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The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.
||Police Ride-Alongs - HowSound||How can you be fair during an interview with a suspect when a police officer is standing right there? Over the years as a law enforcement reporter for NPR, Martin Kaste has developed an approach to navigate this and several other challenges.||4/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Value Of A Sympathetic Character - HowSound||Producer Ann Heppermann explains how Glynn Washington was the perfect sympathetic character as the narrator of the "Heaven's Gate" podcast, the series about the cult that committed the largest mass suicide in the United States.||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sports Stories That Work - HowSound||Bradley Campbell couldn't believe it when I told him I'd like to interview him about sports stories. He knows how much I hate them. But, a sports story he produced and other episodes of Gamebreaker are well worth the listen. Bradley explains why.||3/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Stopping A Podcast - HowSound||Megan Tan pulled the plug. She stopped producing Millennial at the height of the podcast boom. Her inspiring yet cautionary tale on this episode of HowSound.||3/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||A Question To Start A Story? - HowSound||One way to start a story is with a question -- one that focuses and animates the piece. Annie Minoff and Elah Feder of the "Undiscovered" podcast use focus questions as story starters to great effect. But, I had some questions about their questions.||2/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Journalism Of Empathy - HowSound||"The Promise," a podcast from WPLN in Nashville, is an inspiring example of the journalism of empathy. And, it's easily some of the best local reporting I've heard in a long time. Meribah Knight explores this approach to reporting on this HowSound.||2/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Reporting On Traumatic Events - HowSound||A shooter guns down twenty-six people in a church. Soon after, Debbie Elliott from NPR shows up, a stranger with a microphone. She says it's hard not to feel like a pariah when reporting in traumatic situations. So, how do you avoid that?||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Don’t Write, Tell - HowSound||Planet Money's Noel King says the best way to write for radio is to not write. Instead? Tell.||1/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Two Traveling Workshop Stories - HowSound||Two solidly produced, fun stories from students at the Transom Traveling Workshop in Marfa, Texas. Both are well worth your listen.||12/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Radio Is A Visual Medium - HowSound||"Radio is the most visual medium." Aviva DeKornfeld's story "After the Storm" is proof. So much so, it's just as much a photo essay as it is a radio story.||12/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Avoiding Cheesy Sound Design - HowSound||Jad Abumrad of Radiolab delivers the goods on sound design in radio stories. A must listen if you're thinking of sound designing your next radio story.||11/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Stepping In With The Facts - HowSound||A recent story on NPR about the Confederate flag got Rob wondering about the practice of correcting interviewees in narration. Producer Zach Hirsch produced the story and he explains why he felt challenging the interviewee's viewpoints was necessary.||10/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Broken Narrative - HowSound||What is the broken narrative? You'll have to listen to this episode of HowSound with Greg Warner and Rob Rosenthal to find out.||10/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sounding Like Yourself - HowSound||Why is it so hard to sound like yourself when reading narration for radio stories? Transom's Viki Merrick offers some voicing coaching gold. You'll wanna take notes.||10/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sound Design Basics - HowSound||How do you craft sound design that doesn't sound cheesy? HowSound's Rob Rosenthal has no idea. To start figuring it out, he talked with Matt Boll who worked on the sound design for Crimetown.||9/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Making First-Person Stories Stand Out - HowSound||With the glut of first-person stories these days, how do you make yours stand out? Neil Sandell has some ideas.||9/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Fact-Checking “A Life Sentence” - HowSound||Producer Samantha Broun and This American Life's Christopher Swetala join me to talk about fact-checking "A Life Sentence" on this episode of HowSound.||8/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ready, Set, Radio Race! - HowSound||If you have one day to produce a story for KCRW's 24-Hour Radio Race, reach for low hanging fruit, right? Not if your Esther Honig. On this episode, Esther recounts how she and her team produced an emotionally difficult story for the race in 2015 -- an.||8/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Let The Tape Sing And Other Lessons From A Filmmaker Turned Podcaster - HowSound||Filmmaker Tally Abecassis learned a lot about audio storytelling when she jumped in the deep end & started producing "First Day Back." The lessons she learned are useful for filmmakers thinking of producing audio stories -- & radio producers, too.||7/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||A Few Of My Favorite Things - HowSound||Irish radio producer Ronan Kelly has a great ear for compelling radio. He plays story DJ on this archive episode of HowSound from 2010.||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Ask Uncomfortable Questions - HowSound||I was so nervous talking to Ashley Ahearn the producer of KUOW's new podcast about the environment "terrestrial." I should have been. I asked her about her appearance.||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Improvisation And Structure - HowSound||Sook-Yin Lee describes the combination of improvisation and structure that informs the production of Sleepover, a hit podcast from the CBC.||6/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Stories That Are Impossible To Pitch - HowSound||Sometimes, pitching a story is the last thing you want to do. Just press record and see what happens. Jay Allison is the guest on this episode of HowSound.||5/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||On Interviewing A Racist - HowSound||"Live like the truth is true and go where love has not yet arrived." Words Al Letson of Reveal lives by, especially when interviewing a racist.||5/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||When A Good Idea For A Podcast Is A Bad Idea For A Podcast - HowSound||Heed Arwen Nicks' warnings. Arwen explains when a good idea for a podcast is really a terrible idea for a podcast.||5/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
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I was a big fan of SaltCast before the name change and this first episode proves nothing has been lost in the transition. How Sound is perfect for anyone trying to learn how to make radio, or anyone who just loves great public radio pieces and wants to peek behind the scenes. Highly recommended.
I loved Saltcast and the new podcast is brilliant too!