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The Kitchen Sisters Present Episode #70 – The Egg Wars

The Kitchen Sisters Present Episode #70 – The Egg Wars

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A hidden Gold Rush kitchen when food was scarce and men died for eggs… We travel out to the forbidding Farallon Islands, 27 miles outside San Francisco’s Golden Gate, home to the largest seabird colony in the United States, where in the 1850s egg hunters gathered over 3 million eggs, nearly stripping the island bare, to feed the ever-growing migration of newcomers lured by the Gold Rush.

Today The Farallons are off limits to the public. Only a handful of scientists are allowed on the island at a time – it’s a sanctuary – the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

When we began working on The Egg Wars we were given permission to go out to the Farallones on one of the supply runs that heads to the islands two times a month. Senior Scientist Russ Bradley takes us out on the jagged granite cliffs to contemplate the murres, and into the 1870s lighthouse where the scientists live, isolated, for months at a time.

Special thanks to Point Blue Conservation; The Farallon National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

And many thanks to:
Russ Bradley, Senior Scientist, Farallon Program Manager, Point Blue Conservation
Doug Cordel, the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Eva Chrysanthe, graphic illustrator
Roger Cunningham, Skipper of the Selkie
Keith Hansen, graphic illustrator
Gary Kamiya, author of Cool Gray City of Love
Gerry McChesney, US Fish & Wildlife Service
Melissa Pitkin, Point Blue Conservation
Peter Pyle, Marine Biologist and Ornithologist, Institute for Bird Populations
Mary Jane Schramm, Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Peter White, author of The Farallon Island: Sentinels of The Golden Gate
Pete Warzybok, Farallon Program Biologist, Point Blue Conservation

Support for this story comes from The National Endowment for the Humanities and The National Endowment for the Arts — Art Works.

Can’t Talk, Gotta Run: 10 Women Who Could Flip the Senate

Can’t Talk, Gotta Run: 10 Women Who Could Flip the Senate

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One recent evening we were invited to dinner at a friend’s house. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow was at the table as well. She asked about the The Kitchen Sisters and we told her about some of our radio work — Fugitive Waves, Hidden Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls…

“The Hidden World of Girls?” she said, and proceeded to tell us about 10 trailblazing women who are running for the US Senate, women who could make some history. Our intern Zoe Kurland and colleague Brandi Howell heard Senator Stabenow’s story and created these portraits of the candidates.

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Senator Stabenow:

“When we look at this group of women running for the US Senate in 2016 we have the potential of adding Asian-Americans, Latina and African-American perspectives through electing these women.

“Catherine Cortez Masto, running for Harry Reid’s seat in Nevada, would be the first Latina in the US Senate, should she win. Ann Kirkpatrick, running against John McCain in Arizona. In Iowa, Patty Judge is running against Senator Chuck Grassley. Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth from Illinois is of Thai descent who served in the US Department of Veteran Affairs and was a helicopter pilot during the war in Iraq who lost both legs and an arm in the war. Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire, Deborah Ross in North Carolina, Patty Murray in Washington, Katie McGinty in Pennsylvania, and in California, State Attorney General Kamala Harris and Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez are both running for Barbara Boxer’s seat. 

“More women in the Senate creates a richness of perspective and experiences that is invaluable in a democracy and will have impact for decades to come.”

The Candidates:

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