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Kouvenda Media is beginning to explore the topic of censorship in prisons and has put together this related montage as part of Banned Books Week 2020:



Masks have become one of the most tangible symbols of our altered daily lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. And as we now mask-up to face the world each day, who we are unmasked is the evolving story of our time. 

In this shared moment, many of us are unmasking ourselves as we take stock of our lives, just as you’ll hear in the stories produced for Unmasked

No doubt we’ve all been forced to grapple in some way or another during this pandemic that has sickened and killed so many. 

From the physical steps we’ve needed to take to socially distance ourselves to the major changes we’ve had to adopt in our personal and social lives. All while confronting the massive economic, political and cultural changes that have unfolded over this past year.

That’s a lot to process all at once, and we just don’t know what lies ahead. But we can only hope that hearing each other’s unmasked stories at this time is a way— perhaps to find meaning and connection— in our unique and shared experiences within this pandemic moment.

At the Core of Care

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been interviewing various nurses about their firsthand experiences.

We also developed a special two-part series about emergency public health preparedness and the impact on community health centers.

Other recent episodes include one about patient-centered care and the need for nurse-led health centers to build capacity around addressing substance use disorder.

And we also produced an episode that unpacks the role nurses play in civic engagement and how nurses in Philadelphia were instrumental in shaping a new law requiring lead testing and remediation in rental properties.

Censorship in Prison

Lastly, as mentioned above, Kouvenda Media is looking into the issue of censorship in prisons. As part of this initial exploration, we hope to take further steps and develop a more concrete reporting series to come out by September 2021. If you’re interested in helping us make this reporting possible, please reach out.

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Kouvenda Media is a production company based in Philadelphia dedicated to producing narratives for social change. We specialize in audio production, podcast production and radio journalism.

Stephanie Marudas

Founder & Executive Director

Stephanie is a radio journalist and helped create and produce Grapple, which won a 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.