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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.


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21 Pieces

The backstory to great radio storytelling.


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All you need to know for this episode is: Wear your headphones!

  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 18:59
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Several years ago, Chenjerai Kumanyika sat down to record his narration for his first-ever radio story. In that moment, he discovered a problem: "W...

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  • Added: May 01, 2018
  • Length: 22:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Martin Kaste says recording police ride-alongs is fraught. For instance, how can you be fair during an interview with a suspect when a police offic...

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 14:58
  • Purchases: 1
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What do you do when the main character in a story is strange, bizarre, and weird? So crazy listeners might tune out? One answer is to find a sympat...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2018
  • Length: 21:57
  • Purchases: 1
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Bradley Campbell couldn't believe it when I told him I'd like to interview him about sports stories. He knows how much I hate them. But, a story he...

  • Added: Mar 21, 2018
  • Length: 19:00
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Blurb: Megan Tan pulled the plug. She stopped producing Millennial at the height of the podcast boom. Her inspiring yet cautionary tale on this epi...

  • Added: Mar 12, 2018
  • Length: 22:53
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One way to start a story is with a question -- one that focuses and animates the piece. Annie Minoff and Elah Feder of the "Undiscovered" podcast u...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 2018
  • Length: 24:49
  • Purchases: 1
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The Promise," a podcast from WPLN in Nashville, is an inspiring example of the journalism of empathy. And, it's easily some of the best local repor...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 18:01
  • Purchases: 1
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A shooter guns down twenty-six people in a church. Soon after, Debbie Elliott from NPR shows up, a stranger with a microphone. She says it's hard n...

  • Added: Jan 23, 2018
  • Length: 15:20
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Planet Money's Noel King says the best way to write for radio is to not write. Instead? Tell.

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2018
  • Length: 12:01
  • Purchases: 2