The Keepers: Archiving the Now — a new hour-long special from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winner Frances McDormand. Stories of can-do people. Must-do people. Get-it-done people. People who are grappling with the now, with where we are and where we’ve got to get to. As the world we all knew unravels and communities begin to re-shape themselves The Kitchen Sisters have been gleaning, looking for those who have something to offer during these uncharted times. People who rebuild, restore, reinvent. Like Gert McMullin, one of the first people to put a stitch on the AIDS Memorial Quilt, who is now sewing masks for healthcare workers fighting Covid, using leftover fabric from the quilt. The Climate Underground, former Vice President Al Gore and food activist Alice Waters convene a gathering of farmers, scientists, soil visionaries, chefs, students, activists and policymakers on Al Gore’s farm in Tennessee contemplating the role of soil, food and regenerative agriculture in combatting the climate crisis. Youth on Fire: The International Congress of Youth Voices, founded by writer Dave Eggers — 137 youth activists from 37 countries coming together to form a global network of young visionaries. Louis Jones: Detroit Field Archivist, who has been building and caring for the largest labor archive in North America. And host Frances McDormand speaks of her new film, Nomadland, about the new nomads — itinerant workers living in DIY vans, moving across America. Striking stories of grit, hope and possibility.
Frances McDormand, the Academy, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress, hosts The Keepers: Archiving the Now, a new radio special from The Kitchen Sisters. McDormand, whose new film Nomadland received the top prize at the Venice Film Festival, has received two Best Actress Academy Awards for her performances in Fargo and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and was a Producer of the Emmy Award-winning HBO mini-series, Olive Kitteridge for which she received an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress. Frances has appeared in some six Coen Brothers films as well as the films of Wes Anderson, Cameron Crowe, Lisa Cholodenko among others. This is Frances’ fifth collaboration with The Kitchen Sisters.
Funding for The Keepers: Archiving the Now comes from PRX, the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Council for the Humanities CA CARES Grant, and Listener Contributions to The Kitchen Sisters Productions.