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New exhibit and podcast asks what’s worthy of collecting

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Doll hats from “21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story.” Photo credit: Ian Byers-Gamber

A new exhibition at the Los Angeles Central Library called “21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story” showcases unusual collections by artists, ordinary people, and one celebrity -- Tom Hanks. There are items like paper airplanes, envelope linings, and gay bar matchbooks. Producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva, known as The Kitchen Sisters, toured the exhibition for their new series “The Keepers.” It’s part of their podcast “The Kitchen Sisters Present.”


Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva. Photo credit: Laura Folger


Paper airplanes, candy wrappers, and gay bar matches from “21 Collections: Every Object Has a Story.” Photo credit: Ian Byers-Gamber