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Beyond the Book

224 pp., 6.125 x 9.25

Reality Radio

Telling True Stories in Sound

John Biewen, editor; Alexa Dilworth, coeditor

Over the last few decades, the radio documentary has developed into a strikingly vibrant form of creative expression. Millions of listeners hear arresting, intimate storytelling from an ever-widening array of producers on programs including This American Life, StoryCorps, and Radio Lab; online through such sites as Transom, the Public Radio Exchange, Hearing Voices, and Soundprint; and through a growing collection of podcasts.

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. In these nineteen essays, 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, even audio artists--and although their essays are just as diverse in content and approach--all use sound to tell true stories, artfully.


Jad Abumrad

Jay Allison

damali ayo

John Biewen

Emily Botein

Chris Brookes

Scott Carrier

Katie Davis

Sherre DeLys

Lena Eckert-Erdheim

Ira Glass

Alan Hall

Natalie Kestecher

The Kitchen Sisters

Maria Martin

Karen Michel

Rick Moody

Joe Richman

Dmae Roberts

Stephen Smith

Sandy Tolan

About the Author

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he teaches and produces documentary work for NPR, PRI, American Public Media, and other public radio audiences. Alexa Dilworth is publishing director at the Center for Documentary Studies.

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