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



      Recording Binaurally - HowSound

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



      Finding Chenjerai The Storyteller - HowSound

      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."



      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.


       2018-04-17  14m

      The Value Of A Sympathetic Character - HowSound

      What do you do when the main character in a story is strange, bizarre, and weird? So crazy listeners might tune out? One answer is to find a sympathetic character, someone the audience can relate to. 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.


       2018-04-03  21m

      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.


       2018-03-20  19m

      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.

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       2018-03-06  22m

      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.


       2018-02-21  24m

      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.


       2018-02-06  18m

      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?


       2018-01-23  15m

      Don’t Write, Tell - HowSound

      Planet Money's Noel King says the best way to write for radio is to not write. Instead? Tell.


       2018-01-09  12m