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 as she takes Rob through her series of delicate editorial and production choices.

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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.