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A Library Journal Best Book of 2015

Go behind the scenes of seven of today’s most popular narrative radio shows and podcasts, including This American Life and RadioLab, in graphic narrative.

 
Every week, millions of devoted fans tune in to or download This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Planet Money, Snap Judgment, Serial, Invisibilia and other narrative radio shows. Using personal stories to breathe life into complex ideas and issues, these beloved programs help us to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. Each has a distinct style, but every one delivers stories that are brilliantly told and produced. Out on the Wire offers an unexpected window into this new kind of storytelling—one that literally illustrates the making of a purely auditory medium.
 
With the help of This American Life''s Ira Glass, Jessica Abel, a cartoonist and devotee of narrative radio, uncovers just how radio producers construct narrative, spilling some juicy insider details. Jad Abumrad of RadioLab talks about chasing moments of awe with scientists, while Planet Money’s Robert Smith lets us in on his slightly goofy strategy for putting interviewees at ease. And Abel reveals how mad—really mad—Ira Glass becomes when he receives edits from his colleagues. Informative and engaging, Out on the Wire demonstrates that narrative radio and podcasts are creating some of the most exciting and innovative storytelling available today.

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Praise for Jessica Abel''s Out on the Wire

A Library Journal and Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2015

A Tech Times Best Comic of 2015

“A boundary-pushing comic, a love letter from one blossoming new media to another... Out on the Wire is a terrific book for radio superfans and would-be producers, a niche audience that isn''t so niche anymore.” —Los Angeles Times

“With comics and podcasts both on the rise, it’s a perfect time for a media collision: Abel investigates modern narrative radio and its stars.” – Entertainment Weekly

“One of fall''s coolest graphic reads...Consider the 240 pages a documentary comic and Abel your host.” —Marie Claire

“What makes [ Out on the Wire] especially fascinating is its use of visuals to represent an aural form; not only are we reading behind-the-scenes stories of what we eventually hear, but we get a rare glimpse of what the people and places in them look like thanks to the not-often-enough-used comics journalism.” Chicagoreader.com

“This instructive, impassioned, and educational volume uses a deliberate and friendly approach in the vein of Scott McCloud… A must-read not just for listeners of today’s great flowering of audio storytelling but for those who want to learn how to do it themselves.” —Publishers Weekly

“A richly engaging graphic narrative about radio storytelling and storytelling in general… A spirited work whose readership should not be limited to those who make radio narrative or love to listen to it.” —Kirkus Reviews [starred]

“Abel ( La Perdida) has performed a metamasterpiece by reporting with visual finesse and detail the complicated and sometimes precarious process behind public radio shows such as Radiolab and This American Life… Indispensible for communications collections and a valuable asset for anyone considering a career in media.” —Library Journal [starred]

About the Author

Cartoonist and writer JESSICA ABEL is the author of two textbooks about making comics,  Drawing Words & Writing Pictures and  Mastering Comics, written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden. She is also the author of the graphic novel  La Perdida and a new science fiction comics series called  Trish Trash: Rollergirl of Mars.

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Bill Brantley
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Pretentious, muddled mess that teaches nothing about radio broadcasting.
Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2019
There is a metaphor in the book that the author uses to explain the feeling of being confused and trying to find the point of a story - "German Forest." Well, this book will make you feel lost in a large forest without any signs of where you are going. Ironically, the... See more
There is a metaphor in the book that the author uses to explain the feeling of being confused and trying to find the point of a story - "German Forest." Well, this book will make you feel lost in a large forest without any signs of where you are going. Ironically, the author stresses the use of signposting for making radio stories understandable; if only she used signposting in her book. We have a lot of weighty statements by the new "Masters of Radio" (Ira Glass, yes; the other "masters," not so much). There are better books about creating good podcasts and radio shows that teach both good technical skills and storytelling. I''ve worked in radio and created radio shows so I have some knowledge about radio production. Yes, there is hard work in creating a good show. However, you are better off spending time listening to your audience than, as she suggests, reading the over-dramatic philosophical musings of these "Masters of Radio."
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Mommly
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GAMECHANGER!!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2018
Jessica, thank you so much for writing this book!!! It seriously changed my whole game. I was working on my independently produced podcast Working Sunday for a year or so before being recommended your book. It was a complete gamechanger for me. It not only... See more
Jessica, thank you so much for writing this book!!! It seriously changed my whole game.

I was working on my independently produced podcast Working Sunday for a year or so before being recommended your book. It was a complete gamechanger for me. It not only reinvigorated my enthusiasm (which was waning) but gave me super practical tips on how to build scenes and craft stories ...

I''ve completely re-organized my workflow as a result.

I can''t thank you enough :)

-Reuben
workingsunday.com
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Max Trescott
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This book made a huge difference in my podcast.
Reviewed in the United States on March 8, 2019
My Aviation News Talk podcast is a news and pilot skills show for pilots and student pilots, but I came across a compelling story that I wanted to do in a narrative format. I''d figured out some of the devices used by This American Life and NPR podcasts, but Out on the Wire... See more
My Aviation News Talk podcast is a news and pilot skills show for pilots and student pilots, but I came across a compelling story that I wanted to do in a narrative format. I''d figured out some of the devices used by This American Life and NPR podcasts, but Out on the Wire really helped me understand their methodology more fully. I read the book over a weekend and then made many small changes to the episode based on what I learned in the book. I released the episode a few days ago, and downloads are running about 35% ahead of other recent episodes. And the FAA contacted me saying they''d like to promote the episode through their social media! Thank you Jessica! What I learned from you has given my show a strong boost! If you want to check out the episode, it''s #101 Emergency Landing: Controller Talks Down Student Pilot After Oil Covers Windshield at aviationnewstalk.com
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MES
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Must read for anyone interested in podcasting or radio
Reviewed in the United States on September 8, 2018
First, it''s important to know that this is written as a graphic novel. An interesting choice for a book about audio storytelling. But it works. The graphics and personal narrative make it feel like you are visiting with Ira Glass and others - it''s a behind the scenes tour... See more
First, it''s important to know that this is written as a graphic novel. An interesting choice for a book about audio storytelling. But it works. The graphics and personal narrative make it feel like you are visiting with Ira Glass and others - it''s a behind the scenes tour of how to make great radio. How to do audio storytelling. And the graphic format, helps punctuate the profound insights on how the stories are made. My only criticism is the text is small so bring reading glasses when to sit down to enjoy this book.
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CW
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Must read book for any one who wants to tell better stories
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
This is an awesome book for anyone who is working on storytelling. Also great for podcast nerds who want to know how the sausage is made. I’ve been inspired by it, and the podcast techniques have helped me up my game at presentations for work (I’m a researcher in tech.)... See more
This is an awesome book for anyone who is working on storytelling. Also great for podcast nerds who want to know how the sausage is made. I’ve been inspired by it, and the podcast techniques have helped me up my game at presentations for work (I’m a researcher in tech.) Very consumable book, I recommend it now to all my colleagues.
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Al Adams
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Terrible Format to read a story in - Comic Book style Margins are to big - zoom in on each page...
Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2019
Yes it looks like a poorly put together comic book - Margins are to big - must zoom in on each page to see the full view for best reading - I dislike this style of eBook Format Greatly !!! Lucky I Returned My Purchase of this Title before the "Grace Period" had elapsed (... See more
Yes it looks like a poorly put together comic book - Margins are to big - must zoom in on each page to see the full view for best reading - I dislike this style of eBook Format Greatly !!! Lucky I Returned My Purchase of this Title before the "Grace Period" had elapsed ( two days ) after I made My Original Purchase of this eBook ....
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robin
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Kindle version -- one of the worst I''ve seen. :(
Reviewed in the United States on January 8, 2016
Was so looking forward to reading this tome, but it has proven absolutely nearly impossible on my kindle paperwhite. Do yourself a favor and order the physical copy. Incredibly disappointed with the formatting -- it doesn''t do the book justice.
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Barry Madore
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Abel distills the creative process into a fun and understandable narrative relevant for anyone interested in storytelling ...
Reviewed in the United States on November 4, 2017
Clear, creative, inspiring. The information about storytelling comes from very talented producers and is quite technical. Someone interested in pursuing production of radio stories (as I am) could and should use this as a blueprint for their work -- or at least a reference... See more
Clear, creative, inspiring. The information about storytelling comes from very talented producers and is quite technical. Someone interested in pursuing production of radio stories (as I am) could and should use this as a blueprint for their work -- or at least a reference point for their own instincts and knowledge. Abel distills the creative process into a fun and understandable narrative relevant for anyone interested in storytelling not just radio-heads.
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Nathan Sawatzky
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Fantastic story telling and remarkably helpful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 23, 2019
This is a fantastic book for anyone with any interest in the history of communication, especially if you''re a podcast junkie. It''s a meticulously research and masterfully crafted account of the early days of podcasting, and how they connect with the glory days of radio.
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Paul Stevens
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In pod we trust
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 14, 2016
Love this. I teach radio. And do some presenting. So I''ve read a few books on the subject in my time. But this combines pearls of wisdom about making factual radio, in particular This American Life, in a comic book format. A must for students of documentary radio and...See more
Love this. I teach radio. And do some presenting. So I''ve read a few books on the subject in my time. But this combines pearls of wisdom about making factual radio, in particular This American Life, in a comic book format. A must for students of documentary radio and podcasts. My new favourite text book.
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Excellent guidance
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 23, 2019
I loved the idea of a cartoon explaining how to make audio stories but was unsure it would work. It did. Although I know a lot about storytelling being a journalist and novelist I learned so much from this book. It is very informative and explains to the reader in a very...See more
I loved the idea of a cartoon explaining how to make audio stories but was unsure it would work. It did. Although I know a lot about storytelling being a journalist and novelist I learned so much from this book. It is very informative and explains to the reader in a very attractive ways. The idea works!
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CPS
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Brilliant book. Comic strip format is great
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 20, 2019
Brilliant book. Comic strip layout makes it a great book to dip in and out of. If you listen to this American life you’ll love this book.
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Frustrating
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 26, 2017
Deeply, deeply frustrating. Read and make notes so you never need to open it again. Why make a book on this subject and then present the information in this excruciatingly protracted way. To discover ''the storytelling secrets of the new masters of radio'' I''m forced to...See more
Deeply, deeply frustrating. Read and make notes so you never need to open it again. Why make a book on this subject and then present the information in this excruciatingly protracted way. To discover ''the storytelling secrets of the new masters of radio'' I''m forced to absorb it through Abel''s self indulgent doodles, of which she appears to be in 50% of them.
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