Story Workshop Spring 2017: Pieces

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Intro from Jay Allison: Nine more new radio producers have flown from the radio nest in Woods Hole. We’re proud to share some of their work with you—stories on everything from a Santa Convention, to burials at sea, to a town questioning its character, and more. This was our 12th Transom Story Workshop class, and these new producers now join the ranks of the over 100 (107 to be exact!) Story Workshop alum around the country and the world. Listen for them on a station (or a podcast) near you.

"A Question Of Character" by Mitch Borden

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Mitch Borden

I like pieces filled with sounds and scenes. The type of stories that transport listeners to a place. That’s the kind of story I wanted to produce...

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"Away In A Bowling Alley" by Judah Kauffman

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Judah Kauffman

If other people are doing the kind of work you love, don’t be afraid to work towards it while giving it your own unique flavor.

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"Provincetown Remembers AIDS" by Sophie Kazis

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Sophie Kazis

Producing this piece taught me many lessons. Perhaps most importantly, I learned the value of outlining. And I learned it the hard way.

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"The Send Off" by Abby Madan

Abby Madan

Music can alter the emotional truth of a story. It’s important to use music that doesn’t tell you how to feel, and to use it only when you need to.

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"A Walking Tour Of Oak Bluffs" by Josephine Opar

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Josephine Opar

I’m glad I did this story because I had the opportunity to use equipment I’d never handled before, visit a part of Martha’s Vineyard I hadn’t experienced and actually learn something new about the area.

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"Life After Trauma" by Lee Romney

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Lee Romney

I knew when I came to Transom that I wanted to find a story that was emotionally honest. I also wanted it to resonate with me so I could bring the full force of my own passion to it. As a middle-aged person with some trauma in my own past who is working to become whole and integrated and fully alive, I was drawn to Jennie Wiley.

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"Found At Sea" by Andy Short

Andy Short

The biggest recording mistake I made was agreeing to interview the fisherman on their boat and not mic-ing them closely....This was dumb. Don't be bashful. I will never be bashful again.

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"A Liveaboard Moves To Land" by Olivia Weitz

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Olivia Weitz

I’m grateful that Rusty had the time and patience to meet with me more than once. It made multiple scenes in the story possible, and it allowed me to further develop his connection to the boat.

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"Frannie & Steve" by Justine Yan

Justine Yan

Here’s a little reminder, for radio or for anything: When you find yourself digging your heels in, try to unclench your fists. Read, listen, go for a walk. Remember what it is you want to achieve. It’s easy to get overly fixated on what you do NOT want to do and forget what you set out to do.

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About Rob Rosenthal, Lead Instructor

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Rob Rosenthal

Rob Rosenthal is an independent producer and a teacher. He’s the host for the HowSound podcast on radio storytelling — a joint project of PRX and Transom. He started and then ran the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies’ radio track for 11 years. And, he is now the lead teacher for the Transom Story Workshop, which launched in the fall of 2011.


About Leila Day, Teaching Assistant

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Leila Day

Leila Day is an editor and producer from San Francisco. She works with
KALW public radio and has produced content for NPR, AARP, USA TODAY, AJ+, and various podcasts; winning local and national awards for her reporting. She’s been teaching audio production at KALW’s Audio Academy and at San Quentin State Prison, where she conducts workshops and edits stories for air. Leila’s currently creating a new podcast called “The Stoop”…’a griot, newsroom, hair salon and your mama’s kitchen all in one.’ In 2015 she was the recipient of the USC Annenberg Reporting on Health Journalism Fellowship, reporting on mental health care within black communities. Creating artful narrative driven journalism is a skill that she’s built upon since studying radio at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies–you can find some of her reporting advice on NPR’s Training site.

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