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Intimate Interviews that Make the Mic Disappear with Heidi Shin

Showing up with a microphone can make a lot of people nervous. How do you help them get past the nerves to share their story?

In this 2.5-hour workshop, you'll learn some practical tips for getting intimate and compelling interviews - the kinds of conversations that make the listener feel like they're sitting beside you. Responses that make you pause and think, or lend nuance to a topic you might have already heard a lot about. We’ll explore techniques in a hands-on way and learn how to make interviewing less intimidating – both to you and the person you’re talking to, be it a community leader, a family member, or the business owner down the street.

We will focus on narrative field-based interviewing, as well as some in-studio interviewing techniques. Please note that we're focusing on "everyday" people - not academics, politicians, and other professional talkers. However, we will talk about building trust, where to sit during an interview, whether the order of the questions matter, and much more.

This workshop is designed for beginning audio producers.

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Heidi Shin is a radio + audio producer based in Boston, MA. She is a contributor to PRI's The World and the BBC World Service, and has served as a producer for National Geographic’s international investigative documentary series, “Explorer.” Heidi is also co-creator and producer of the podcast “The New American Songbook,” a podcast about immigrant musicians, produced in partnership with The GroundTruth Project and WGBH.


The cost of this 2.5-hour workshop is $60 for non-members and $50 for members of the Podcast Garage or members of the Harvard Ed Portal (i.e. any Allston-Brighton resident). Sign up below!

We're offering scholarships for this workshop. Learn more here.

Intimate Interviews that Make the Mic Disappear (May 2018)
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Our programming is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit