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

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

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Changing the way I listen!

By EGlist - Jan 26 2019
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How Sound is a great podcast if you’d like to dive deep and understand the art and craft of great radio storytelling. Insight into the decisions made to create a great radio story only makes listening to them a richer experience. The opportunity to get to do so, listening to a segment, then hearing that segment discussed with the creator is illuminating. The way Rob Rosenthal questions, challenges and even instructs his guests brings to life the creative process of crafting a story for radio. One of my favorite How Sound episodes (18) is the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of “Ghetto Life 101”. I never would have heard “Ghetto Life 101” had it not been featured in How Sound. Thanks for such a great podcast!

Rob

By e.amb - Jul 26 2018
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Is the man

iTunes Ratings

173 Ratings
Average Ratings
165
5
1
2
0

Changing the way I listen!

By EGlist - Jan 26 2019
Read more
How Sound is a great podcast if you’d like to dive deep and understand the art and craft of great radio storytelling. Insight into the decisions made to create a great radio story only makes listening to them a richer experience. The opportunity to get to do so, listening to a segment, then hearing that segment discussed with the creator is illuminating. The way Rob Rosenthal questions, challenges and even instructs his guests brings to life the creative process of crafting a story for radio. One of my favorite How Sound episodes (18) is the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of “Ghetto Life 101”. I never would have heard “Ghetto Life 101” had it not been featured in How Sound. Thanks for such a great podcast!

Rob

By e.amb - Jul 26 2018
Read more
Is the man

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HowSound

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

When The Going Gets Tough, Keep Asking Questions

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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.

Jun 11 2019

14mins

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Some Fav And Not-So-Fav Sounds

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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.

May 29 2019

18mins

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A Question To Start A Story?

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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.

Feb 21 2018

24mins

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Hang A Picture In Front Of The Mic

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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.

Jun 12 2018

13mins

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Police Ride-Alongs

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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.

Apr 17 2018

14mins

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Recording Binaurally

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All you need to know for this episode is this: Listen with your best headphones!

May 15 2018

18mins

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Making Sense Of A Pile Of Tape

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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.

Dec 11 2018

20mins

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Stopping A Podcast

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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.

Mar 06 2018

22mins

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Three Student Stories Produced In Only A Week

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Three students. Three stories. One week. Hear what can be accomplished in a very short period of time with barely any sleep.

Jun 26 2018

21mins

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Enticing Listeners To Press Play Again

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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.

Nov 27 2018

29mins

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25th Anniversary Of “Ghetto Life 101”

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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.

May 29 2018

43mins

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Taking Control Of The Music

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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.

Jan 08 2019

21mins

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A Sonic Conjuring

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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.

Feb 05 2019

11mins

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Finding Chenjerai The Storyteller

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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."

May 01 2018

22mins

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How Sruthi Tracks

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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, Sruthi Pinnemaneniof Reply Alltakes things a whole lot further because she’s driven to avoid sounding like she’s reading something written. She very much wants listeners to fall into a story because her voice sounds unaffected and genuine. 

“(At Reply All) we try to track in a way that is closer to ‘I’m telling a story to somebody,'” she says. “When we’re tracking, we almost always have a producer or someone in the room where we’re trying to recreate that feeling of ‘I’m here and I’m feeling the excitement and joy that I know exists in this story.'”

She says it’s not just a matter of talking to that person in

the room. They help, too. They offer feedback, of course. But, they also play

tape. Sruthi listens to a quote in her story then, right as it finishes, she

narrates.

“The tape always carries a certain kind of emotion,” she explained to me. “Either you’re surprised by what the person is saying or what the person is saying makes you laugh. And so you want the tracking, the line that you’re saying out of it, to carry that emotion.”

What else does she do? Sruthi lays it out in this episode of

HowSound.

Apr 02 2019

15mins

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All The Sound We Can Not Hear

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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.

Mar 05 2019

12mins

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The Podcast Mindset: Part 1

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Recording equipment? Check. Marketing plan? Check. Theme music? Check. Mindset?..... 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.

Sep 18 2018

28mins

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Getting Inside Someone Else’s Skin

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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.  Conversely a

bad interview can be saved by rock solid writing. But really, if you nail your

interview, the rest will come easy. Okay. Not easy, but easier. And the story

the tape is based on will likely be more satisfying.

Put another way, interviewing is the keystone of audio

storytelling.

That’s why it’s important to examine the work of the best practitioners and Cathy FitzGerald is just that — one of the best. She possesses an uncanny ability to capture “humans being” in her interviews. And she approaches it in unusual ways with her penchant for recording interviews in scene; her use of participant observation, which is a fancy way of saying she doesn’t just ask questions, she gets involved; and her use of props to prompt conversation. On this episode of HowSound, Cathy chats about those approaches and we hear extended examples of her work.

As a bonus, during our chat, Cathy turned the tables and

asked me questions about

interviewing. And that led us to talk about our weaknesses and what we both

would like to improve and to this positively lovely analogy for interviewing —

weeping with one eye.

May 14 2019

24mins

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Sports Stories That Work

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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.

Mar 20 2018

19mins

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Anatomy Of A Scene

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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.

Jul 24 2018

20mins

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Staying The Course In A Tough Interview

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Nov 26 2019

24mins

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Navigating Mongolia With Fixers

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Nov 12 2019

16mins

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Scoring Stories: Part 2

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Oct 29 2019

17mins

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Scoring Stories: Part 1

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Oct 15 2019

23mins

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Interviewing For Emotions

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Oct 01 2019

21mins

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Jaw-Dropping Clips

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Sep 17 2019

24mins

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Anything Can Happen. That's The Best Part.

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Sep 03 2019

20mins

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Bellwether's Speculative Journalism

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Aug 21 2019

17mins

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HowSound Reviews "Song Exploder"

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Aug 06 2019

19mins

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HowSound Reviews "Stay Free: The Story Of The Clash"

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Jul 23 2019

23mins

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The Hidden Work Of An Associate Producer

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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. 

Jul 09 2019

21mins

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First, Tell Them An Anecdote

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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.  

Jun 25 2019

22mins

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When The Going Gets Tough, Keep Asking Questions

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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.

Jun 11 2019

14mins

Play

Some Fav And Not-So-Fav Sounds

Podcast cover
Read more

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.

May 29 2019

18mins

Play

Getting Inside Someone Else’s Skin

Podcast cover
Read more

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.  Conversely a

bad interview can be saved by rock solid writing. But really, if you nail your

interview, the rest will come easy. Okay. Not easy, but easier. And the story

the tape is based on will likely be more satisfying.

Put another way, interviewing is the keystone of audio

storytelling.

That’s why it’s important to examine the work of the best practitioners and Cathy FitzGerald is just that — one of the best. She possesses an uncanny ability to capture “humans being” in her interviews. And she approaches it in unusual ways with her penchant for recording interviews in scene; her use of participant observation, which is a fancy way of saying she doesn’t just ask questions, she gets involved; and her use of props to prompt conversation. On this episode of HowSound, Cathy chats about those approaches and we hear extended examples of her work.

As a bonus, during our chat, Cathy turned the tables and

asked me questions about

interviewing. And that led us to talk about our weaknesses and what we both

would like to improve and to this positively lovely analogy for interviewing —

weeping with one eye.

May 14 2019

24mins

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Eight Things I Like About 10 Things That Scare Me

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

Apr 30 2019

11mins

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Nuggets

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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.

Apr 16 2019

17mins

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How Sruthi Tracks

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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, Sruthi Pinnemaneniof Reply Alltakes things a whole lot further because she’s driven to avoid sounding like she’s reading something written. She very much wants listeners to fall into a story because her voice sounds unaffected and genuine. 

“(At Reply All) we try to track in a way that is closer to ‘I’m telling a story to somebody,'” she says. “When we’re tracking, we almost always have a producer or someone in the room where we’re trying to recreate that feeling of ‘I’m here and I’m feeling the excitement and joy that I know exists in this story.'”

She says it’s not just a matter of talking to that person in

the room. They help, too. They offer feedback, of course. But, they also play

tape. Sruthi listens to a quote in her story then, right as it finishes, she

narrates.

“The tape always carries a certain kind of emotion,” she explained to me. “Either you’re surprised by what the person is saying or what the person is saying makes you laugh. And so you want the tracking, the line that you’re saying out of it, to carry that emotion.”

What else does she do? Sruthi lays it out in this episode of

HowSound.

Apr 02 2019

15mins

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An Editor’s Fingerprints

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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.

Mar 19 2019

20mins

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All The Sound We Can Not Hear

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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.

Mar 05 2019

12mins

Play