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Transom Podcast

52 EpisodesProduced by TransomWebsite is an experiment in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the internet, and for discussing that work, and encouraging more. Our podcast offers some tasty little audio morsels to go.



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A Favorite Episode of Zach and Mercedes’: Life Savers

In this episode we asked five people the question “who saved your life?” This is the show that we come back to in our minds most often. In it we both find what is most essential about the show– the stories are interesting and engaging, but there is also an amazing level of honesty. When we finished this episode we both felt humbled by having these very personal stories shared with us.

About Dial-A-Stranger

Wouldn’t it be great if you were walking down the street and your phone rang? You know what would be even better? If, when you picked up the phone, it wasn’t a telemarketer or someone calling to ask you about your expired car warranty, but two people genuinely interested in your day and the stories you have to tell.

That’s what Dial-A-Stranger tries to do–interject a little bit of art, mystery and general excitement into your day. The hosts take questions from listeners, and attempt to find answers to them by asking strangers over the telephone. The results are compiled into a weekly podcast.

Mercedes Martinez and Zachary Kent started the show to highlight the stories of everyday people and to be the excitement they wanted to see in the world. In the process of producing the show they have talked to people about a wide range of diverse subjects including tiki conventions, egg donation, Disneyland and bounty hunting. This knowledge would make them much more interesting at the dinner parties they still aren’t invited to.

Tech Info for Dial-A-Stranger

The show is produced using a Mac Mini connected to an Alesis 8 channel FireWire mixer with a JK Audio Broadcast Host for the telephone interface and two Digital Reference DR-VX1 microphones. It is recorded and edited using Audacity. A Tascam HD-P2 is used for field recording, with sincere thanks to Transom for their tool reviews that lead to this choice.

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