CDS Shortwave

CDS Shortwave is now transmitting.

CDS Shortwave, a project of the Center for Documentary Studies’ DocX lab, is an experiment in new approaches to nonfiction storytelling, a digital space with an analog soul that invites visitors to slow down, explore, and discover.

An old shortwave radio in our offices was our inspiration and guiding metaphor, for its suggestion/connotations of transmitting and receiving, of participation and discovery across great distances. In this intimate, immersive environment, sound is the doorway to experiencing the breadth and depth of CDS’s renowned work in the documentary arts—in audio, photography, film, writing, and new media.

Turn the dial on our “deep radio” to navigate its stations, and the places in between, to hear, see, and interact with stories, lost signals, spatial audio, and community-sourced sounds. Some pieces are audio-only, some open into rich media presentations. The discoveries will be different every time you visit.

Play with the full version of on a desktop to access all of the media and use your smartphone as a virtual dial, or listen in using the mobile version—with your phone as a portable radio.

CDS Shortwave is an invitation to wander, listen, and look.