This page features an ‘audio essay’, something new that we experimented with in our audio production course this year. The aim was to apply principles drawn from theory on qualitative social research to a reflective discussion of our own personal experiences of putting together audio documentaries. At the bottom of the page is an explanation of the relationship between my own approach to the practice of producing audio documentary and the principles drawn qualitative social research methodology. The right hand panel lists concepts drawn from social research that I found of value to my own experience. In the main panel, I present a series of ‘radio talks’ reflecting on the different aspects of my experience of production. By listening to the talks and studying the text, listeners and readers will hopefully gain some insight into my own work, but also find a real meaningful merger between theory and practice.