theory of Everything, Mortified, Radio Diaries, Criminal, Song Exploder, the Allusionist, Memory Palace. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcasting app.

“The Kitchen Sisters have done some of best radio stories ever broadcast” —Ira Glass.

Episodes

The McDonogh Three—First Day of School

Eel Pie Island

Pati Jinich’s Mexican Jewish Table

The Climate Underground with Al Gore and Alice Waters

Waiting for Joe DiMaggio

The Keepers – Archive Fever, with Host Frances McDormand

The Keepers – Archiving the Underground, with Host Frances McDormand

The Lou Reed Archive

Deep Fried Fuel – A Biodiesel Kitchen Vision – Celebrating Over the Road

WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts
Theaster Gates: Keeping the South Side
The Pancake Years
Night of the Living Intern: First Stories from Kitchen Sisters Interns
Martin Scorsese — Try Anything
First Day of School, 1960, New Orleans
Robert Krulwich—Talking Story, The First Third Coast
Lawrence Weschler—Archivist of the Odd, the Marvelous, the Passionate and Slightly Askew
The Passion of Chris Strachwitz
The Brothers Burns—A Conversation with Filmmakers Ken & Ric Burns
San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part Three
Burning Man — Archiving the Ephemeral
San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part Two
San Francisco—Stories from the Model City, Part One
Nancy Pearl—Librarian Action Figure
THE NATION’S 10TH KEEPER–DAVID FERRIERO, ARCHIVIST OF THE UNITED STATES
Dieter Kosslick’s Last Red Carpet Ride
The Bob Dylan Archive
You Too Can Barbecue – Stubb’s Blues Cookbook Cassette & More
Chamelecon—Below the Border in Honduras with Scott Carrier
Agnés Varda – A Conversation
Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Celebrating 100 Years
Palaces for the People—Author Eric Klinenberg from The Librarian Is In
Wim Wenders: The Entire Caboodle
Linda Spalding: A Reckoning
The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System
Bill Ferris—Keeper of Southern Folklife
21 Collections—Every Object has a Story
Bonus Episode – The Free-Range Archivist: Jason Scott
The Keepers: The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy
The Keepers – Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen
The Keepers Story #4: The Lenny Bruce Archive
The Keepers Story #3: Archive Fever: Henri Langlois and the Cinémathèque Française
The Keepers Story #2: The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky
The Keepers Story #1: Archiving the Underground: The Hiphop Archive at Harvard
Lovers of Lost Fans
Lost & Found Sound and Voices of The Dust Bowl
Pan American Blues: The Birth of The Grand Ole Opry & “Harmonica Wizard” Deford Bailey
Cry Me a River — Keepers of the Environment
Give Space A Chance: Gastrodiplomacy in Orbit
The Tequila Chamber of Commerce
Prince and the Technician
The Working Tapes of Studs Terkel
Mimi Chakarova: Love, Art and Anger
Jorge Amado: The Ballad of Bahia
Poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti — Celebrating 99 Years
Frances MCdormand Hosts Hidden Kitchens
Guillermo Cabrera infante: Memories of an Invented City
The Mardi Gras Indians—Stories from New Orleans
House of Night: The Lost Creation Songs of the Mojave People
Chicken Pills: A Hidden World of Jamaican Girls
First Day of School, 1960, New Orleans
Sonic Prayer Flags – New Orleans
Thad Vogler: A Short History of Spirits
Pati’s Mexican Jewish Table
The Galveston Hurricane of 1900: No Tongue Can Tell
New Orleans Visions – King’s Candy & Living with Water
Liberace & the Trinidad Tripoli Steelband
The Making Of… a Karaoke Ice Cream Truck and More Stories
What is it About Men and Meat and Midnight and a Pit?
The Sheepherder’s Ball
Warriors vs Warriors
Hidden Kitchen Gaza: A Palestinian Culinary Journey
The Egg Wars
The Romance and Sex Life of the Date
Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later
The Hidden World of Girls with Tina Fey
Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Hidden Kitchen
Sam Phillips, Sun Records and the Acoustics of Life
Kimchi Diplomacy
War and Food and Manga
Black Cake: Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen
Rattlesden
Milk Cow Blues: The Apple Family Farm and the Indiana Cow Share Association
Weenie Royale: The Impact of the Internment on Japanese American Cooking
The Kiosk Strategy
War and Peace and Coffee
Operation Hummus and More Stories of War and Peace and Food from Israel and Ramallah
Between Us, Bread and Salt – Kamal Mouzawak: A Lebanon Kitchen Vision
Walking High Steel
Garden Allotments: London’s Kitchen Vision
Hunting & Gathering with Angelo Garro
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Harvest on Big Rice Lake
An Unexpected Kitchen: The George Foreman Grill
The Cabyard Kitchen
Kibbe at the Crossroads: Lebanese Cooking in the Mississippi Delta
The Chili Queens of San Antonio
Stubb Stubblefield: The Archangel of BBQ
Hidden Kitchen Mama
Black Chef, White House: African American Cooks in the President’s Kitchen
Carmen Miranda: The Life and Fate of the Brazilian Bombshell
The Hidden World of Traveller Girls
A Secret Civil Rights Kitchen: Georgia Gilmore and the Club from Nowhere
New Orleans—Cowboys, Indians, Broncos & Boudin
One Big Self: THE Hidden World of Deborah Luster & C. D. Wright
Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins
Bone Music: A Collaboration with 99% Invisible
Tupperware
Way To Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake
The Vietnam Tapes of Michael A. Baronowski
WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 2
WHER: 1000 Beautiful Watts, Part 1
Waiting for Joe DiMaggio
The Building Stewardesses: Construction Guides at the World Trade Center
King’s Candy: A New Orleans Kitchen Vision
Wall Street
Braveheart Women’s Society: Coming of Age in South Dakota
Horses, Unicorns and Dolphins
Hidden Kitchens Texas with Willie Nelson
ROUTE 66—THE MOTHER ROAD, PART 2
ROUTE 66—THE MOTHER ROAD, PART I
War and Separation: Life on the Homefront During World War II
The Secret (and not so Secret) Life of Theresa Sparks
The Birth of Rice-A-Roni: The San Francisco-Italian-Armenian Treat
America Eats: A Hidden Archive
A Man Tapes his Town: The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy
Unfinished Business: Ali v Frazier VI, Daughters of Destiny
The Green Street Mortuary Band
Electronic Memories: R.A. Coleman’s Memphis
Taylor Negron: Portrait of an Artist as an Answering Machine
Sam Phillips and the Early Years of the Memphis Recording Service
The Nights of Edith Piaf
Cigar Stories
Dissident Kitchens
Atomic Wine
The Pizza Connection
Just Girls: The Hidden World of Patti Smith & Judy Linn
Cry Me A River
The Making Of…the Homobile
French Manicure – The Long Shadow of Shirley Temple
Eel Pie Island
Tennessee Williams: The Playland Recordings
The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall and Rise of Thomas Alva Edison

Interns

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

Here at Kitchen Central, located on the edge of San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown district, The Kitchen Sisters offer an internship program where individuals from various ages and backgrounds come to learn more about the inner workings of producing radio stories. The program ranges from storytelling and editing workshops to the production of stories and excursions outside of the office.

The Kitchen Sisters welcome internship inquiries. If you are interested please send us an email with your resume and tell us something about yourself, your skills, your goals and your objectives with regards to working with us. We do not have any employment opportunities available at this time but we welcome your query and keep all resumes on file for future projects and needs. Please contact us directly for details about our workshop / master class sessions.

Meet Some of our Present and Former Interns and See Their Work:


 TeddyHeadshot Teddy Alexander joined The Kitchen Sisters as an intern in November, 2019. A California native, Teddy attended UC Santa Cruz, where she studied Sociology. She currently works for REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice non-profit led by Van Jones. Teddy is an aspiring journalist and audio storyteller, and part-time local comedian. She has a recognizable voice, and even in her home town has been accused of having an accent. Follow Teddy’s work on her website: http://deetsa.com/audio/

Matt Matt Hoisch landed in the idyllic Kearny St. office after spending six months researching and writing about a plethora of topics in a post-college employment whirlwind. Through all of that time, he knew he had to find his way back to radio. About two years earlier, he had decided he wanted to become a radio journalist, and if there’s anyone from whom to learn and hone the art radio journalism, it’s The Kitchen Sisters (and Brandi and Nathan). Matt spent college studying environmental issues, so it was fitting that as an intern, he sifted through and edited hours of tape from a conference on climate change and agriculture at Al Gore’s Tennessee farm.

Matt knows that there is something valuable that the peculiar medium of audio storytelling can teach us about climate change and our environment. He hasn’t figured out exactly what, but this internship was a great step in that quest. After his time in the kitchen, Matt jumped away for his first professional (and paid) job in radio as a reporter with KOTO, the public radio station in Telluride, CO, where he learned the art of daily deadlines and skiing on the weekends. Other interests include playing piano, Israeli folk dancing, and telling himself that he will learn to be a better cook.

While in Telluride he has covered everything form Spanish Spelling Bees to Ukulele Jam Sessions.


Josh Gross_Cropped Josh Gross is an adventure seeker and storyteller raised in the Bay Area. He began producing audio stories throughout his high school years, and joined the Kitchen Sisters in January 2019 after finishing his piece, The Other F-Word, an NPR Youth Radio Challenge Finalist. When he isn’t telling stories, he is climbing rocks (with ropes), baking an array of pastries and breads, or surfing the great pacific ocean.

You can hear Josh’s work, including The Other F-Word, on our podcast episode, Night of the Living Intern: First Stories from Kitchen Sisters Interns


Sydney Stewart_cropped Sydney Stewart is a Bay Area native and studies history at Washington University in St. Louis. She interned with the Sisters in 2019 working on the Lou Reed archive and archival work at Levi Strauss and Company projects.

 Juliet_cropped Juliet Gelfman-Randazzo—also known as “Juliet of Wesleyan” in The Kitchen Sister’s office—is a writer and audio-producer living in the Bay Area. She currently produces events and audio and runs social media for City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco. Previously, she interned for The Kitchen Sisters, where she produced pieces on the internet, bears in books, and outsider artists, among others, and persistently updated the intern computer background to haunting graphics of women hula-hooping. Her writing appears in fields magazine.

headshot 2 Selene Ross is fascinated by all things weird and wonderful, particularly when it comes to stories. Inspired by creative and innovative mediums for storytelling, she has curated and developed stories and exhibitions for virtual reality, independent podcasts, spoken word poetry, and performance art. She cooked in the Kitchen back in 2018, and now is an audio producer at Dipsea, an audio platform for short audio fiction about sex and relationships. At Dipsea, she and the other “sonic sisters” work closely with voice actors and sound designers to bring the stories to life. Hear more of her work here and at dipseastories.com.

 Juliette Luini_cropped Juliette Luini is an independent audio producer enjoying 300 days of sunshine in Boulder, CO. Her work draws inspiration from documentary, narrative journalism, and oral storytelling. She is a recent graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and Middlebury College. When she isn’t producing podcasts, you can find Juliette procrastibaking banana bread, practicing yoga, or hiking with friends.

Her work can be heard here::
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https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/midd-moment/id1472212032


Shea Sweeney_cropped Shea Sweeney is a writer and aspiring filmmaker born and raised in Colorado. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University where she was the recipient of the 2019 Henfield Prize for fiction. She is a 2018 Felipe P. De Alba Fellowship nominee, 2017 resident of The Growlery artist residency in San Francisco, and a 2013 Sander Thoenes Research Award recipient. Her words and images have appeared in Flaunt, Westword, The Reykjavik Grapevine, and Lovers & Other Strangers. She has worked for Jigsaw Productions, JV8 INC casting agency, and, of course, the The Kitchen Sisters. In 2016 Shea walked roughly seventeen hundred miles across America. She lives in LA and her current projects include a short story collection and screenplay.

Kenny Gong_cropped Kenny Gong arrived at KS HQ during a wonderful sojourn of creative self-discovery. Before the season cooking in the Kitchen, Kenny was a social justice organizer, politico, nonprofit fundraiser, television producer, and baker. Since the Kitchen, Kenny built a top-ranking San Francisco real estate sales business and, today, is a Realtor trainer, speaker, and host of The Thoughtful Realtor podcast. Kenny lives in North Berkeley and is an active member of the KQED Public Media Community Advisory Panel. Website: www.ConnieAndKenny.com.

eliza-smith_tilemedium Eliza Smith is a producer at Snap Judgment. She also works with authors to adapt their work into radio plays for Snap. She is also the senior producer on their first spin-off podcast, Spooked.

Leda-Marritz-bio-pictures Leda Marritz the Director of Marketing for Audiosear.ch (a podcast search engine and API) and Pop Up Archive (an automatic transcription service). Our aim is to make audio easier to search, discover, and share.

LKHeadshot Laura Klivans  is a health reporter at KQED public radio and a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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David Fuchs – David first stumbled into the kitchen in October 2015 and returned as a full-fledged intern the following summer. Although he’s a third-generation Northern Californian, he was first bit by the radio bug while working as a Narrative Journalism Fellow at Middlebury College in Vermont. His work as a radio producer and print journalist has been featured on KWMR, WDEV and Middlebury Magazine and in The Tiburon Ark,  The Addison Independent and Vermont Sports Magazine. As a rising senior, he hopes to combine his passion for journalism and background in geography to produce compelling stories that tie individual narratives into larger geographic contexts. When he’s not working on a story, you’ll most likely find him honking on the sax, bouncing around in the waves or tracking down the perfect burrito.

David produced the Russian Hidden Kitchen story The Apple Road while interning with us. Links to his prior work in radio, print and — per Nikki’s request — skateboarding can be found here, here and here, respectively.


Patty Fung, nicknamed the “roving eye” here at Kitchen Central, is a hobby photographer, documentarian, and explorer. Her personal work ranges from capturing the in betweens of the day to documenting the projects of non-profit organizations. She’s a Bay Area native and recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Cruz where she studied environmental studies and education. Other than tinkering with different mediums during her free time, she enjoys reading, crafting, and riding her skateboard all over the place. Photo by Kenny Srivijittakar. Website: pfungcollects.wordpress.comStories Produced for the Kitchen Sisters:
Ghada Abdel-Aal: Egyptian Pharmacist/Blogger/Writer
Haitian Amputee Mother’s Alliance
Across the Great Divide: Photography of Roberta Price
Deborah Luster: Tooth for an Eye

Sam Robinson graduated in July 2010 from the University of the Arts, London with a bachelors degree in Sound Art and Design. During his time at University he created the London ‘Sonic Tube Map’ (2009) a computer-based application which enables users to create their own unique audio journey through London. In 2010 as part of an extensive body of work based around sound sampling he created ‘BUSK’, an audio-visual project performed by improvising with a sampler containing audio sourced from street performers. Sam’s sound work has been heard on BBC Radio and London art-radio station Resonance FM. He enjoys writing, producing music and performing music. In summer 2010 he moved from his home in south London to San Francisco and has had the pleasure of working with the Kitchen Sisters since January 2011. Website:www.kalou.co.uk

Stories Produced for the Kitchen Sisters:

Never On Sunday: The Hidden World Of Elena Fonseca
My Mother
Deborah Luster: Tooth for an Eye

Matt Beagle started interning with the Kitchen Sisters in 2011. Before coming to the Kitchen, Matt worked as a labor organizer, a camp counselor and a producer for “White Collar Brawler,” an online documentary about boxing. In 2010, Matt participated in the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs, and wore a lot of ties. Matt is also a stand up comedian and can be seen telling jokes about his parents in local bars. Websitembeagle.wordpress.comStories Produced for the Kitchen Sisters:
Deborah Luster: Tooth for an Eye

Thalia Gigerenzer started interning with the Kitchen Sisters in May 2011. Coming from a background in print journalism, she loves hunting for untold and offbeat stories. She’s written about everything from communist nostalgia in East Germany, Islamic iPhone apps to the local shoe repairman. Her work has been published in The Bay Citizen, The New York Times, Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and India’s The Caravan. Thalia grew up in Berlin, Germany. After graduating from the University of Chicago, she spent a year in India on a Fulbright scholarship, where she documented the life stories of the residents of a poor, working-class neighborhood in Delhi. As a passionate documentarian of hidden histories, she’s very excited to be part of the Kitchen family. Website: thaliagig.wordpress.com

Tess Kenner graduated from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied History and Spanish. After graduation, she returned to her home town, Los Angeles, where she worked on the documentary film Food Inc., and on a documentary special about social networking. She spent several months in Rome, cooking at the American Academy’s Rome Sustainable Food Project. She joined the Kitchen Sisters in the summer of 2010. She loves being apart of Kitchen Central!

Lacy Roberts is a budding radio producer from the Big Sky State of Montana. After graduating from Brown University, she relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area and was surprised to find that lemons could grow in her backyard. In January. Her work has been heard on YouthCast, a growing handful of quality NPR stations around the country, and her podcast, The Ladies Village Improvement Society. Though its currently on hiatus, you can hear episodes from the first season on lvisradio.org. She is now helping out in Kitchen Central with the Sisters’ upcoming series on young women around the world and working on some sound projects of her own. Surely more revelations await as the California seasons proceed… fig trees? quince? Who knew?Website: www.lacyroberts.comStories Produced for the Kitchen Sisters:
A War Bride’s Story
Kakenya’s Dream
The Hidden World of Vivian Mair

Marie Doezema has been working as a print journalist for ten years in France, Japan, Qatar and the U.S. After graduating from Vassar College, Marie cut her teeth on a Paris-based literary journal while studying Arabic and working in a wine bar. Recent work has appeared in The Asahi Shimbun/International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Paris/LA. Eager to blend sound into her stories, Marie came to San Francisco in the summer of 2009 to learn from The Kitchen Sisters. In addition to writing, editing and radioing, Marie is at work on a collaborative photo-journalism project about global remittance workers.

Lisa Morehouse came to radio after 14 years in public education, teaching English and journalism in rural Georgia and San Francisco, and learning from her students’ stories. Since 2007 she’s been writing about education (Edutopia, McSweeney’s) and producing radio stories. Her pieces on travelling Samoan circuses, butchery classes, and art in unlikely places have aired on shows like KQED’s The California Report and NPR’s All Things Considered. She feels lucky to be a line cook in the Kitchen. Website: lisamorehouse.blogspot.com/

Rachel Scott is a native of Santa Cruz County and graduated from U.C. Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology. She has been a part of the KZSC Santa Cruz community for over three years, where she has hosted a variety of music programs and served on the governing board. She is passionate about music, ethnic cuisine, traveling, and exploring socio-historical topics through film and radio. As the former guitarist in an all-female rock band, Rachel is thrilled to be part of a team that celebrates female culture and history. Website: thirdhandnews.wordpress.com

Alexandra Blair, graduate from Brown University, has been working for the PRBO Conservation Science in Point Reyes, Ca. as their Environmental Education and Outreach assistant. She has worked in Cuba and with Tibetan refugees in northern India and created documentary shorts for Brown University’s “Inside Out” student radio station.

Allison Budner, known to us as Ali, started working with us in the fall of 2006. She has helped with transcription and research for our Hidden Kitchen’s story “The Tables of New Crowned Hope” and “Cry Me A River” our upcoming story that airs as part of Jay Allison’s new series, “Stories From the Heart of the Land.””Like several other past Kitchen Sisters interns, I got “hooked” on documentary radio production working on the show, Inside Out, for Brown Student Radio.  After college, I worked on a local organic farm for a year.  So, food and radio—a serendipitous intersection for me!  In addition to working with the Kitchen Sisters now I teach yoga and study western herbal medicine.   I’m interested in food, stories, and healing.  Conveniently, I believe that food heals.  And so do stories.” — Allison

Eloise Melzer – Eloise joined the Kitchen Sisters in December 2006. Hailing from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, with a degree in Anthropology from Middlebury College, Eloise has always found herself fascinated with the stories people tell and the lessons that can be gleaned from them. After graduating, she found herself making cheese first in Vermont then in France and now works at Oliveto restaurant in Oakland continuing her education of all things food. With a love of radio, and a passion for food, culture, and story, Eloise looks forward to learning more about the art of radio production and the craft of storytelling.

Allie Wollner – Allie is an explorer of the wide world and all its wonders. She is also a junior at Brown University majoring in English with a focus on Creative Non Fiction. Originally from Seattle, WA, Allie cherishes fresh food and soulful communities. She also loves telling and hearing a good story. Allie currently writes a weekly column for The Brown Daily Herald and manages the blog of dinnerware designer Rosanna Bowles.

Catherine Kastleman – Catherine interned for the Kitchen Sisters in summer of 2008 and, inspired by the Sisters’ unique style, decided to hone her radio journalism skills as an intern at KQED. She returned to Yale in 2009 to finish her BA in American Studies with a concentration in Food, Health, and Environment. After graduation, she spent several months gathering a fantastic collection of memories: singing folk songs while wearing a 100-year-old Croatian peasant costume, learning how not to cook a rooster on an organic farm in France, and bonding with farmers as an EBT/SNAP outreach coordinator at her hometown farmers’ market. Catherine got a job in May 2011 advocating for healthy, sustainable, affordable food at the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington, DC.  She plans to return to school to study public health, where she hopes to continue to use the power of good storytelling to evaluate community interventions and influence policy.
Noah Miller Noah Miller – Director of Out Loud Radio, Berkeley,Ca.
Noah got his start in radio before his voice had changed, doing the weather report from his backyard in Berkeley. During his teenage years, late nights in the dark listening to Dave Isay, Joe Frank and others set him on a path toward storytelling and sound. He entered Oberlin College with an interest in composing, and left with majors in Musicology and Cognitive Science. Noah interned with us in 2000 and 2001, helping with the first Lost & Found Sound and ideas for the Sonic Memorial Project. He has worked with SoundVision Productions on The DNA Files. In 2002, he founded the outLoud Radio Project which allows teenagers to create radio pieces featuring voices that don’t often make it into the mainstream, with a special focus on stories from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. He sings with various Renaissance, medieval and Baroque ensembles in the Bay Area

Other former Kitchen Sisters interns include:

Annie Brown

Allie Cheroutes

Maira Clancy

Ros Fraser

Marina Furbush

Paulina Hartono

Ocie Henderson

Milo Henderson

Ethan Hofmayer

Lucy Kang

Zoe Kurland

Virginia Tasca Lanza

Morgan Levey

Allison Levitsky

Vickie Ly

Paul McCarthy

Bayley McMillan

Chris Mosson

Brijean Murphy

Emma Nobel

Emily Shaw

Taylor Simmons

Justine Thieriot

Mary Franklin Harvin

Vika Arenson

Asal Ehsanipour

Aylia Renee Yates

Alicia Luu

Teddy Alexander

Olivia Ware

Lauren Schechter

Ethan Hofmayer

Katie McCutcheon

Michal Wisnioski

Emily Shaw

Grant McHamer

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“Truth is like the sun. You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”
— Elvis Presley

Dear Friends,

Greetings as the year turns. We write to wish you well and to ask for your support for a new year of strong stories — stories full of heart, truth, empathy and surprise.

A new strand of Kitchen Sisters stories is ahead in 2020, the election year, one of the most critical in our nation’s history. Along with continuing to chronicle the nation’s Keepers, we are beginning a series of stories of youth activists and visionaries from around the world.

In August we traveled to Puerto Rico with Dave Eggers for the second gathering of The International Congress of Youth Voices — 137 young activists and writers from 26 different countries focused on pressing, pulsing issues around the world — climate change, gun control, human rights, the arts, LGBTQ rights, race, food, immigration, governance… We are staggered by the voices, stories and imaginations of fearless, funny, activated young people around the globe and we’ll be turning our microphone in their direction in the year ahead.

We write to ask for your support and your collaboration to bring these new, provocative stories to air in this monumental coming year. The heart of our work, and a central part of our mission is to bring new voices and perspectives into the public discourse, to grapple with big issues in profound, unusual and inspiring ways.

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We close 2019 with the launch of two new hour-long, sound-rich, hope-filled Keepers Specials narrated by that Academy Award-winning wonder, Frances McDormand now being broadcast by PRX, NPR and public radio stations nationwide. Check your local stations to find out when The Keepers airs in your town. We thank you for making these startling and surprising stories of archiving, keeping and the free flow of information and ideas possible.

Also in 2019, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art commissioned us to produce San Francisco: Stories From the Model City, an unusual look at the cascade of issues bearing down on the Bay Area and cities everywhere — tech, housing, homelessness, gentrification, city planning, neighborhood activism. Roman Mars featured this hour-long Kitchen Sisters documentary on his path-breaking design podcast, 99% Invisible. Take a listen.

Our Radiotopia podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present… is brimming with rich, deeply layered stories — of keepers, of gutsy girls, pioneering women, sonic pioneers, of food visionaries and kitchen cultures. If you haven’t already, please subscribe. The more subscribers, the more stories we can tell. Stories that ignite and engage.

The Keepers continues in 2020 — Lou Reed’s Archive, the repatriation of 1890’s Oglala Lakota recordings from the Library of Congress to the tribe in South Dakota, Theaster Gates: Keeping the South Side. Food and climate will be a focus as well. This past year we recorded a remarkable series of interviews at FRUTO in Brazil, a gathering of activist chefs, farmers and indigenous peoples, and at The Climate Underground Summit at Al Gore’s farm on the role of soil and regenerative agriculture in combating climate change.

We’re all in this together. Thank you for being such a vital part of The Kitchen Sister and Brotherhood, for supporting the stories and our internship, training and mentoring program. Your participation, your tax-deductible contribution, the stories you share with us, the music you make, the causes you tell us about… all of it adds up. All of it stirs the pot.

Wishing you and your family peace and a fair election in the coming year.

Keep it rolling,

Davia & Nikki
The Kitchen Sisters

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RADIO ANGELS:
Susie & Mark Buell
Leonard Nelson

2019 DONORS

PROTECTORS OF THE PODCAST:
Kaleta Doolin, Kaleta A. Doolin Foundation
Tamia & Tom Anderson, TRA Fund
Lex Nakashima

RADIO ROYALTY:
George Ow
George & Sue Bull
Carolyn Ferris, Swig Foundation
Linda Gruber, Gruber Family Foundation
Karen Klein & Ben Golvin
Curtis Scribner
Louis DeMattei
Ellen Lewis
Frederic Harry Marienthal III
Robert Lee Hudson Foundation
Peg Smith & Cheryl Dobbins
George & Sue Bull
Sue Conley & Nan Haynes
Gilbert Pilgram
Sentinel Corporation
Chris Strachwitz
Susan Sillins
Michael Pollan & Judith Belzer

KEEPERS OF THE COLLECTION:

Patricia Dinner Swig Foundation
Ulrike & James Anderson
Deborah & Jeff Roisman
Kira Perov
Sandra Wong Geroux, In honor of Noel Roth
Sue Struck
Dennis Mulqueeney & Patricia Rossi
Jess Brown
Rowland & Pat Rebele
Nancy & Sid Ganis
Paul Zaentz

SULTAN OF STORY:
Charles & Honor Morehouse
Renee Montagne
Alice Waters Gayle & Joe Ortiz
Deborah Amos, In memory of Rick Davis
Mara Brazer
Michael Field
Doug Hamilton
Edgar James
Valerie Velardi
Carolyn Fank
Janet Clyde, In honor of Willie Bishop
Elizabeth Lambert
Margery Simkin
Gayle Pirie, In honor of George Matthews
Robb Moss, In honor of Lenny Nelson, on his birthday
Rita Bottoms
Denny Abrams
Tom Lockard & Alix Marduel
Susie Coliver
Dave Eggers & Vendela Vida
Diane Craddock
Dick Connette
Steve & Suzie Sullivan, Acme Bread
Jonathan Cuneo
Margaret Blair
Christine Freeman
Tom Thomas & Theresa Clifford
William Adams
Niloufer King
Cathy Shaw
Wendy MacNaughton
Joanne Bauer
Diane Aubry
Stephen Singer
Janis O’Driscoll
Charlie Cardillo
John Lyons
Barbara Beerstein, In honor of Nikki Silva
Linda Wilshusen
Marc Hand
Susan & Alan Goldstein

DUCHESS/DUKE OF DOCUMENTARY:

Tony Taccone
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Aggie & Walter Murch
Cathleen Summers
Michael Butler
Brenda Way
Dennis & Patricia Fregger
Matthew & Janet Robbins
Lawanda Ultan
City Lights Bookshop
Patricia Lawton
Earleen Overend & Wayne Palmer
Pat Jackson & Dan Gleich
Jacki Lyden
Robert Levenson
Matt Farrell
Elizabeth Bernstein
Thomas Fleming
Frish Brandt
Kirsten Commons
Ross McElwee
Katherine Sultan (Atta Girl)
Philip Kaufman
Deborah Luster
Amy Tsilemanis
Aida Jones, Dedicated to Robert WF Jones
Marlene Saritzky, In honor of one of my favorite Keepers, Betty Corwin
Magnus Toren, In honor of the guardians of our stories – the good, the bad and the ugly!
Joe Boyd
Stanley D. & Carli A. Stevens
Rhonda Grossman
Tom & Leslie Fine
Patti Neighmond & Tom Garrick
Sue Halpern & Bill McKibben
Ben Fong-Torres
Barbara Schatan
Valerie Wright
Larsen Associates
Meredithe Mendelsohn
Neal Coonerty
Brad Evans
James McKee
Kathy Peiss
Laura Welsh
Bob Waks
Stephen Thomas
Margaret Bayless
Jacqueline Cincotta
David Isay
Sarah Folger
Jon Herbst
David Brundage
Jacob Shapiro, Anne Dhu McLucas
Ellen W. Sapega
Jamie Anderson
Peter Thompson
Greil & Jenny Marcus
Jennifer Sharpe, Mal & Sandra Sharpe
Hope Bryson
Arlene Bernstein
Bob Carrau
Deborah Rice
Liz Gill Brauer
Bill Abbott
Patricia Levey
Ellen Chenoweth
Cathy Richards & Jack Bradley

GUARDIAN OF THE GROOVE:

Peter Cohen
Danielle Svetcov
Lawrence Weschler
Ginger McNally & Matt Murphy
Howard & Dorothy Stein
Simon Anselme Thibault, Dedicated to Ginette Thibault
Joan Depew (Let’s go to the Library of Congress!)
Todd Lerew
Natalia Combs Greene, To my mother, Thalma H. Combs
Consuelo Faust-Anderson, In memory of Thea Faust Anderson
Robert Lloyd
Georgia Kacandes
Susan S Rosen
Jackson Braider
Nubar Alexanian
Samuel Robinson
Jo Miglino
Sarah Folger
Suzanne Pettigrew
David Bergad
Jamie Dunn
Chris Simonm, In honor of Ken Sleight!
Eleanor Littman
Nancy Felixson
James Hoeflinger
Jo Miglino
Eleanor Littman
Jo Miglino
Eleanor Littman
Caryn Rose
Lavender Grace Cinnamon
Martha Haight
Nora Connors
Christopher Brancaccio

 

2018 DONORS

PROTECTORS OF THE PODCAST:
Stephen Silberstein
Anonymous
Tom & Tamia Marg
Lex Nakashima
Gilbert Pilgram
Sue Struck
Chris Strachwitz
Susan Goldstein & Andy Kivel
Margaret Smith & Cheryl Dobbins
Martha Ham
Rowland & Pat Rebele

RADIO ROYALTY:
Sentinel Corporation
Frederic Harry Marienthal III
Curtis Scribner
Paul Zaentz

KEEPERS OF THE COLLECTION:
Ann Hatch
Kira Perov
Sandra Wong Geroux (In honor of Sadie Gouviea, a gracious lady to the end)
Marc Hand
Jess Brown
Jennifer Ferro
Louis DeMattei

SULTAN OF STORY:
Bonnie Raitt
Charles & Honor Morehouse
Vendela Vida & Dave Eggers
Cathleen Summers
Nilus de Matran
Molly Prentiss (Mothers and godmothers everywhere)
Electra de Peyster
Roman Coppola
Mary Bennett & Chris Baer
Linda Wilshusen
Randy Thom
Peggy Knickerbocker
Charles Cardillo
Nancy Beaumont (In honor of the remarkable work of archivists!)
Doug Hamilton
Patricia Dinner
Michael Pollan & Judith Belzer
Michael Tilson Thomas & Joshua Robison
Jad Abumrad
Karen Klein
Ellen Lewis
Diane Craddock
Catherine Shaw
Denny Abrams
Tom Thomas & Theresa Clifford
Alice Waters
Susie Coliver
Carolyn Fank
George Newell
Niloufer King
Marcyliena Morgan Morgan
Robb Moss
Deborah Amos
Valerie Velardi
Stephen Singer
Edgar James
Philip & Susan Marineau
Gregory & Christine Freeman
Margaret Blair
Tom Lockard & Alix Marduel
Steven Barclay

DUCHESS/DUKE OF DOCUMENTARY:
Elizabeth Bernstein (you are the best-keep it up!)
Ford Roosevelt
Lianne Cospito
Rhonda Grossman
Kirsten Commons
Michael Singer
Joe Boyd
Earleen Overend & Wayne Palmer
Thomas Fleming
Dean Cappello
Dick Connette
Deborah Luster
Fumiko Takagi
Mike Kappus
Phil Kaufman
Nancy Penrod
Matthew & Janet Robbins
Meredithe Mendelsohn
Michael Butler
William Brooks
Sue Schardt
Tom Garrick & Patti Neighmond
Barbara Schatan & Richard Linzer
Lindy Narver
Robert Carrau
Geoffrey Dunn (In honor of Cor de Gavere)
Bonnie & Jerry Christensen
Michael Field
Doug Hamilton
John & Caitlin Deck
Peter Guralnick
Barry Poss
Alta Tingle
Diane Aubry
Tom & Leslie Fine
Katy Peiss
Betsy Buchalter Adler
Orville & Baifang Schell
Robert Levenson
Patricia Unterman
Ford Roosevelt
Patti Mulvihill
Stanley D Stevens
MM Pack
James Anderson
Flawn Williams
Peter Thompson
Wendy Weil
Adam Machado
Roderick Spencer
Jeremy Welsh
Pia Hinckle
Johanna Zorn
David Isay
Mary Cambruzzi
Rita Bottoms
Frish Brandt
Gail Silva
Stephen Thomas
Jamison York
Bruce Nicholson
Charles & Kim Eadie
William Siemering
Cathy Richards
Neal Connerty
Brad Evans
Car Talk
City Lights

GUARDIAN OF THE GROOVE:
Natalia Combs Greene (Mother, Thalma H. Combs)
Robert Lloyd
Stacy Yelton
Mary Casey
Georgie Kacandes
Scott Newman
Joan Depew (in honor of Nikki!)
Sarah Folger
Nancy Donald (In honor of all story tellers may their voices be heard)
Laura Folger
Jennifer Anderson
Robert Lloyd
Pamela Pacelli
Nancy MacLeod
Tammy L Hall
Roy & Gaynell Rogers
Linda Werner
Bradford & Joanne Fenner
Patricia Lawton
Joanna Haigood
DeAnne & Rich Hart
Eleanor Littman
Jo Miglino
Roland McIntosh
Jo Miglino
Bethany Pickard
Jamie Dunn
Liz Borges-Herzog
Donna McLoughlin
Rosemary Connors (in honor of Agnes Varda and Henri Langlois)
Kirsten Schilling
Nora Connors
Chris Simon (In honor of Les Blank’s birthday. And in honor of your excellent work!)
Holger Ort
Samuel Robinson
Eleanor Littman
Jennifer Kincaid
Leonora Holt (Sandy Holt)
Elizabeth Denlinger
Susan Rosen
Arlene Bernstein
Lawrence Weschler
Danielle Svetcov
Suzanne Pettigrew
Laura Sheppard
Dan Gleich & Pat Jackson
David Bergad & David Taylor
Marnie Crawford Samuelson
Klaus Heimburg
Hyun kyung Kim
Harry Bernstein
Virginia Aragon
Sarah Kramer
David Brundage
Brian Fielding
Athena Kyle
Phil Catalfo & Michelle Lerager
Joshua Hancock
Susan Futrell
Julie Shapiro
Kathleen J
Liz Borges-Herzog
Mary Taylor Simeti
Melanie Berzon
Jo Miglino
Chris Brancaccio

 

2017 DONORS

ANGELS OF THE AIRWAVES:
Susie & Mark Buell

PROTECTOR OF THE PODCAST:

Kaleta Doolin
Gigi Pritzker
Susan Sillins
Jeanne Meyers (Franklin Weinberg Fund)
Susie Franklin (Franklin Legacy Fund)
Susan Sillins (Buenas Obras Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund)

RADIO ROYALTY:
George and Suzanne Bull
Barbara & Howard Wollner
Carolyn Ferris
Patricia Dinner
Karen Roth in honor of Marlis Roth
Curtis Scribner
Louis DeMattei
Frederic Marienthal
Lee & Cristina Hudson
Sue Conley
George Ow
Gilbert Pilgram
Chris Strachwitz
Martha Ham
Richard & Suzanne Kayne
Douglas Lipton
Sue Struck

KEEPERS OF THE COLLECTIONS:
Paul Zaentz in honor of Bernie Zaentz
Kira Perov
Michael Tilson Thomas & Joshua Robison
Krystal Meisel
Margaret Smith
Karen Klein & Ben Golvin
Deborah & Jeff Roisman
Renee Montagne
Judith Belzer & Michael Pollan
George Newell
John & Nancy Cassidy
Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market

SULTANS OF STORY:
Muriel & Walter Murch
Carolyn Fank
Stanford Brown
Niloufer King
Randy Thom
Mara Brazer
Mike Kappus
Margery Simkin (In honor of Janice Simkin)
Krystal Meisel
Bonnie Raitt
Jean Johnson
Denny Abrams
Julia Sheehan & Errol Morris
Susan & Alan Goldstein
Stephen Singer
Sandra Geroux
John Lyons
Steve Sullivan
Valerie Velardi
Ann Hamilton
William Lockard
Alexandra Blair
Jennifer Morla
Patricia Levey in honor of Morgan Levey
Cathleen Summer
Jamie Anderson
Linda Wilshusen
Mark Danner
Robert Lloyd
Diane Craddock
Edgar James
Peggy Knickerbocker & Robert Fisher
Margo Blair
Marty Krasney
Joe Boyd
Charles & Honor Morehouse
Rowland & Patricia Rebele
George & Karen Rathman
Catherine Wagner & Loretta Gargan
Tom Thomas & Theresa Clifford
Alice Waters
Roman Coppola
Marlene Saritzky

DUCHESSES/DUKES OF DOCUMENTARY:
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Deborah Bastoni
Christopher Whitaker
Marc Hand
Lisa Lynch
Kathi Appelt
Margaret Bayless
Valerie Wright
Susan Andrews
Kirsten Commons
Molly Prentiss
Thomas P Fine
Megan Agosto (In honor of Gunner Agosto)
Patti Mulvihill
Tony Taccone
Jamie Lindsay
Mary Bennett & Chris Baer
Peter Guralnick
Wendy MacNaughton
Vendela Vida & Dave Eggers
Kathleen Stacy
William Brooks
Alta Tingle
Dayna Goldfine
Rhonda Grossman
Adam Machado (in honor of the living spirit of Archie Green)
Diane Baxter
Brian Fielding
Cathleen Summers (in honor of E A Summers)
Barbara Schatan
Moyra McAllister
Ellin O’Leary
Ange Crawford (in honor of Jennifer Anderson)
Stephen Thomas
Diane Hundley (in honor of Mary Franklin Harvin)
Barry Poss
Jonathan Baer
Alessandra Ghini
Elise Pepple
Joe Richman
Kerry Inman
Lynn Chauvin-Bezinque
Anahid Nazarian
Mary Margaret Pack (to all the librarians and historians who’ve helped and inspired me and so many othersR
ita Bottoms
Laura Welsh
Doug Hamilton
Ginny Aragon (in honor of Steven and Heather)
Gregory Freidin
Jo Aribas
Magnus Toren
Liz Parks
Kathryn Jessup
James LeBrecht
Brad Evans
Michael Butler
Earleen Overend & Wayne Palmer
Philip Kaufman
Betsy Buchaleter Adler
Patti Neighmond & Tom Garrick
Patricia Lawton
Ann Ramage
Kathy Peiss
Kelly Sultan
Greil & Jenny Marcus
Cathy Richards
Deborah Luster
Debra Jones
Libby Cater Halaby
Gail Skoff
Patricia Unterman
Danny Silver
Laura Sydell
Neal Coonerty
Ellen Chenoweth
Jacki Lyden
Diane Cooley
Rob Forbes
Jon & Nina Else
Nick Spitzer
Molly & Harrison Fraker
William Siemering

GUARDIANS OF THE GROOVE:
Michael Weber
Marie Vahue
Jeane Struck
Stacy Yelton (To my mother, Janet Lee Young-Yelton)
Kristin Jacobsen
Heather Martin
Amy Porter
Cathy Byrd (In honor of our Sonic Sisterhood!)
Georgia Kacandes
Bill Abbott
Danielle Svetcov
Robert Lloyd
Kevin Roe
Jo Miglino
Peggy Placier
Josie Ritter
Joan L Goff (to the truth)
Jamie Dunn
Poni Scofield (In honor of Friday Valentie, librarian, and friend extraordinaire!)
Samuel Robinson
Chris Simon (In honor of Les Blank)
Roland McIntosh
Pennington Ahlstrand (to celebrate the Society of California Archivists!)
Natalia Combs Greene (in honor of my mother, Thalma H. Combs)
Lori Miller
Luke Ifland
Brad Uffner
Christopher Dunford
Julie Sutter (In honor of Fifi Schneider, my first and favorite librarian)
Melissa Hozik (in honor of all the other librarians in the world!)
Gary Shapiro
Mary Cambruzzi
Patti Mulvihill
Arlene Bernstein
Howard Stein
Ronda Gomez-Quinones
Jacqueliine Cincottta
Lawrence Weschler
David & Susan Brundage & Susan Stuart
Linda Werner
Melinda Kent
Michelle Metz
Marla Miller
Sherry Brandt-Rauf
Kate Volkman Oakes
Bruni Burres
Marguerite Kenner
David Goren
Erika Lim
Michael Radetsky
Simon Thibault
Ginger McNally
Jeffrey Dvorkin
Natalia Combs Greene
Ellen Sebastian Chang (in honor of Rosetta Hicks, the mother of all stories)
Steven Manning
Susan Futrell
Sydney Lewis
Barbara Bedway
Johanna Zorn
Teresa Roberson
Carolyn Laffan
Maureen Gosling
Athena Kyle (in memory of Lou)
Craig Anderson
Meridithe Mendelsohn
David Bergad
Alison Labonte
David Katznelson & Barbara Bersche
Joanna Haigood
Josie Ritter
Barry Marshall
Joan Goff
Jamie Dunn
Jonnet & Peter Abeles
Leslie Ann Jones
Eleanor Littman
Connie Biewald (In honor of Bruce Biewald)
Nubar Alexanian
Barbara Christensen
Joan Depew (in honor of Mom Benn)
Melanie Berzon
Laurie Selik
Pia Hinckle
Adi Gevins & Mike Couzens
Chuck & Kathleen Hilger
Louise Rubacky
Mary Simeti
Darien Morea
Kelly Keegan
Daye Pope
Julie Sutter (In honor of Fifi Schneider, my first and favorite librarian)
Melissa Hozik (in honor of all the other librarians in the world)
Nikki Silva
Cynthia VanNess
Linda Gonzales
Jessica Goodman
Paul Larkin
Adriana DiFranco
Mary Kay Martin
Brad Uffner
Jennifer Anderson
Claudia Kis
Pat Jackson & Daniel Gleich
Lawrence Chew
Eleanor Littman
Stina Seaberg
Gary Patton
Lisa Bunker
Jo Miglino
Daniel Williams
Joan Goff

2016 DONORS

RAINMAKER:
Nion McEvoy  / The San Francisco Foundation DrumStick Fund

DREAM MAKER:
Doug Biederbeck
George & Sue Bull
Lois DeDomenico
Louis DeMattei
Carolyn Ferris
Linda Gruber
Martha Ham
Gerald Herman
Cristina & Robert Hudson
Dan Imhoff & Quincy Imhoff
Richard & Suzanne Kayne
Ellen Lewis
Doug Lipton & Cindy Daniel
Frederic Marienthal
Jeanne Meyers
George Ow & Gail Michaelis-Ow
Chris Strachwitz
Sue Struck
Patricia Swig Dinner
Paul Zaentz

PEACEMAKER:
Sue Conley
Lisa Falkson
Bonnie Fisher
Sandra Geroux
Judith Belzer& Michael Pollan
Renee Montagne
Kira Perov
Deborah & Jeff Roisman
Catherine Shaw
Margaret Smith
Michael Tilson Thomas & Joshua Robison
Catherine Wagner & Loretta Gargan
Karen Wickre

CIRCUIT BREAKER:
JoAnne Bauer
Margo Blair
Mara Brazer
Betsy Buchalter Adler
Dean Cappello
Morry Cater
Roman Coppola & Jennifer Furches Coppola
Jonathan Cuneo & Mara Liasson
Mark Danner
Steven Dinkelspiel
Susan Harmon & Richie Mayer
Edgar James
Niloufer & David King
Thomas Lockard & Alix Marduel
John Lyons
Craig McNamara
Jennifer Morla
Walter & Aggie Murch
George Newell
Gayle Ortiz
Rowland & Pat Rebele
Cathy Richards & Jack Bradley
Gail Skoff
Steve & Susan Sullivan
Randy Thom
Valerie Velardi
Alice Waters
Charlotte & David Winton

HIP SHAKER:
Denny Abrams
John & Jennifer Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Lee Hackeling & Craig Anderson
Diane Aubry
Diane Baxter
Maggie Bayless & Fred Hall
Mary Bennet & Chris Baer
Alexandra Blair
Rita Bottoms
Frish Brandt
Bruni Burres
Natalie Chanin
Ellen Chenoweth
Gerald & Bonnie Christensen
Susie Colliver
Kirsten Commons
Neal Coonerty
Noah Cowan
Diane Craddock
John & Caitlin Deck
Tom di Maria
Frances Dinkelspiel
Marina Drummer
Brian Fielding
Thomas & Leslie Fine
Laura Folger
Harrison & Molly Fraker
Greg & Christine Freeman
Pat & Dennis Fregger
Stuart Gasner
Dayna Goldfine
Peter Guralnick
Katie Hafner
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Dave Isay
Kathryn Jessup
Sharon Jones
Phil Kaufman
Tess Kenner
Peggy Knickerbocker & Robert Fisher
Robert Levenson
Bernardo Lopez
Deborah Luster
Ben Manilla
Meridith Mendelsohn
Jonathan Miller
Anahid Nazarian
Patti Neighmond & Thomas Garrick
Earleen Overend
Kathy Peiss
Barry Poss
Ziggy Rendler-Bregman
Joe Richman
Janet Robbins
Marlene Saritzky
Sue Schardt
Barbara Schatan
Orville Schell & Baifang Schell
William Siemering
Stephen Singer
Katherine Sultan
Cathleen Summers
Tony Taccone
Thomas Thomas & Theresa Clifford
Magnus Toren
Brenda Way
Linda Wilshusen

BREAD BAKER:
Nubar Alexanian
Ginny Aragon
David Bergad
Arlene Bernstein
Elizabeth Bernstein
Jessica Blair
Chris Brancaccio
David Brundage
Michael Butler
Phil Catalfo & Michelle Lerager
Natalia Combs Greene
William Dahlberg
Joan DePew
Mary T. Diorio
Jon & Nina Else
Mimi Everett
Sarah Folger
Adi Gevins
Susan Goldstein
Laurel Gonsalves
Dawn Gross
Diane Grunes
Joanna Haigood
Jacquelyn Hall
Josh Hancock
Rich & DeAnne Hart
Georgia Kacandes
Marguerite & Robby Kenner
Jonathan Kopp
Sarah Kramer
Robert Lloyd
Steven Manning
Kitty Margolis
Mary McGrath
Roland McIntosh
Roy McMillan
Johanna Mendelson Forman
Danny Miller
Gary Patton
Ted Savarese
Julie Shapiro
Gary Shapiro
Chris Simon
Shari Spiegel & Alan Berliner
Amy Tepel
Jane-Louise Terrington
Margo True
LaWanda Ultan
Kate Volkman
Jim & Carole Wallace
Jonathan Weinberg
Linda Werner
Katie Wright
Johanna Zorn


2015 DONORS

HEARTBREAKER
Susie & Mark Buell

RAINMAKER
Kaleta Doolin
Nion McEvoy

PEACEMAKER
Doug Biederbeck
George & Sue Bull
Lois DeDomenico
Carolyn Ferris
Linda Gruber
Martha Ham
Robert & Cristina Hudson
Frederic Marienthal
George Ow
Gilbert Pilgram
Gigi Pritzker
Chris Strachwitz
Susan Struck
Patricia Swig Dinner
Amy Tan & Louis De Mattei
Quincey Tompkins-Imhoff & Dan Imhoff
Karen Wickre
Barbara & Howard Wollner

HIP SHAKER
Judith Belzer & Michael Pollan
John & Nancy Cassidy
Shelby & Frederick Gans
Sandra Geroux
Susan Harmon & Richie Meyer
Doug Lipton
John Lyons
Renee Montagne
Kira Perov
Deb & Jeff Roisman
Karen Roth
Bruce Ryan
Peg Smith & Cheryl Dobbins
Roderick Spencer
Michael Tilson Thomas
Wendy Weil
Paul Zaentz

SALT SHAKER
Denny Abrams
Jad Abumrad
Acme Bread
Jamie Anderson
Joanne Bauer
Peter Becker
Karen Klein & Ben Golvin
Mary Bennett & Chris Baer
Margaret Blair
Beatrice Bowles
Mara Brazer
Betsy Buchalter Adler
Douglas Burnham
Cater Communications
Natalie Chanin
Roman Coppola
Jonathan Cuneo & Mara Liasson
Mark Danner
Frances Dinkelspiel
Rob Forbes
Katie Hafner
Marc Hand
Edgar James
William Lockard
Jennifer Morla & Nilus De Matran
Lindy Narver
George Newell
Gayle Ortiz
George & Karen Rathman
Rowland & Pat Rebele
Cathy Shaw
Kelly Sultan
Tony Taccone
Randy Thom
Charlotte & David Winton

MOONRAKER
Susan Andrews & Buddy Rhodes
Diane & Kim Aubry
Diane Baxter
Maggie Bayless
Barbara Beerstein
Doug Berman
Rita Bottoms
William Brooks
Bruni Burres
Beatrice & Brian Burwell
Michael Butler
Mary Cambruzzi
Bob Carrau
Andy & Nora Chapkis
Ellen Chenoweth
Bonnie & Gerald Christensen
Jacqueline Cincotta
Terry Clifford & Tom Thomas
Susie Coliver & Bob Herman
Kirsten Commons & Stephen Burt
Neal Coonerty
Diane Craddock
John Deck
Kate Ditzler & Stuart Gasner
Marina Drummer
Brad Evans
Denise Fiedler
Brian Fielding
Thomas Fine
Laura Folger
Ben Fong-Torres
Molly & Harrison Fraker
Greg & Christine Freeman
Dennis & Patricia Fregger
Laurie Garrett
Angelo Garro
Alessandra Ghini
Susan Goldstein
Rhonda Grossman
Angelo & Beverly Grova
Peter Guralnick
Libby Halaby
Jacquelyn Hall
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Ann Hatch
Janis Hirsch
Susan Hoffman & Brian Murphy
Dave Isay
Sharon Jones
Laura Karpman & Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Philip Kaufman
Diana Ketcham
Peggy Knickerbocker & Robert Fisher
Bob Levenson
Deborah Luster
Maggie McKay
Jonathan Miller
Muriel & Walter Murch
Patti Neighmond
Earleen Overend & Wayne Palmer
Kathy Peiss
Ruth Reichl
Jane Reynolds
Cathy Richards & Jack Bradley
Joe Richman
Janet & Matthew Robbins
Susan Rosen
Ted Savarese
Sue Schardt
Orville & Baifang Schell
Jake Shapiro
William Siemering
Stephen Singer
Nick Spitzer
Robert Stephens
Cathleen Summers & Patrick Crowley
Amy Tepel
Stephen Thomas
Magnus Toren
Valerie Velardi
Vendela Vida & Dave Eggers
Brenda Way
Laura Welsh
Jamison York
Johanna Zorn