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: 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[…..]

New Manifesto: David Green

David Green is a long-time third grade teacher at a school near Chicago. He’s always loved audio, and for the past 15 years has made audio pieces with the eight and nine year-olds in his classroom. In his Transom manifesto, David shares what he’s learned about making radio with kids. He describes the types of[…..]

New Transom Special: Borders Between Us

Saidu Tejan-Thomas is a young poet, an alumnus of the Transom Story Workshop, who came to Jay Allison with a deeply personal story he wanted to share. More than a story, it’s an homage and apology to his mother. Poignant for it’s depth and honesty, and insight into the stresses and perils of immigration, in[…..]

New Shows: Story Workshop Fall 2019 Pieces

This is what radio producers look like when they’ve finished their pieces! This group recently graduated from the Transom Story Workshop and Transom is proud to feature their work. Their stories are about everything from a 350-mile pigeon race to one man’s attempt to keep a precious pipe organ alive in an abandoned church. We[…..]

New Show: Not In The Cards

Producers often have at least the outline of what they expect their story to be about when they first interview someone. Producer Vivien Schütz usually does: “What is the plot? What are the stakes? What is the bigger picture?” But not always. In a piece of hers now on Transom, she says, “I didn’t even[…..]

New Manifesto: Tim Howard

In his new manifesto, So Much Good Trouble, Reply All’s Executive Producer Tim Howard walks us through two of his favorite stories, stories where things went way wrong before they went way right. He suggests that sometimes, when your plans go awry, blessings can abound. You just need to pay attention to your senses and[…..]

New Techniques: See It On The Radio

Over the course of her decades-long career, the indefatigable Susan Stamberg has won all kinds of awards and done everything from being the first woman to anchor a national nightly news program (hosting NPR’s All Things Considered for fourteen years) to moderating three Mr. Rogers tv specials for adults. Over at Transom, she’s taken time[…..]

New Show: The Disquiet of Appetite

This new SHOW on Transom is an unconventional story by a new producer about living with an eating disorder. Maggie Weiler struggled with her choice to focus on her own struggles when approaching what began as a final project for a college class. It’s an uncomfortable subject and all the more so when tackled from[…..]

New Manifesto: Maribah Knight

“Embedded reporting” takes on new contours in an excellent new manifesto over at Transom. Meribah Knight’s been reporting in Nashville for some years now and, in so doing, has found her happy place. In her manifesto, Maribah shares practical wisdom on, and her love of, being embedded. Not in a war zone, but instead in[…..]

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[…..]