New HowSound: Being Present With A Microphone
(February 18, 2020)

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When Rob Rosenthal first heard Pejk Malinovsky’s radio piece “A Cow A Day.” he was reminded of the initial reaction he had to Robert Rauschenberg’s “White Painting.” Rob had wondered where the “there” was.

Rauschenberg’s painting was just that, white paint . . . at least at first glance. In Malinovsky’s audio piece, he follows a cow around for a day, and at first listen not much happens.

But, as Rob explains in this week’s HowSound, there’s a payoff to slowing down and paying real attention. To find out what he means and hear the store of a day in the life of a cow, click here.

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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 Sruthi Pinnameneni, Noel King, Leila Day, John Burnett, David Isay, and Susan Stamberg, as well as emerging producers from podcasts and local NPR stations around the country, and participants in various Transom Workshops.

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.