News & Events

Updates and announcements about APM’s work, both local and national. Includes press links, special events, and other activities that have been keeping us busy.

New Starting Out: Issue 7

Alice Wilder’s monthly feature for people new to working in the audio industry, Starting Out, is back. Alice returns with great advice, job postings, and an interview with one of her mentors, Noel King. Currently host of Vox’s Today Explained, Noel King launched her career in an adventurous way and has learned much on the[…..]

New HowSound: Collaboration Is The Only Way Forward

The Kitchen Sisters are known and loved by public radio listeners young and old, and now celebrate a major achievement: the Library of Congress will acquire their entire archive of innovative audio work. On HowSound, Rob talks with Kitchen Sister Davia Nelson about their big news, and their collaboration with performance artist Laurie Anderson. Click[…..]

New Tools: Podcast Mixers

Transom’s Jeff Towne has kept an eye on a new wave in audio production — the use of podcast mixers. Although designed more for use in conventional conversation style shows, he finds they can be helpful to have on hand in other ways. In a new post, he reviews some of the latest and most[…..]

New HowSound: More Darts and Laurels

Over at Transom, HowSound host Rob Rosenthal puts on his evaluating hat and dishes out a fresh collection of darts and laurels. Featured work is from The BBC, Vice, Wonder Media, and others. Click here for for more. ~~~~~~~~ Produced in collaboration with the Public Radio Exchange, HowSound delves into the ins-and-outs of radio storytelling[…..]

New Starting Out: Issue 8

The 8th episode of Starting Out features an intimate interview with Chris Stedman, host/writer of Unread, an award-winning podcast he created while processing the unexpected death of a friend. Generous and insightful, this conversation explores the complicated reality of simultaneously experiencing and exploring the tendrils of grief emanating from the survivors of a suicide. For[…..]

New Starting Out: Issue 6

The new issues of Starting Out features Priska Neely, Managing Editor of the Gulf States Newsroom, who answers reader-submitted questions about how to build relationships with supervisors. Full of useful thought and advice. Click here for more.

New HowSound: Audio Message in a Bottle

HowSound’s new episode features a conversation with audio producer and sound artist Kristina Loring, who once attended the Transom Story Workshop where she was taught by host Rob Rosenthal. Kristina thinks outside the box and shares the backstory to her pandemic-inspired audio installation, created for SoundScene, an annual arts festival in Washington, D.C.. Click here[…..]

New HowSound: Al Letson’s Covenant…

In this episode of HowSound, host Rob Rosenthal talks with Al Letson about his unusual approach to true crime storytelling in the true crime series he reported for Reveal, “Mississippi Goddam: The Ballad of Billey Joe.” His special approach: respect for the victims. Click here for more. ~~~~~~~~ Produced in collaboration with the Public Radio[…..]

New HowSound: Thinking in Scenes

In a new HowSound, Rob shares a crucial aspect of audio storytelling, the method he uses for organizing a story: a scene chart. But not only does he dissect one of his favorite audio stories, he also provides a pdf for you to download as a guide. Click here for more. ~~~~~~~~ Produced in collaboration[…..]

New Manifesto: Get Close

Over at Transom, a new manifesto for the new year from documentarian Sara Brooke Curtis in which she encourages us to open ourselves to new ways of seeing, thinking and hearing. Click here for this lovely rumination.

New HowSound: Radio Silence (Rerun)

Transom is featuring a HowSound episode from 2016 about a crucial aspect of audio storytelling: silence. We’ll say no more about that, except for this: click here for more!

New HowSound: Navigating Tricky Story Dynamics

In a new HowSound episode, host Rob Rosenthal talks with former Transom Story Workshop student Aviva DeKornfeld, now a producer at This American Life, about reporting on an environmental story, made difficult by a complex family situation. Click here for more. ~~~~~~~~ Produced in collaboration with the Public Radio Exchange, HowSound delves into the ins-and-outs[…..]

New HowSound: Remember to Breathe

When listening to audio stories, we may not always be conscious of the pause between words that a breath demands, but we feel it nonetheless. In stories where the breath is cut out, something feels off; we register that our bodies are missing … something. In a new HowSound, host Rob Rosenthal dives into breath[…..]

New HowSound: Engage Listeners, Build Trust

In a new HowSound episode, host Rob Rosenthal talks wtih Vermont Public Radio reporter Angela Evancie about the decline in overall trust in the media. Angela has come up with what she thinks is a good way to work against this trend by directly engaging listeners, and even more usefully has created a podcast she[…..]

New Manifesto: Ten (More) Tricks…

  Transom is pleased to welcome back Radiolab co-host, Latif Nasser, whose 2018 guide to finding stories is a perennial favorite. This new manifesto is packed with creative tips for finding stories or for just finding!  Illuminating for everyone, producers, students, or home-bound humans anywhere. Click here for more.

Goodbye 2021

Despite all challenges, 2021 marked Transom’s 20th anniversary, and over at the site you can find a year-end retrospective with links to just about everything we published this year – all from some of the best thinkers and makers in audio. Check it out, it’s a fine collection. Click here to find a wealth of[…..]

New HowSound: So You Want To Start A Podcast, Eh?

Usually, when HowSound host Rob Rosenthal talks with a producer it’s about a finished piece. Not this time! In a new episode, producer Nina Porzucki very generously shares a work in progress — her first-draft pilot for a podcast. Nina tells us how she got the idea from her head to the pilot stage, and[…..]

New Tools: 2021 Gift Guide

Transom Tools Editor Jeff Towne has done it again, assembling an expansive listing of Transom’s favorite gear for audio producers everywhere. It’s truly comprehensive and fun to read. There’s something here for everyone on your list… even if the only name on that list is yours! Click here to find a treasure trove of audio-related[…..]

New Starting Out: Issue 5

The fifth issue of Starting Out features a long, rich interview with Misha Euceph, founder of Dustlight Productions about her career path, and the experiences that led her to create the production home of her dreams. As always, lots of resources, job listings and other useful thought from Starting Out’s Alice Wilder. Click here for[…..]

New HowSound: Exquisitely Challenging

This week’s HowSound features a conversation with producer Erica Heilman about herstory “Finn and the Bell.” Host Rob Rosenthal says it’s the best story he’s heard all year. It’s a painful, gracefully told story, exploring the suicide of a young man in rural Vermont. Erica’s heart is in the piece, and you can hear that[…..]