Scene on Radio Podcast

Scene on Radio is a two-time Peabody Award–nominated podcast from the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University that dares to ask big, hard questions about who we are—really—and how we got this way. Launched in 2015, the podcast is produced and hosted by CDS audio director John Biewen, along with collaborators, and distributed by PRX.

+ Season 1 featured a mix of stand-alone and multiple-episode stories.
+ Season 2, Seeing White, explored the history and meaning of whiteness and was nominated for a Peabody Award.
+ Season 3, MEN, delved into sexism, patriarchy, and misogyny.
+ Season 4, The Land That Never Has Been Yet, earned another Peabody nomination for its exploration of democracy in America—past and present.
+ Season 5, The Repair, looked at the cultural roots of the climate crisis and the deep changes Western society will need to make to save the Earth and our species.

Find out more, and subscribe, on the podcast website; follow Scene on Radio on social media: @SceneOnRadio.

Scene on Radio Episodes

El Nuevo South

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” – all...

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.

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 Reid...

 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 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....

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...

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