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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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...

  • Added: Jan 10, 2019
  • Length: 21:10
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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...

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  • 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...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 20:22
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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...

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  • 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
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Producer Morgan Givens lays out his elaborate thinking behind a few sound effects he recorded for a historical fiction story he produced about an e...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2018
  • Length: 22:06
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It's a hackneyed idea, but it bears repeating: you can have all the right gear and marketing and everything else to make your podcast successful, b...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2018
  • Length: 20:35
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Recording equipment? Check. Marketing plan? Check. Theme music? Check. Mindset?..... You can have all the technical and logistical aspects of podca...

  • Added: Sep 20, 2018
  • Length: 28:42
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Often, sound brings to light the visuals in a story. But, narration can paint pictures, too. NPR's John Burnett talks "color notes" in radio storyt...

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  • Added: Sep 18, 2018
  • Length: 12:41
  • Purchases: 2