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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 • 274 Ratings

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

    Revisiting: Magical Realism in Radio

    Revisiting: Magical Realism in Radio

    David Weinberg pulls off a real radio feat mixing fantasy and reality in his documentary called "Grace of the Sea." In this archive episode, David explores the value of "magical realism" in audio storytelling.  

    • 35 min
    An Audio Field Trip

    An Audio Field Trip

    Rob plays "Story DJ" on this episode "spinning" excerpts from several excellent stories you'll definitely want to hear. It's an audio field trip taking you around the world: Macon, Georgia, Wales, Madagascar, Kenya, and a closet at an undisclosed IKEA. Bring your best headphones for this one. 

    • 30 min
    Structure Interviews Like a Good Story

    Structure Interviews Like a Good Story

    Don't leave an interview entirely to chance. Structure it like a good story. On this episode, Rob dissects an interview on The Daily revealing its effective inner story structure. 

    • 15 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
274 Ratings

274 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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