HowSound

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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 and Transom.

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

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The backstory to great radio storytelling.


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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.'

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Nov 02, 2016
  • Length: 26:19
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by WOUB and KUER


  • Added: Oct 18, 2016
  • Length: 13:25
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WOUB and KUER


  • Added: Sep 15, 2016
  • Length: 14:44
  • Purchases: 2
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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.

Bought by KUER


  • Added: Aug 26, 2016
  • Length: 21:07
  • Purchases: 1
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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 KIDE Hoopa Tribal Radio 91.3fm and KUER


  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 45:20
  • Purchases: 2
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Silence is a radio no-no. So whaddya do when your story is about silence?

Bought by WOUB, KUER, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jul 13, 2016
  • Length: 11:33
  • Purchases: 3
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Podcasts don't have to fit into the broadcast clock, so why go long? Short is beautiful.

Bought by WOUB and KALW


  • Added: Jun 29, 2016
  • Length: 15:12
  • Purchases: 2