Reading Questions—Tuesday, September 22


  1. List three techniques which Radiolab creators Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich use to translate a highly technical concept into a more easily comprehensible subject.
  2. What were your favorite parts of Radiolab and what were your least favorite? When did you pay particular attention and when were you bored?
  3. How does Radiolab structure it’s episodes? What are introductions, transitions, and conclusions like? What can you learn from this structure in your audio essay?
  4. Did you learn anything scientific or factual from Radiolab?
  5. Would it be good/enjoyable if more of your classes delivered information in an enjoyable form similar to radiolab? Why or why not?
  6. How does Radiolab structure it’s interviews, blending story, interview, question, plot all together?
  7. How do the visual storytelling techniques you’ve learned about in the last unit apply to radiolab? Are they the same? Different?
  8. How does Radiolab use sound effect, ambient noise, etc., to build an auditory scene?
  9. How is music used in Radiolab?

Ira Glass: Parts 1 and 2

  1. How does Ira Glass’s advice on audio storytelling compare or contrast to Radiolab’s production style? What are Glass’s top 3 tips?
  2. Does Radiolab use anecdotes and stories?
  3. In Assignment 2 you will be asked to combine your own narration with multiple clips from other sources. What tips from Glass might help you to do so? How might Glass tell you to structure your combination?
  4. What are the pitfalls Glass says to watch out for?
  5. Why might someone choose to create an audio story/essay compared to a written, visual, or video narrative? What are the advantages of audio?

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