The Kitchen Sisters Live: Speaking, Keynotes, Presentations, Workshops

The Kitchen Sisters are available for speaking engagements and recording workshops

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Beyond their Peabody Award-winning radio stories and their Webby Award-winning podcast, The Kitchen Sisters are known for their multimedia onstage events and their highly customized keynote speeches with a lively blend of speaking, radio, visuals and audience interaction. They also conduct onstage interviews and teach popular acclaimed workshops. Soulful and original, The Kitchen Sisters presentations resonate and engage with audiences worldwide.

Some of their Talk & Presentation topics include:
+ The Power of Storytelling by NPR’s Kitchen Sisters
+ A Night of Podcasts, Radio & More from NPR’s Kitchen Sisters
+ Building Community Through Storytelling
+ Powerful Narratives, Powerful Brands: Using Storytelling to Create Community & Connection
+ Hidden Histories: Women’s History and Oral History
+ Collaboration is King (or in our case Queen)
+ How to Tell Great Stories and Grow Your Business
+ Hidden Kitchens: The Transformative Power of Food
+ The Hidden World of Girls {Girls and the Women They Become}
+ Lost and Found Sound: Stories of Lost Recordings, Vanishing Voices and People Possessed by Sound
+ The Art of Storytelling: The Power & Magic of Podcasting, Radio, and Oral History

Other Kitchen Sisters topics and key words: podcasting, food, sound, girls, kitchens, community, storytelling, creative collaboration, women’s history, oral history, documentaries

Some of our previous onstage presentations include: TED, The Moth, South by Southwest, Pop-Up Magazine, Google, Podcast Movement, The Smithsonian, SFMOMA, Hammer Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, Prospect.4 New Orleans: Levee Stream, Tanner Talk: National Endowment for the Humanities, Third Coast International Audio Festival, Pixar, The Southern Foodways Alliance, The High Line, The Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, Aspen Institute Society of Fellows with Prospect.4, Maker Faire, Megapolis, Camp Bacon, In the Dark, TFI Interactive at Tribeca Film Festival, WERK IT: Women’s Podcasting Summit 

Business Keynote Addresses: The Hartman Group, ACT: Anthropology, Culture, Trends, Kaiser-Permanente Union Coalition Leadership Academy,  Zingerman’s Zingtrain, WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association) Conference, PRPD (Public Radio Program Director’s Conference), PRC (Public Radio Conference), WOW: Women of the World, Association of Personal Historians, Dallas Women’s Club,  and many more…

University Talks & Presentations: Harvard University: Radiotopia Podcast Show; Stanford University: annual presentation to The Knight Fellows, 2012 – 2018; Yale University: Yale Sustainable Schoolyard & Agrarian Studies Colloquium; Smith College, Julia Child Day KeynoteUC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (4 years of teaching there plus numerous onstage events); UCLA, Peter Sellar’s Art as Social Action, Class Speakers; San Francisco State University: Dept of  Anthropology; NYU’s Public Forum on Storytelling; UC Santa Cruz Social Documentary Department & Porter College Commencement Address, and many more…

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Davia also does onstage interviews with featured speakers at a variety of venues including City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco, The Telluride Film Festival, The Berlinale Film Festival, The JCCSF and many others.

Some of the people she has been in conversation with onstage include: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tilda Swinton, Joel Coen, JR, Alice Waters, Wim Wenders, Harrison Ford, Alice Waters, Ira Glass, Michael Ondaatje, Michael Pollan, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida, Salman Rushdie, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Ruth Reichl, Ina Garten, Russell Banks, Colin Firth, Nicholas Cage, Julian Schabel, Paolo Larrain, Gia Coppola, Viggo Mortenson, Billy Crudup, Mimi Chakarova, Jose Andres, Ina Garten, Eric Ripert, David Tanis, Sue Conley & Peggy Smith (Cowgirl Creamery), Samin Nosrat & Wendy MacNaughton,


The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop

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We hold workshops at our studio in Francis Ford Coppola’s historic Zoetrope Building in San Francisco and have taken the workshop across the nation and around the world: WNYC New York, WWOZ New Orleans, KCRW, Santa Monica, Marfa Public Radio, KUT Austin, Heritage Radio Network in Brooklyn, Utah Public Radio. at KUOW, KZSC and KQED, San Francisco and coming up in collaboration with PRX at The Podcast Garage in Cambridge. We have also presented The Kitchen Sisters Workshop in Moscow, London, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Dublin.

The workshop is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects — radio, podcasts, online stories, storytelling, oral histories, audio slideshows, family histories, news, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

We cover interviewing and miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, editing techniques, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, and how to listen (which is harder than it looks) We also talk podcasting. Serious talk about getting your podcast going and giving it a real sound.

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, beer brewing, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, film, cheese-making and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.


Are you interested in The Kitchen Sisters doing a presentation or workshop for your organization?
Contact us at kitchen [at] kitchensisters [dot] org or (415) 788-0290