Out on the Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio

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We’re accustomed to experiencing modern storytelling coming in one of two forms: visual (movies, television, theater, comic books) or written; the act of sitting down and listening to a speaker has largely fallen by the wayside. But in public radio, the art form isn’t just evolving, it’s thriving in the hands of dedicated craftspeople and writers with their own inventive takes on storytelling.

Jessica Abel sought out the creators behind This American Life, The Moth, and more narrative radio shows in order to explore the resurgence in radio storytelling, but she went well beyond mere interviews with Out on the Wire. She’s added deep visual touches by incorporating her distinct comic strip style, bringing both the creative process and key metaphors behind that process into focus with her art.

Although this is a slow read due to the massive amount of text in every frame, it’s a very worthwhile read, discussing not just what makes a great story, but how to craft one out of hours and hours of background information, research, and interesting nuggets.

Out on the Wire isn’t just a fascinating look at new radio, it’s a tremendous glimpse into the art of storytelling as a whole.


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Author Jessica Abel
Star Count 4.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 240 pages
Publisher Broadway Books
Publish Date 2015-Aug-25
ISBN 9780385348430
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Issue February 2016
Category Sequential Art
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