New HowSound: Al Letson’s Covenant…

HOWSOUNDIn 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.

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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, Alex Blumberg, 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.