New HowSound: A Sonic Conjuring
(February 8, 2019)


A 100-year-old photo shows two strips of film from the Imperial War Museum in London. It’s a photo of the end of World War I. Dramatic, startling in its visual depiction of sound, followed by its cessation.

It’s a fascinating minute, leading to an equally compelling conversation. Listen to the producers — Will Worsley and Sam Britton — talk about creating the sound of the end of war from audio shadows by clicking 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.