New HowSound: Intimate Interviewing
(March 21, 2017)


Producer John Biewen was thinking about how we talk about race and he observed that “Whiteness is sort of treated as the default. You’re just a person if you’re white. And it’s non-white people who have race.”

But he’s been doing more than just mulling privately, he’s begun a new 10-part series called Seeing White on his podcast Scene on Radio.

In this episode of HowSound, John joins Rob to talk about his impetus for the series, and how he plans to move through the series. Click here to hear.

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.