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The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.

The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.
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PRX

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The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.

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English


Episodes

The Hidden Work Of An Associate Producer

7/9/2019
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Who are all those people at the end of an episode of Reply All, given credit for putting it together? One of them is Jessica Yung. She's an Associate Producer. On this episode of HowSound we shine a light on Jessica's hidden work as an AP.

Duration:00:21:09

First, Tell Them An Anecdote

6/25/2019
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When you have guests as famous and interesting at Tan France, Ramy Youseff, Wazina Zondon, Ryan Harris, and Alia Shawkat, why does the host of Tell Them I Am start each episode talking about herself? Misha Euceph has the answer.

Duration:00:22:47

When The Going Gets Tough, Keep Asking Questions

6/11/2019
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NPR reporter Uri Berliner breaks from his usual approach to storytelling and finds interviewing his dad about growing up in Berlin in the 1930s to be incredibly difficult and rewarding.

Duration:00:14:11

Some Fav And Not-So-Fav Sounds

5/29/2019
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Sewage pipes, a radio crime, and sound designing inner thoughts.... Must be another episode of Rob's fav sounds but this time with a twist -- a sound that annoyed Rob to no end. Clips from BBC 3 and Nathanial Mann, Bodies by KCRW, and No Feeling Is Final from ABC Radio.

Duration:00:18:41

Getting Inside Someone Else’s Skin

5/14/2019
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Every once in a while, I think HowSound should focus solely on interviewing. To heck with sound design, writing, ethics, tracking, and the like. Just focus on “the backstory to great radio interviewing.” Why? Because interviewing is how radio producers mine. It’s how we collect the raw material for our work. The better the interviewing, the better the tape. The better the tape, the better the story. I mean, sure sloppy writing can kill stellar interview tape. Same with bad production....

Duration:00:24:35

Eight Things I Like About 10 Things That Scare Me

4/30/2019
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On this episode, the convention-busting production choices of "10 Things That Scare Me."

Duration:00:11:46

Nuggets

4/16/2019
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Sometimes, there's just too much good work to feature on HowSound. To solve the problem, from time to time I feature a slew of ear-catching clips on one episode. On this episode, work from Believed, 99% Invisible, This American Life, and Threshold.

Duration:00:17:35

How Sruthi Tracks

4/2/2019
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At a school where I taught radio, in the mic booth, there was a photo of Studs Terkel hanging on the wall. Under it, someone wrote “Talk to Studs.” The picture was there to help with tracking. Narration will sound more conversational if you pretend you’re talking to Studs, the thinking went. After all, that’s the goal, right? To track like you’re just talking to someone. Hanging up a picture and talking to it may be a good (and slightly weird) first step toward tracking naturally,...

Duration:00:15:29

An Editor’s Fingerprints

3/19/2019
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Since 2009, Julia Barton's edited a lot of radio and podcasts you probably listen to including Revisionist History. On this HowSound, Julia talks shop about her approach to editing.

Duration:00:20:22

All The Sound We Can Not Hear

3/5/2019
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Jeff Emtmen pulled an audio sleight of hand in an episode of Hear Be Monsters about Mexican free-tail bats. It's a delight to listen to. To understand Jeff's trick, Rob offers a primer on sound and hearing.

Duration:00:12:46

Two From The Road In Nashville

2/19/2019
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Why do students at Transom's Traveling Workshops produce such solid work on very little sleep? Because they're driven to learn? Yup. Because they want to leave the workshop with something they're proud of? Absolutely. But, it may also be because they want to do justice to the people they profile in their stories -- to get it right. You can definitely hear that effort on this HowSound.

Duration:00:22:19

A Sonic Conjuring

2/5/2019
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On this episode, a fascinating minute of audio - the sound of war and peace reconstructed from the exact end of World War I. Even more fascinating, the producers - Will Worsley and Sam Britton - conjured the sound using audio shadows captured on film.

Duration:00:11:41

Twitter Vox

1/22/2019
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Back in September, Barrie Hardymon and Dana Cronin produced a short, sharp, shock of a story. One that featured tweets recorded by listeners including a tweet that had to be approved by NPR legal before broadcast. And they did it all in about eighteen hours.

Duration:00:11:38

Taking Control Of The Music

1/8/2019
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Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda compose music for stories at Reveal. HowSound's Rob Rosenthal talks with them about the way they think about music and scoring. We think you’ll find it instructive, even if your music comes from a library.

Duration:00:21:10

Your Skull Is An Ear

12/26/2018
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Up now on HowSound, a recent doc from BBC 3 called "Right Between the Ears" features ear-catching sound design and reveals how ears aren't the only part of the body involved in hearing.

Duration:00:15:13

Making Sense Of A Pile Of Tape

12/11/2018
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A pile of tape just might be a treasure trove of radio gold. But how do you go manage it? Bianca Giaever has answers and a touching documentary called “Two Years with Franz” produced with Jay Allison here at Transom.

Duration:00:20:21

Enticing Listeners To Press Play Again

11/27/2018
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That feeling you have at the end of a serialized podcast where all you want to do is press play again -- what causes that? Rob talks to Leah Sottlile and Ryan Haas from Bundyville about episode endings that entice listeners to press play again.

Duration:00:29:18