The Kitchen Sisters

The Kitchen Sisters are Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva, independent producers of several nonfiction storytelling radio programs, featured on NPR and public radio stations, as well as podcasts.

The Kitchen Sisters are the creators of more than 200 stories for NPR and public broadcast. They began their radio lives producing a weekly live radio program in the late 1970's on KUSP-FM in Santa Cruz, California. Their radio documentaries have been featured on NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Smithsonian, Pacifica Radio, and others. Take a listen to some of our stories.

Lost recordings and shards of sound, along with new tales from remarkable people around the world — people with a mission, a purpose, a story to tell. Stories from the flip side of history. Fugitive Waves, produced by The Kitchen Sisters, is part of PRX's Radiotopia, a collective of the best story-driven audio shows on the planet (and off…)— shows like 99% Invisible, The Truth, Strangers, Theory of Everything, Love and Radio, and Radio Diaries.

Hidden Kitchens, the duPont Columbia Award winning radio series on NPR's Morning Edition, explores the world of unexpected, below the radar cooking, legendary meals and eating traditions — how communities come together through food. Hidden Kitchens travels the country chronicling American kitchen cultures, and hidden kitchens around the world, past and present. Produced by The Kitchen Sisters with Jay Allison and mixed by Jim McKee.

A Kitchen Sisters' series on NPR exploring stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities–of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, changed the tide.

Lost & Found Sound, heard on NPR's All Things Considered, explores American life through recorded sound. Richly layered tales chronicling people possessed by sound who shaped the sonic landscape of the nation. Home recordings and historic broadcasts, unusual archival audio artifacts, endangered sounds, sounds on the verge of extinction, vanishing voices, the merging of languages — how sound shapes history, and history has been shaped by sound.

The Kitchen Sisters and KQED-FM present The Making Of… what people make in the Bay Area and why.

The making of the Bay Bridge. The making of a jar of jam. The making of the iPhone, an opera, a surfboard… The Making Of is a community documentary project that captures the art, creativity and innovation going on in backyards, workplaces, cultural institutions and public spaces throughout one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the country.

The Peabody Award winning Sonic Memorial Project is an intimate and historic documentary commemorating the life and history of The World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood, through audio artifacts, rare recordings, voicemail messages and interviews. The Sonic Memorial Project was produced by The Kitchen Sisters in collaboration with NPR, independent radio producers, artists, writers, archivists, historians and public radio listeners throughout the country.