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March 07, 2007


Rowan Manahan

I loved Philip Larkin's remark: "Most bad storytelling is beginning, muddle, end."

It all comes down to taking a little (or a lot of) trouble to make sure that your presentation is, at the very least, relevant, compreshensible and engaging.

I have long argued that if you are not willing to do that, you shouldn't be making the presentation in the first place ...


Oh, and also:

*Why* was it so quiet?? :-)


I have used the Jessica Abel cartoon book about radio production based on This American Life with students.

These videos will complement the cartoon book, and will be useful. No issues with the content, and I fully appreciate the comments about people starting with audio, going so far and becoming dis-satisfied with the quality and not perservering.

BUT, I was suprised how bad the audio quality is! We have a geezer in a studio talking, not the most compelling visual element. And we have this muddy audio. Strange.

Heidi MIller

Thanks, as usual, for the wealth of information. Interview techniques and finding the story have been at the top of my mind lately, since I'll be presenting on them in the fall. And for we non-Ira-Glass-types, this information is invaluable.

You inspired a post and a question to the community on my own blog: http://talkitup.typepad.com/weblog/2007/04/interviews_and_.html


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