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2018 Stories Summer Institute Re-Cap

After a week of hard work, the 2018 Summer Institute concluded with a listening party on June 28th at the Worker's Defense Project. The venue was packed with people coming to hear our participants' podcasts chronicling stories and folklore related to this year's theme of Immigration and Labor.

Over the course of a week, the participants worked with our Stories From Deep in the Heart Program Dirctor, Bryan Griffith, as well as a special guest instructor, Suzy Seriff (PhD), in an intensive workshop to learn how to produce audio documentaries. The participants worked in groups to research a story, interview cultural workers and storytellers, record narrations with audio engineer Dave Alvarez at KUT 90.5FM, and craft the finished interviews into a broadcast-quality public radio documentary. You can hear all of the participants' stories below:


Stories Summer Institute Podcasts:

Living Without Borders produced by Shachi Kaushik and Uma Riddle, with assistance from Dave Barber

Hecho a Mano y Corazon produced by Allison Bennett Dyche and Jennifer Richter, with assistance from Carlos Salazar

The Work that Makes All Work Possible produced by Kim Belcik and Lauren Fryer, with assistance from Byrne Rock

Women on the Front Lines produced by John Poynor with assistance from Chase Frank

The Song Says it All produced by Luke Borders and Anne Boyd with assistance from Chase Frank and Julio Rochelle


The 2018 Stories Summer Institute was made possible in part by the board and members of Texas Folklife, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, Texas Commission on the Arts, The City of Austin Telecommunications & Regulatory Affairs GTOPS Award, City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, and generous support from Austin Independent School District, Worker's Defense Project, and KUT 90.5FM, Austin's NPR affiliate.