HowSound

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

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      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.


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      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.


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      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?


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      15m
       2018-01-23

      Don’t Write, Tell - HowSound


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


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      12m
       2018-01-09

      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.


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      17m
       2017-12-26

      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.


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      14m
       2017-12-12

      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.


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      21m
       2017-11-28

      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.


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      18m
       2017-10-31

      The Broken Narrative - HowSound


      Greg Warner is one of Rob Rosenthal's favorite radio writers. He deftly put the "broken narrative" to good use in an episode of his NPR podcast "Rough Translation." In fact he's so good at it, you'd have no idea he was using it. What is the broken narrative? You'll have to listen.


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      20m
       2017-10-17

      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.


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      15m
       2017-10-03