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Talk to Me: The Art of Storytelling for Audio and Radio in a Global City

Semester and Year FA 2016
Course Number ARTS-UG1515
Section 001
Instructor Judith Sloan
Days M
Time 6:20 PM - 9:00 PM
Units 4
Level U



This arts workshop focuses on the art and production of storytelling in audio for documentary, commentary, and personal narrative. With the increasing presence of new technologies, webcasting, and visual stimulation, this course concentrate on the power and influence of audio/sound production. As issues of diversity, race, and cultural representation are increasingly becoming part of the public dialogue, this course will also look at current podcasts and dialogues taking place in the world of media producers. For the first part of the course, we will explore the history and influence of radio as a medium and listen to radio works from various sources including This American Life; Radio Diaries by Joe Richman; the early radio work of Studs Terkel, WNYC's Radio Lab, and works by Jay Allison through We will also listen to new online platforms for documentaries and stories including animations where audio is the driving force. In the second half of the course students will create radio and audio pieces, collectively and individually culminating in a produced radio show at the end of the semester. (Cut-) Visits to radio stations, and Guest producers will enhance the class experience. Readings include excerpts from: Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America's Media by Eric Klinenberg; The New Kings of Nonfiction by Ira Glass; Radio Realities: Telling True Stories in Sound by John Biewen; and selections from A Tower in Babel: A History of Broadcasting in the United States (Cut-and Tube of Plenty by Erik Barnouw. A basic knowledge of ProTools, Garage Band, Audacity, Logic, or other editing software is recommended.


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Arts Workshops (ARTS-UG)