New HowSound: Ask Uncomfortable Questions
(June 28, 2017)


It’s difficult enough in normal life to ask a hard or uncomfortable question, but try doing that with a mic in your hand.

HowSound host Rob Rosenthal had just been teaching a workshop and the subject of challenging questions was discussed. Rob not only brought the topic to his conversation with producer Ashley Ahearn, he experienced the discomfort of the ask.

They were discussing her new podcast “terrestrial” and he steeled himself to ask her a fairly personal question.

To hear their conversation, and his question, click here.

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.