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: Harper Biewen, right, and her brother, Lucas, 2001. Photo by John Biewen.

Selected Shortdocs: Memory

A quartet of very short works exploring memory – most inspired by Third Coast Audio Festival ShortDoc Challenges. Pieces by Ligaiya Romero, Madeline Miller, Nan Pincus, and John Biewen. Photo: Harper...

Photo: George O’Neal at Lil’ Farm in Timberlake, NC. Photo by Emily Hilliard.

Rogue Chickens and Ratty-Ass Radishes

A punk farmer. A tale of rogue chickens on the loose in the city. A pair of refreshing takes on the whole Food thing, in and around Durham, NC. Pieces by Emily Hilliard and Joseph Decosimo. Photo:...

Photo: Laila Nur, left, and Aleks Babic. Courtesy of Aleks Babic.

Things I'm Afraid to Say

A refugee from Bosnia. An NYC-born survivor who grew up poor, black, Muslim, and gay. And how one, and her music, saved the other. Photo: Laila Nur, left, and Aleks Babic. Courtesy of Aleks Babic.

Photo: Voters arrive at the town hall in Caroline, NY, for town board elections in November 2011. Photo by Jon Miller.

Groundwork

People in two communities – one in Alaska, one in New York State – wrestle with questions about energy and the environment. We listen in on democracy close to home. Stories by John Biewen and Jon...

Photo: The bend in the railroad tracks, about one block from Thelonious Monk’s birthplace in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, that gave the neighborhood its name: “Around The Y.” Photograph by Sam Stephenson and Frank Hunter.

Straight, No Chaser

A South Sudanese refugee and the music that cuts his heart to pieces. Thelonious Monk’s North Carolina roots. Music and home. Pieces by Nusaibah Kofar-Naisa and John Biewen. Photo: The bend in the...

Photo: A young woman getting chemotherapy treatments, 2007. Courtesy of Ibby Caputo.

Losing Yourself

It happens. A happy, healthy young person suddenly gets a grave diagnosis. What does not usually happen: The patient rolls tape. By Ibby Caputo. Photo: A young woman getting chemotherapy treatments,...

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...

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