Need a Social Media Break?

Social media… love it or hate it? It’s the way many of us communicate today. And especially for teens who use social media to like, flirt, ghost, have streaks, group chats and obsessively post selfies. On the show, Jessica and Stephanie talk about their own relationship with social media, and introduce us to some teens who’ve chosen to take breaks and are feeling relieved.


Production is in full swing at at the moment!  

Here are some highlights about what we’ve been up to, as well as some of our work you can expect to listen to over the next few months:

Remember Reading

Be sure to check out the latest episodes available. There’s a great range of topics and books, including: Charlotte’s Web, Ella Enchanted, A Series of Unfortunate Events and The Mouse and The Motorcycle. Upcoming episodes include: Sideways Stories from Wayside School, Bridge To Terabithia and Stuart Little.

Diving Board

We produced five different podcast episodes related to Woodmere Art Museum’s exhibition about the acclaimed illustrator Jerry Pinkney. We took a tour with Pinkney through his old stomping grounds in Philadelphia; learned what inspires him as an artist; and heard his thoughts on a wide range of social and cultural issues. We also interviewed two musicians inspired by Pinkney’s illustrations and their thoughts around what freedom means.

At the Core of Care

We’re currently in production for this new health-care related podcast about nurses. You can read more here about what’s coming up.

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About us:

Kouvenda Media is a multimedia production company based in Philadelphia dedicated to producing narratives for social change. We specialize in audio, podcast and video production as well as multimedia and web-based projects.

Who we are:

Stephanie Marudas


Stephanie is a radio journalist and helped create and produce Grapple, which won a 2016 PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors, Inc.) award for best podcast for large public radio stations. She has been a reporter and producer for WHYY Public Radio in Philadelphia and WYPR Public Radio in Baltimore. Apart from public radio, Stephanie also conducts other interview-based work and oral history projects.

Jessica Kourkounis


Jessica is a multimedia journalist specializing in documentary and editorial work. She is best known for her photojournalism but is also building her reputation as an audio producer, filmmaker and writer. Jessica is a regular contributor to The New York Times and Getty Images. Her images have been published worldwide. Her radio stories have aired on public media stations on shows such as Morning Edition, The Pulse and NewsWorks Tonight.