The Power of Audio Storytelling

June 10, 2013 | CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, CUNY Lecture Series

As founder and executive producer of “Radio Diaries,” Joe Richman has urged people to record their own lives and histories since 1996, and along with the groundbreaking series, “Teenage Diaries,” has helped pioneer the genre of first-person narratives for National Public Radio. In a conversation at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Richman discusses the power of audio storytelling and the importance for a radio producer of mining through hours and hours of raw tapes to find the best material. But in the end there will be more nuggets of gold than you can use. If fact, Richman says, “If you’re not heartbroken about something in the story that you had to leave out, then you didn’t cut enough.”