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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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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.

  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 19:38
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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 KAOS and WOUB


  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 17:37
  • Purchases: 2
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KUOW's podcast "How's Your Day?" is a good podcast. The idea was bad.

Bought by KUER and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 02, 2017
  • Length: 26:38
  • Purchases: 2
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Never say this to yourself: "I'll fix it in the mix." Fixing recording mistakes back in the studio can lead to more problems. Instead, prevent issu...

  • Added: Apr 18, 2017
  • Length: 12:28
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Rachel Matlow had a head slappingly simple idea: make a conversation out of the interviews she recorded with her mom after her mom died. But, simpl...

Bought by KSFR and KUER


  • Added: Apr 18, 2017
  • Length: 22:44
  • Purchases: 2
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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."

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Mar 21, 2017
  • Length: 14:21
  • Purchases: 1
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Producer Lu Olkowski offers several tips for fostering intimate interviews including a couple that are unorthodox.

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 18:31
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 14:36
  • Purchases: 1
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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.

Bought by KUER and KALW


  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 18:09
  • Purchases: 2
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Two more gems from the Transom Story Workshop archive.

Bought by KUER and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 22:03
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WOUB and KUER


  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 13:40
  • Purchases: 2
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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 ...

Bought by WOUB, KUER, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 13, 2016
  • Length: 14:18
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 15:52
  • Purchases: 1
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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