News & Events

Updates and announcements about APM’s work, both local and national. Includes press links, special events, and other activities that have been keeping us busy.

New Show: FRAN

Lydia Keating describes FRAN as “True Detective meets Dirty Dancing meets Ozark.” But what is FRAN? It is, in fact, Keating’s unconventional and engaging pilot for a longform digital storytelling project. We love audio, but we also love comedy and drama, and FRAN delivers both. Click here to see the video and read her thoughts[…..]

New HowSound: Bow Glacier Asserting Its Existence

In this week’s HowSound, Rob features a conversation with sound and data artist Ben Rubin about “Herald/Harbinger,” a sound and light installation that he and Jer Thorpe designed to share the inner life of the Bow Glacier with anyone standing in the lobby of a Canadian building. To hear the conversation and the sounds from[…..]

Good News: “Our Show” – The Atlantic’s Best Podcast

As this difficult year draws to an end, we have the happy opportunity to share celebratory words from Executive Director Jay Allison: We’re so pleased to note that Erica Heilman’s Our Show was recognized as the #1 Best Podcast of 2020 by The Atlantic. This was among some super-worthy contenders. Here’s the list: The[…..]

New Tools: Shure MV7

Over at Transom. TOOLS guy Jeff Towne puts Shure’s newest mic, the MV7, through its paces. The MV7 is a smaller, less-expensive mic than most other Shure mics, and has both XLR and USB connection. Jeff says a few key features, like both XLR and USB connection, and decent sound, make it worth a look.[…..]

New Show: Everybody’s Home

This Thanksgiving, Transom is featuring work from our old friend and contributor David Greenberger and his friend Tyson Rogers. Here’s Jay Allison talking about this special show: “We have a remarkable series for you this holiday. It’s warm, strange, unsettling, beautiful. It’s a marriage of music and voice, of thought and feeling, built during and[…..]

Recent Tools: Gear Guide for a Lockdown

Transom’s TOOLS expert Jeff Towne has put together a special holiday gift guide, re-tooled for 2020, filled with suggestions for gear and tech for producing (with the pandemic in mind). If you’re looking to gift an audio producer, or yourself, here’s where to go. Click here to see this extensive gift guide.

Recent Show: Story Mentorship Fall 2020 – Pieces

Transom is happy to share the new work of six talented producers who, for the past many weeks participated in the first-ever Transom Story Mentorship, an online professional development workshop for experienced audio makers. Despite the complications of Covid, full-time jobs, and family needs, they managed to produce some fine stories. Click here to hear[…..]

New Manifesto: Stephanie Foo, 2020

Five years ago, we asked producer Stephanie Foo to write a Manifesto about diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies for the public media industry. This year, we asked her to have another look at the industry and its support for people of color. Frankly, it’s not a pretty picture. Way past time for major change. Read,[…..]

Recent Show: Move It Forward

Transom is pleased and proud to feature a podcast whose origin story goes back to a Transom Radio Special, “Living with Murder” that Samantha Broun and Jay Allison produced with PBS Frontline. After its subject, Kempis “Ghani” Songster, was released from prison, we gave him a recorder and mic, sensing he would find a use[…..]

New Tools: RØDECaster Pro

Transom’s TOOLS guru Jeff Towne is back with another in-depth review of a new piece of equipment, this time it’s the RØDECaster, a sort of Swiss Army knife of a recorder. As Jeff puts it, “The true appeal of the RØDECaster is in its versatility.” This little workhorse is a multi-track recorder, a mixer, a[…..]

Recent Manifesto: Lewis Raven Wallace

Who gets to tell stories and how should those stories be told? It’s a big question, and in a new Transom Manifesto, Lewis Raven Wallace shares his thoughts on the line between journalism and advocacy and why he can’t fully separate the two. Lewis once worked at Marketplace, but a personal blog post upset his[…..]

New Show: It’s Alright

Over at Transom, we’re very pleased to present Phoebe McIndoe’s “It’s Alright,” which appeared, out of the blue, via Transom’s submissions page. We love stories like this, raw and honest, and deeply personal. Give it a listen, make a comment, make a piece yourself! Click here to hear Phoebe’s piece.

New Show – Pandemic ER: Notes From A Nurse In Queens

A note from Jay Allison: We can’t see what’s going in Emergency Rooms in New York, but it’s important to know about it, through first-hand reports. Kate O’Connell is a radio producer who studied at our nine-week Story Workshop in Woods Hole. She’s also a nurse in a hospital emergency room in Queens, NY. When[…..]

New Show: Our Show – The Hour

Our radio friend Erica Heilman reached out to Transom with her new audio project — a kind of ongoing global-vox-pop of this moment. Erica produces the podcast, Rumble Strip, and when COVID-19 struck, she wanted to do something useful, so she asked her podcast listeners if they wanted to help her make a story. Word[…..]

New Workshop: Story Mentorship Fall 2020

Applications are available for our first ever Transom Story Mentorship, a six-week, distance learning opportunity for a small cohort of producers who have prior experience. We have intentionally capped the class size at six to ensure each participant receives individualized attention. Over the six weeks, under the guidance of Transom/HowSound’s Rob Rosenthal, students will go[…..]

New Tools: Recording During The Corona Pandemic

Jay Allison suggests reporters and producers and anyone about to interview someone, take into account our TOOLS Editor Jeff Towne’s new post on Transom. “Jeff has been getting a lot of questions about “safe recording” these days. Transom has prepared a guide to some best practices for in-person recording, along with a lot of alternate[…..]

New Manifesto: Soren Wheeler

Soren Wheeler is the Managing Editor at Radiolab, which keeps him plenty busy, but he’s kindly taken time to write a special manifesto for Transom titled, “What Are We Even Trying To Do Here?” His focus is on reporting during these fractious and polarized times and he addresses a pressing question for journalists, asking: “Should[…..]

New Tools: Adobe Audition

Although Transom staff, all Mac users, have relied on Pro Tools as our editing software, our TOOLS guy, Jeff Towne, recently dove into Audition and emerged with a comprehensive review, which he shares with the world, and you, if you click here.

New HowSound: Being Present With A Microphone

When Rob Rosenthal first heard Pejk Malinovsky’s radio piece “A Cow A Day.” he was reminded of the initial reaction he had to Robert Rauschenberg’s “White Painting.” Rob had wondered where the “there” was. Rauschenberg’s painting was just that, white paint . . . at least at first glance. In Malinovsky’s audio piece, he follows[…..]

New Techniques: Jumping Into Audio Fiction

In the spring of 2018, Morgan Givens, a former police officer, came to the Transom Story Workshop with stories in his head and a need to make them work outside that head, in audio. He came to learn, and learn he did. Currently he’s a staff member at WAMU’s national show, “1A.” His day job[…..]