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Podcast producer Patrick Michels, senior editor Jack Herrera, and multimedia producer Brian Standefer in the Texas Monthly studio.The best thing about my office is its location, just across a narrow hallway from the studio where several of my colleagues create aural magic. One morning, I’ll hear Brian Standefer, our talented multimedia producer, playing a lovely passage on his cello. The next afternoon, I’ll eavesdrop on Brian and veteran podcast producer Patrick Michels as they assemble our latest audio story. They’ll play a few seconds of a recorded interview, then hit pause. Patrick will say: I think it’s more powerful if we cut that last sentence. Brian will add: We can wait a couple of beats, start the music, then return to the voice-over.Creating a narrative podcast requires special storytelling skills that Brian and Patrick possess in abundance—and are teaching to writers on…

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