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Sound School Podcast
Sound School Podcast
Rob Rosenthal/PRX/Transom.org

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

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Mixing Fiction with Non-Fiction

Fiction should stay in its corner, non-fiction in its corner. Or so Rob thought until he heard producer Pippa Johnstone... more

21 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
Interview Strangers on the Street, Make a Podcast

Catherine Carr has turned vox into artful conversation with a deceptively simple question: Where are you going? That's also the... more

07 Nov 2023 · 20 minutes
Revisiting: Remembering Studs

Studs Terkel is considered by many to be a patron saint of documentary radio journalism. It's been 15 years since... more

24 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Pleasing to the Ear

Rob acts as a story DJ on this episode, featuring excerpts from stories he’s recently found pleasing to the ear.... more

10 Oct 2023 · 38 minutes
Salt at 50!

What do radio producers Phoebe Judge (Criminal), Zoe Chase (This American Life), Greg Warner (Rough Translation), Matt Kielty (Radiolab), Emily... more

26 Sep 2023 · 32 minutes
Revisiting: Dead Mom Talking

This year's Third Coast Festival winners and finalists produced incredible work. It got us thinking about winners from previous years.... more

12 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
So You STILL Want to Start a Podcast, Eh?

It's unusual for a producer to share a work in progress. It's rarer still to do it twice. Nina Porzucki updates Rob... more

29 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Going Behind the Mic On Climate Change Reporting

Rebecca Hersher, a climate science reporter at NPR, offers excellent tips on reporting on climate change. But, at the heart... more

15 Aug 2023 · 31 minutes
Revisiting: Sound Art Meets Poetry Meets Cicadas

Summer means cicadas. Those crackly, buzzy bugs that drone and drone in the heat like a live electrical wire spewing... more

01 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Next-level Scoring

Get your headphones on for this episode! Rob dives into three remarkable examples of scoring. He features examples from the... more

18 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
Lean In and Listen Like It’s Music

Rob's a fan of the "radio art" style of audio storytelling from Europe but often, after listening, he finds himself... more

05 Jul 2023 · 34 minutes
Revisiting: Avoiding Pesky Sound Problems

No matter how good you are recording in the field, you're going to encounter challenges. Rob Byers does an incredible job explaining how to... more

20 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
The Best Audio Storytelling According to Pushkin

Pushkin Industries released a "Best Of Audio Storytelling: 2022" but instead of putting it out as a podcast series, it's... more

06 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
Happy 15th Sound School!

The Sound School Podcast launched 15 years ago this month. But it was called Saltcast back then. And for the... more

23 May 2023 · 23 minutes
What's Grabbed Antonia's Ears?

Antonia Cereijido has her ear to the ground. It's her job as Executive Producer at LAist to listen to what... more

09 May 2023 · 38 minutes
The Fingerprint of Chris Brookes

A light went out recently. The bright light of Chris Brookes — a sorcerer of audio documentary and sound art.... more

25 Apr 2023 · 52 minutes
Producing a Non-narrated Obituary

What's the value of a non-narrated story for the listener? "It's direct," says NPR's Quil Lawrence. The characters in the... more

11 Apr 2023 · 13 minutes
What’s Next for Munira?

Munira Kaoneka first started as a blogger in Tanzania. But she says sometimes you need to shout so she started... more

28 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Still More Darts and Laurels

Rob takes a hard listen to three podcasts -- You Didn't See Nothin', Lights Out, and Noble Champions. He then... more

14 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Think of a Radio Station (or Podcast) as a Musical Instrument

Steve Junker says he thinks of a radio station as a musical instrument -- a pipe organ, to be specific.... more

28 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
Dear Birth Mother

In this episode, Rob turns the mic on himself to mark the 10th anniversary of meeting his birth mother for the first time.... more

14 Feb 2023 · 38 minutes
Studs Terkel Meets Brian Eno in the Woods

It's good to look beyond your borders for inspiration. That's what this episode is about. Brian Harnetty is a sound... more

31 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
This is Good, But I Have a Question

Three great new podcasts raised production questions for Rob. Why use sound effects in All There Is With Anderson Cooper?... more

17 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Recording Sound Design in the Field

John Scott Dryden takes a very unique approach to sound design for the fiction podcasts he produces -- he records... more

03 Jan 2023 · 18 minutes
Why Two Narrators When One Will Suffice?

The vast majority of stories are told by one narrator. But not at NPR's Planet Money. They regularly have co-narrators.... more

20 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Caves and Bears and Neanderthal Flutes - Stories from Slovenia

What's the best way for reporters to break out of their boxes and think creatively? Give them an unusual assignment... more

06 Dec 2022 · 26 minutes
Writing An Audio Essay

Rarely do reporters turn the mic on themselves to divulge the challenges in their own lives. So, when they do,... more

22 Nov 2022 · 24 minutes
Story Dissection: When the Lede Gives It All Away

The opening to a story, especially a long series, requires a dance. How much do you give away? How much... more

08 Nov 2022 · 18 minutes
We Need More Words To Describe Audio Stories

When you limit language, you limit thinking. When you limit thinking, you limit creativity. When you limit creativity, audio storytellers wind... more

25 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Hand Over the Cash?

Reporter David Weinberg knows the rule: don't pay sources. For fifteen years, he never did – until he reported on Phoenix... more

11 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Sound School Podcast
We Need More Words To Describe Audio Stories
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When you limit language, you limit thinking. When you limit thinking, you limit creativity. When you limit creativity, audio storytellers wind up making... more