CDS Shortwave is a project of the Center for Documentary Studies’ DocX lab; the experimental website showcases the documentary arts as practiced at CDS on a digital platform inspired and informed by analog modes of discovery.
The metaphor of a shortwave radio resonated for us, with its connotations of transmitting and receiving, of participation and discovery across great distances. On a desktop (where you can use your smartphone as a tuner) you’ll discover fresh ways to engage with stories that incorporate audio, photography, film, writing, and new media. With the mobile version of CDS Shortwave, you can listen anywhere you are (think phone as portable radio). Desktop or mobile, different content appears every time you visit: Three mix stations feature a variety of stories and two stations feature related content; you’ll also find community-sourced sounds, “ghost” stations, the occasional live-stream, and more.