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Hidden Kitchens Special

Broadcast: September 9, 2018 at 4 PM.

Two new nationwide public radio collaborations. The first hour special is presented by NPR and KQED Public Radio. The second hour special is presented by NPR and Chicago Public Radio. Hour One: Secret, underground, unknown, unofficial, below the radar kitchen stories from across America, narrated by Frances McDormand, including: Hidden Kitchens Calling; An Unexpected Kitchen: The George Foreman Grill; NASCAR Kitchens: Feed the Speed; Listener Phone Messages: An Impromptu Trucker’s Buffet & The Tool Box Kitchen; A Raw Milk Coven; Milk Cow Blues: The Apple Family Farm and the Indiana Cow Share Association; America Eats: A Hidden Archive; The Forager: Hunting and Gathering with Angelo Garro; along with listener phone messages and the sound and music of place. Long description: A midnight cabyard kitchen on the streets of San Francisco, makeshift kitchens crammed in the racing pits of NASCAR, a secret civil rights kitchen tucked away in a house in Montgomery, the most unexpected hidden kitchen of all, The George Foreman Grill.

The Hidden Kitchens series, first heard on Morning Edition is the inspiration for two new hour-long specials coming to public radio his fall. NPR and KQED Public Radio present Hidden Kitchens: Stories and More from Peabody Award winning producers, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) and Jay Allison -- two hour long broadcast specials narrated by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand. Hour two is presented in association with Chicago Public Radio. Hidden Kitchens travels America, exploring the world of street corner cooking, kitchen rituals and visionaries, how communities come together through food. Lively, richly layered, full of heart and spirit, the specials take listeners on a journey into the world of secret, underground, unexpected, unusual, clandestine cooking across America.

Thousands of NPR listeners called in to share their own tips and leads on NPR’s Hidden Kitchen hotline, The Morning Edition series just scratched the surface of this intriguing archive of kitchen stories. Hidden Kitchens: Stories and More features these messages from listeners from throughout the country the James Beard Award-nominated radio series on NPR’s Morning Edition, is the inspiration. A collection of small kitchen stories, mysterious and revealing, first heard on NPR's Morning Edition, now unfolding further in these specials -- produced by The Kitchen Sisters and Jay Allison in association with KQED’s Campaign for the Future Program Venture Fund.

Mixed by with Jim McKee at Earwax Productions. "The Kitchen Sisters are my favorite storytellers. Their off-beat kitchen stories make me want to walk through my neighborhood, go on a road trip and eat the food of family. They have heart." -Francis Ford Coppola “The Kitchen Sisters have done some of the best radio stories ever broadcast. I know some people who didn’t believe you could “that” on the radio.” -Ira Glass, host and producer, This American Life “This collection of stories from every corner of the United States is so hopeful and reassuring. The Kitchen Sisters understand that food is more than just food: it is about our connections to one another and to our place in the world.” -Alice Waters, Founder of Chez Panisse “The Kitchen Sisters are the best thing going on radio today…

In bringing their stories to life in book form, they hold a wry, appreciative mirror up to America's foodways, and in the process, make you realize just how strange and wonderful our culinary traditions are.” -Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire Host bio: Universally acclaimed actress Frances McDormand’s celebrated performances include her Academy Award winning role in “Fargo” as well as additional nominations for “Almost Famous” and “Mississippi Burning”. Other films include “Something’s Gotta Give”, “Wonder Boys”, “Laurel Canyon”, “North Country”, and “Blood Simple”.

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