Scene on Radio Podcast

In 2015, CDS audio director John Biewen launched the Scene on Radio podcast, which goes out of the studio and into the field to “explore human experience and the society we’re making for ourselves in America,” Biewen says. Scene on Radio features audio work made at CDS—his own new stories, the best pieces by his students, and an occasional gem from the archives.

Currently, Season 2 is focusing on our country’s racial divides.

Scene on Radio episodes are posted every other Wednesday. Subscribe on the podcast website, and follow Scene on Radio on social media: @SceneOnRadio.

Scene on Radio Episodes

El Nuevo South

Siler City, North Carolina used to be a typical Southern town. Everybody was white or black. Now the town’s population is half Latino. One community’s journey through the “five stages of grief” –...

Photo: Stacia Brown’s daughter, Story. Photo by Stacia.

Prince and Philando and Futures Untold

How to grieve when the deaths come so quickly? How, as an African American mother, to protect your child’s innocence and hope? An audio essay by Stacia Brown.

Audio recording equipment sitting on a table at the Center for Documentary Studies. Photo by John Biewen.

Season 2 Preview

A preview for the upcoming Season 2 of Scene on Radio, a podcast from the Center for Documentary Studies.

Photo: Members of Ubuntu gathered for an annual lunch, December, 2014, including Nia Wilson, center in green shirt and red jacket. Photo courtesy of Nia Wilson.

None of Us Could Be Thrown Away (Storymakers, Part 4)

The last installment in our Storymakers series. Four pieces by citizen storytellers on living together, and apart, in Durham, North Carolina. By Vimala Rajendran, Chip and Teddy Denton, Courtney...

 Photo: Kimani Hall, Katt Ryce, and Courtney Smith in downtown Durham. Photo by John Biewen

That Old Optimism (Storymakers, Part 3)

More from our team of citizen storytellers in Durham, NC. Stories by Courtney Smith, Katt Ryce, and Kimani Hall, exploring the things that unite and divide people in Durham and in America. Part of...

Photo: Debby Bussel and Roberto Nava, at Storymakers training, March 2016. Video still by Ian McClerin.

The Way It Is (Storymakers, Part 2)

Three stories conceived and made by citizen storytellers Jamila Davenport, Roberto Nava, and Debby Bussel explore race, class, and gentrification in Durham, North Carolina. Part of Storymakers:...

Photo: A Story Circle at SpiritHouse, Inc., in Durham, North Carolina. Photo by John Biewen

Finding America in Durham, N.C. (Storymakers, Part 1)

Can stories help to bring a community together? How about radio stories, conceived and made by citizen storytellers? Introducing Storymakers: Durham, a project of the national Localore: #...

Photo: Selections from the 1995 tapes. Photo by John Biewen.

Hearing Hiroshima

The word “Hiroshima” may bring to mind a black-and-white image of a mushroom cloud. It’s easy to forget that it’s an actual city with a million people and a popular baseball team. How did the...

Photo by Bear Guerra.

My Dad and Me, in Three Songs

It can take a lifetime to make sense of a parent, or to get over him. Or, just maybe, to come to terms. By Ruxandra Guidi. Photo by Bear Guerra.

Photo by Qathi Hart.

Close Relations

The people we love have power—the power to upend our lives, or at least to make things interesting. Two stories of surprises, curveballs thrown by family members. Pieces by Qathi Hart and John Rash...

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