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Agnès Varda at home in Paris where we interviewed her for the story, Archive Fever

Agnès Varda at home in Paris where we interviewed her for the story, Archive Fever

 

“Collaboration is the only way forward…” — Terry Tempest Williams

Dear Friends,

Here’s to moving things forward. As the year turns we thank you for your collaboration with The Kitchen Sisters—your ideas, stories, spirit and support. We combat the chaos of these times with collaboration and story. “Spirit in the dark,” Aretha Franklin called it.

This past year we have been in collaboration with hundreds of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians for our NPR/podcast series, The Keepers. We have been struck by the efforts of these committed communities who take it upon themselves to protect the free flow of information and ideas, who stand up for facts, who work to preserve our nation’s cultural and natural heritage and keep our civil society vibrant and democratic.

Many new collaborations ahead in 2019. The astounding Frances McDormand will host our new Keepers Radio and Podcast special. We’re also dreaming up a new radio/podcast project with KCRW and Dave Eggers and his literacy projects. New Keepers stories in collaboration with Laurie Anderson, Wendy MacNaughton, Rick & Megan Prelinger, the Tribal Archivist of the Oglala Lakota nation and more are also in store. As are projects with SFMOMA, the Goethe-Institut in Berlin, FRUTO: Food Dialogues in Brazil, Slow Food Nations in Denver and with our podcast collective, Radiotopia.

Keeper of the Day — We hope you’re enjoying our new year-long series of daily social media stories on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter, #KeeperoftheDay, sort of like baseball cards. #1000BlackGirlBooks — the project of an 11-year old girl, a self-styled librarian who launched a drive for books with black girls as the main characters; the political and musical archive of Radio Haiti; Mt. Everest’s Unofficial Archivist and hundreds more to come. Political stories, heartbreaking stories, lyrical, tender and eccentric stories. Stories of leadership and vision.

No story is a lone effort. Our collaboration with you is essential to bringing this work into the world. We are independent producers, not on NPR’s payroll. We raise all our own funds. Well over half of our budget comes from you, our community. We thank you for your tax-deductible contribution that keeps the stories and the mentoring moving.

Thank you for seeding the stories. Thank you for your soul-sustaining support. We wish you and your families well in the New Year.

Forward ever,

Davia & Nikki
The Kitchen Sisters

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 Listener-Contributions 
 

 

RADIO ANGELS:
Susie & Mark Buell
Leonard Nelson

2018 DONORS

PROTECTORS OF THE PODCAST:
Stephen Silberstein

RADIO ROYALTY:
Sentinel Corporation
Frederic Harry Marienthal III
Curtis Scribner

KEEPERS OF THE COLLECTION:
Ann Hatch
Kira Perov
Sandra Wong Geroux (In honor of Sadie Gouviea, a gracious lady to the end)
Marc Hand

SULTAN OF STORY:
Bonnie Raitt
Charles & Honor Morehouse
Vendela Vida & Dave Eggers
Cathleen Summers
Nilus de Matran
Molly Prentiss (Mothers and godmothers everywhere)

DUCHESS/DUKE OF DOCUMENTARY:
Elizabeth Bernstein (you are the best-keep it up!)
Ford Roosevelt
Lianne Cospito
Rhonda Grossman
Kirsten Commons
Michael Singer
Joe Boyd
Earleen Overend & Wayne Palmer
Thomas Fleming
Dean Cappello
Dick Connette
Deborah Luster

GUARDIAN OF THE GROOVE:
Natalia Combs Greene (Mother, Thalma H. Combs)
Robert Lloyd
Stacy Yelton
Mary Casey
Georgie Kacandes
Scott Newman
Joan Depew (in honor of Nikki!)
Sarah Folger
Nancy Donald (In honor of all story tellers may their voices be heard)
Laura Folger
Eleanor Littman
Jo Miglino
Roland McIntosh
Jo Miglino
Bethany Pickard
Jamie Dunn
Liz Borges-Herzog
Donna McLoughlin
Rosemary Connors (in honor of Agnes Varda and Henri Langlois)
Kirsten Schilling
Nora Connors
Chris Simon (In honor of Les Blank’s birthday. And in honor of your excellent work!)
Holger Ort
Jennifer Anderson
Robert Lloyd
Pamela Pacelli
Natalia Combs Greene
Nancy MacLeod
Tammy L Hall
Samuel Robinson
Eleanor Littman
Jennifer Kincaid
Leonora Holt (Sandy Holt)
Elizabeth Denlinger

 

2017 DONORS

ANGELS OF THE AIRWAVES:
Susie & Mark Buell

PROTECTOR OF THE PODCAST:

Kaleta Doolin
Gigi Pritzker
Susan Sillins
Jeanne Meyers (Franklin Weinberg Fund)
Susie Franklin (Franklin Legacy Fund)
Susan Sillins (Buenas Obras Fund of the Jewish Communal Fund)

RADIO ROYALTY:
George and Suzanne Bull
Barbara & Howard Wollner
Carolyn Ferris
Patricia Dinner
Karen Roth in honor of Marlis Roth
Curtis Scribner
Louis DeMattei
Frederic Marienthal
Lee & Cristina Hudson
Sue Conley
George Ow
Gilbert Pilgram
Chris Strachwitz
Martha Ham
Richard & Suzanne Kayne
Douglas Lipton
Sue Struck

KEEPERS OF THE COLLECTIONS:
Paul Zaentz in honor of Bernie Zaentz
Kira Perov
Michael Tilson Thomas & Joshua Robison
Krystal Meisel
Margaret Smith
Karen Klein & Ben Golvin
Deborah & Jeff Roisman
Renee Montagne
Judith Belzer & Michael Pollan
George Newell
John & Nancy Cassidy
Monterey Bay Certified Farmers Market

SULTANS OF STORY:
Muriel & Walter Murch
Carolyn Fank
Stanford Brown
Niloufer King
Randy Thom
Mara Brazer
Mike Kappus
Margery Simkin (In honor of Janice Simkin)
Krystal Meisel
Bonnie Raitt
Jean Johnson
Denny Abrams
Julia Sheehan & Errol Morris
Susan & Alan Goldstein
Stephen Singer
Sandra Geroux
John Lyons
Steve Sullivan
Valerie Velardi
Ann Hamilton
William Lockard
Alexandra Blair
Jennifer Morla
Patricia Levey in honor of Morgan Levey
Cathleen Summer
Jamie Anderson
Linda Wilshusen
Mark Danner
Robert Lloyd
Diane Craddock
Edgar James
Peggy Knickerbocker & Robert Fisher
Margo Blair
Marty Krasney
Joe Boyd
Charles & Honor Morehouse
Rowland & Patricia Rebele
George & Karen Rathman
Catherine Wagner & Loretta Gargan
Tom Thomas & Theresa Clifford
Alice Waters
Roman Coppola
Marlene Saritzky

DUCHESSES/DUKES OF DOCUMENTARY:
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Deborah Bastoni
Christopher Whitaker
Marc Hand
Lisa Lynch
Kathi Appelt
Margaret Bayless
Valerie Wright
Susan Andrews
Kirsten Commons
Molly Prentiss
Thomas P Fine
Megan Agosto (In honor of Gunner Agosto)
Patti Mulvihill
Tony Taccone
Jamie Lindsay
Mary Bennett & Chris Baer
Peter Guralnick
Wendy MacNaughton
Vendela Vida & Dave Eggers
Kathleen Stacy
William Brooks
Alta Tingle
Dayna Goldfine
Rhonda Grossman
Adam Machado (in honor of the living spirit of Archie Green)
Diane Baxter
Brian Fielding
Cathleen Summers (in honor of E A Summers)
Barbara Schatan
Moyra McAllister
Ellin O’Leary
Ange Crawford (in honor of Jennifer Anderson)
Stephen Thomas
Diane Hundley (in honor of Mary Franklin Harvin)
Barry Poss
Jonathan Baer
Alessandra Ghini
Elise Pepple
Joe Richman
Kerry Inman
Lynn Chauvin-Bezinque
Anahid Nazarian
Mary Margaret Pack (to all the librarians and historians who’ve helped and inspired me and so many othersR
ita Bottoms
Laura Welsh
Doug Hamilton
Ginny Aragon (in honor of Steven and Heather)
Gregory Freidin
Jo Aribas
Magnus Toren
Liz Parks
Kathryn Jessup
James LeBrecht
Brad Evans
Michael Butler
Earleen Overend & Wayne Palmer
Philip Kaufman
Betsy Buchaleter Adler
Patti Neighmond & Tom Garrick
Patricia Lawton
Ann Ramage
Kathy Peiss
Kelly Sultan
Greil & Jenny Marcus
Cathy Richards
Deborah Luster
Debra Jones
Libby Cater Halaby
Gail Skoff
Patricia Unterman
Danny Silver
Laura Sydell
Neal Coonerty
Ellen Chenoweth
Jacki Lyden
Diane Cooley
Rob Forbes
Jon & Nina Else
Nick Spitzer
Molly & Harrison Fraker
William Siemering

GUARDIANS OF THE GROOVE:
Michael Weber
Marie Vahue
Jeane Struck
Stacy Yelton (To my mother, Janet Lee Young-Yelton)
Kristin Jacobsen
Heather Martin
Amy Porter
Cathy Byrd (In honor of our Sonic Sisterhood!)
Georgia Kacandes
Bill Abbott
Danielle Svetcov
Robert Lloyd
Kevin Roe
Jo Miglino
Peggy Placier
Josie Ritter
Joan L Goff (to the truth)
Jamie Dunn
Poni Scofield (In honor of Friday Valentie, librarian, and friend extraordinaire!)
Samuel Robinson
Chris Simon (In honor of Les Blank)
Roland McIntosh
Pennington Ahlstrand (to celebrate the Society of California Archivists!)
Natalia Combs Greene (in honor of my mother, Thalma H. Combs)
Lori Miller
Luke Ifland
Brad Uffner
Christopher Dunford
Julie Sutter (In honor of Fifi Schneider, my first and favorite librarian)
Melissa Hozik (in honor of all the other librarians in the world!)
Gary Shapiro
Mary Cambruzzi
Patti Mulvihill
Arlene Bernstein
Howard Stein
Ronda Gomez-Quinones
Jacqueliine Cincottta
Lawrence Weschler
David & Susan Brundage & Susan Stuart
Linda Werner
Melinda Kent
Michelle Metz
Marla Miller
Sherry Brandt-Rauf
Kate Volkman Oakes
Bruni Burres
Marguerite Kenner
David Goren
Erika Lim
Michael Radetsky
Simon Thibault
Ginger McNally
Jeffrey Dvorkin
Natalia Combs Greene
Ellen Sebastian Chang (in honor of Rosetta Hicks, the mother of all stories)
Steven Manning
Susan Futrell
Sydney Lewis
Barbara Bedway
Johanna Zorn
Teresa Roberson
Carolyn Laffan
Maureen Gosling
Athena Kyle (in memory of Lou)
Craig Anderson
Meridithe Mendelsohn
David Bergad
Alison Labonte
David Katznelson & Barbara Bersche
Joanna Haigood
Josie Ritter
Barry Marshall
Joan Goff
Jamie Dunn
Jonnet & Peter Abeles
Leslie Ann Jones
Eleanor Littman
Connie Biewald (In honor of Bruce Biewald)
Nubar Alexanian
Barbara Christensen
Joan Depew (in honor of Mom Benn)
Melanie Berzon
Laurie Selik
Pia Hinckle
Adi Gevins & Mike Couzens
Chuck & Kathleen Hilger
Louise Rubacky
Mary Simeti
Darien Morea
Kelly Keegan
Daye Pope
Julie Sutter (In honor of Fifi Schneider, my first and favorite librarian)
Melissa Hozik (in honor of all the other librarians in the world)
Nikki Silva
Cynthia VanNess
Linda Gonzales
Jessica Goodman
Paul Larkin
Adriana DiFranco
Mary Kay Martin
Brad Uffner
Jennifer Anderson
Claudia Kis
Pat Jackson & Daniel Gleich
Lawrence Chew
Eleanor Littman
Stina Seaberg
Gary Patton
Lisa Bunker
Jo Miglino
Daniel Williams
Joan Goff

2016 DONORS

RAINMAKER:
Nion McEvoy  / The San Francisco Foundation DrumStick Fund

DREAM MAKER:
Doug Biederbeck
George & Sue Bull
Lois DeDomenico
Louis DeMattei
Carolyn Ferris
Linda Gruber
Martha Ham
Gerald Herman
Cristina & Robert Hudson
Dan Imhoff & Quincy Imhoff
Richard & Suzanne Kayne
Ellen Lewis
Doug Lipton & Cindy Daniel
Frederic Marienthal
Jeanne Meyers
George Ow & Gail Michaelis-Ow
Chris Strachwitz
Sue Struck
Patricia Swig Dinner
Paul Zaentz

PEACEMAKER:
Sue Conley
Lisa Falkson
Bonnie Fisher
Sandra Geroux
Judith Belzer& Michael Pollan
Renee Montagne
Kira Perov
Deborah & Jeff Roisman
Catherine Shaw
Margaret Smith
Michael Tilson Thomas & Joshua Robison
Catherine Wagner & Loretta Gargan
Karen Wickre

CIRCUIT BREAKER:
JoAnne Bauer
Margo Blair
Mara Brazer
Betsy Buchalter Adler
Dean Cappello
Morry Cater
Roman Coppola & Jennifer Furches Coppola
Jonathan Cuneo & Mara Liasson
Mark Danner
Steven Dinkelspiel
Susan Harmon & Richie Mayer
Edgar James
Niloufer & David King
Thomas Lockard & Alix Marduel
John Lyons
Craig McNamara
Jennifer Morla
Walter & Aggie Murch
George Newell
Gayle Ortiz
Rowland & Pat Rebele
Cathy Richards & Jack Bradley
Gail Skoff
Steve & Susan Sullivan
Randy Thom
Valerie Velardi
Alice Waters
Charlotte & David Winton

HIP SHAKER:
Denny Abrams
John & Jennifer Anderson
Jamie Anderson
Lee Hackeling & Craig Anderson
Diane Aubry
Diane Baxter
Maggie Bayless & Fred Hall
Mary Bennet & Chris Baer
Alexandra Blair
Rita Bottoms
Frish Brandt
Bruni Burres
Natalie Chanin
Ellen Chenoweth
Gerald & Bonnie Christensen
Susie Colliver
Kirsten Commons
Neal Coonerty
Noah Cowan
Diane Craddock
John & Caitlin Deck
Tom di Maria
Frances Dinkelspiel
Marina Drummer
Brian Fielding
Thomas & Leslie Fine
Laura Folger
Harrison & Molly Fraker
Greg & Christine Freeman
Pat & Dennis Fregger
Stuart Gasner
Dayna Goldfine
Peter Guralnick
Katie Hafner
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Dave Isay
Kathryn Jessup
Sharon Jones
Phil Kaufman
Tess Kenner
Peggy Knickerbocker & Robert Fisher
Robert Levenson
Bernardo Lopez
Deborah Luster
Ben Manilla
Meridith Mendelsohn
Jonathan Miller
Anahid Nazarian
Patti Neighmond & Thomas Garrick
Earleen Overend
Kathy Peiss
Barry Poss
Ziggy Rendler-Bregman
Joe Richman
Janet Robbins
Marlene Saritzky
Sue Schardt
Barbara Schatan
Orville Schell & Baifang Schell
William Siemering
Stephen Singer
Katherine Sultan
Cathleen Summers
Tony Taccone
Thomas Thomas & Theresa Clifford
Magnus Toren
Brenda Way
Linda Wilshusen

BREAD BAKER:
Nubar Alexanian
Ginny Aragon
David Bergad
Arlene Bernstein
Elizabeth Bernstein
Jessica Blair
Chris Brancaccio
David Brundage
Michael Butler
Phil Catalfo & Michelle Lerager
Natalia Combs Greene
William Dahlberg
Joan DePew
Mary T. Diorio
Jon & Nina Else
Mimi Everett
Sarah Folger
Adi Gevins
Susan Goldstein
Laurel Gonsalves
Dawn Gross
Diane Grunes
Joanna Haigood
Jacquelyn Hall
Josh Hancock
Rich & DeAnne Hart
Georgia Kacandes
Marguerite & Robby Kenner
Jonathan Kopp
Sarah Kramer
Robert Lloyd
Steven Manning
Kitty Margolis
Mary McGrath
Roland McIntosh
Roy McMillan
Johanna Mendelson Forman
Danny Miller
Gary Patton
Ted Savarese
Julie Shapiro
Gary Shapiro
Chris Simon
Shari Spiegel & Alan Berliner
Amy Tepel
Jane-Louise Terrington
Margo True
LaWanda Ultan
Kate Volkman
Jim & Carole Wallace
Jonathan Weinberg
Linda Werner
Katie Wright
Johanna Zorn


2015 DONORS

HEARTBREAKER
Susie & Mark Buell

RAINMAKER
Kaleta Doolin
Nion McEvoy

PEACEMAKER
Doug Biederbeck
George & Sue Bull
Lois DeDomenico
Carolyn Ferris
Linda Gruber
Martha Ham
Robert & Cristina Hudson
Frederic Marienthal
George Ow
Gilbert Pilgram
Gigi Pritzker
Chris Strachwitz
Susan Struck
Patricia Swig Dinner
Amy Tan & Louis De Mattei
Quincey Tompkins-Imhoff & Dan Imhoff
Karen Wickre
Barbara & Howard Wollner

HIP SHAKER
Judith Belzer & Michael Pollan
John & Nancy Cassidy
Shelby & Frederick Gans
Sandra Geroux
Susan Harmon & Richie Meyer
Doug Lipton
John Lyons
Renee Montagne
Kira Perov
Deb & Jeff Roisman
Karen Roth
Bruce Ryan
Peg Smith & Cheryl Dobbins
Roderick Spencer
Michael Tilson Thomas
Wendy Weil
Paul Zaentz

SALT SHAKER
Denny Abrams
Jad Abumrad
Acme Bread
Jamie Anderson
Joanne Bauer
Peter Becker
Karen Klein & Ben Golvin
Mary Bennett & Chris Baer
Margaret Blair
Beatrice Bowles
Mara Brazer
Betsy Buchalter Adler
Douglas Burnham
Cater Communications
Natalie Chanin
Roman Coppola
Jonathan Cuneo & Mara Liasson
Mark Danner
Frances Dinkelspiel
Rob Forbes
Katie Hafner
Marc Hand
Edgar James
William Lockard
Jennifer Morla & Nilus De Matran
Lindy Narver
George Newell
Gayle Ortiz
George & Karen Rathman
Rowland & Pat Rebele
Cathy Shaw
Kelly Sultan
Tony Taccone
Randy Thom
Charlotte & David Winton

MOONRAKER
Susan Andrews & Buddy Rhodes
Diane & Kim Aubry
Diane Baxter
Maggie Bayless
Barbara Beerstein
Doug Berman
Rita Bottoms
William Brooks
Bruni Burres
Beatrice & Brian Burwell
Michael Butler
Mary Cambruzzi
Bob Carrau
Andy & Nora Chapkis
Ellen Chenoweth
Bonnie & Gerald Christensen
Jacqueline Cincotta
Terry Clifford & Tom Thomas
Susie Coliver & Bob Herman
Kirsten Commons & Stephen Burt
Neal Coonerty
Diane Craddock
John Deck
Kate Ditzler & Stuart Gasner
Marina Drummer
Brad Evans
Denise Fiedler
Brian Fielding
Thomas Fine
Laura Folger
Ben Fong-Torres
Molly & Harrison Fraker
Greg & Christine Freeman
Dennis & Patricia Fregger
Laurie Garrett
Angelo Garro
Alessandra Ghini
Susan Goldstein
Rhonda Grossman
Angelo & Beverly Grova
Peter Guralnick
Libby Halaby
Jacquelyn Hall
Daniel Handler & Lisa Brown
Ann Hatch
Janis Hirsch
Susan Hoffman & Brian Murphy
Dave Isay
Sharon Jones
Laura Karpman & Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum
Philip Kaufman
Diana Ketcham
Peggy Knickerbocker & Robert Fisher
Bob Levenson
Deborah Luster
Maggie McKay
Jonathan Miller
Muriel & Walter Murch
Patti Neighmond
Earleen Overend & Wayne Palmer
Kathy Peiss
Ruth Reichl
Jane Reynolds
Cathy Richards & Jack Bradley
Joe Richman
Janet & Matthew Robbins
Susan Rosen
Ted Savarese
Sue Schardt
Orville & Baifang Schell
Jake Shapiro
William Siemering
Stephen Singer
Nick Spitzer
Robert Stephens
Cathleen Summers & Patrick Crowley
Amy Tepel
Stephen Thomas
Magnus Toren
Valerie Velardi
Vendela Vida & Dave Eggers
Brenda Way
Laura Welsh
Jamison York
Johanna Zorn