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Listen Up: “Groundwork” Special Among the Best-Selling Public Radio Broadcasts in 2012

Photograph by Aymae Sulick

Mural facing downtown’s City Hall, Occupy LA. Photograph by Aymae Sulick for the Groundwork project.

For the second year in a row, the Center for Documentary Studies placed in the annual Zeitfunk Awards, which recognize standout shows and producers among the tens of thousands of audio pieces licensed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX), public radio’s largest online distribution marketplace.

Groundwork, the one-hour radio special produced by CDS audio director John Biewen and a team of freelance producers, was the second most-licensed and third most-playlisted public radio broadcast in 2012 from PRX. Hosted by NPR Weekend Edition‘s Scott Simon, Groundwork follows radio producers who traveled to six diverse places around the country collecting stories about how American democracy works at the local level on issues that also resonate at the national level—Caroline, New York: fracking; Hickory, North Carolina: civil rights; San Juan, Texas: immigration; Chicago: citizen control of government spending; Los Angeles: young people and democracy; Kodiak, Alaska: the environment. Episodes were produced by Biewen, Maria Martin, Karen Michel, and Jon Miller.

Click here to listen to the Groundwork special and other PRX-licensed CDS pieces; click here for more information on the CDS audio program and its radio projects.

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