The Heart is an audio art project about intimacy and humanity. Founded in Kaitlin Prest’s bedroom in 2014, The Heart is comprised of a community of badass writers, radio makers and artists who make personal documentary work about their bodies and their loves.
Logo Design: Jennifer Custard-Jarosz
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KAITLIN PREST | Host & Creative Director
Kaitlin Prest is an audio artist interested in power and love. Since 2008 she has been nurturing the concept of The Heart and is eternally starry-eyed over the creators that have helped it grow into what it has become. Her work in podcasting, performance and installation has been featured at festivals around the world and has been recognized by several international awards (Third Coast Gold Award 2016, Prix Italia 2015). She shares the secrets of her craft in public talks, workshops and private consultations.
Photo: Ted Roeder
JEN NG | Art Director
Jen is a user experience and visual designer — making the show look the way it sounds. Past work includes We the People's web design (hosted by Josh Zepps of HuffPost Live). Her ongoing research explores listeners' relationships with audio content to help her design intuitive and branded touchpoints for sound mediums.
See more of Jen's work here.
MITRA KABOLI | Senior Producer
Mitra Kaboli is an award-winning media producer who has been working with The Heart since its inception in 2014. Her mixing and sound design has been included in ESPN's Dunkumentaries, Latino USA, Making Contact; and Death, Sex & Money. In addition to The Heart, Mitra makes podcasts for magazines.
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.
PHOEBE WANG | Assistant Producer
Phoebe is a multidisciplinary artist who works in radio and visual art; she joined The Heart in 2016, where she does a little of everything, from cutting audio to grant writing to social media. Phoebe formerly produced and managed live events for The Moth and has a studio practice in Brooklyn, NY.
See more of Phoebe's work here.
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.
See more of Zack's work here.