Living With Murder – Transom

Living With Murder – Transom

Intro from Jay Allison: This past year, we at Transom have been fortunate to work with the new investigative podcast, The Frontline Dispatch (PBS and WGBH). The final episodes of the first season are a collaboration between Frontline and Transom, building on our previous story, “A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, and My Mother.”




Producer Samantha Broun has continued to report on criminal justice reform, balancing the positions of victims and offenders. Her reporting is personal–her mother was a victim of a violent crime–but it’s also universal, raising the societal questions of punishment, redemption, revenge, rehabilitation, fear and trust.




For this Transom Feature, we bring you our new two-part special, “Living With Murder.” It’s the story of Kempis Songster, who was given a mandatory life sentence without parole for a crime he committed at 15 years old. He is forty-five now, still incarcerated, but recent Supreme Court rulings are giving him a chance…

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Lessons Learned While Making A (The) Daily – Transom

Lessons Learned While Making A (The) Daily – Transom

Intro from Jay Allison: Andy Mills has shared his work on Transom before, but that was when he had more time. Recently he transformed from a producer with weeks or months to produce a story–to a producer with a DAILY deadline, i.e. “The Daily” from the New York Times.




Andy breaks down the differences for us, including the revelation that he hasn’t had to give up his ambitious and artistic storytelling tendencies even amid the grind. His Transom feature is filled with excellent advice–like the tricks to a good opening, finding emotional connection, taking chances, and teamwork. Lots of audio samples here too. This is a great tutorial for any producer, no matter what your deadline.

To begin:

You Can Still Be An Artist

Obviously, I’m an artist — I’m wearing a blanket as a scarf while making a podcast! Photo by Michael Barbaro

I was inspired to become an audio producer by hearing things like Sherre Delys’ If.

And Scott Carrier’s Running After Antelope.

And

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Frustrated Artist Finds Way To Make Art – Transom

Frustrated Artist Finds Way To Make Art – Transom

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Al Letson came out of nowhere in public radio. Back in 2007, Al was a rapper, a playwright, a comic book writer, a poet… He was well-known in the poetry slam community. But, he’d never done radio. Despite his lack of radio experience, he submitted an idea for a radio program to the Public Radio Talent Quest — and won.

Al’s winning entry eventually became State of the Re:Union (SOTRU), a documentary program featuring sound-rich, provocative stories from a different city each week. Over the years, SOTRU won a Peabody and three Murrow awards.

Al is now the host of Reveal, a radio program and podcast from PRX and the Center for Investigative Reporting. But, despite how satisfied he is with SOTRU and Reveal, Al…

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Reporting On Whiteness – Transom

Reporting On Whiteness – Transom

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John Biewen says it point blank: “Like wow! White folks are a story!” And, it’s not a story that’s reported very much in public radio. NPR’s Code Switch is an exception. The Code Switch team makes a point of reporting on the white race and whiteness. But, generally speaking, white people tend to be “unmarked,” John notes. “(W)hiteness is sort of treated as the default. You’re just a person if you’re white. And it’s non-white people who have race.”

John is tackling that “unmarkedness” head-on with a new series called Seeing White on his podcast Scene on Radio. John will focus on whiteness and the white race over the course of ten episodes. He lays out his motivations and more about the series on this episode of HowSound.

As a side…

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Rethinking A Podcast Top To Bottom – Transom

Rethinking A Podcast Top To Bottom – Transom

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Let me start by saying this: I have great admiration for Aaron Henkin and Wendel Patrick. They decided to put their podcast under a microscope. Why? To re-think the show top to bottom. That’s risky. It’s no easy thing to let someone pick your work apart in a group setting but that’s just what they’ve done. In the end, they may radically transform their podcast.

Aaron and Wendel produce Out of the Blocks, It’s an hour-long show from WYPR in Baltimore. For each show, Aaron and Wendel pick a block in Baltimore and interview as many people who live and work on that block as possible. They then weave together their interviews in a kind of vox pop on steroids. The end result is a really great sounding tour of a neighborhood.

Even…

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Traveling Workshop 2017: Allston, Massachusetts – Transom

Traveling Workshop 2017: Allston, Massachusetts – Transom

Allston, Massachusetts: August 7 – August 13, 2017

The PRX Podcast Garage is hosting a week-long Transom Traveling Workshop in audio storytelling. Ten beginning-level students will get seven days of intensive training.

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Class and Cost

The fee for the week is $1,806 and includes:

  • Training by Rob Rosenthal, lead instructor for the Transom Story Workshop, with support from teaching assistant David Weinberg.
  • Your own copy of Hindenburg Journalist audio editor to keep.
  • Use of quality field-recording equipment. (Or bring your own if you like.)
  • Three group meals total during the seven days.
  • One-year Producer membership with PRX.

Workshop participants will gather Monday at 2:30 and for the rest of the week be immersed in field recording, interviewing, digital editing, script writing, and narration. By the end of the week, each participant will have produced a short profile of a creative person living in or around Allston/Boston/Cambridge. The Workshop ends with a listening…

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