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Most people can recount the facts of their situation, but how do you get them to tell you an actual story? Interviewing for narrative calls for a slightly different set of interview muscles – from the kinds of questions you ask, to helping a source tap into details and emotion of moments long past.

Most people can recount the facts of their situation, but how do you get them to tell you an actual story? Interviewing for narrative calls for a slightly different set of interview muscles – from the kinds of questions you ask, to helping a source tap into details and emotion of moments long past.

At the 2019 Third Coast Conference, Karen Duffin of Planet Money broke down how to interview for narrative audio in very practical terms. She provided examples from her years of experience as an interviewer, and shared some tools she has used elicit more vivid, concrete, as-if-you-were-there stories.

Mixed by Neroli Price.


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Karen Duffin

Karen (@duffinkaren) is currently one of the hosts of NPR's Planet Money. For her 2019 Breakout Session, Karen will both break down and complicate how-to's of interviewing for not just information, but also narratives.