21 – The Secret (and not so Secret) Life of Theresa Sparks

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Theresa Sparks, one of San Francisco’s most respected and outspoken transgender activists tells her truth, that she was walking around in the wrong suit for 50 something years.


20 – The Birth of Rice-A-Roni: The San Francisco, Italian, Armenian Treat

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The worlds of a young Canadian immigrant, an Italian pasta-making family, and a 70-year-old survivor of the Armenian Genocide converge in this story of the San Francisco Treat.


20 – The Birth of Rice-A-Roni: The San Francisco, Italian, Armenian Treat

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Birth of Ricc-A-Roni: The San Francisco, Italian, Armenian Treat


19 – America Eats: A Hidden Archive

Monday, April 13, 2015

America Eats, a WPA project, sent writers like Nelson Algren, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, and Stetson Kennedy out to document America's relationship with food during the Great Depression.


18 – A Man Tapes his Town: The Unrelenting Oral Histories of Eddie McCoy

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

After a debilitating accident, Eddie McCoy took his passion for local history and a scavenged cassette recorder from a trash can and began taping his town, from the oldest citizen on down—hidden stories of slavery times, sharecropping, the civil rights era and more in Oxford, North Carolina.


17 – Unfinished Business: Ali vs Frazier VI, Daughters of Destiny

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In 2001, a quarter-century after boxing's celebrated "Thrilla in Manila," Ali and Frazier were once again poised to enter the ring. But this time it was the daughters of the legendary combatants who were scheduled to battle—22 year old Laila Ali and 39 year old Jacqui Frazier Lyde.


16 – The Green Street Mortuary Band

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Green Street Mortuary Band, made up of mostly Italians playing Christian hymns and dirges, accompanies traditional Chinese funeral processions through the streets of San Francisco's Chinatown. Tubas, gongs, firecrackers and spirit money tossed in the air, ward off evil spirits and carry on a tradition that dates back to 1911.


15 – Electronic Memories: R.A. Coleman’s Memphis

Monday, February 09, 2015

In the early 1950s, at the same time legendary record producer Sam Phillips was making recordings of the pageants and events happening in Memphis' white community—across town, R.A. Coleman, an African American photographer, was making recordings of the black community—weddings, church choirs, nightclubs and dance halls.


14 – Taylor Negron: Portrait of an Artist as an Answering Machine

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A look into the life of Taylor Negron— actor, comedian, and telephone message hoarder— told through the voicemails on his machine. Taylor died on January 10, 2015. We present this story in his honor.


13 – Sam Phillips and the Early Years of the Memphis Recording Service: We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Before Elvis walked through the door, before Sun Studios put Memphis on the map—Sam Phillips, a young man with a tape recorder, lived by the motto, "We Record Anything, Anywhere, Anytime."


12 – The Nights of Edith Piaf

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

She rose every day at dusk and rehearsed, performed, ate and drank until dawn. Then slept all day, woke up and began to create and unravel again as the sun went down. Nearly every song Edith Piaf sang came from a moment of her life on the streets of Paris. She would tell her composer and musician lovers a story, or describe a feeling or show them a gesture and they would put music and words to her pain and passion, giving her back her own musical autobiography. Charles Aznavour, Francis Lai, Georges Moustaki, Henri Contet, some of France's great musicians and writers recall their nights with Edith Piaf. Fugitive Waves is one of 10 podcasts in the Radiotopia Collective, some of the best story-driven podcasts on earth. 99% Invisible, The Truth, Love & Radio,Theory of Everything, Strangers, Radio Diaries, and us, The Kitchen Sisters. Come January you'll also be hearing Criminals, Mortified, The Illusionist and Heart. Love Funding for this episode comes from Mothlight Creative and Funding for Radiotopia comes from Mailchimp and The Knight Foundation and from all of you who backed the Kickstarter campaign that kicked some serious support. The Nights of Edith Piaf -- Produced by The Kitchen Sisters in collaboration with Raquel Bitton, who hosts and translates the program


11 – Cigar Stories: El Lector—He Who Reads

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Narrated by Andy Garcia, the story of the men who read to the cigar rollers as they worked in the cigar factories of Ybor City and Tampa in the early 19th century.


10 – Dissident Kitchens

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Part 3 of Hidden Kitchens World Trifecta with host Frances McDormand: Hidden Kitchens Russia, stories of the role of the kitchen in the downfall of the Soviet Union.


9 – Atomic Wine

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Part 2 of the Hidden Kitchens World Trifecta with host Frances McDormand and special guests Werner Herzog, Gael Garcia Bernal and Stories of Atomic Wine and The Romance and Sex Life of the date.


8 – The Pizza Connection

Monday, October 13, 2014

Fugitive Waves presents a Hidden Kitchens World Podcast Trifecta with Frances McDormand and The Kitchen Sisters. In this episode Salman Rushdie talks about his Hidden Kitchen. We travel to Sicily for The Pizza Connection—a story of fighting the mafia through food. And on to England for the seldom heard saga of a small dog bred to run in a wheel that turned a roasting spit in medieval kitchens—The Turnspit Dog: The Rise and Fall of the Vernepator Cur.


7 – Just Girls: The Hidden World of Patti Smith and Judy Linn

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Just about anytime we walk out of The Kitchen Sisters office in San Francisco we stop and stare in the windows of City Lights bookstore, soaking in the covers of the new arrivals. Awhile back, we were stopped in our tracks by a book of photographs of Patti Smith – Patti staring down the camera, holding a movie camera herself. It turns out Patti wasn't just the muse of photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the Sixties, she was also muse and model for Judy Linn, an art student and budding photographer in New York. Paging through Patti Smith 1969-1976, we discovered Judy had that no only photographed Patti, she had made a little super-8 movies too, as the two young women created a world together. The movies were missing, but the soundtracks remained. Lost and found sound, we thought. Got to hear those recordings, got to meet that photographer. And we did. Fugitive Waves, Episode Number 7: Just Girls: The Hidden World of Patti Smith and Judy Linn.


6 – Cry Me A River: A story of three pioneering river activist and the damming of wild rivers in the west

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Fugitive Waves: Episode 6: Cry Me a River: A story of three pioneering river activist and the damming of wild rivers in the west.  Mark Dubois, co-founder of Friends of the River, Earth Day and International Rivers Network, began as a river guide who opened up rafting trips to disabled people in the 1970's.  Dubois protested the damming and flooding of the Stanislaus  River by hiding himself in the river canyon and chaining himself to a rock as the water rose.  Katie Lee, born 1919, a former Hollywood starlet, ran the Colorado through Glen Canyon long before it was dammed and in 1955 was the 175th person to run the Grand Canyon.  An outspoken conservationist, singer and writer, she has spent her life fighting for rivers.  Ken Sleight, now 83 is a long time river and pack guide and activist in southern Utah who fought and damming of Glen Canyon and filling of Lake Powell.  An inspiration for Ed Abbey's, Monkey Wrench Gang, Sleight is currently working on the campaign to remove Glen Canyon dam.


5 – The Making of the Homobile: A Story of Transportation, Civil Rights & Glitter (and further stories of making…)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

In this episode of Fugitive Waves, The Kitchen Sisters ride the nightshift with The Homobile. Homobiles is a non-commercial, volunteer, 24/7 ride service created by Lynnee Breedlove for the "LGBTQRXT and transgender community and others around San Francisco who feel the need safe, dependable rides, outside traditional services. "Moes getting hoes where they needs to goes," is their motto. Homobiles is for people who feel at risk because they don't conform to sexual or gender norms and have been targets of rudeness or shame or violence, says Lynne. Homobiles is a network of independent drivers who pilot their own cars, a non-profit organization that caters to this underserved, and sometimes harassed community in the Bay Area. This community car service operates on donations. No one is turned away for lack of funds. Homobiles has been called "Uber for Drag Queens," but with a mission that is social, not financial.


4 – The French Manicure – The Long Shadow of Shirley Temple

Thursday, May 15, 2014

"I left Vietnam in 1972. I listen the radio when I was in high school. I still in Vietnam at that time. I left with US troops during the Vietnam War. I really love the song, you know, played by Glen Campbell, "Wichita Lineman." And all the song from the Bee Gee, from Beatle, Rolling Stone, I love. When I was young I heard, you know, "California Dream." I thought, `Wow, San Francisco, everybody wearing their flower in their hair?' I make my wish: when I grow up, I like to come to United States. I like to live in San Francisco, see if I can get flower in my hair. That's a "California Dreaming," the song. But when I come here in 1979--oh, it is hard. I have no relative. Just, like, a couple of friend. They help me. And I'm not able to be speaking very, very well. So every day when I am driving, I put a tape in my radio so I'm listening. When you come to the country here, the easy way to be get in--get a job is to go to into the nail salon. That's why the population from Vietnam, they all do nail business."


3 – Eel Pie Island

Friday, April 11, 2014

“Eel Pie Island was where they used to fish out the eel up through the 1960s. The eels would be sold in the front of fish monger shops, big, fat, some as thick as your arm, lying around on the marble slabs,” says actress Anjelica Huston who grew up in London in the 60s and made the pilgrimage to Eel Pie Island, an early rock ‘n roll mecca. Anjelica Huston in the 1960s, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, Small Faces, Manfred Mann, John Mayall, The Yardbirds, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Cyril Davies and dozens more did some of the earliest gigs there in the 60s before they became international sensations.