Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kitchen Sisters Workshop

WHAT: Kitchen Sisters Recording, Interviewing & "Sound Doctor" Workshop
WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 2011. 10 AM—1 PM
WHERE: La Selva Beach, CA (Near Santa Cruz)
COST: $115 (payable to Kitchen Sisters Productions)

Dear Friends,

Nikki Silva of The Kitchen Sisters, award winning producers for NPR, is conducting a recording, interviewing, and "sound doctor" workshop on Thursday, October 27 in La Selva Beach (at the commune where she lives) just south of Santa Cruz. This three-hour session is designed for people who want to acquire and hone their skills for radio, online storytelling, oral histories, audio slide shows, family histories, museum exhibits, news, documentaries, podcasts, and other multimedia platforms.

The workshop will cover miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to listen (which is harder than it sounds) and more. We'll talk about creating audio and multimedia content for the web, and self-publishing projects. Nikki will also give a quick tour of her studio and ProTools editing set-up.

The workshop will be customized to fit your project and interests. People who attend come from many mediums and work worlds (from radio stations to detective agencies and beyond). The groups are lively and good contacts are made.
You are invited to bring a work-in-progress, a past work, or an idea you'd like to brainstorm during the "audio doctor" part of the session. Nikki will play excerpts from a few Kitchen Sisters stories that are illustrative of various problem-solving techniques.

The session will be limited in size so that everyone can fully participate around the table at La Selva. A snack will be provided.

If you, or someone you know is interested, email Please pass this along to a friend.

See you there,
The Kitchen Sisters

Friday, April 22, 2011


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Thursday, April 29, 2010

A look inside Bay Area's YOUTH RADIO

We love Youth Radio and are thrilled to see this new book emerge that takes you inside and behind the scenes of this dynamic youth-driven production company based in Oakland, California.

Drop That Knowledge is written by Elizabeth Soep and former Youth Radio participant Vivian Chavez (now a professor at San Francisco State University), Drop That Knowledge is the first book to go inside Youth Radio.

Read more and buy a book and then tune into Bay Area's own Youth Radio!

Here is Elizabeth Soeps Blog

Listen to a conversation about the book interwoven with entertaining Youth Radio stories on KALW at!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hidden World of Girls Launches!

Today on NPR's Morning Edition and this evening on All Things Considered the first stories of our new series Hidden World of Girls airs.

We'd love you to call the NPR message line with your story ideas—202-408-9576.

We're also looking for photos, videos, audio. Find out how to participate at

Friday, March 12, 2010

Women In the World

This weekend we are attending Women in the World: Stories and Solutions, a summit sponsored by The Daily Beast, showcasing dozens of powerful women and activists from around the world.

The Daily Beast is streaming the entire conference live on their website. You can watch the events as they happen here:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Lois DeDomenico

We were just sent a blog post about Lois DeDomenico, who we interviewed for our Hidden Kitchens story, Rice-A-Roni. Lois will be a judge at Ultimate Chef America, "Iron Chef for the senior set." Read the post here (which includes Lois' Crunchy Granola recipe).

And listen to the Hidden Kitchens story with Lois here.

Christina Kim Installation at the Brandenburg Gate

Designer Christina Kim, one of the artists we are following for our new series about girls around the world, sent us this photo from Berlin of the epic curtain she is creating using recycled movie posters hanging at the Brandenburg Gate for the 60th Berlin Film Festival.