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HowSound

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  • Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

HowSound is a bi-weekly podcast pulling back the curtain on radio storytelling. From fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics, HowSound explores the ins-and-outs of radio production.

Each episode highlights the work of independent producers such as Dave Isay, Joe Richman, Hillary Frank, and Dmae Roberts.

HowSound is produced by Rob Rosenthal for PRX.

The podcasts are available as free MP3 streams and downloads on iTunes, other podcast directories, and here at PRX.

Pieces

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The series "Seeing White" is essential listening. John Biewen reports on whiteness and white people for his podcast "Scene on Radio."

  • Added: Mar 21, 2017
  • Length: 14:21
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Producer Lu Olkowski offers several tips for fostering intimate interviews including a couple that are unorthodox.

  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 18:31
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I have great admiration for Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick. They put their podcast under a microscope. Why? To re-think the show top to bottom. Th...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 14:36
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The first time I listened to Jump Blue, I was slightly thrown off center; it took a couple of minutes to acclimate my ear. Then I lost my breath.

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 20:15
  • Purchases: 1
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Planet Money's Robert Smith on an unusual device for creative storytelling -- Oblique Strategies.

  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 18:09
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Two more gems from the Transom Story Workshop archive.

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 22:03
  • Purchases: 1
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Here’s a modest proposal. For stations and programs and podcasts looking for content, collaborate with essayists — especially authors who are alrea...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 13:40
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A lot of the music This American Life uses to score stories is composed for the program. Producer Jonathan Menjivar and musician Matthias Bossi of ...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2016
  • Length: 14:18
  • Purchases: 1
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There are no rules about starting a story but, there are some common approaches. Jessica Terrell dissects several story-starting tricks she used in...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 15:52
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Twisted story twists are the hallmark of Love + Radio. Nick van der Kolk dissects the blind-siding reveal in "A Girl of Ivory."

  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 19:22
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Rob dissects the structure an episode of a 99% Invisible to reveal a common but effective approach to storytelling -- the 'e.'

  • Added: Nov 02, 2016
  • Length: 26:19
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Sam Evans Brown was doing just fine narrating a story for NHPR's podcast "Outside/In." Why did he need to start narrating to two of his colleagues ...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 18:46
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Ya know that drawing of the evolution of human beings -- the one where it starts with a bent-over ape and ends with a human standing up straight? T...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 21:30
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It’s one thing to walk up to someone on the street and interview them. It’s another thing entirely to waltz right into a business, recorder rolling...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 13:25
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Ryan’s Sweikert's story “Short of Breath” is masterful in its telling. The reporting is top-notch, too, though you won’t recognize this piece as tr...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2016
  • Length: 14:44
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There's blood on the floor. Rob bludgeons the writing in an early radio story he produced. It's a radio writing crime.

  • Added: Aug 26, 2016
  • Length: 21:07
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On this week's HowSound, British/Danish producer Tim Hinman talks about the tone and pacing of his podcast Sound Matters.

  • Added: Aug 26, 2016
  • Length: 20:03
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If you want to re-broadcast an old doc from 20 years ago but you don't like a lot of the writing, the mix, and the voicing, what do you do? If you'...

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 45:20
  • Purchases: 1
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Silence is a radio no-no. So whaddya do when your story is about silence?

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 13, 2016
  • Length: 11:33
  • Purchases: 1
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Podcasts don't have to fit into the broadcast clock, so why go long? Short is beautiful.

Bought by KALW


  • Added: Jun 29, 2016
  • Length: 15:12
  • Purchases: 1