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Reality Radio, Second Edition
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This new revised and expanded edition of Reality Radio celebrates today's best audio documentary work by bringing together some of the most influential and innovative practitioners from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia. With a new foreword and five new essays, this book takes stock of the transformations in radio documentary since the publication of the first edition: the ascendance of the podcast; greater cultural, racial, and topical variety; and the changing economics of radio itself. In twenty-four essays total, documentary artists tell--and demonstrate, through stories and transcripts--how they make radio the way they do, and why. Whether the contributors to the volume call themselves journalists, storytellers, or even audio artists--and although their essays are just as diverse in content and approach--all use sound to tell true stories, artfully.

Contributors include Jad Abumrad, Daniel Alarcon, Jay Allison, damali ayo, John Biewen, Emily Botein, Chris Brookes, Scott Carrier, Katie Davis, Sherre DeLys, Ira Glass, Alan Hall, Dave Isay, Natalie Kestecher, Starlee Kine, The Kitchen Sisters, Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, Maria Martin, Karen Michel, Joe Richman, Dmae Roberts, Stephen Smith, Alix Spiegel, Sandy Tolan, and Glynn Washington.

Jad Abumrad, Radiolab
Daniel Alarcon, Radio Ambulante
Jay Allison, The Moth Radio Hour, Transom.org
damali ayo, independent audio producer
John Biewen, audio program director at CDS, Scene on Radio
Emily Botein, vice president of On-Demand Content, WNYC
Chris Brookes, independent audio producer, Battery Radio
Scott Carrier, This American Life, Home of the Brave
Katie Davis, special projects coordinator at WAMU, Neighborhood Stories
Sherre DeLys, 360documentaries, ABC Radio National
Ira Glass, This American Life
Alan Hall, independent audio producer, Falling Tree Productions
Dave Isay, StoryCorps
Natalie Kestecher, Pocketdocs, ABC Radio National
Starlee Kine, Mystery Show
The Kitchen Sisters, The Hidden World of Girls, Hidden Kitchens
Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder, Serial
Maria Martin, Latino USA, GraciasVida Center for Media
Karen Michel, independent audio producer
Joe Richman, Radio Diaries
Dmae Roberts, independent audio producer
Stephen Smith, APM Reports
Alix Spiegel, Invisibilia
Sandy Tolan, independent audio producer, Homelands Productions
Glynn Washington, Snap Judgment

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Accolades, Half Title, Series Info, Title Page, Copyright, Foundations Info, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Foreword
  2. Starlee Kine
  3. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Introduction
  2. John Biewen
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Are We on the Air?
  2. Chris Brookes
  3. pp. 13-24
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  1. That Jackie Kennedy Moment
  2. Scott Carrier
  3. pp. 25-33
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  1. Talking to Strangers
  2. The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva)
  3. pp. 34-41
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  1. Variations in Tape Use and the Position of the Narrator: Alix Spiegel’s Practical Guide to Different Radio Techniques
  2. Alix Spiegel
  3. pp. 42-53
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  1. No Holes Were Drilled in the Heads of Animals in the Making of This Radio Show
  2. Jad Abumrad
  3. pp. 54-63
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  1. Harnessing Luck as an Industrial Product
  2. Ira Glass
  3. pp. 64-76
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  1. One Story, Week by Week: An Interview with Sarah Koenig and Julie Snyder
  2. John Biewen, Sarah Koenig, Julie Snyder
  3. pp. 77-89
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  1. Story Time at the Azteca Boxing Club
  2. Daniel Alarcón
  3. pp. 90-96
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  1. Covering Home
  2. Katie Davis
  3. pp. 97-105
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  1. What Did She Just Say?
  2. damali ayo
  3. pp. 106-115
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  1. Out There
  2. Sherre DeLys
  3. pp. 116-125
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  1. Cigarettes and Dance Steps
  2. Alan Hall
  3. pp. 126-137
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  1. Unreality Radio
  2. Natalie Kestecher
  3. pp. 138-145
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  1. Finding the Beats
  2. Glynn Washington
  3. pp. 146-153
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  1. Finding the Poetry
  2. Dmae Roberts
  3. pp. 154-165
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  1. Everyone around You Has a Story the World Needs to Hear
  2. Dave Isay
  3. pp. 166-174
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  1. Diaries and Detritus: One Perfectionist’s Search for Imperfection
  2. Joe Richman
  3. pp. 175-181
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  1. Living History
  2. Stephen Smith
  3. pp. 182-193
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  1. The Voice and the Place
  2. Sandy Tolan
  3. pp. 194-203
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  1. Crossing Borders
  2. Maria Martin
  3. pp. 204-211
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  1. Adventurers in Sound
  2. Karen Michel
  3. pp. 212-217
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  1. Salt Is Flavor and Other Tips Learned While Cooking
  2. Emily Botein
  3. pp. 218-224
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  1. Afterword: Listen
  2. Jay Allison
  3. pp. 225-238
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 239-246
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  1. Editors’ Note: Hearing the Work
  2. pp. 247-248
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 249-250
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