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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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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
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For some radio inspiration, make sure to listen to these three stories produced in a week by students at a recent Transom Traveling Workshop in Mar...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2018
  • Length: 29:14
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The narrative arc in recent story about the drug epidemic by NPR's Rachel Martin was like being taken down into a basement and having the light tur...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2018
  • Length: 12:39
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Producers talk about scenes in stories all the time. "What are the scenes in your story?" "Oh, I got some great scene tape today." But what the hec...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2018
  • Length: 20:00
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It's possible I love David Weinberg's "Louie Louie" doc because I love the song. It's "Louie Louie" for God's sake. But, really, what hooked me was...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2018
  • Length: 14:29
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Three students. Three stories. One week. Hear what can be accomplished in a very short period of time with barely any sleep.

  • Added: Jul 02, 2018
  • Length: 21:37
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Select telling details... Mete out descriptions... Cast surprising characters... and other tips for dynamic and visual reporting on the arts from t...

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2018
  • Length: 13:58
  • Purchases: 3