By Rob Rosenthal/PRX/Transom.org
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The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.
||A Sonic Conjuring||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.||2/5/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Twitter Vox||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.||1/22/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Taking Control Of The Music||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.||1/8/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Your Skull Is An Ear||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.||12/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Making Sense Of A Pile Of Tape||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.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Enticing Listeners To Press Play Again||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.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||These Are A Few Of My Favorite (Recent) Clips||A student once asked me “How do you find the stories you feature on HowSound?” I’m asked that a lot, actually. And, I’m sorry to say, I don’t have any secrets to reveal. I probably find stories and podcasts the same way everyone else does.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||You Just Won’t Know If You Don’t Ask||Jennifer Kingsley was so nervous when she started "Humans of the Arctic" she didn't eat for a week. But, she stepped off the boat in Svalbard with her mic and recording gear and learned a valuable lesson - you just won't know if you don't ask.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Fictional Sounds For A Fictional Story||Producer Morgan Givens lays out his elaborate thinking behind a few sound effects he recorded for a historical fiction story he produced about an escaped slave.||10/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Podcast Mindset: Part 2||It bears repeating: you can have all the right gear and marketing and everything else to make your podcast successful, but the most important asset is you. On this second episode of two, Vanessa Lowe of Nocturne lays out her podcast mindset.||10/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||The Podcast Mindset: Part 1||You can have all the technical and logistical aspects of podcasting in place but if you don't have the right outlook, your effort may fall short. What is that mindset? On this first of two episodes, Phoebe Judge of Criminal answers that question.||9/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Color Notes||Often, sound brings to light the visuals in a radio story. But, narration can paint pictures, too. NPR's John Burnett talks "color notes" in radio storytelling.||9/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Three Stories, Marfa Style||For some radio inspiration, make sure to listen to these three stories produced in a week by students at a recent Transom Traveling Workshop in Marfa, Texas. Then, sign up for a workshop yourself!||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Story Endings||The narrative arc in recent story about the drug epidemic by NPR's Rachel Martin was like being taken down into a basement and having the light turned off.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Anatomy Of A Scene||Radio producers talk about the scenes in their stories all the time. "What are the scenes in your story?" "Oh, I got some great scene tape today." But what is a scene? On this episode, Rob dissects one of the best scenes he's heard in a while.||7/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitA Rockin’ Start||It's possible I love David Weinberg's "Louie Louie" doc because I love the song. It's "Louie Louie" for God's sake. But, really, what hooked me was David's writing. Especially the opening.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Three Student Stories Produced In Only A Week||Three students. Three stories. One week. Hear what can be accomplished in a very short period of time with barely any sleep.||6/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Hang A Picture In Front Of The Mic||Select telling details... Mete out descriptions... Cast surprising characters... and other tips for dynamic and visual reporting on the arts from the legendary Susan Stamberg.||6/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||25th Anniversary Of “Ghetto Life 101”||This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the best -- if not the best -- radio documentary: Ghetto Life 101. Producer David Isay and editor Gary Covino recall their landmark work on this episode of HowSound.||5/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Recording Binaurally||All you need to know for this episode is this: Listen with your best headphones!||5/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Finding Chenjerai The Storyteller||A few years ago, Chenjerai Kumanyika went to record his narration for his first-ever radio story. And he discovered a problem: "What should I sound like?" Several years later, Chenjerai found his voice on the Peabody Award-winning podcast "Uncivil."||5/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Police Ride-Alongs||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||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||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||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|
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.
Great podcast for radio lovers
Awesome show for people who are interested in radio storytelling and learning about new podcasts
Perfect for radio lovers and storytellers.
I'm not a radio professional, but I am an avid radio listener, and always find myself thinking about how and why radio producers make the choices they do. So I was delighted to find this show, because it examines and deconstructs radio stories, looking at what makes them successful, and letting the viewer in on how some of the process works. It's also a great way to be introduced to other radio shows you might not be familiar with. Keep up the great work Rob Rosenthal!