HowSound

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The backstory to great radio storytelling.

HowSound is the bi-weekly podcast on radio storytelling produced by Rob Rosenthal for the Public Radio Exchange.

From fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics, HowSound explores the ins-and-outs of radio storytelling.

Each episode highlights the work of producers such as Roman Mars, Joe Richman, Hillary Frank, and Kelly McEvers. HowSound also features work from new producers including students from the Transom Story Workshop where Rob is the lead instructor.

Rob launched and directed the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for eleven years. He's taught many audio workshops and classes. Rob also produces documentaries, features, multi-media, audio tours, sound art, podcasts, commercials, and public service announcements as a freelancer.

HowSound podcasts are available as free MP3 streams and downloads at www.howsound.org, iTunes, other podcast directories, and here at PRX. HowSound was formerly the Saltcast - saltcast.org and http://tinyurl.com/7j94hyr. Hide full description

HowSound is the bi-weekly podcast on radio storytelling produced by Rob Rosenthal for the Public Radio Exchange. From fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics, HowSound explores the ins-and-outs of radio storytelling.Each episode highlights the work of producers such as Roman Mars, Joe Richman, Hillary Frank, and Kelly McEvers. HowSound also features work from new producers including students from the Transom Story Workshop where Rob is the lead instructor. Rob launched and directed the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for eleven years. He's taught many audio workshops and classes. Rob also produces documentaries, features, multi-media, audio tours, sound art, podcasts, commercials, and public service announcements as a freelancer. ... Show full description


21 Pieces

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Headed out to report in a faraway place? Dan Grossman says "Be prepared." Dan shares intriguing sounds and important field preparation tips on this...

Bought by WYAP, KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 10, 2013
  • Length: 14:33
  • Purchases: 5
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Producers Jessica Partnow and Sarah Stuteville talk about the travails of overseas reporting in the former Soviet Union for their latest documentar...

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 13, 2013
  • Length: 21:16
  • Purchases: 4
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If only there was a quadratic equation for ethics, right? Plug in the variables and the equation spits out the answers. No such luck which means we...

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 27, 2013
  • Length: 20:24
  • Purchases: 5
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For years, Jen Nathan has felt guilty about a story she produced. Only now is she able to speak publicly.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 21, 2012
  • Length: 16:06
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Brian Reed — with tape rolling — wades into a lagoon on Kirabati to learn how high the sea has risen., Credit: Claire Anterea
This American Life producer Brian Reed employs, with great effect, the old writing maxim "show, don't tell" in his radio stories.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Apr 04, 2012
  • Length: 14:36
  • Purchases: 5
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Robert Krulwich on drama, narrative voice, and the day gorilla cages changed forever.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 07, 2012
  • Length: 31:47
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Whitney Jones
Whitney Jones tells a powerful story about leaving the Mormon Church.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 22, 2012
  • Length: 21:04
  • Purchases: 5
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Stretch your ears on the latest HowSound. We feature "Chorus of Refuge" by Ann Heppermann, Kara Oehler, and Jason Cady.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Feb 08, 2012
  • Length: 15:06
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Kelly McEvers
Kelly McEvers is a mic-slinger. Draws from the hip. Records with precision. Not afraid. (Okay, maybe a little bit afraid.)

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, PRX Remix, KUT and more


  • Added: Jan 25, 2012
  • Length: 18:12
  • Purchases: 6
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A youth-produced commentary on Aspberger's syndrome.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 14:59
  • Purchases: 5
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99% Invisible is my new favorite podcast. A little bit RadioLab, a touch of This American Life, and a lot of Roman Mars, the producer. There’s ever...

Bought by XRAY.fm, KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KBGA 89.9 FM and more


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 19:14
  • Purchases: 6
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Creative inspiration, podcasting, and motherhood with Hillary Frank.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 24:46
  • Purchases: 5
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Imagine this: You’ve met a total character. She’s kind of eccentric. She has forty-one animals in her backyard and it’s not a farm. And, just abou...

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, PRX Remix and more


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 08:25
  • Purchases: 6
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Producer Joe Richman understands the power and pleasure of storytelling with archive tape.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, WRPI, KUT and more


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 22:49
  • Purchases: 6
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There seems to be a trend afoot in documentary radio — working directly with musicians to compose music for a story. In fact, some producers are us...

Bought by KISU, KZXP, and KUT


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 14:13
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Tobacco warehouse, Richmond, Virginia, circa 1918.
Keys to good storytelling: strong, simple writing; solid voicing; professional recording and mixing; compelling characters; a seductive narrative; ...

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KDNK, PRX Remix and more


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 13:39
  • Purchases: 6
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First person essay meets sound art in a story about seizures.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and KUT


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 11:21
  • Purchases: 5
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Katie Davis doesn’t look very far for the stories she produces. In fact, they often come to her…. on her front porch.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and KBRP Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 12:23
  • Purchases: 5
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The amount of effort Sally Herships put into her first investigative journalism piece….. well, it’s enough to drive you to smoke!

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, KZXP, KUT, and KBRP Community Radio


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 15:19
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Producer Richard Paul and his father, Bob.
In 2005, Richard Paul produced a story for Studio 360 called “Fighting With My Dad.” Richard hasn’t talked to his dad since.

Bought by KISU, Radio Newark, and KZXP


  • Added: Jan 20, 2012
  • Length: 14:41
  • Purchases: 3