Typewriters Are Unpleasant

Michael Raphael of Rabbit Ears Audio talks sound effects recording: winter scenes, rockets, cityscapes, and the soul destroying typewriter. [...]

Southern Flight 242: Bringing My Father Home

Producer Will Coley and editor Viki Merrick offer HowSound listeners a gift by talking about their editorial process, a working relationship that is usually not shared publicly. [...]

Baking Tape

A painful reminiscence about preserving old reel-to-reel tapes by baking them. No, that’s not a typo. Baking. [...]

To Scene or Not To Scene

NPR’s legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg finds on-scene narration canned and phoney and she says ambient sound often gets in the way of a story. Yet, her recent report on buffer zones around health clinics proves otherwise. [...]

Dear Birth Mother

On this edition of HowSound, a 2005 Third Coast Festival award-winner from Long Haul Productions about a transracial adoption. [...]

Recording Not By The Book

Tight budgets, technological advances, and the impulse to experiment are leading some producers to record “not by the book.” Does it work? [...]

The Hospital Always Wins

Laura Starecheski should win a radio endurance award. Laura tells the story of her decade — ten years! — of research and production on “The Hospital Always Wins.” [...]

Hark! The Acoustic World of Elizabethan England

Three radio greats — Chris Brookes, Paolo Pietropaolo, and Alan Hall — explore the sound of England 400 years ago along with our modern soundscape. [...]

The Last of the Iron Lungs

Julia Scott says “participant observation” is a valuable reporting tool, even if it means climbing into an “iron lung” which looks like something only Dracula would lay in. [...]

The Fighter Pilot

Headphones are mandatory for this episode of HowSound. Kathy Tu’s second radio story ever will set your ears ablaze. [...]