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 backgrounds have 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. To learn more about the internship program click here.

Meet the Interns & Their Work

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.

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.

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.
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.
Stories Produced for the Kitchen Sisters
Deborah Luster: Tooth for an Eye

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.
Stories 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

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 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?

Stories Produced for the Kitchen Sisters
A War Bride’s Story
Kakenya’s Dream
Shadi Ghadirian
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.

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