At every stage of the creative process stories want to revert to their natural state, which is to not be a story at all. In a session on “The Craft of Storytelling”, Brian Reed will talk about the specific tools and tactics he and his colleagues at This American Life use to construct compelling, emotional radio stories.
Brian Reed is a producer at This American Life. He got his start in radio as an NPR Kroc Fellow, and reported for NPR’s foreign desk as their first “Above the Fray” Fellow. At This American Life, he’s produced hour-long investigations into war crimes in Guatemala, the hostage-taking of African migrants, and several FBI counterterrorism operations. He’s also told stories about an inmate’s grudge against his corrections officer, a car salesman’s obsession with the Art of War, and a rogue turkey’s reign of terror over an entire neighborhood.