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HowSound is a bi-weekly podcast pulling back the curtain on radio storytelling. From fieldwork and recording techniques to narrative and ethics, HowSound explores the ins-and-outs of radio production.

Each episode highlights the work of independent producers such as Dave Isay, Joe Richman, Hillary Frank, and Dmae Roberts.

HowSound is produced by Rob Rosenthal for PRX and Transom.

The podcasts are available as free MP3 streams and downloads on iTunes, other podcast directories, and here at PRX.


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The backstory to great radio storytelling.


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Rob dissects, minute by minute, all the radio goodness in "Dead Animal Man" by Ira Glass.

  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: 29:17
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How do you find the story when know too much and have hours and hours of tape? Reporter Karen Duffin and Radiolab producer Kelsey Padgett trace the...

  • Added: Aug 12, 2015
  • Length: 20:44
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Producer Kerry Donahue says it’s one of the best ways to put more scientists on the air. Kerry’s referring to Transistor, the science podcast from ...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2015
  • Length: 16:56
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Rob remixes a story from Latino USA by Neena Pathak to reveal a different way to score a piece.

  • Added: Jul 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:14
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If my daughter told me she was a boy, I don’t think I’d pick up a microphone and start recording. Of course, maybe my inclination to record would e...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and PRX Remix

  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 20:58
  • Purchases: 2
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I have a collection of go-to stories produced by students that I regularly play in class at the Transom Story Workshop. The stories are well-produc...

Bought by PRX Remix

  • Added: Jun 19, 2015
  • Length: 18:24
  • Purchases: 1
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I’ll make a bet with you. I bet you’ll say “Wait, what??!” at least five times when you listen to Hillary Frank’s story “Real Teens, Fake Babies.” ...

Bought by PRX Remix

  • Added: Jun 09, 2015
  • Length: 22:32
  • Purchases: 1
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On this edition of HowSound, Neenah Ellis talks about her NPR series "One Hundred Years of Stories" and what she learned about using “I” when repor...

Bought by PRX Remix

  • Added: May 20, 2015
  • Length: 23:49
  • Purchases: 1
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What does “in the public interest” sound like? One answer is “The Path to Primary Care,” a radio documentary produced in 2014 by Karen Brown at New...

Bought by PRX Remix

  • Added: May 05, 2015
  • Length: 17:59
  • Purchases: 1
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If only I’d had Alex Chadwick as my guide when I was learning to write for radio (and now, for that matter). Wooooboy, life would have been a whole...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2015
  • Length: 17:58