The Kitchen Sisters Live!

Beyond their Peabody Award-winning radio stories and their Webby Award-winning podcast, The Kitchen Sisters are known for their multimedia onstage events and their highly customized keynote speeches with a lively blend of speaking, radio, visuals and audience interaction. They also conduct onstage interviews and teach popular acclaimed workshops. Soulful and original, The Kitchen Sisters presentations resonate and engage with audiences worldwide.

Some of their Talk & Presentation topics include:

  • The Power of Storytelling by NPR’s Kitchen Sisters
  • A Night of Podcasts, Radio & More from NPR’s Kitchen Sisters
  • Building Community Through Storytelling
  • Powerful Narratives, Powerful Brands: Using Storytelling to Create
  • Community & Connection
  • Hidden Histories: Women’s History and Oral History
  • Collaboration is King (or in our case Queen)
  • How to Tell Great Stories and Grow Your Business
  • Hidden Kitchens: The Transformative Power of Food
  • The Hidden World of Girls {Girls and the Women They Become}
  • Lost and Found Sound: Stories of Lost Recordings, Vanishing Voices and People Possessed by Sound
  • The Art of Storytelling: The Power & Magic of Podcasting, Radio, and Oral History

Other Kitchen Sisters topics and key words: podcasting, food, sound, girls, kitchens, community, storytelling, creative collaboration, women’s history, oral history, documentaries, keepers, libraries, archives.

Some of our previous onstage presentations include: TED, Pop-Up Magazine, The Moth, SXSW, Google, Podcast Movement, The Smithsonian, SFMOMA, Hammer Museum, The American Museum of Natural History, Prospect.4 New Orleans: Levee Stream, Tanner Talk: National Endowment for the Humanities, Third Coast International Audio Festival, Pixar, The Southern Foodways Alliance, The High Line, The Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery, Aspen Institute Society of Fellows with Prospect.4, Maker Faire, Megapolis, Camp Bacon, In the Dark, TFI Interactive at Tribeca Film Festival, WERK IT: Women’s Podcasting Summit, Advanced Oral History Summer Institute, Society of California Archivists, On Air Fest (NY, March 2019), Librarians Without Borders (March 2019), Documenting Cinema: Film Librarians Conference (May 2019), Hidden World of Girls: Stories for Orchestra, in collaboration with Conductor Marin Alsop and The Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, and more.

Business Keynote Addresses: The Hartman Group, ACT: Anthropology, Culture, Trends, Kaiser-Permanente Union Coalition Leadership Academy, Zingerman’s Zingtrain, WOMMA (Word of Mouth Marketing Association) Conference, PRPD (Public Radio Program Director’s Conference), PRC (Public Radio Conference), WOW: Women of the World, Association of Personal Historians, Dallas Women’s Club, and many more…

University Talks & Presentations: Harvard University: Radiotopia Podcast Show; USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Stanford University: annual presentation to The Knight Fellows, 2012 – 2018; Yale University: Yale Sustainable Schoolyard & Agrarian Studies Colloquium; Smith College, Julia Child Day Keynote; UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (4 years of teaching plus numerous onstage events); UCLA, Peter Sellar’s Art as Social Action, Class Speakers; San Francisco State University: Dept of Anthropology; NYU’s Public Forum on Storytelling; UC Santa Cruz Social Documentary Department & Porter College Commencement Address, and many more…

Davia also does onstage interviews with featured speakers at a variety of venues including City Arts & Lectures, The Telluride Film Festival, The Berlinale Film Festival, The JCCSF and many others.

Some of the people she has been in conversation with onstage include: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tilda Swinton, Joel Coen, JR, Alice Waters, Wim Wenders, Harrison Ford, Ira Glass, Michael Ondaatje, Michael Pollan, Claudia Cardinale, Anouk Aimee, Dave Eggers, Vendela Vida, Salman Rushdie, Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, Ina Garten, Ruth Reichl, Russell Banks, Colin Firth, Nicholas Cage, Julian Schnabel, Paolo Larrain, Gia Coppola, Viggo Mortenson, Billy Crudup, Mimi Chakarova, Jose Andres, Eric Ripert, David Tanis, Sue Conley & Peggy Smith (Cowgirl Creamery), Samin Nosrat & Wendy MacNaughton.

Are you interested in The Kitchen Sisters doing a presentation or workshop for your organization?
Contact us at kitchen [at] kitchensisters [dot] org or (415) 788-0290

The Kitchen Sisters Interviewing, Recording & Podcasting Workshop

We hold workshops at our studio in Francis Ford Coppola’s historic Zoetrope Building in San Francisco and have taken the workshop across the nation and around the world: WNYC New York, WWOZ New Orleans, KCRW, Santa Monica, Marfa Public Radio, KUT Austin, Heritage Radio Network in Brooklyn, Utah Public Radio. at KUOW, KZSC and KQED, San Francisco and coming up in collaboration with PRX at The Podcast Garage in Cambridge. We have also presented The Kitchen Sisters Workshop in Moscow, London, Berlin, Tel Aviv, and Dublin.

The workshop is designed for those who want to acquire and hone their skills for an array of audio projects — radio, podcasts, online stories, storytelling, oral histories, audio slideshows, family histories, news, documentaries and other multimedia platforms.

We cover interviewing and miking techniques, sound gathering, use of archival audio, field recording techniques, recording equipment, editing techniques, how to make interviewees comfortable, how to frame evocative questions that make for compelling storytelling, how to build a story, and how to listen (which is harder than it looks) We also talk podcasting. Serious talk about getting your podcast going and giving it a real sound.

The workshop is customized to fit the projects you are working on. People who have attended in the past have come from radio, film, multimedia, detective agencies, newspapers, journalism, photography, oral history, historical societies, farms, music, ophthalmology, writing, libraries, archives, beer brewing, web design, restaurants, health care organizations, film, cheese-making and beyond. The groups are always lively and good contacts are made.

Internship Program

 Located on the edge of San Francisco’s North Beach and Chinatown district, The Kitchen Sisters offer an internship program where individuals from various ages and backgrounds come to learn more about the inner workings of producing radio stories. The program ranges from storytelling and editing workshops to the production of stories and excursions outside of the office.

The Kitchen Sisters welcome internship inquiries. If you are interested please send us an email [kitchen at kitchensisters dot org] with your resume and tell us something about yourself, your skills, your goals and objectives with regards to working with us.

We do not have any employment opportunities available at this time but we welcome your query and keep all resumes on file for future projects and needs. Please contact us directly for details about our workshop or master class sessions.