The Missouri Audio Project is brainchild of two friends in Columbia, MO (Julija Šukys and Andrew Leland). We wanted to start playing with sound, to tell audio stories, and to think about how we could translate what each of us has been doing in print — both as writers and editors — to the airwaves.
This past summer, we launched our audio hopes and dreams with a six-day summer radio intensive workshop, August 2-8, 2015, at the U of Missouri. It was taught by radio guru Rob Rosenthal, currently the lead instructor of the Transom Story Workshop. Rob produces the HowSound podcast on audio storytelling for PRX (Public Radio Exchange).
Rob encouraged students to: focus on the story of one person, to look for action, to think about sound, and to think about what techniques of writing and production would compel listeners. He taught us the basics of recording, script-writing, and editing.
We also learned a thing or two about listening.
Each of us produced a story. You can listen to them below.
In “Puzzling Out African American Genealogy,” Monica Hand visits the unmarked slave graves of Jewell Cemetery together with geneaologist Traci Wilson-Kleekamp.
In “Click Magic,” Joanna Hearne profiles dog trainer Kelly Tracy who not only transforms aggressive dogs but is now working to train humans as well.
Hope Kirwan profiles Lori Stoll, who decided adopt five Southeast Asian children. “On Motherhood” considers what it means to raise nine kids.
In “The Moviegoer,” Andrew Leland talks to Jan Goodman, a diehard cinephile.
In “The Neighborly Thing,” Emerald O’Brien profiles Brent and discovers that, even on her Midwestern street, there’s more going on than meets the eye.
In “Becoming a Bar Mitvah,” Lise Saffran explores her son Jonah’s decision to embark on a Jewish rite of passage, despite the fact that he comes from a secular home.
In “Faye, in Pictures,” Julija Šukys talked to photographer Shane Epping about his extraordinary volunteer work and how it relates to the loss of his first daughter.
In “Raising a Police Officer,” Raymond Summerville uncovers the surprising and troubled past of George Hatton, a beloved citizen of Columbia, Missouri, whom neighborhood children call Grandpa.
In “Like a Big Cookie,” Meredith Turk talks to a local cattle rancher about life and death on the farm. She also dives into the world of sound art.