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
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.
SHIRA BANNERMAN ::: Associate Producer
Using the tools of radio and writing, Shira is interested in providing a means of self-expression and connecting people. She graduated from the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in 2008, interned for the national oral history project, Storycorps; and taught Media Literacy Workshops through the Willie Mae Rock Camp For Girls. Shira also volunteers as a writing tutor for College Summit and Minds Matter — two programs dedicated to preparing low-income students for college.
Photo: Ted Roeder
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.
JEN NG ::: Designer ::: Associate Producer
Jen splits her time between art direction, UX design, 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 branding and content strategy for artists and design firms.
SAMARA BREGER ::: Associate Producer
Samara has been a classical musician, sex educator, and LGBTQIA community organizer. She's currently a radio producer and journalist with work airing on WBUR, NHPR, WAMC, and MPBN. Samara is based in New York City.
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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.
MEGAN DETRIE ::: Advisor ::: Associate Producer ::: Social MediaMegan works as the multimedia producer at The Atavist, a digital and non-fiction magazine. She's had stints as a magazine editor, beat reporter, videographer, farmhand, blackjack dealer and freelance writer. Previously based in the Middle East and North Africa, she's reported broadly on security issues in the region as well as on social and cultural shifts in Egypt after the 2011 uprising. Her audio work has been featured by Monocle radio (U.K.), KRTS 93.5 FM Marfa Public Radio and Public Radio Exchange (PRX) Remix.
ZACHARY DINERSTEIN ::: Web Developer