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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (28 Feb. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807871028
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807871027
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Reality Radio" is a fabulous book I wish I could have read when I started at NPR in 1974. It would have shaved 10-15 years off the learning curve discovering how to make great radio."
-Bob Edwards"

"This book is valuable for those who believe radio's future is in the art of storytelling and can be a particularly good resource for students enrolled in radio narrative or radio/audio documentary classes, and a valued tool for faculty teaching documentary, narrative, audio drama, and radio writing."--"Journal of Radio and Audio Media"


"What is striking about this collection is how clearly the reader can 'hear' the diverse voices and stories, despite the print medium. . . . A wonderful and accessible read. . . . Highly recommended."--"Choice"


"An incredibly important contribution to the field of public media, one that will invite introspection, spark creativity, and hopefully teach people that the first step in learning is listening."--Public Radio Makers Quest 2.0


"Biewen . . . chronicles this rebirth of the documentary . . . profiling a new breed of radio producers who . . . are willing to get involved with their subjects, reveal parts of their own lives, and paint vivid pictures with sound."--"Duke Magazine"

"[Biewen] offers a lively history of creative documentary radio in his introduction to 19 passionate, instructive, and unexpectedly moving essays by innovative audio journalists and artists who use sound to tell true stories artfully. . . . Invaluable and

What is striking about this collection is how clearly the reader can 'hear' the diverse voices and stories, despite the print medium. . . . A wonderful and accessible read. . . . Highly recommended.--"Choice"


This book is valuable for those who believe radio's future is in the art of storytelling and can be a particularly good resource for students enrolled in radio narrative or radio/audio documentary classes, and a valued tool for faculty teaching documentary, narrative, audio drama, and radio writing.--"Journal of Radio and Audio Media"


[Biewen] offers a lively history of creative documentary radio in his introduction to 19 passionate, instructive, and unexpectedly moving essays by innovative audio journalists and artists who use sound to tell true stories artfully. . . . Invaluable and many-faceted coverage of a thriving, populist, and mind-expanding art form.--"Booklist"


An incredibly important contribution to the field of public media, one that will invite introspection, spark creativity, and hopefully teach people that the first step in learning is listening.--Public Radio Makers Quest 2.0


Biewen . . . chronicles this rebirth of the documentary . . . profiling a new breed of radio producers who . . . are willing to get involved with their subjects, reveal parts of their own lives, and paint vivid pictures with sound.--"Duke Magazine"

From the Inside Flap

Over the last few decades, the radio documentary has developed into a strikingly vibrant form of creative expression. This volume celebrates today's best audio documentary work by bringing together some of the most influential and innovative practitioners from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Australia. In these 19 essays, documentary makers tell relate how they make radio the way they do, and why.
Includes essays from Ira Glass, the Kitchen Sisters, Rick Moody, and producer Joe Richman, among others.

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excellent insight to the thought and patience that goes into radio podcasts/documentaries etc. Highly recommended to anyone who works or is interested in long form radio.
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I bought this book to help me with my university course work for radio production really helped me out. would highly recommend
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HASH(0x8d3034d4) out of 5 stars A great look at the inner workings of audio docs and public radio superstars... 5 Jan. 2011
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I really dug this book. Like any bios, many of those included in this book offered surprises. (Who'd have thought the great Emily Botein began adulthood as a pastry chef?) I appreciated the great words of wisdom from superstar producer Jay Allison, and the insights of the brilliant young producer - and co-host of RadioLab - Jad Abumrad... The book is a great read. I enjoyed learning the backstories of the many public radio greats that I enjoy listening to each week...
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I have been a listener of public radio and the audio documentary format for many years. I always look forward to stories from NPR and PRX. This is the ideal gift for any fan of This American Life, Radiolab and All Things Considered. With chapters written by the likes of Jad Abumrad and Ira Glass, this gives a real glimpse into not only the inner workings of these shows but the very essence of the ideas leading up to them. This is not just a book for the fan of PBS, it is for anyone interested in storytelling and journalism. With so much of our TV time taken up by cheap reality programming and radio with inflammatory talk shows, this book really restored my faith in the fundamentals of radio reporting and storytelling.
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HASH(0x8dc9f72c) out of 5 stars It's a great book 28 Jan. 2014
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It's not a technical manual, so if you're trying to learn more about recorders an microphones, this isn't the one for you. If you want to know how to build a story, give this a read. Also pick up NPR's book Sound Reporting.
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If you're involved in radio, podcasting, or even video blogs, this book is worth reading. I liked it because it explained to me what the spoken word can do that other media can't... or can't do well, anyway.

If you'd like to make your recordings richer, more compelling, and more interesting to your listeners, learn from the best. That's what you'll find in this book.

This book expanded how I look at podcasting, and the kinds of recordings I want to make.

I was a little uneasy buying this book, because it seemed a little expensive for stories I might not learn from. I shouldn't have worried. From the first few pages, the "ah-HA!" moments were worth every cent.

Before relaunching my podcasts, I'm re-reading this book. I was almost overwhelmed, the first time, because this book wasn't what I expected. Reading it the first time, it was as if someone had lifted the curtain and showed me an entire landscape of ideas and approaches that take recordings into a new dimension.
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Thanks to "This American Life" and similar shows, audio storytelling has entranced more and more people. Listen closely and you'll hear the hinges squeak as this book opens the door to the world of the magic that emerges when storytellers meld careful listening, writing and speaking.
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