Maker Sessions

Dive into scores of talks, workshops, and audio manifestos offering wisdom on everything from production skills to journalistic ethics from the best audio producers and makers on the planet.

Voice With a Capital "V"

Most of us use our voices in our work, but finding our "Voice" is an often overlooked part of our creative development. Hear what professionals from a variety of different fields have to say about this elusive aspect of our craft.

  • 2005
  • 01:16:48

Radio Across Time Zones

Radio transmissions are heard all over the world, from the largest urban centers to the smallest mountain villages. But what defines radio from a particular place, and what makes it different than radio from elsewhere?

  • 2005
  • 01:24:42

Anatomy of a Radio Piece

Imagine three producers from two continents working on one radio piece.

  • 2005
  • 01:15:54

Ask Away

Susan Stamberg, who figures she's conducted some 30,000 interviews in her brief career, plays examples of smart, dumb, informed, innocent, and baggage-laden questions, and discusses how to decide when each is appropriate.

  • 2005
  • 01:10:30

Sounds Loved and Sounds Lost

This session is: 1) A brief survey of field recording by that and other names, with an emphasis on non-pragmatic applications of recording technology such as musique concrete (last century) and phonography (this one);

  • 2005
  • 01:29:47

The Future of Radio Is Now

Teenagers are making some of the most engaging radio out there! Their refreshing perspectives and creative techniques are lighting up the radio and signaling good things for the future sound of the airwaves.

  • 2005
  • 01:12:50

Music: A Force for Good (and Sometimes Evil)

Radio makers have many techniques at their disposal for crafting each story they tell, including one in particular that gets used and abused more than any other: scoring.

  • 2005
  • 01:21:00

Explaining the World in Four Minutes

When David Kestenbaum tells people he covers science for NPR, they often say something like "it must be hard explaining such complicated ideas in such a short amount of time!" Well, it is.

  • 2005
  • 01:11:34

Podcasting: Believe the Hype

Join podcast pioneers and radio producers Benjamen Walker and Tod Maffin to discover how podcasting, in less than one year, changed broadcasting forever.

  • 2005
  • 01:22:10

A Sense of Place

Washington Post reporter Anne Hull shares her thoughts about how to capture an environment that reveals the world of a particular subject to your audience: by paying attention to detail and hopefully avoiding familiar cliches.

  • 2005
  • 01:19:08