The Past Isn't Past (2017)

The year 2017 has been an unsettled time, both politically and culturally, and a lot of journalists are asking, "how exactly did we get... here?"

In this session from the 2017 Third Coast Conference, Delaney Hall considered a range of stories that trace a line from the past to the present, using deeply reported context to understand the world around us. She drew on her experiences as a producer and editor with 99% Invisible - a show that regularly delves into the past - and highlighted work from other history-centric podcasts like Revisionist HistoryUndone, and others. She also shared tips on how to frame and structure stories about the past, how to source archival material, how to interview and collaborate with historians, and how to bring dead characters and lost places to life in sound.


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