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Vocalized: The Sound Of Who You Are

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A person wearing a purple skirt and purple tank top with puffed sleeves sings into a microphone, with orange and yellow rays radiating out. Text in the upper left hand corner reads: Vocalized.
Charnel Hunter
Our voices often shape how we are perceived by other people.

Anita's voice is her bread and butter, but yours likely means a lot to you too. How we sound speaks volumes about our identities...but should it? A vocalist, a vocal coach and an artist sound out the links between voice and gender, and what our built-in instruments reveal about who we are.

Meet the Guests:

  • Tona Brown is a violinist and vocalist. She headlined at Carnegie Hall in 2014 and performed for Barack Obama in 2011. She is the founder of Aida Studios, where she is a music instructor.
  • Kevin Dorman is a speech-language pathologist and vocal coach at their business, Prismatic Speech Services.
  • Andrea Oliver Roberts is a multi-disciplinary artistbased in Winnipeg whose work explores the intersections of technology, capitalism, and identity.

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Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist, host, creator, and executive editor of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health.
Audrey Smith is a writer, educator, and temporary producer of "Embodied" based in Greensboro, NC. She holds a Master's degree in Secondary English Language Arts Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2018) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Nonfiction Writing from Oregon State University (2021).
Kaia Findlay is the lead producer of Embodied, WUNC's weekly podcast and radio show about sex, relationships and health. Kaia first joined the WUNC team in 2020 as a producer for The State of Things.