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This Is Radio: Behind-The-Scenes With The Kitchen Sisters

The Kitchen Sisters
Andrew Norton

"It's like prospectors that are mining for gold. Having something that is just shimmering and so hot and dynamic and compelling, you have to just follow it." - Davia Nelson

There's a new installment of the web-only series This is Radio. This time, producer Andrew Norton goes behind-the-scenes with the public radio producing duo The Kitchen Sisters.

The Kitchen Sisters are Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson. The two have produced intimate, sound rich, unforgettable radio stories. Think Hidden Kitchens and The Hidden World of Girls.

Where do they work? How do they get people to share such personal stories? Watch:

Here's our original story about the launch of the series, This is Radio.

Do you dream of taking Joe Richman of Radio Diaries to dinner?  Wonder how the Kitchen Sisters get inside those hidden  worlds? What does it look like inside Roman Mars' studio?

Well, fellow radio nerd, have we got a series for you. It's called This is Radio. And it's video. (We know, kind of weird, right?) It's from Transom, a place designed as a "showcase and workshop for new public media."

Personally, I am a big fan of 99% Invisible. It started as a tiny radio show (podcast) about design, and morphed into a radio powerhouse. They had a huge Kickstarter campaign which turned the podcast legit. The host Roman Mars now has a staff, that staff has health insurance. And it's just cool to **see** him in the inaugural This is Radio profile:

'This is part of why radio is the way it is the way it. It feels personal to me. It feels like it's just for me. And that's what I love about it.' - Roman Mars

"This is part of why radio is the way it is the way it. It feels personal to me. It feels like it's just for me. And that's what I love about it." says Mars.

Part of what makes the series work are the incredible visuals from producer Andrew Norton.

Public radio guru Jay Allison described Andrew Norton this way: "Andrew is a video guy (and skateboard photographer) who loves radio too, and, in a way, he's using this series as a way to meet all the people he admires, and 'poke around their stuff.'

Before telling stories about radio, Norton told "the stories behind some of skateboarding's most epic images and the dudes who made them."

On the Media's Brooke Gladstone also participated in the This is Radio project.

"Radio can be utterly worthless, a waste of time, if you can't get a listener to care," she says:

Take a look at all of the public radio personalities who will be featured in the project. We will update this story as new episodes are available.

Carol Jackson has been with WUNC since 2006. As Digital News Editor, she writes stories for, and helps reporters and hosts make digital versions of their radio stories. She is also responsible for sharing stories on social media. Previously, Carol spent eight years with WUNC's nationally syndicated show The Story with Dick Gordon, serving as Managing Editor and Interim Senior Producer.
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