Reading Questions

Making the Hippo Dance

  1. In making the Hippo Dance, the Radiolab producers reveal some of their key tips of taking a boring interview and making it interesting through cutting and manipulation. What are the top three most useful tips they provide?
  2. What do you think are the ethics of manipulating interviews in this way? Why?
  3. How does Radiolab attempt to or fail at avoiding the type of gimmickry talked about in the Heath and Heath reading in the last unit?

“The Making of a Radio Rookies Story”; Vox Pop; and Voicing for Narration

  1. Collect three tips from the radio rookies comic in each of the following categories: interviews; storytelling; and gear.
  2. In the Vox Pop video, you learned about interviewing people on the street. Can you think of locations where people you might interview for your Radiolab story might be—whose local perspective might you get to add some personal spice?
  3. The voicing for narration worksheet provides some excellent tips on how to sound good while narrating your Radiolab episode—the key to narration is what classical rhetoricians call “sprezzatura,” the art of artlessness. You have to write your script but then you have to make it sound spontaneous and conversational. What are some key tips to sounding natural? Listen again to a clip from Radiolab, how do Krulwich and Abumrad sound natural?

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