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The Hidden World of Girls

In the tradition of their previous series Hidden Kitchens and Lost & Found Sound, The Kitchen Sisters opened up an NPR phone line and asked listeners to call with their stories, leads and suggestions. Hosted by actress and comedian, Tina Fey, The Hidden World of Girls was inspired by the NPR series heard on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  

The stories come from unexpected tellers in unexpected places: a caravan on the outskirts of Dublin where we enter the hidden world of Irish Traveller girls. From the Tina Turner of Siberia who lives in one of the most remote, coldest and hottest places on earth. We peer deep into the earth to explore the secret world of termite queens. The double life of 10-year-old girls is captured in a story of childhood friendship and fantasy told by science fiction writer, Pat Cadigan. An Iranian photographer brings us into the hidden realms of modern Iranian women. We chronicle photographer, Deborah Luster, who got lost on a road in Louisiana one day and found herself at the gates of a prison, and over the years came to make thousands of haunting portraits of incarcerated men and women. We step inside the secret identity of Theresa Sparks. We explore the two worlds of a girl born the daughter of a Korean woman and a US GI. We travel to New Mexico for a kinaalda, the powerful and ancient coming-of-age ritual of Navajo girls. And we visit a young Estonian environmental activist who spearheaded a one-day clean up of her entire country. These are a few of the hidden worlds of women and girls that we meet in this international multimedia collaboration.

Call the NPR listener storyline, 202-408-9576, and tell The Kitchen Sisters about a pioneering woman or a groundbreaking girl. Whose story must be told? What are the traditions and rituals that bind a community and mark a girls life? Who is a making a difference in your neighborhood? On the planet?

Major Funding for The Hidden World of Girls comes from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art. And from listener contributions to The Kitchen Sisters Productions. 

(Previously aired Thursday November 10th at 8PM on 93.9 FM, Saturday December 3rd at 6AM on 93.9 FM, Saturday December 3rd at 2PM on AM 820, and Sunday December 4th at 8PM on AM 820)