Posts filed under “Radio”

This American Infographic

A very, very cool project: This American Infographic. My new years resolution is to make an infographic on every This American Life ever made. The idea is to expand and add context to the stories and information contained in the shows. Basically, anything I am curious about while listening to the pieces. That’s a tall […]

Why your radio show should put transcripts online

Bruce Melzer on why makes transcripts of its radio stories free online: There are solid business reasons for making transcripts free. Sales have been dropping over the years. As people search for, discover and share content, offering free transcripts will boost the traffic to, traffic that can be monetized with sponsorship. Finally, search […]

Content as a composition

Jowi Taylor, speaking at PAB09 about his award-winning radio series, The Wire: Our idea was to treat content as a composition, and to treat the listeners as active participants in the listening experience. If you haven’t heard The Wire (or the follow-up series, The Nerve) find a copy now and listen. If you can’t find […]

If you make stuff online, listen to this

If you do creative work that lives online, you owe it to yourself to listen to this episode of Jesse Thorn’s excellent The Sound of Young America. It’s a panel discussion with Jesse, Merlin Mann (of, Mike and Matt Chapman (of, and Jeff Olsen (of Adult Swim). Go ahead. Listen: It’s 55 minutes […]

Adam Davidson explains the explainer

Via Robert Paterson’s weblog, a great video of NPR’s Adam Davidson, explaining how they approached the incredibly complicated subject of the housing crisis for This American Life’s The Giant Pool of Money and the Planet Money podcast: As you’ll see in the video, Davidson thinks that journalists are too reluctant to acknowledge their own ignorance […]

Video: Ira Glass at the Gel Conference

It’s about surprise and humour. It’s a bit of Storytelling 101 (event leads to event leads to event leads to universal truth). But it’s mostly about craft, and if you tell stories, it’s totally worth 32 minutes of your time. From 2007, here’s Ira Glass at the Gel Conference: Present again is Ira’s familiar “taking […]