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The Spot: Egg Wars & Sea Women

You’ve heard of the San Francisco Gold Rush, but that rush spurred another, lesser-known event: the Egg Rush. In the early 1850’s, about a half-million eggs were gathered per year from where is now known as the Farallon Islands.";s:

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

The Egg Wars,” produced by The Kitchen Sisters for their podcast The Kitchen Sisters Present, May 2017.

Today, the Bay Area radio-making team The Kitchen Sisters take us back to the 19th Century Gold Rush, when food, especially protein, was scarce in San Francisco, and where men were ready to die in what would go down in history as “The Egg War.”

You can subscribe to the podcast The Kitchen Sisters Present on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, RadioPublic, or on whatever other podcatchers you prefer. You can also listen to episodes at kitchensisters.org.

SeaWomen,” produced by Sofia Saldanha for The Wapping Project Podcast, May 2012.

Credit Mikhail Karikis
The SeaWomen of Jeju.

On Jeju Island, a community of women dive for pearls, a tradition that’s centuries old. They use a language of songs and noises to communicate while they’re diving, and the breathing technique they utilize to make these specific sounds is a skill only taught by mothers once their daughters begin their pearl-diving training.

Artist and Filmmaker Mikhail Karikis brought the songs and stories of these women to the shore of the Thames River for an audiovisual exhibit displayed in Wapping, London in 2012. Here is Karikis speaking with Radio Producer Sofia Saldanha about his time spent with the diving women of Jeju.

You can find more episodes of The Wapping Project Podcast on iTunes. Saldanha is a curator for the UK-based radio community In the Dark, where you can find a long list of sound-rich radio stories to listen to. 

This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Blue Dot Sessions, The Arcade Fire, and Feist.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

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