By Rob Rosenthal/PRX/Transom.org
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The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.
||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|
||Avoiding Pesky Recording Problems - HowSound||Never say to yourself: "I'll fix it in the mix." Fixing recording mistakes in the studio can lead to more problems. Instead, prevent issues before they happen. Rob Byers, from NPR's Training Team has tips for avoiding basic, pesky recording problems.||4/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Dead Mom Talking - HowSound||Rachel Matlow had a head slappingly simple idea: make a conversation out of the interviews she recorded with her mom after her mom died. But, simple it was not. Rachel explains the backstory on her Third Coast award-winning doc.||4/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Reporting On Whiteness - HowSound||The series "Seeing White" is essential listening. John Biewen reports on whiteness and white people for his podcast "Scene on Radio."||3/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Intimate Interviewing - HowSound||How does Lu Olkowski get such intimate interview tape? She shares some of her approaches including a couple that are a bit unorthodox, I'd say.||3/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Rethinking A Podcast Top To Bottom - HowSound||After 5 years producing a successful podcast, Aaron Hendkin & Wendel Jenkins of WYPR's "Out of the Blocks" have decided to remake the show. On this first of 2 episodes, they introduce us to the podcast and the process they're using to make change.||2/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Sound As The Protagonist - HowSound||Take a deep sonic dive as we listen to "Jump Blue," by Nicolas Jackson and Afonica. Remember to hold your breath.||2/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Shaking Up Storytelling Formulas - HowSound||Did Robert Smith of Planet Money go to far to make the uninteresting interesting? Robert talks about using "Oblique Strategies" for reporting an arcane topic in economics.||1/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Buried Treasures, Again - HowSound||Get your headphones ready and listen! Two buried treasures from Transom students. A story about domestic violence. Another about eels.||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Morphing Print Essays Into Radio - HowSound||Some print essays make great radio. Jay Cowit, Technical Director for The Takeaway, tells us how they recently did it.||12/27/2016||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!