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The Kitchen Sisters Present

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United States

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PRX

Radiotopia

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The Kitchen Sisters Present… Stories from the b-side of history. Lost recordings, hidden worlds, people possessed by a sound, a vision, a mission. The episodes tell deeply layered stories, lush with interviews, field recordings and music. From powerhouse producers The Kitchen Sisters (Hidden Kitchens, The Hidden World of Girls, The Sonic Memorial Project, Lost & Found Sound, Fugitive Waves and coming soon… The Keepers). “The Kitchen Sisters have done some of best radio stories ever broadcast” —Ira Glass. The Kitchen Sisters Present is produced in collaboration with Nathan Dalton and Brandi Howell and mixed by Jim McKee. A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX.

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English


Episodes

78 – The Galveston Hurricane of 1900: No Tongue Can Tell

9/11/2017
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The Great Galveston Hurricane arrived on a Saturday, September 8, 1900 — almost without warning. Galveston, the grand dame of Texas, a vibrant port city sitting haughtily on a sand bar facing the Gulf, was reduced to a splintered wasteland. Some 6,000 people perished on the island and at least 4000-6000 on the mainland in the deadliest natural disaster in US history.

Duration: 00:24:53


77 – New Orleans Visions – King’s Candy & Living with Water

8/22/2017
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Robert King Wilkerson was imprisoned at Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola for 31 years, twenty-nine of those years in solitary confinement. During that time he created a clandestine kitchen in his 6×9 cell where he made pralines. And Julia Kumari Drapkin director of ISeeChange, a community weather and climate journal project talks about creating water gardens, floating streets and living with water in New Orleans.

Duration: 00:19:50


76 – Liberace and the Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band

8/7/2017
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In 1967, the Esso Trinidad Tripoli Steel Band performed at the Montreal World's Fair and caught the ear of one of the most popular entertainers of the day: Liberace. The flamboyant pianist was so taken by this new, luminous sound that he took the Band on tour with him for two years around the world and through the segregated south. One flamboyant rhinestoned white piano player and 30 black steel drummers from Trinidad playing Flight of the Bumble.

Duration: 00:20:48


75 – The Making Of a Karaoke Ice Cream Truck and More Stories

7/25/2017
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Stories of creativity and invention— the making of a jar of jam, the making of a fashionable 3-D printed covering for an artificial limb, Muttville-a foster care rescue center for senior dogs, a Karaoke Ice Cream Truck— and more stories from The Making Of...What People Make in the Bay Area and Why.

Duration: 00:25:55


54 – What Is It About Men and Meat and Midnight and a Pit?

7/10/2017
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Barbecue, burgoo, mopping the mutton, the fellowship of stirring. Stories of conflict, competition and resolution in the backyards and fire pits of our nation.

Duration: 00:38:49


69 – The Romance and Sex Life of the Date

4/24/2017
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In 1898, the United States Department of Agriculture created a special department of men, called “Agriculture Explorers,” to travel the globe searching for new food crops to bring back for farmers to grow in the U.S. These men introduced exotic specimens like the mango, the avocado, and the date. In 1900, the USDA sent plant […]

Duration: 00:18:59


68 – Tony Schwartz: 30,000 Recordings Later

4/10/2017
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Cab drivers, children's jump rope rhymes, folk songs, dialects, controversial TV ads, interviews with blacklisted artists and writers during the McCarthy Era—Tony Schwartz, one of the great sound recordists and collectors of the 20th Century. An audio portrait of a man who spent his life exploring and influencing the world through recorded sound.

Duration: 00:26:39


67 – The Hidden World of Girls with Tina Fey

3/27/2017
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Stories from The Hidden World of Girls with host Tina Fey: Nigerian writer Chris Abani tells about his English-born mother enlisting him at age 8 to be her translator in Nigeria as she travels door to door through the villages teaching women the Billings Ovulation Method of birth control. Plus stories from singer/actress Janelle Monae, […]

Duration: 00:27:58


66 – Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Hidden Kitchen

3/13/2017
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Niloufer Ichaporia King—a kitchen botanist, a one-of-a-kind cook, a Parsi from Bombay living in San Francisco, and author of "My Bombay Kitchen," prepares an elaborate ceremonial meal for Parsi New Year, the first day of spring.

Duration: 00:22:38


65 – Sam Phillips, Sun Records, and the Acoustics of Life

2/28/2017
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Sam Phillips — the father of Sun Records, the man who discovered Howlin’ Wolf, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash…, the creator of WHER, The First All Girl Radio Station in the World — talks about his journey, his adventures and “the acoustics of life.”

Duration: 00:32:36


64 – Kimchi Diplomacy: Hidden Kitchens – War and Peace and Food

2/13/2017
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Kimchi in space. The Kimchi Bus. Korean government-sponsored chefs and restaurants spreading the word of Kimchi around the globe. A story of “Gastrodiplomacy” — the use of food as a diplomatic tool in helping nations resolve conflict and foster connections between them and spread their “brand.” South Korea is one of the countries most involved in using its food to spread its influence. They call it “Kimchi Diplomacy.”

Duration: 00:24:32


63 – War and Food and Manga

1/24/2017
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Manga, the ubiquitous Japanese comic books written on just about every subject—sports, music, sex, shooting pool—represent about 40% of all books published in Japan. In recent decades ‘food manga’ has exploded. Stories of food and conflict and competition abound in mangas like Soldier of Food, Food Wars, Cooking Papa…The Kitchen Sisters Present—Hidden Kitchens: War and Food and Manga.

Duration: 00:26:55


62-Black Cake: Emily Dickinson’s Hidden Kitchen

1/10/2017
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We enter the secret, steamy, myth-laden world of Emily Dickinson through her kitchen.

Duration: 00:32:39


61 – Rattlesden

12/26/2016
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For five years Davia's father, Lenny Nelson, asked her to go to Rattlesden, England, to visit the Air Force base where he was stationed during WWII and to find an old photograph hanging in the town pub honoring his 8th Air Force squadron. Lenny died on Christmas Eve last year. In his honor, we share the journey with you.

Duration: 00:25:10


60 – Milk Cow Blues: The Apple Family Farm and the Indiana Cow Share Association

12/12/2016
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A journey into the mysterious and controversial world of raw milk.

Duration: 00:17:05


59 – Weenie Royale: The Impact of the Internment on Japanese American Cooking

11/21/2016
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During World War II, in desolate inland internment camps in the US, like Manzanar, Topaz, and Tule Lake some 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans lived for the duration of the war — their traditional food replaced by US government commodities and war surplus — hotdogs, ketchup, spam, potatoes — erasing the traditional Japanese diet and family table.

Duration: 00:24:15


58 – The Kiosk Strategy, Lisbon — Hidden Kitchens: War & Peace & Food

11/8/2016
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A story from the plazas of Portugal, where small ornate kiosks that served traditional snacks and drinks once graced the city and brought people together. Neglected by time and pushed into abandonment by a dictator’s regime that suppressed public conversation and gathering, this tradition is now being revived, drawing people back to public space.

Duration: 00:18:15


57 – War and Peace and Coffee

10/25/2016
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“Nobody can soldier without coffee,” a Union calvary man wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

Duration: 00:21:35


56 – Operation Hummus and More Stories of War and Peace and Food from Israel and Ramallah

10/11/2016
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The "Hummus Wars" and the battle for the Guinness World Record title for the world’s largest plate of hummus and the deeper meanings of this Middle Eastern food war. And more Hidden Kitchens stories of war and peace and food from Israel and Ramallah.

Duration: 00:36:57


55 – Between Us, Bread and Salt: Lebanon Hidden Kitchens with Kamal Mouzawak

9/26/2016
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A road trip through the hidden kitchens of Lebanon, with kitchen activist, Kamal Mouzawak, a man with a vision of re-building and uniting this war-ravaged nation through its traditions, its culture and its food.

Duration: 00:28:56

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