New HowSound: Improvisation And Structure
(June 18, 2017)


Sometimes a story idea will seem so off the wall that an editor can only roll their eyes. In that case, it’s likely not an idea triggered by a news event or a date peg. Sometimes it’s an idea that springs from a personal experience. Such is the case with Sleepover.

In this episode, Rob talks with host Sook-Yin Lee about Sleepover, how it sprang from her own life and a performance involving sleep deprivation, and what happens when you take three complete strangers and put them together for 24 hours to work out a personal problem.

Click 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.