74 episodes

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.

Scene on Radio Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

    • Documentary
    • 4.9, 6.2K Ratings

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.

    S4 E11: More Truth

    S4 E11: More Truth

    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.

    • 56 min
    S4 E10: Schooled for Democracy

    S4 E10: Schooled for Democracy

    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.

    • 59 min
    S4 E9: American Empire

    S4 E9: American Empire

    “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. 

    • 1 hr
    S4 E8: The Second Redemption

    S4 E8: The Second Redemption

    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. 

     

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S4 E7: Freedom Summer

    S4 E7: Freedom Summer

    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.  

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Bonus Episode: Pandemic America

    Bonus Episode: Pandemic America

    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.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
6.2K Ratings

6.2K Ratings

Sophia's daughter ,

Required listening for all Americans with white privilege

The season on “Seeing White” is as topical today as ever. Full of insightful, compassionate commentary and shocking historical information I can’t believe I never learned in school, this season should be mandatory listening for all Americans with white privilege. Thank you so much for this brilliant, educational program that is obviously created with great love for all people.

jessica s rb ,

Excellent

Every season is excellent, but the recent episode about objectivity is one of the best I’ve ever heard

Beamus7 ,

"Seeing White" is important

There could never be a more opportune time to listen to these podcasts and to share these widely with others who are struggling to understand where we are today and how we got in this mess to begin with. Fortunately for us, "Seeiing White" is here to answer these questions and provide an opportunity for reflection and growth. I recommend these podcasts to everyone who wants to expand their world view and see racism as the destructive social construct that it is.

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