The Keepers

The Keepers: a new Kitchen Sisters series on NPR’s Morning Edition and The Kitchen Sisters Present… podcast

The Kitchen Sisters are embarking on a new NPR and podcast series, The Keepers — stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Keepers of the culture and the cultures and collections they keep. Guardians of history, large and small, protectors of the free flow of information and ideas, eccentric individuals who take it upon themselves to preserve some part of our cultural heritage.

Keeper of the Day / A Call for Collaboration

The Kitchen Sisters invite you to create The Keepers with us. Along with the NPR stories and podcast, the project includes a year-long daily feature called Keeper of the Day—short stories and imagery for social media and the web highlighting groundbreaking archivists, community keepers and passionate collectors through photographs, graphics, short videos, recordings, powerful quotes and vignettes. #KeeperoftheDay will draw on a vast array of intriguing archiving communities, large and small, across the globe.

Tell us. What do you keep? And why? Who are keepers we need to know about? Who is protecting, collecting and preserving in your world? We’re looking for stories, images, ideas and recordings.

Call us on The Keeper Hotline: 415-496-9049 / Reach out to us on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook / Or send us an email using the form below:


Mystery photograph attributed to M. Peterka ca. 1940. Perhaps from the Giant Library of Prague Castle.

Keeper of the Day

Keeper #1: The Free-Range Archivist: Jason Scott

Press about The Keepers

How podcasts are being used by journalists and how they are changing journalism from the Los Angeles Times

Davia Nelson And Roman Mars On Podcasting, ‘Radiotopia Live’ on WABE

The Keepers: Davia Nelson talks about The Kitchen Sisters’ ambitious new series on KALW

The Council of Keepers

The Kitchen Sisters are not on NPR’s payroll. All our stories are self-supported and done in collaboration with and support of our community of listeners, The Kitchen Sisterhood. If you believe in the power of keeping, and truth and freedom of information that is the heart of what this series is about, we would so appreciate your support. We can’t do it without you.

A generous group of donors, The Council of Keepers—Susan Sillins, Susie Franklin, Barbara & Howard Wollner—have given this project substantial financial support. If you’d like to make a significant financial contribution and join our Council of Keepers, donate here.

This new series promises to be one of our most timely and powerful — a series of truth-seeking, richly layered, lushly produced stories that you, our community, make possible. We ask for your support for this new, compelling collection of stories and invite your tips and suggestions for who and what needs chronicling (use the form below or contact us on Twitter or Facebook).

Please make a tax-deductible contribution to The Kitchen Sisters Productions today.

Thank you for supporting the stories.