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The Tyranny of Good Talkers

Often, the first question a show or editor will ask you when you pitch them an amazing story is whether your subject is "a good talker."

Often, the first question a show or editor will ask you when you pitch them an amazing story is whether your subject is "a good talker."

But what if English is their second or third language? Or they come from a culture that tells stories that under-emphasize the self? Do they have any place in an American podcast aesthetic that is so relentlessly focused on "I"?

Gregory Warner wrestled with this problem in creating NPR's first international podcast, Rough Translation . Pulling from his own tape & going behind-the-scenes of Rough Translation's process, Gregory Warner shows how you can work with challenging interviews to create exceptional stories.


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