Hard To Say

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On this edition of HowSound, a real tearjerker. Despite how many times I’ve listened to Bente Birkeland’s story “Hard to Say,” I get choked up. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

“Hard to Say” was produced in 2004 when Bente was a student of mine back when I taught at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. It was Bente’s first story ever. And, it won a “Best New Producer” award from the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

I didn’t have time to interview Bente, but I vividly recall the backstory to the piece that includes reinventing the story twice during the reporting process. The piece is produced so well you’d have no idea what it took to make it.

Happy 10th anniversary to Bente and her documentary classic “Hard to Say.”

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