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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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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 u...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 24:49
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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 repor...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 18:01
  • Purchases: 1
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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 n...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2018
  • Length: 15:20
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Planet Money's Noel King says the best way to write for radio is to not write. Instead? Tell.

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Jan 10, 2018
  • Length: 12:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Two solidly produced, fun stories from students at the Transom Traveling Workshop in Marfa, Texas featuring.... well, the title gives it away. Both...

Bought by KUER, PRX Remix, and WOUB


  • Added: Jan 02, 2018
  • Length: 17:37
  • Purchases: 3
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"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 radi...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Dec 14, 2017
  • Length: 14:16
  • Purchases: 1
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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 st...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2017
  • Length: 21:51
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A recent story on NPR about the Confederate flag got me wondering about the practice of correcting interviewees in narration. North Country Public ...

Bought by KUER and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 01, 2017
  • Length: 18:04
  • Purchases: 2
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Greg Warner is one of my fav radio writers. He deftly put the "broken narrative" to good use in an episode of his NPR podcast "Rough Translation." ...

  • Added: Oct 18, 2017
  • Length: 20:42
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Why the devil is it so hard to sound like yourself when reading narration? Transom's Viki Merrick offers some voicing coaching gold. You'll wanna t...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 08, 2017
  • Length: 15:12
  • Purchases: 1
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How do you craft sound design that doesn't sound cheesy? Rob has no idea. To start figuring it out, he talked with Matt Boll who worked on the soun...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2017
  • Length: 15:44
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With the glut of first-person stories these days, how do you make yours stand out? Neil Sandell has some ideas.

  • Added: Sep 06, 2017
  • Length: 27:25
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Sam Broun's stomach ached every time she returned to the boxes in her cellar, boxes that contained all the information she collected for her docume...

Bought by KUER, PRX Remix, KRZA, and WOUB


  • Added: Aug 22, 2017
  • Length: 20:56
  • Purchases: 4
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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...

  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 18:16
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Filmmaker Tally Abecassis learned a heckuva lot about audio storytelling when she just jumped in the deep end and started producing her podcast "Fi...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 14:08
  • Purchases: 1
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Irish radio producer Ronan Kelly has a great ear for compelling radio. He plays story DJ on this archive episode of HowSound from 2010.

  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 53:49
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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 a...

  • Added: Jun 27, 2017
  • Length: 21:57
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Sook-Yin Lee describes the combination of improvisation and structure that informs the production of Sleepover, a hit podcast from the CBC.

Bought by WOUB and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 14, 2017
  • Length: 12:20
  • Purchases: 2
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Sometimes, pitching a story is the last thing you want to do. Just press record and see what happens. Jay Allison explains why.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 19:38
  • Purchases: 1
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"Live like the truth is true and go were love has not yet arrived." Al Letson of Reveal on interviewing a racist.

Bought by PRX Remix, KAOS, and WOUB


  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 17:37
  • Purchases: 3