UPR's Kitchen Sisters Storytelling Project

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  Utah Public Radio reporters and producers recently spent 2 days training with award-winning audio producers the Kitchen Sisters. The workshop resulted in a series of storytelling projects with a unique style. This style includes detailed uses of sound and music with minimal or no narration from the reporter or producer. Each story is told by the voices in the story, highlighted with music and sound.

The following is UPR's collection of story's produced in this style. Enjoy!


Can a Face Mask Protect You From Air Pollution?

Jan 19, 2017


Air pollution is a complicated problem without a simple solution. But have you ever wondered what you can do to protect your health on bad air days? Scientists suggest a mask.


As part of the Utah Public Radio Kitchen Sister Project—Reporter Aimee Cobabe gathered a story of one man who, after he recovered from throat cancer, chose to cycle on what is called the loneliest road in America. 

Manti Mormon Miracle Pageant

This summer marks the fiftieth year of the Mormon Miracle Pageant in Manti, a rural farming community in central Utah with a population around 3,000 people. The pageant depicts the events published in the Book of Mormon, Joseph Smith’s founding of the LDS church, and the Utah pioneer’s migration west.

Punk Musician Inspires Women

Jun 14, 2016
Photo: Mikey Kettinger

In April Utah Public Radio reporters spent two days training with national Peabody Award-winning producers The Kitchen Sisters. The workshop has resulted in a series of storytelling projects, including this one from arts and entertainment reporter, Mikey Kettinger, who spoke with musician Kathy Foster. Foster is a female bass player for the Thermals. The American indie band, based in Portland performed this past spring in Salt Lake City.

Nick Herrmann

For thirty years, volunteers from businesses, schools and church groups have been taking children with disabilities fishing. UPR’s Nick Herrmann spent the day at Salem Pond watching and recording as state wildlife workers taught more than a thousand youth with special needs the art of baiting and catching fish.

Stories of WWII During a Daddy-Daughter Road Trip

May 19, 2016

Byran Snyder was a young American foreign service officer who takes us back to Genoa, Italy 1940. It was the day after Mussolini declared war on England.

Little Bloomsbury, a Logan-based non-profit organization, recently threw an art festival to celebrate its tenth year of promoting peacemaking.  Dr. Brenda Sun, the organization’s founder, believes the best defense against abuse is to create validating experiences. 

Living A Transgender Life

May 12, 2016

During this segment of the Kitchen Sisters Project, "Living a Transgender Life," you will hear from Utah resident Dominique Storni, as well as Jessica Lynn of California who was asked to share her story with audiences at the USU campus by the Center for Women and Gender's director, Dr. Ann Austin.

Bad Air Day? Try a Mask.

May 10, 2016

Air pollution is a complicated problem without a simple solution. But have you ever wondered what you can do to protect your health on bad air days? Scientists suggest a mask.

Holly Cobabe

According to the National Eating Disorder Association, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. The group is focused on early intervention in an effort to save lives.