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PICTURED: KAITLIN PREST, NICOLE KELLY, PHOEBE UNTER, CHIQUITA PASCHAL, SHARON MASHIHI; PHOTO BY SAM MASSEY

AN AUDIO ART PROJECT ABOUT POWER AND LOVE


The Heart is an audio art project about intimacy and humanity. The Heart is comprised of a community of writers, radio makers and artists who make personal documentary work about bodies, love, power dynamics, & all of the invisible things in the air between humans. From Mermaid Palace and Radiotopia.

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RITE OF PASSAGE


RELEASE DATE September 2, 2020

Rite of Passage
An episode from Spark, a show about daring attempts to create masterpieces and the mysterious process of transforming trauma into art.

Chiquita Paschal returns to the beginning — and end — of her dream to become an artist to find out why the spark of inspiration isn’t always enough...and how the added pressures of having marginalized identities can make it even harder to find your voice.




Written, produced & hosted by Chiquita Paschal.

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ABOUT THE PRODUCERS




PHOEBE UNTER / NICOLE KELLY
Propagandists & Collaborators


After meeting at a clothing-optional house party in Mexico City, Phoebe Unter & Nicole Kelly became the co-hosts of bitchface, an audio zine. NK & Phoebe have also collaborated on other happenings and projects, like CUNT POWER: Dyke Ranch, a temporary lesbian separatist retreat during the rage-filled summer of 2016; TRIAGE, a publication & pop-up clinic in response to late-stage capitalism; and zines including Solidarity Is Still For White Women and You Are Not An Intersectional Feminist.

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KAITLIN PREST

Creator & Host


Kaitlin’s entire experience as an artist has been...making The Heart (once known as Audio Smut). She started out on the real radio in 2008. On the new Heart, Kaitlin is still there to say hello and goodbye to you in each episode. She has shifted away from producing the actual audio and into a supporting/skillsharing role for the new producers. 

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SHARON MASHIHI

Editor


Sharon is known for being an editor on The Heart (Radiotopia) and Bodies (KCRW), for being a founding member of an artist residency in upstate New York called SMT, and many wonderful artistic interventions. Sharon is creating a new fictional show called APPEARANCES, based on her award-winning documentary: Man Choubam (I am Good).

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CHIQUITA PASCHAL
Editor


Chiquita is an independent editor and podcast consultant. She is currently the editor of Malcolm Gladwell’s new music history podcast, Broken Record, which debuts in November. Before flying solo, she was a producer for Gimlet Media’s Peabody Award-winning history show Uncivil and a member of BuzzFeed’s illustrious Pod Squad where she helped produce Another Round.

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SHOW HISTORY


IN MONTREAL 2008. CKUT 90.3 FM offers up an hour at drivetime to a group of queers. Kaitlin Prest, Jess Grosman, Nora Rohman, Britt Wray and Linda Tsang are the new collective of a sex positive radio show called Audio Smut. CKUT gives them the space and the freedom to experiment and find their own voice. Wildness ensues.

IN NEW YORK 2012. Mitra Kaboli moves to New York to join Kaitlin, who has big dreams of making the show into a real job instead of a passion project. They go independent from the radio station and relaunch the show as a podcast. Jen Ng, Rider Alsop and Rae Dooley join the ranks. 

IN KAITLIN’S BEDROOM 2014. She receives a call from Kerri Hoffman (PRX) with an invite to join the Radiotopia network. The Heart is born. Wildness ensues. Sharon Mashihi, Samara Breger and Phoebe Wang join the team. The show wins awards. They become pros. And then they get tired. 

IN TORONTO 2018. The Heart is quiet. Kaitlin, Phoebe and Sha make a different podcast with the CBC. Mitra gets a pro job at ESPN’s 30 for 30. Jen takes a self care vacay. Samara starts lifting weights and writing a lesbian romance novel. Rider lives the artist commune poet life. 

IN LOS ANGELES 2019. Kaitlin, with the advisement of Sharon and the blessing of Mitra, decides to keep this hard earned queer feminist platform alive by ushering in a new production team who are badass, brilliant, artful and full of righteous rage.

In the spirit of the gift she was given by CKUT back in 2008, Kaitlin offers this longstanding queer, feminist platform up to new, emerging artists. With her support and the help of editors Chiquita Paschal and Sharon, Phoebe Unter and Nicole Kelly come on as the new makers of the show. Wildness ensues.













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