New HowSound: Story Endings
(August 7, 2018)


Why do humans long for a story to have a happy ending? Rob has a theory, which he shares on this edition of HowSound. But he does more.

Recently, he was surprised by an NPR story that Morning Edition host Rachel Martin did about the drug crisis. The story did not have a happy ending. She discusses her choice to end the story in a dark place, while sharing other useful thoughts on endings.

Click here to hear their conversation.

Produced in collaboration with the Public Radio Exchange, HowSound delves into the ins-and-outs of radio storytelling in conversations about everything from fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics.

Each episode highlights the work of producers such as Alix Spiegel, Roman Mars, Joe Richman, Kelly McEvers, and Anna Sale. HowSound also features work from new producers, including students from the Transom Story Workshop.

Host Rob Rosenthal launched and directed the radio program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies for eleven years. He’s an audio guy through and through, producing documentaries, features, multi-media, audio tours, sound art, podcasts, commercials, and public service announcements as a freelancer.

Since the fall of 2011, Rob has been the lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop, teaching eight-week workshops twice a year in Woods Hole, as well as weeklong workshops around the country.