New HowSound: Nausea, Forehead Mics, and Immersion


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 new episode of HowSound, Andrew describes how he dealt with it all.

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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.