How can talking in a chipmunk voice help to make a breathtaking, award winning podcast? Andy Mills, audio producer for the New York Times, shares strange and wonderful insights, and shameful mistakes, that led to the creation of Caliphate, winner of a Peabody award for best podcast. In a conversation with podcast producer Jair Stein, Andy Mills takes a deep dive into making a narrative podcast. He talks about the necessity and the perils of audio experimentation, and lessons he learned from podcast heroes like Brian Reed (S-Town), Robert Krulwich (Radiolab) and Ira Glass (This American Life).
Produced by Jair Stein
Research by Inge Oosterhoff and Randy Vermeulen
Executive production by Judith Eigeman and Laura Das
Senior production by Evelien Kunst.
Music by Blue Dot Sessions
This True Stories online podcast was made for the Narrative Journalism Foundation which aims to support Dutch journalists who want to improve their skills in working in a narrative form (verhalendejournalistiek.nl/conferentie-2020). The Narrative Journalism Foundation receives support from the Democracy and Media Foundation, Pictoright, Lira Reproright, the University of Amsterdam and the Evens Foundation.