Author: Jessica Abel
Title: Out on the wire : the storytelling secrets of the new masters of radio
Publication Info: New York : Broadway Books, 2015.
I received this as a free book through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program.
Out on the Wire is a comic book about the production of NPR radio shows and podcasts, or perhaps the nerdiest thing I’ve ever read. Through the graphic art medium, Abel details her interviews, observations, and storytelling processes of the creators of This American Life, The Moth, Radiolab, Planet Money, and Snap Judgment. For lack of a better term, these programs are called “narrative journalism” and storytelling is central to all of these shows. I’m a big fan of all of these podcasts and it is fun to see comic representations of the faces behind the voices (not to mention learning how to spell Chana Joffe-Walt). Abel’s approach is an effective way of using art to create a documentary.
Recommended books: Feynman by Jim Ottaviani, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.
Rating: *** 1/2