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

Photo: Shining Li with her brother Joseph, 2011.

The Dead Can't Do You Nothing

It waits for us all. A lot of people want to think about death as little as possible. Others want to dive right in and explore the mystery. Two short docs on the Big D. Photo: Shining Li with her...

Photo: Jenna Horgan and migrant workers at a farm camp near Benson, North Carolina on July 28, 2015. Photo by Lucero Galván

The Right Note

Music can be a powerful gift – if you get the song right, or the right song. Two stories from North Carolina. Photo: Jenna Horgan and migrant workers at a farm camp near Benson, North Carolina on...

Photo: Mike Wiley performing “Dar He.” Photo credit Arts Midwest

Emmett and Trayvon

There’s a long and painful history in the U.S. of white men killing black men and boys without punishment. In this episode, we listen in on “Dar He,” the one-man play by Mike Wiley that brings to...

Photo: Lucas Biewen, the summer after, age 8. Photo by John Biewen

No Santa

A father turns on a recorder while tucking in his 7-year-old, having no idea he’s about to capture a poignant growing-up moment in his son’s life. (Advisory: This episode is not suitable for some...

 Photo: Left, Safiya Gallaghan, photo courtesy Safiya Gallaghan. Right, Reem Alfahad, photo by JohnFer Henao.

Hijabis

The surest way for a woman to declare herself a Muslim is to wear the head scarf — the hijab. In these two short pieces, young Muslim women explore the often unwelcome questions and perceptions that...

Photo: Radio talk-show hosts Jon Sloane (second from left) and Mark Eissman (second from right), during a KXOK broadcast in the late 1980s. Photographer unknown.

What Men Talk About When They Talk About Sports (Contested Part 6 of 6)

Tens of millions of Americans, most of them men, tune in to sports talk radio. Is sports talk a haven for old-school guy talk, including misogyny and gay-bashing? For the final episode in our series...

Composite Photo: Thomas Schmidt, left, video still by Ian McClerin, and Jalani (“JT”) Taylor, video still by Hannah Colton.

A Level Playing Field? (Contested, Part 5 of 6)

Two families, both making big investments of time and money to involve their kids in sports. But the investments they’re able to make are very different. In Part 5 of “Contested,” our series on...

Photo: Tal Ben-Artzi practicing the shot put at Penn State University, March 2015. Photo by John Biewen.

An Athlete Inside and Out (Contested, Part 4 of 6)

Tal Ben-Artzi didn’t worry about being an out bisexual athlete at Penn State. Maybe she would have if she’d known the school’s history. How much have times changed? In Part 4 of “Contested,” our...

Photo: Emblem in the main foyer at Teton High school in Driggs, Idaho. Photo by John Biewen.

The (High School) Mascot Wars (Contested, Part 3 of 6)

Two small towns, one in Idaho, the other in Upstate New York, try to decide whether to change the nickname of their high school sports teams: The Redskins. Photo: Emblem in the main foyer at Teton...

Pattonville High School basketball players (left to right) Cassie Callahan, Allyson Sanders, and Tyra Brown watch the B-squad before a home game in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Photo by John Biewen.

Friends and Basketball (Contested, Part 2 of 6)

More from suburban St. Louis, post-Ferguson, on the popular notion that sports unites communities. Can the camaraderie of a team sport make race and class status “disappear” for the kids involved or...

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