Most installments of Big Sur Sound and Story will be curated by the most innovative purveyors of audio in the English-speaking world, including The Truth, The Moth, The Kitchen Sisters, Third Coast International Audio FestivalDinner Party Download, and Unfictional!! 

Pretty amazing isn’t it? We really are going to have the best stories, ever, right here in our redwood grove, just like we heard it!

The curators will select their favorite audio pieces and in most cases they’ll make the trip to Big Sur and discuss their selections in person!  (so…please donate to help us help the curators to pay for gas!)

Check back here and the summer schedule often to see what days they’ll curate.

kitchensistersThe Kitchen Sisters (June 15th)

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are Peabody Award winning independent producers. Their non-profit 501c3 production company is dedicated to creating public media and educational programs that work to build community through storytelling.

unnamed-4Wiretap (August 17th)

WireTap invites you to eavesdrop on a mix of funny, thoughtful and unpredictable stories and conversations. The Montreal Gazette calls the show “something between borscht-belt comedy and Franz Kafka” and the Toronto Star describes it as “[pitting] the absurd against the plausible.” WireTap is produced by Jonathan Goldstein, with Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime.


Unfictional (June 22nd)

UnFictional is a program of storytellers and documentaries that cover the ground between the sophisticated and the profane. The program is hosted and curated by KCRW producer, Bob Carlson. He has an ear for compelling radio stories that are funny, sad, sincere and often dark. Listen for stories of hometowns and family secrets, as well as tales of drugs, sex, and aliens (both extraterrestrial and earthbound.)


unnamed-6Radiotopia (July 27)

Radiotopia from PRX is a collective of the best story-driven shows on the planet. Radiotopia is anchored by 99% Invisible, the popular design and architecture show hosted and produced by Roman Mars – named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in 2013.

dpd-logo-w-apmThe Dinner Party Download (July 20)

The Dinner Party Download is an hour-long celebration of culture, food, and conversation with hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam designed to help you dazzle your friends at this weekend’s get-together. The Dinner Party Download airs weekly on more than 130 public radio stations across the USA.

The show is produced by American Public Media, the company behind A Prairie Home Companion. Millions of other folks know Brendan and Rico from their work on the popular public radio shows Marketplace and Take Two, where they dish out dinner party talking points.


unnamedThe Truth (August 10, 2014)

The Truth “is fiction.” They’re a “contemporary take on audio drama,” developing stories as a collective and often improvisint dialogue. The result “sounds like kind of like a movie, only the pictures are all in your imagination.”

The Truth’s dramatic fiction has been heard on many nationally-syndicated public radio programs, including This American Life, Studio 360, and The Story.

snapjudgment_logoSnap Judgment (August 3, 2014)

Oakland-based Snap Judgment is a themed, weekly NPR storytelling show. They focus on presenting compelling personal stories – mixing tall tales with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic and kick-ass radio.

They are sponsored by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and distributed through NPR and Public Radio Exchange (PRX).


MOTHThe Moth (July 6th)

is an acclaimed not-for-profit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. It is a celebration of both the raconteur, who breathes fire into true tales of ordinary life, and the storytelling novice, who has lived through something extraordinary and yearns to share it. At the center of each performance is, of course, the story – and The Moth’s directors work with each storyteller to find, shape and present it.
“It is brilliant and quietly addictive” – The London Guardian
“New York’s hottest and hippest literary ticket” – The Wall Street Journal


images_curators_Third_Coast_International_Audio_Festival_-_20100502232209972.w_290.h_169.m_crop.a_center.v_topThird Coast International Audio Festival (June 29th)

Based in Chicago, the Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) curates sound-rich audio stories from around the world and shares them with as many ears as possible – on the radio, on the Internet, and at public listening events all over the place. Operating year-round, Third Coast offers producers and listeners a multitude of ways to celebrate audio storytelling

p2353q360 Documentaries (August 24th)

Australia’s 360documentaries presents the best radio features and documentaries from Australia and around the world. You’ll hear tales of ordinary and extraordinary lives, sound adventures and fresh perspectives on the way ideas and culture intersect with contemporary life.


And here are some other friends of ours:

Cool Hunting

Brain Pickings

Radio Diaries


Radio Lab

Hearing Voices


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