New HowSound – Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown



Father Cares: The Last of Jonestown, produced for NPR in 1981 by Noah Adams and Deb Amos, is a legendary documentary; spoken of with reverence, admiration and awe.

The documentary brings us in close to the story of Jim Jones and “The Peoples Agricultural Project,” usually referred to as “Jonestown.” In 1978, over nine hundred followers died in a mass suicide/murder.

The documentary is a creative achievement, featuring tape of Jim Jones preaching and narrated in a unique manner. In this edition of HowSound, Rob Rosenthal talks with reporter Noah Adams, and producer Deb Amos, about their experience in making this compelling documentary. Click here to hear.

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 Alix Spiegel, Roman Mars, Joe Richman, Kelly McEvers, and Anna Sale. HowSound also features work from new producers, including students from the Transom Story Workshop.

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.

Since the fall of 2011, Rob has been the lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop, teaching eight-week workshops twice a year in Woods Hole, as well as weeklong workshops around the country.

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