The Hidden World of Girls

Airs Saturday December 10th at 6AM on 93.9 FM, Saturday December 10th at 2PM on AM 820, and Sunday December 11th at 8PM on AM 820

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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)

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The Hidden World of Girls is available for live streaming at the producers website, The Kitchen Sisters, here:

There are videos and additional features at the site as well.

Nov. 15 2011 11:44 AM
aw hess from Long Island, NY

what a wonderful fund raising opportunity! For us and as a gift for our favorite girl.

Nov. 14 2011 09:20 AM
wsb from Brooklyn

I heard part the last story about women in Jamaica. I found the story interesting. It would be greatly appreciated if it was available to listen to again.

Nov. 11 2011 09:29 PM
jeanie from high bridge, nj

LOVED the "Hidden World of Girls" last night. Sat in my garage for a half hour as I didn't want to miss a second.
please tell me the beautiful haunting music from the beginning of the "traveling girls of Ireland" piece is available on CD. It was lovely.

Nov. 11 2011 08:34 PM

I missed it too.

It's available for listening, but, not, so far as I can tell, for downloading, at:

Nov. 11 2011 03:02 PM
Deborah Van Dyke

I wasn't able to finish this, either. Another podcast plea!

Nov. 11 2011 02:03 PM
Elizabeth Grimes from New Jersey

I wasn't able to hear this, please make it available to listen to!

Nov. 11 2011 09:51 AM
Alissa from NY

Podcast, please, please,please.

Nov. 11 2011 09:07 AM
Elke from Elmhurst

I heard about 10 minutes of this, but couldn't catch the rest. Oh please podcast it!

Nov. 11 2011 09:05 AM
Tina from Washington DC

Podcast please!!!!!!!!

Nov. 11 2011 08:46 AM
Lisa Schmitt from CT

I would love to listen to this in a podcast, I can't sit in my car listening to the radio in the garage all night!

Nov. 10 2011 10:56 PM
Katrina from North Plainfield NJ

This could be 10 programs - one for each area discussed. And a bonus program with Tina Fey pontificating on it all! Go girls!

Nov. 10 2011 09:57 PM

Podcast please!

Nov. 10 2011 09:22 PM
Ace MD

Can this be podcast?!

Nov. 10 2011 07:57 PM

will it be available to listen to for later?

Nov. 10 2011 10:26 AM
Ed from Brooklyn

This is going to be fantastic.

Nov. 08 2011 07:03 PM

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