The closing plenary of the 2013 MEGAPOLIS Festival featured a discussion by the famed radio production duo the Kitchen Sisters moderated by equally famed (and famished) radio reporter Sean Cole. Davia and Nikki held a tribute to New School faculty alum John Cage by serving urging the audience to drink psychedelic urine and eat magic mushrooms (on pizzas). KS then ruminated on the theme of the 2013, tourism, through John Cage’s famous quote: “What I’m proposing, to myself and other people, is what I often call the tourist attitude – that you act as though you’ve never been there before.” There at the New School, there at MEGAPOLIS, there anywhere, amirite?
The Kitchen Sisters, Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, are award winning documentary radio producers who have been working together for more than twenty-five years. They are the creators of the popular Hidden Kitchens series on Morning Edition, the Peabody Award winning NPR series Lost & Found Sound, and the post 9-11 Sonic Memorial Project, co-produced with Jay Allison. They are currently producing an NPR and online series about girls around the world. As independent producers, they are the creators of more than 200 stories for public broadcast about the lives, histories, art and rituals of people who have shaped our diverse cultural heritage. They are the recipients of numerous awards including the duPont-Columbia Award, two Peabodys, and three Audies.
Sean Cole is a public radio reporter, producer and sometimes host. He’s worked on staff at This American Life and Radiolab and contributed to lots of other shows, including All Things Considered, Only a Game, Studio 360, Marketplace and 99% Invisible. Most recently he’s been filling in for Dick Gordon on “The Story with Dick Gordon.” His latest volume of poetry is called “One Train,” published by Dusie press.