Scene on Radio

By Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

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Subscribers: 3027
Reviews: 14

Wayne
 Aug 29, 2020
I love how well done this podcast is. Thought provoking and often times a little uncomfortable as it shows me pieces of myself that I have not been aware of. Really powerful work! Thank you for doing this!

heidi
 Jul 7, 2020

KC
 Jun 1, 2020
Thoughtful, insightful investigation into important topics. Highly recommend the "Seeing White" series.

Christine I. Romboletti
 Apr 20, 2020
always learn something (many things) and am reminded that responsibility for personal education never ends. The things you didn't learn in school!

James Weddle
 Mar 30, 2020
phenomenal series -- painful at times but honest, informative, and thought provoking. well done!

Description

Scene on Radio is a Peabody-nominated podcast that dives deeply into issues central to American society, exploring who we were and who we are. Recent many-part series include Seeing White, looking at the roots and meaning of white supremacy, and *MEN, *exploring the past and present of sexism and patriarchy. Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) and is distributed by PRX.


Episode Date
Hearing Hiroshima (Rebroadcast)
34:02

The word “Hiroshima” may bring to mind a black-and-white image of a mushroom cloud. It’s easy to forget that it’s an actual city with a million people and a popular baseball team. In 1995, John Biewen visited the city to speak with survivors and to ask: What did the world’s first atomic bombing mean in the place where it happened? 

Hearing Hiroshima is a production of Minnesota Public Radio, from American Public Media.

Photo: Selections from the 1995 tapes. Photo by John Biewen.

Aug 03, 2020
S4 E12: More Democracy
57:20

What will it take to make the United States a more fully-functioning democracy, and how can we, as citizens, bring about that change?

By host and producer John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Michael Waldman, Jennifer Cohn, and Sanford Levinson.

The series editor is Loretta Williams. Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Jun 10, 2020
S4 E11: More Truth
56:43

How well do the news media serve us as citizens, and what role does the notion of “objective,” or “neutral” journalism play in the failings of American democracy?

Story reported by Lewis Raven Wallace, with host/producer John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with David Mindich, Nikole Hannah-Jones, and Kevin Young.

The series editor is Loretta Williams. *The View from Somewhere *editor: Ramona Martinez. Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

May 27, 2020
S4 E10: Schooled for Democracy
59:06

In most American schools, children *hear about *democracy, but don’t get to *practice *it. What would a more engaged brand of civics education look like?

Story reported by Ben James, with host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Arielle Jennings, Hilary Moss, and Nikole Hannah-Jones.

The series editor is Loretta Williams. Music by the Summer Street Brass Band, Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music.

Photo: Stephen Buckley, Jelicity Mercado, Bella Goncalves, and Angelica Pareja, eighth-grade students at Pyne Arts Magnet School in Lowell, Massachusetts, with their award at Civics Day in Boston, December 2019.

May 13, 2020
S4 E9: American Empire
01:00:53

“America” and “empire.” Do those words go together? If so, what kind of imperialism does the U.S. practice, and how has American empire changed over time? 

By host and producer John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Nikhil Singh and Daniel Immerwahr.

The series editor is Loretta Williams. Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and
Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Apr 29, 2020
S4 E8: The Second Redemption
01:03:05

The conservative, neoliberal counterrevolution in the face of expanding democracy in America: It started long before Donald Trump. Even before Ronald Reagan and his like-minded counterpart across the Atlantic, Margaret Thatcher.  

By host and producer John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Nancy MacLean, Wendy Brown, and Rhon Manigault-Bryant.  

The series editor is Loretta Williams. Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

 

Apr 15, 2020
S4 E7: Freedom Summer
01:07:09

In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi to place themselves in the path of white supremacist power and violence. They issued a bold pro-democracy challenge to the nation and the Democratic Party.

Produced by John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with John Lewis, Bob Moses, Unita Blackwell, Hollis Watkins, Dorie Ladner, and many others.

The series editor is Loretta Williams. Freedom song recordings courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways. Other music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Photo: A Freedom Summer worker in Mississippi, 1964. Photo by Steve Schapiro.  

Apr 01, 2020
Bonus Episode: Pandemic America
23:52

In this special episode, host John Biewen and series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika discuss
the coronavirus pandemic and how the crisis, and the nation’s response to it, echo themes we’re exploring in our Season 4 series on democracy in the United States.

The season’s editor is Loretta Williams. Music by Lucas Biewen and Eric Neveux.

Photo: Durham, North Carolina, mayor Steve Schewel announces a stay-at-home order on March 25. Photo by Julia Wall, courtesy of the News & Observer.

Mar 27, 2020
S4 E6: A New Deal
52:27

The Great Depression presented a crisis not only for the U.S. economy, but for American democracy. President Franklin Roosevelt wanted to save the nation’s system of government, and its economic system, while reforming both. What did the New Deal achieve, and not achieve?

Reported and produced by John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Eric Rauchway and Cybelle Fox. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Photo: Men fighting during a strike at the Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, 1937. Image courtesy of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.

As mentioned in the episode, an article by public historian Larry DeWitt examining the widespread assertion that the exclusion of some occupations from the original Social Security old-age pension program was insisted on by southern segregationists: https://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v70n4/v70n4p49.html

Mar 17, 2020
S4 E5: Feminism in Black and White
45:48

People fighting for more democracy in the United States often have to struggle against sexism and racism. In fact, those two struggles are often inseparable—certainly from the perspective of black
women and some other women of color.

Reported and produced by host John Biewen, with Season 3 co-host Celeste Headlee and Season 4 collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Glenda Gilmore, Ashley Farmer, Sandra Arrington, and
Danielle McGuire.

Music by Alex Weston, Evgueni and Sacha Galperine, and Eric Neveux. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music.

Mar 04, 2020
S4 E4: The Second Revolution
54:45

After the Civil War, a surprising coalition tried to remake the United States into a real multiracial democracy for the first time. Reconstruction, as the effort was called, brought dramatic change to America. For a while.

Reported and produced by John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. The series script editor is Loretta Williams. Interviews with Victoria Smalls, Brent Morris, Eric Foner, Kidada Williams, Bobby Donaldson, and Edward Baptist.

Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Photo: Historian Bobby Donaldson of the University of South Carolina, at the South Carolina State House, Columbia, SC. Photo by John Biewen.

Feb 19, 2020
S4E3: The Cotton Empire
41:52

In the decades after America’s founding and the establishment of the Constitution, did the nation get better, more just, more democratic? Or did it double down on violent conquest and exploitation?  

Reported, produced, written, and mixed by John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. The series editor is Loretta Williams. Interviews with Robin Alario, Edward Baptist, Kidada Williams, and Keri Leigh Merritt.

Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Feb 05, 2020
S4 E2: "The Excess of Democracy"
46:52

In the summer of 1787, fifty-five men got together in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution for the United States, replacing the new nation’s original blueprint, the Articles of Confederation. But why, exactly? What problems were the framers trying to solve? Was the Constitution designed to advance democracy, or to rein it in?

By producer/host John Biewen with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Woody Holton, Dan Bullen, and Price Thomas. The series editor is Loretta Williams.

Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music.

Jan 22, 2020
S4 E1: Rich Man's Revolt
45:46

In the American Revolution, the men who revolted were among the wealthiest and most comfortable people in the colonies. What kind of revolution was it, anyway? Was it about a desire to establish democracy—or something else?

By producer/host John Biewen with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. Interviews with Davy Arch, Barbara Duncan, Rob Shenk, and Woody Holton. Edited by Loretta Williams.

Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music.

Jan 08, 2020
Season 4 Trailer: The Land That Never Has Been Yet
03:27

Our season-long series will touch on concerns like authoritarianism, voter suppression and gerrymandering, foreign intervention, and the role of money in politics, but we’ll go much deeper, effectively retelling the story of the United States from its beginnings up to the present. Through field recordings and interviews with leading thinkers, we’ll tell under-told stories and explore critical questions like—How democratic was the U.S. ever meant to be, anyway? American democracy is clearly in crisis today, but . . . when was it not?Along the way, there’s a good chance that we’ll complicate, maybe upend, our listeners’ understanding of American history.

Dec 18, 2019
Transformation (Seeing White, Part 14) Rebroadcast
44:48
Jul 17, 2019
White Affirmative Action (Seeing White, Part 13) Rebroadcast
48:36
Jul 03, 2019
My White Friends (Seeing White, Part 12) Rebroadcast
40:54
Jun 19, 2019
Danger (Seeing White, Part 11) Rebroadcast
46:46
Jun 05, 2019
Citizen Thind (Seeing White, Part 10) Rebroadcast
38:08
May 22, 2019
A Racial Cleansing in America (Seeing White Part 9) Rebroadcast
29:52
In 1919, a white mob forced the entire black population of Corbin, Kentucky, to leave, at gunpoint. It was one of many racial expulsions in the United States. What happened, and how such racial cleansings became “America’s family secret.”]]>
May 08, 2019
Skulls and Skin (Seeing White, Part 8) Rebroadcast
46:34
Apr 24, 2019
Chenjerai's Challenge (Seeing White, Part 7) Rebroadcast
15:04
Apr 10, 2019
That's Not Us, So We're Clean (Seeing White, Part 6) Rebroadcast
40:26
Mar 27, 2019
Little War on the Prairie (Seeing White, Part 5) Rebroadcast
01:03:32
Mar 13, 2019
On Crazy We Built a Nation (Seeing White, Part 4) Rebroadcast
37:06
Feb 27, 2019
Made in America (Seeing White, Part 3) Rebroadcast
34:17
Feb 13, 2019
How Race Was Made (Seeing White, Part 2) Rebroadcast
29:13
Jan 30, 2019
Turning the Lens (Seeing White, Part 1) Rebroadcast
17:10
Jan 16, 2019
The End of Male Supremacy? (MEN, Part 12)
31:03
Dec 12, 2018
Domination (MEN, Part 11)
37:43
Nov 28, 2018
The Juggernaut (MEN, Part 10)
54:53
Nov 14, 2018
Be Like You (MEN, Part 9)
38:00
Oct 31, 2018
American Made (MEN, Part 8)
44:47
Oct 17, 2018
Himpathy (MEN, Part 7)
51:00
Oct 03, 2018
Warriors (MEN, Part 6)
42:11
Sep 19, 2018
More Than Paper Cuts (MEN, Part 5)
53:24
Sep 05, 2018
Feminism in Black and White (MEN, Part 4)
46:56
Aug 22, 2018
Skeleton War (MEN, Part 3)
34:18
Aug 08, 2018
Ain't No Amoeba (MEN, Part 2)
32:39
Jul 25, 2018
Dick Move (MEN, Part 1)
37:45
Jul 11, 2018
Scene on Radio Season 3: MEN Trailer
05:10
Jun 27, 2018
I Know It's You (Rebroadcast)
16:58
Dec 13, 2017
Transformation (Seeing White, Part 14)
44:10
Aug 24, 2017
White Affirmative Action (Seeing White, Part 13)
47:58
Aug 09, 2017
Losing Ground
50:58
Jul 26, 2017
My White Friends (Seeing White, Part 12)
40:16
Jul 12, 2017
Danger (Seeing White, Part 11)
45:52
Jun 28, 2017
Citizen Thind (Seeing White, Part 10)
38:25
Jun 14, 2017
A Racial Cleansing in America (Seeing White Part 9)
29:14
May 31, 2017
Skulls and Skin (Seeing White, Part 8)
45:56
May 17, 2017
Chenjerai’s Challenge (Seeing White, Part 7)
14:26
May 05, 2017
That's Not Us, So We're Clean (Seeing White, Part 6)
40:05
Apr 26, 2017
Little War on the Prairie (Seeing White, Part 5)
01:02:57
Apr 12, 2017
On Crazy We Built a Nation (Seeing White, Part 4)
36:30
Mar 30, 2017
Made in America (Seeing White, Part 3)
33:39
Mar 16, 2017
How Race Was Made (Seeing White, Part 2)
28:35
Mar 01, 2017
Turning the Lens (Seeing White, Part 1)
16:30
Feb 15, 2017
Movement Time
45:10
Jan 25, 2017
Emmett and Trayvon (Rebroadcast)
18:54
Jan 11, 2017
I Found No Strangers (Travels With Mic, Part 3)
23:37
Dec 14, 2016
Reality is Not the Stronger (Travels With Mic, Part 2)
20:50
Nov 30, 2016
Monster America (Travels With Mic, Part 1)
22:17
Nov 16, 2016
El Nuevo South
38:34
Nov 02, 2016
Prince and Philando and Futures Untold
20:33
Oct 19, 2016
Scene on Radio Season 2 Preview
03:25
Oct 07, 2016
None of Us Could be Thrown Away (Storymakers, Part 4)
26:58
Jul 27, 2016
That Old Optimism (Storymakers, Part 3)
32:02
Jul 13, 2016
The Way It Is (Storymakers, Part 2)
34:42
Jun 30, 2016
Finding America in Durham, N.C. (Storymakers, Part 1)
20:36
Jun 15, 2016
Hearing Hiroshima
33:28
May 26, 2016
My Dad and Me, in Three Songs
18:35
May 18, 2016
Close Relations
16:48
May 04, 2016
Selected ShortDocs: Memory
18:10
Apr 20, 2016
Rogue Chickens and Ratty-ass Radishes
19:51
Apr 06, 2016
Things I'm Afraid to Say
20:55
Mar 23, 2016
Groundwork
24:05
Mar 09, 2016
Straight, No Chaser
20:42
Feb 24, 2016
Losing Yourself
31:51
Feb 10, 2016
The Dead Can't Do You Nothing
22:38
Jan 27, 2016
The Right Note
17:07
Jan 13, 2016
Emmett and Trayvon
15:32
Dec 30, 2015
No Santa
14:15
Dec 16, 2015
Hijabis
17:37
Dec 02, 2015
What Men Talk About When They Talk About Sports
20:26
Nov 18, 2015
A Level Playing Field?
26:32
Nov 04, 2015
An Athlete Inside and Out
22:09
Oct 21, 2015
The (High School) Mascot Wars
24:50
Oct 07, 2015
Friends and Basketball
26:25
Sep 23, 2015
Sports, the Great Uniter?
13:01
Sep 01, 2015