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It’s unusual for a story to be told by more than one narrator for all kinds of reasons. But Planet Money regularly uses two. Why is that? Erika Beras and Sarah Gonzalez, reporters for the show, know why, and they’re ready to tell you. Click here for more. ~~~~~~~~ Produced in collaboration with PRX, The[…..]

Over at Transom, multimedia artist Ariana Martinez is back with part 2 of her manifesto on Slowing. In her new piece, she shares thought experiments and creative practices, and offers inspiration and strategies to support creativity and artistic growth. Click here for more.

  In an episode from 2014, host Rob Rosenthal talks with editor Viki Merrick about her method of helping producer Will Coley reach emotional depths in his first-person documentary “Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home.” A rare behind-the-scenes look into the delicate dance between an editor and a producer. Click here for more.  […..]

Transom is celebrating the first anniversary of Alice Wilder’s popular Starting Out newsletter, which is a helpful resource and a terrific addition to the world of audio. In this edition, a conversation with Code Switch host B.A. Parker, about jumping into audio from an entirely different field, and her identity as a “gentle host.”  […..]

  In the new issue of Starting Out, good friends Lindsey Weber and Bobby Finger talk about their long history of starting projects for fun, with no great expectations, staying true to that mission, and somehow managing to produce twice weekly episodes of their podcast, Who? Weekly, for the last seven years. While staying friends.[…..]

The third season of Starting Out just launched over at Transom, featuring a deep dive interview with Laura Mayer, creator of the podcast Shameless Acquisition Target. Laura has labored long in podcastland and brings back tips for working in the current podcasting industry: getting hired, building your career, and what it means (and doesn’t mean)[…..]

The rule in journalism is: don’t pay sources. But occasionally someone wobbles, the line is not held. Reporter David Weinberg knows the rule and for fifteen years, he held the line. And then he reported on Phoenix Jones for the podcast The Superhero Complex. In a new Sound School, host Rob Rosenthal talks with David[…..]

Part one of a new manifesto at Transom,  is from Ariana Martinez, multimedia artist, sound designer, and radio documentarian, who is on a mission to slow us down. This summer, she tweeted a statement:  “…the demand for stories [to] be constantly, maximally engaging, full of surprises, twists/turns etc. ensures that certain kinds of stories don’t[…..]

In the newest Sound School episode, Rob Rosenthal muses on his inability to find a clear list of styles describing audio stories, and connects that to a recent twitter post from innovative artist James T. Green questioning how we think about and describe audio work. James says that limited language, limits thinking, which limits creativity.[…..]

Try thinking of radio stations as  musical instruments. That’s how WCAI’s Steve Junker thinks of them. As Managing Editor for News at WCAI, he wanted to expand his station’s range of notes…all the way across “the pond.” In a new Sound School, Rob talks with Steve about the collaboration he orchestrated between Woods Hole’s WCAI[…..]

Transom welcomes back producer/sound designer extraordinaire Brendan Baker. In a new essay, Brendan dives deeply into the evolving word of spatial audio, delineating concepts, specifics, its best uses in radio and podcasting, and more. Click here for more.    

Producer Andrew Leland’s recent story for Radiolab had challenge upon challenge. He was reporting on travel in space, specifically on how people with disabilities responded to zero gravity, and he went along for the test drives. Andrew dealt with the difficulties of nausea and recording in zero gravity.  Also, Andrew’s losing his vision. In a[…..]

In the new issue of Starting Out, Alice Wilder talks with novelist, audio producer, podcast creator, and teacher Daniel Alarcón about the power of imagination ­­–– from re-envisioning your surroundings, to finding your professional path, to creating anew the audio industry. Click here for more.

This American Life producer Ben Calhoun was working on a story centering on racial issues, and struggling with including mention of his own mixed race heritage. In a new HowSound, Ben talks with host Rob Rosenthal about the way he wrestled with this delicate writing task. Click here for more.   ~~~~~~~~ Produced in collaboration[…..]

  Australian producer Mike Ladd wrote this inspiring primer on the craft of audio storytelling for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation a few months ago, and Transom is pleased to be able to share it. Along with its brass-tacks, how-to suggestions and lots of audio links to sample, Mike champions a sensibility that’s getting harder to[…..]

The 10th issue of Starting Out, Alice Wilder’s monthly feature for audio industry newbies, is now on Transom. Alice’s interview with members of the union organizing committee that worked to create a union at Gimlet offers a good story and much useful thought on organizing workers in any field. Click here for so much more.[…..]

In a new installment of Sound School’s occasional episodes offering darts and laurels for exceptional and not-so-exceptional work, host Rob Rosenthal  offers only laurels. This time, exactly two. Click here for more. ~~~~~~~~~~ Produced in collaboration with PRX, The Sound School Podcast delves into the ins-and-outs of audio storytelling. The show features conversations about everything from[…..]

Robert Krulwich has been a beacon for so many of those in Transom’s sphere, an expander of our understanding of what radio can do and be as an artform, an inspiring creator and lover of what happens inside the ear. Although retired, in a new manifesto at Transom, he continues to explore the medium that[…..]

Every radio journalist knows the rule: don’t share scripts with sources. For more than twenty years, Laurel Morales obediently followed the rule. Laurel now produces the podcast 2 Lives and she’s left that rule behind. She explains why on a new episode of HowSound. Click here for more. ~~~~~~~~ Produced in collaboration with the Public[…..]

  HowSound’s new episode features sisters talking about talking with sisters, though not the kind you’re related to. In a valuable conversation about helping shy or reluctant-to-speak interviewees open up, Erika Lantz and Elin Lantz Lesser talk about the many months they spent interviewing former nuns in Mother Teresa’s order for the series The Turning:[…..]