May 14, 2005 Actor Andy Garcia narrates a story about the "readers" who made life in cigar factories tolerable. This story, produced by The Kitchen Sisters -- Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva -- in collaboration with Laura Folger and Tina Pacheco, tells the story of the men who were paid to read aloud to men and women rolling cigars in Tampa and Ybor City, Florida at the beginning of the century and into the 1930s. Listener Henry Cordova brought it to our attention through the Quest for Sound.
August 30, 2004 Some background on the Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva), regular contributors to NPR, including the series Lost and Found Sound and Hidden Kitchens
August 15, 2003 The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, compile audio comments about Saturday's planned celebration of home movies. The event honors pre-camcorder America, when friends and family were captured on 8 mm and 16 mm celluloid. Promoters of the event say home movies give us a look at the past that newsreel and old TV broadcasts can't. Some are very private statements about how the camera operator viewed the world; others show new perspectives. For example, an African-American family's home movies show segregated life from their point of view. Other films are unintentional "art."
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