About

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

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are the producers of two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project, the duPont-Columbia and James Beard Award-winning series, Hidden Kitchens on NPR’s Morning Edition and the NPR series The Hidden World of Girls {Girls and the Women They Become} hosted by Tina Fey. Their current NPR series, The Keepers — stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians — is heard on Morning Edition. The Keepers Specials, now airing on public radio stations nationwide, are hosted by Academy Award-winning actor Frances McDormand. Their Webby Award-winning podcast, The Kitchen Sisters Present… is part of the Radiotopia podcast network from PRX. Their first book, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes and More From NPR’s Kitchen Sisters was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.  The Kitchen Sisters were the recipient of the 2019 J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award from The Society of American Archivists and a lifetime achievement award from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.

The Kitchen Sisters have appeared live onstage in multimedia performances at TED, SXSW, Pop-Up Magazine, Prospect.4 in New Orleans in collaboration with Otabenga Jones & Associates, Radiotopia Live, Third Coast International Audio Festival, the Smithsonian, the High Line and more.

The Kitchen Sisters Podcasting, Interviewing & Recording Workshop travels the world training new and emerging voices and producers. They have run a dynamic internship and mentoring program since 1999 and have taught radio and documentary at The Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley and guest lectured at Harvard, Yale, Smith, USC, UCLA and at events around the country. Our 2020 projects include launching a new podcast and radio series about youth activists and visionaries around the world and the completion of our second book, Show the Girls the Snakes.

The Kitchen Sisters Productions, their nonprofit organization, is dedicated to creating documentaries that chronicle untold stories of culture and tradition, presenting little-known voices and perspectives, to keeping the airwaves vibrant, imaginative and democratic and to training young people and others with a passion to be involved in public media.

In addition to producing radio, Davia Nelson has been a casting director and screenwriter and does live interviews onstage for the Telluride Film Festival, City Arts and Lectures, the JCCSF and many other organizations. 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.

Nathan Dalton, Producer, began working with the Sisters in 2006. He is The Kitchen Sisters’ multimedia/video guru and go-to music guy. He spent much of his youth touring the country and playing music with a variety of bands, but these days can usually be found haunting the farmer’s markets and shuffling through the library stacks of Berkeley, CA, where he lives with his family.
Jim McKee, our kitchen brother, has been our sound designer and engineer for Lost & Found Sound, The Sonic Memorial Project, Hidden Kitchens, Hidden World of Girls and beyond. He is co-founder of Earwax Productions voted best sound design team in San Francisco.
Laura Folger, Associate Producer and Designer (Emeritus), began working with The Kitchen Sisters in 1999 at the beginning of Lost & Found Sound. As a longtime friend, she jumped on board to help launch the series and never looked back. She collaborates as a photographer and graphic designer for The Kitchen Sisters visual materials and online sites.

 

Board of Directors:
Mara Brazer
Claudia Ceniceros
Marc Hand
Cristina Hudson
Richard Hylton
Ellen Lewis
Frederic Marienthal
Davia Nelson
Nikki Silva
Marlene Saritzky
Carolyn Zecca-Ferris

The Kitchen Cabinet:
Jay Allison
Paul Auster
Joe Boyd
Eleanor Coppola
Andrei Codrescu
Mark Danner
Robert Fisher
Susie Franklin
Angelo Garro
Sandra Wong Geroux
David Giovannoni
Peter Guralnick
David Isay
Phil Kaufman
Cindi King
Robert Krulwich
Tom Luddy
Michael Ondaatje
Anne Pasternak
Bonnie Raitt
Joshua Robison
Ellen Sebastian Chang
Susan Sillins
Chris Strachwitz
Michael Tilson Thomas
Alice Waters
Barbara Wollner
Howard Wollner

 

Contact us:
The Kitchen Sisters
916 Kearny
San Francisco, CA 94133
kitchen [at] kitchensisters [dot] org

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