THE HEART (formerly Audio Smut) is an audio art project and podcast about intimacy + humanity. The show was founded in 2008 at CKUT 90.3 FM in Montreal and became an independent podcast after Kaitlin and Mitra's move to NYC in 2012. Many audio experiments later, the show became a proud member of the Radiotopia Network from PRX in 2014.
Logo Design: Jennifer Custard-Jarosz
ZACHARY DINERSTEIN ::: Web Developer
Zack Dinerstein is an award-winning radio producer living in Brooklyn, New York. He’s produced for WNYC, Panoply, and Earwolf, working on shows like Slate’s Culture Gabfest, Katie Couric, The Takeaway, Slate Money, Double XX Gabfest, Inc. Uncensored, and Fake The Nation. He’s also edited stories for Starbucks’ Upstanders, Dean & Deluca’s Prince Street, and Umpqua Bank’s Open Account with SuChin Pak.
He was the host of the music podcast Feedback with Zack Dinerstein (NY Press) and Creative Director for the Brooklyn music venue Spike Hill from 2007 - 2012.
Occasionally, Zack also moonlights as a web developer (as was the case with this site). In addition to his work with The Heart, he’s also built applications for Glamour Magazine, GQ, and PBS’s POV.
KAITLIN PREST ::: Host ::: Creative Director
Kaitlin is an audio artist working in radio, performance and installation. She works creatively directing independent podcast projects (Audio Smut, The Heart/Radiotopia, Life of the Law/APM); and does public speaking and private consulting about storytelling with sound (Third Coast International Audio Festival, UnionDocs, Transom Story Workshop). Her documentary work was awarded the Hearsay Festival’s Overall Prize 2014, and the National Community Radio Award’s Outstanding Achievement in Documentary 2011.
Photo: Ted Roeder
JEN NG ::: Designer ::: Associate Producer
Jen splits her time between UX design, photo art direction, smut-driven storytelling and social justice work. She’s art directed photoshoots for BUST Magazine and Venus Zine, and has taught Media Literacy Workshops through the Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. In between, she does research and content strategy for digital products.
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MITRA KABOLI ::: Senior Producer
Mitra is a freelance audio engineer, media producer & consultant. Her work has been featured on Snap Judgement; Latino USA and Death, Sex & Money. She is currently working with WNYC, Bon Appetit and various other projects. She would like to do sound for your next video project. Maybe she can chat over breakfast with you.
SHARON MASHIHI ::: Editorial Advisor
Before joining the staff of The Heart, Sharon would sit in Kaitlin's bedroom, eating snacks and giving notes on radio stories. Actually, Sharon still does exactly that, but now she has a title. Sharon has her hands in many projects including The School of Making Thinking, the forthcoming feature film The Ticket, and the new WNYC podcast, Lies. Sharon is an avid journaler who can't be sure that anything has happened unless she has written it down.