Carla uses sound, narrative, and interview to try to make sense of the world around her. In 2012, she produced a 6-part experimental radio series called “Simmer” for MAIN-FM in Asheville, NC, combining global perspectives with local voices and issues. To hear more of her radio work, visit Carla’s producer page at

Sample Pieces

With Flour on Her Hands: Women Grinding Grain

flour in hand
Aired on The Splendid Table May 21, 2015, this piece mixes a traditional milling song from Cameroon with interview with the stone millers at Carolina Ground in Asheville, NC.

No Dessert

Investigation of dessert in cross-cultural context produced soon after Carla’s return to the States from Togo, West Africa. French language interview segments are with Catherine Talim, Carla’s Girls’ Education and Empowerment teaching counterpart in Kante, Togo.

Four Eggs

Aired on American Public Media’s “The Splendid Table” on November 1st, 2008, this piece documents Carla going guesting in an Azerbaijani home and receiving an unexpected gift. Click here to read a blog posting from the University of Chicago Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies about this piece.

Practicing Awareness

Phil Nyokai James and the shakuhachi
A six-minute documentary on the shakuhachi flute produced while a student at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies and aired on Weekend America in September 2006. Care of the Salt Archives.

Audio Postcard from Azerbaijan

Collage of sounds recorded during Carla’s Peace Corps service in Azerbaijan, 2006-2008.