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.

Series

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20 Pieces

The backstory to great radio storytelling.


Pieces

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Jeff Emtman pulled an audio slight of hand in an episode of Hear Be Monsters on Mexican free-tail bats. It's a delight to listen to. To understand ...

  • Added: Mar 07, 2019
  • Length: 12:47
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Why do students at Transom's Traveling Workshops produce such solid work on very little sleep? Because they're driven to learn? Yup. Because they w...

Bought by KRZA


  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 22:19
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode, a fascinating minute of audio - the sound of war and peace reconstructed from the exact end World War I. Even more fascinating, th...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 11:42
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Back in September, Barrie Hardymon and Dana Cronin produced a short, sharp, shock of a story. One that featured tweets recorded by listeners includ...

  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 11:38
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Jim Briggs and Fernando Arruda have the luxury to produce in a way the rest of us probably can't: They compose music for stories at Reveal. But the...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 21:10
  • Purchases: 1
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A recent doc from BBC 3 called "Right Between the Ears" features ear-catching sound design and reveals how ears aren't the only part of the body in...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 15:13
  • Purchases: 1
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When 546 audio flies fall into your lap, what do you do? How do you go manage it? Track it? How do you even find time to listen to it all?! And w...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 20:22
  • Purchases: 1
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Blurb: That feeling you have at the end of a serialized podcast where all you want to do is press play again -- what causes that? Rob talks to Leah...

  • Added: Nov 29, 2018
  • Length: 29:19
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This episode features a slightly different format for HowSound. Instead of focusing on one story and an interview with the producer, I pulled a han...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 17, 2018
  • Length: 18:28
  • Purchases: 1
From: HowSound
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Jennifer Kingsley was so nervous when she started "Humans of the Arctic" she didn't eat for a week. But, she stepped off the boat in Svalbard with ...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2018
  • Length: 18:41