225 episodes

The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.

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    • 4.9, 207 Ratings

The Backstory to Great Radio Storytelling, hosted by Rob Rosenthal, for Transom and PRX.

    The Recesses Of Jay's Mind

    The Recesses Of Jay's Mind

    You may know Jay Allison for his work on the Moth Radio Hour and in his role as the founder and executive editor of Transom. But, back in the day, Jay produced a trove of strange and ear-catching pieces about dog's dreams, talking horses, and freaky neighbors. Headphones on, people.

    • 37 min
    AfroQueer And Podcasting In Kenya

    AfroQueer And Podcasting In Kenya

    Selly Thiam says producing an LGBTQ podcast in Kenya is incredibly challenging. There's homophobia, government censorship, and a potential audience that still doesn't quite know what a podcast is. And, yet, AfroQueer, the podcast Selly hosts and produces, is winning major awards for the reporting.

    • 25 min
    What Do You Stand For?

    What Do You Stand For?

    Why do you report a story or produce a podcast and send it out into the world? What gives you purpose? What do you stand for? Rob finds meaning from the original NPR mission statement. He talks to Bill Siemering about writing the statement in 1970, the first broadcast of All Things Considered, and what inspires Bill to work in radio for several decades -- the power of the human voice.

    • 22 min
    Gathering Scene Tape While Reporting From A Closet

    Gathering Scene Tape While Reporting From A Closet

    Because of COVID 19, Reporters are scrambling to figure out how to report from home given social distancing guidelines and shelter in place orders. In response, reporters are devising clever ways to record and keep their stories sound-rich and engaging even though they're reporting from a closet at home.

    • 17 min
    Take A Walk With Your Mic

    Take A Walk With Your Mic

    This historic moment may be a good time to reconnect to the sonic environment. The latest episode of HowSound provides inspiration to do just that.

    • 31 min
    Poetry As Narration

    Poetry As Narration

    Narration in stories is usually just that - narration. Someone in a booth reading or ad-libing a script. But, "Borders Between Us" is different. Producer, Saidu Tejan-Thomas, uses poetry to tell the story. HowSound's Rob Rosenthal can't think of another piece like it.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
207 Ratings

207 Ratings

Peeshnuck ,

Avoiding Cheesy Sound Design

Searching for information on sound design, I happened on your podcast on this topic. Quite interesting and has given me a bit more to consider as I venture down the path of trying to launch my own podcast “Consider if you Will!”.

Subsequently have been listening to other episodes. Excellent work and while some material does not interest me, it certainly kept my attention.

Now, I am still at a loss for selecting sound effects for the signature of the show and where to find talent to brainstorm ideas, at least I now have a starting point.

Well done! -SMeche

idfarmer ,

All around excellent

Rob is the best type of educator: he provides examples of how something can be done, explains it in an approachable and technical way (when appropriate), he is personable and light hearted, and best of all he has integrity (see Scoring Stories: Part 2 - music as emotional authoritarianism - as 1 example).

Episodes often are stories themselves. And the radio producers and journalists Rob interviews leave me inspired.

And even though there are puns, he usually gives you fair warning about them.

Thanks, Rob for doing what you do.

Masters Degree in Radio ,

It’s like getting a masters degree in radio.

I went back and started at the first episode. I have systematically listened to each one. Some twice. I have followed featured podcasts from Rob’s recommendations. Shared them with friends. And I have incorporated everything I hear into my own podcast efforts. I say efforts because sometimes I say to myself… “Oh, Rob would be horrified!” Rob is the best. Aside from the technical, process part (which I love), the stories featured along the way will make you laugh, cry, think. It is the best way to listen to diverse content and thinking. Bravo. This is my first and only podcast review. Not many hosts can compel you to take out your EarPods, log into iTunes and rate a podcast. Rob can. Keep it coming.

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