Radio-making isn’t just for professionals. Every summer, several dozen people from across the country converge on the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University to learn the skills of audio documentary work—recording, shaping and crafting a piece, and mixing it on the computer. They get guidance and inspiration from seasoned producers. (They also tend to eat good barbecue and see a Durham Bulls baseball game.) The radio piece “Southern Slices: Summer Institute Stories from CDS,” hosted by CDS audio program director John Biewen, pulled together seven of the best works made by those students—many of them first-time producers.
Public-media powerhouse WGBH Boston recently purchased “Southern Slices.” Listen to the pieces on PRX here.
Register for upcoming summer audio institutes at CDS:
Hearing is Believing I: An Audio Documentary Institute, July 15–21
Hearing is Believing II: Making it Sing, August 6–11
Digging In: An Audio Retreat with Big Shed, July 29–August 4
John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University. During a twenty-five-year career, his radio reporting and documentary work have taken him to 40 American states and to Europe, Japan, and India. Biewen started as a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio. He reported for NPR News from the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain West, then spent eight years as a correspondent with American RadioWorks, the documentary unit of American Public Media. At CDS, he continues to make radio for national and global audiences.