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 Technique: Adrenaline vs. Nuance

As a child, former Transom Story Workshop student Catarina Martins dreamt of being a foreign correspondent. Following the workshop, she dove in, heading to Athens from her home in Portugal to report on the uproar brewing after former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called for a referendum on additional austerity demands from the European Union.[…..]

New Ideas: Scaffolding; Starting Small

Over at Transom, Sruthi Pinnamaneni of Gimlet’s Reply All shares her theory about building radio skills that she calls, “Scaffolding.” She walks us through it, providing a useful framework for beginning producers, but also elaborates with smart tricks that more practiced veterans might want to borrow. Click here for more.

New Ideas: Subverting The Inverted Pyramid…

…And Other Tips For Making Audio At A Newspaper When Transom Story Workshop alum Martine Powers arrived to study audio storytelling, she’d been working as a newspaper reporter for a number of years. Frustrated by her inability to communicate the nuance and power of her interviewees’ actual voices when translated to print, she decided to[…..]

New Ideas: How Radio Made Me A Better Animator

One of the great rewards we reap from having a pool of Transom Story Workshop alumni is access to their thinking. When animator Kolin Pope applied a few years ago, he wanted to learn storytelling skills to improve his animation work, and that he has done, currently producing animations for The Washington Post. In his[…..]

Ideas: Bill McKibben

Journalist, author, advocate Bill McKibben started writing early, churning out columns throughout his college years and he’s still going strong. Bill took time to share some thoughts about truth, accuracy, advocacy and credibility in journalism in a new Transom Manifesto, In Defense of Honesty (Even When It’s Uncomfortable). He offers valuable guidance for reporting during[…..]

New Commentary: A Tribute to the Small, Rural Station

When Zach Hirsch graduated from the Transom Story Workshop in 2013, he envisioned moving from gig to gig in the radio/podcast world, but then it just so happened that he fell in love with the first place he landed. And there he remained, for five whole years. Over at Transom, Zach shares stories about that[…..]

New Show: The Tree

Musician Cariad Harmon began paying attention to radio stories about ten years ago, and after years of listening, wanted to start making her own radio stories. She recently attended a Traveling Workshop in Nashville. Transom occasionally features student work from the traveling workshops and her piece is one we wanted to feature. Cariad focused on[…..]

New Ideas: Thoughts On Translation – Mishy Harman

Sippur Israeli is an Israeli show similar to This American Life, with stories mostly told in Hebrew and translated English. Host and co-founder Mishy Harman contributes to our Thoughts On Translation series with practical and nuanced lessons learned while producing Sippur Israeli. Mishy writes, “If we approach translation merely as an attempt to convey words[…..]

New Show: Story Workshop Fall 2018: Pieces

The 15th Transom Story Workshop recently ended and nine new aspiring producers have been launched into the world. They’ve left behind stories on everything from deep sea creatures, to a judicial court run entirely by young people, to a retired couple who walked around the entire perimeter of Cape Cod, and more. And don’t forget[…..]

New Manifesto: Latif Nasser

Beginning producers struggle first with recognizing a story, and then with finding one! Not Latif Nasser. He’s the Director of Research for WNYC’s Radiolab, and has been generous enough to share a boatload of information about his own approach. It will change your story-finding life! Click here to bask in his wisdom.

New Techniques: Losing Control in an Interview

There’s more than one way to conduct an interview, depending on what you’re after and who you’re talking with. Erica Heilman lives in central Vermont and produces the podcast Rumble Strip, where, she says “you’ll hear from artists and criminals, taxidermists and soccer moms, lawyers and waitresses . . . to find out what they[…..]

New Manifesto: Zoe Chace

This American Life producer Zoe Chace has written a timely manifesto for Transom, and Jay Allison’s introduction nicely sums it up, so we’ll lure you over to her highly useful thoughts with his words: In her reporting, This American Life’s Zoe Chace has a combination of friendliness and fierceness. She’s a dogged questioner, but also[…..]

New Comment: 10 Signs Of A Daring Public Radio Station

PRX’s Chief Content Officer is the ever-energetic John Barth, who kindly has taken the time to share some of his observations with Transom. In Jay Allison’s introduction to the feature he says, “Twice a year, the Transom Story Workshop class makes a pilgrimage from Woods Hole to Boston to see a Moth show, drop by[…..]

New Show: Two Years With Franz

Bianca Giaever spent two years listening to 46 tapes recorded by the Pulitzer-winning poet Franz Wright before his death. Think about that for just two minutes. Then she started talking to Jay Allison about what to do with them. Then she came to Woods Hole and she and Jay worked together to make something of[…..]

New Sound Design: Jonathan Mitchell

Transom’s new series on Sound Design is from Jonathan Mitchell, the creator and producer of Radiotopia’s podcast, The Truth. Jonathan says, “I think everyone involved in audio production should think of him or herself as a sound designer. Good sound design is not decorative, and it’s not afterthought; it exists as an integral element of[…..]

New Sound Design: Haley Shaw

Transom expands its new series on sound design with a new entry from Haley Shaw, whose work can be sampled on The Habitat, a recent Gimlet podcast. Haley says, “At its best, sound design bridges understanding, enhances the impact of the story, immerses the audience, and explores new ways of communicating. But even when going for goosebumps,[…..]

New Tools: Sound Devices MixPre User’s Guide

Last year our Tools guru, Jeff Towne, waxed enthusiastic about the release of new Sound Devices recorders, the MixPre3 and the MixPre6. Strong sound quality, relatively low cost, and flexibility all figured into his positive review. Since then, more MixPre models have been added. In this post,Jeff gives us a tour of the new MixPre10T and MixPre10M. Details[…..]

New Techniques: Sound Design

Over at Transom, we’re starting a new series on Sound Design because it’s time! With new digital tools available and a podcast boom underway, the field of sound design is thriving. Our first contributor is Mark Henry Phillips whose work on Homecoming, Serial, Radiolab, and more, speaks for itself. At Transom, he shares details about[…..]

New Tools: Lavalier Microphones

To lavalier or not to lavalier is a big question. Transom’s Tools guy, Jeff Towne, has always felt it best to lean toward the side of not using lavaliers . . . ever. But he is not one to keep his head in the sand, so he’s decided it’s time to explore the world of[…..]

New In Conversation: Kathy Tu & Tobin Low

Kathy Tu had just graduated from law school when she decided to attend the Transom StoryWorkshop in the fall of 2013. Tobin Low was working as a professional cellist when in the fall of 2013, he, too, answered the call of radio. Today they’re best friends who happen to be co-hosting WNYC’s Nancy, a podcast[…..]