About The Making Of…

The making of the Bay Bridge. The making of a jar of jam. The making of the iPhone, an opera, a surfboard… what we make in the Bay Area and why.

The Kitchen Sisters and KQED are launching The Making Of…, a new radio and multimedia collaboration 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.

Who is making what and why? How do they do it? Who did they learn it from and who are they passing it one to? Is it a dying art or a living one? Does it matter?

With handheld storytelling devices nearly everywhere, The Making Of… asks you to chronicle your creative world. What you know, what you make, what you see and wonder about the world around you.

What are you making? How about your grandmother, your next door neighbor, the guy you sit next to at work? Call our Story Line at 415.553.3362 and tell us your story. Or send us a video, a photograph, a note or a tweet.

The Making Of… is produced by the Kitchen Sisters, KQED, AIR and Zeega as part of Localore, a nationwide production of AIR and Zeega, with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Wyncote Foundation, the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Making Of… a community documentary project that celebrates imagination, creativity, skill and ingenuity.

The Team

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the NPR series the Hidden World of Girls, the duPont-Columbia Award-winning NPR series Hidden Kitchens, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR collaborations, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. They are dedicated to creating intimate, sound-rich documentaries that bring seldom-heard voices to the air, mentoring young producers, and building community through storytelling.

Nathan Dalton, has worked with The Kitchen Sisters on the NPR series, the Hidden World of Girls and Hidden Kitchens. He spent much of his youth touring the country and playing music with a variety of bands, but these days can usually be found haunting the farmer’s markets and shuffling through the library stacks of Berkeley, CA, where he lives with his family.

AIR is a creative brain trust made up of more than 860 media makers from across the US and 20 countries worldwide who are re-imagining and reinventing public media and journalism for the 21st century. Its programs are designed to identify, cultivate, and deploy gifted talent for the benefit of citizens across the US.

Zeega is helping to remake the Internet, to make it a more beautiful place. Zeega is an open-source HTML5 platform for inventing new forms of interactive storytelling. The platform is built for a community of makers passionate about creating immersive experiences that combine original content with media from across the web.

Albertson Design is a creative services company specializing in brand identity and design communications for print and interactive media. Led by creative director David Albertson, their team of designers, writers, researchers and programmers has launched media companies (see Make), built social networks (see dot429.com), and re-imagined what is activism (see Slow Food Nation). Their skills as creative collaborators allow them to partner with visionary organizations and individuals to tell their stories in engaging and innovative ways.

KQED is the San Francisco Bay Area home for The Making Of…. The KQED team working on the The Making Of… includes Julia McEvoy, Charla Bear, and Jo Anne Wallace in radio editorial; Ceil Muller and Monty Carlos in radio production and technical operations; Colleen Wilson, Marie K. Lee, Kevin Cooke, and Phil Cho in interactive; and Evren Odcikin, Lizzy Acker, and Scott Walton in communications.

The Making Of… is part of Localore, a national production by AIR, the Association of Independents in Radio, Inc., and Zeega, designed to bring new journalistic and technical ingenuity to extending public media service to more Americans. From Chinese restaurants in Boston, to the informal music spaces of Austin, to the oilfields of North Dakota, the 10 Localore production teams are working with their public station incubators to uncover stories of America in transition. Follow their development, and learn more at Localore.net.