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

Sound School Podcast Rob Rosenthal/PRX/Transom.org

    • Education
    • 4.9 • 273 Ratings

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

    Tips to Elevate Your Reporting and Storytelling from Ira Glass

    Tips to Elevate Your Reporting and Storytelling from Ira Glass

    Ira Glass of This American Life is a master audio storyteller. He's equally skillful at laying out the mechanics of creative storytelling and reporting, too. Rob unearthed a presentation Ira made back in 2001 at a radio conference that is signature Ira and brimming with incredibly helpful tips on writing, structure, reporting, and scoring. A good listen for audio 

    • 56 min
    Safety First: Recording with Actors for an LGBTQ Story in Uganda

    Safety First: Recording with Actors for an LGBTQ Story in Uganda

    It's illegal to be queer in Uganda and incredibly unsafe. Queer people risk violence, eviction, harassment, and arrest. How then does a producer protect the identity of interviewees, especially when someone's voice might be recognized. British freelance producer Mary Goodhart solved this problem and many other safety issues while working on an LGBTQ story for the BBC World Service Podcast "The Comb." 

    • 23 min
    Shocking, Heartbreaking, Transformative…and Ethical?

    Shocking, Heartbreaking, Transformative…and Ethical?

    There's a moment in this episode when Rob is gasping and holding his hand to his chest. Why was he so astonished? Listen to his conversation with Jess Shane as they dissect the ethics of her Radiotopia documentary "Shocking, Heartbreaking, Transformative."

    • 35 min
    Introducing Sound Judgment

    Introducing Sound Judgment

    Deadlines, production meetings, staff management, show scheduling... in any given day, there's rarely time to pause and consider the craft of audio storytelling. Of course, PRX and Transom hope Sound School provides an easy opportunity to do that. On this episode, we'd like to introduce you to another podcast with the same mission: Sound Judgment hosted by Elaine Appleton Grant and featuring an interview with Jonathan Menjivar about his podcast Classy.

    • 46 min
    Thanks, NPR. That Was Satisfying.

    Thanks, NPR. That Was Satisfying.

    Have NPR's news magazines occasionally been sounding more radiophonic lately? Rob thinks so. He's collected a handful of satisfying moments of writing, production, and reporting from several reporters: Daniel Estrin, Avery Keatley, Andrew Limbong, Barbara Moran, Ari Shapiro, and Andrea Shea.

    • 22 min
    The Um, A Deep Dive

    The Um, A Deep Dive

    "Ums." You're supposed to cut them out, right? But what if the "um" means something? Talia Augustidis noticed her boyfriend "ummed" when he was lying and she thought "radio story." Talia takes a deep dive into the importance of not cutting out all the "ums" as well as the backstory to her piece for the BBC's Short Cuts called "What's In An Um?"

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
273 Ratings

273 Ratings

Flyawayfarm ,

continuing education for salties and seekers of truth and narrative everywhere

Rob gets it and he wants you to get it too. Thanks for making this show Rob!

Solo-rear ,

Review …

Rob provides very good suggestions and insights on the “How To’s” of podcasting. He presents exciting and well represented examples for his critiques and guidance. Only suggestion for him to follow is it to keep his articulation clear of crackles and dry mouth. Thumbs up.

nourseman ,

Rob’s a Treasure

I’ve been listening to this pod since the ‘SaltCast’ days. Frankly, I’m embarrassed that I haven’t reviewed this program until now. Rob’s a treasure and I hope he continues to share great stories (and their backstories) with us for years to come.

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