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Listen: “East Durham/Cleveland Holloway Stories” from the 2014 Hearing Is Believing Audio Institute

2013 Hearing Is Believing

Students and faculty from the summer 2014 CDS introductory audio institute, Hearing Is Believing.

At the Center for Documentary Studies‘ twelfth annual introductory audio institute, Hearing is Believing, offered each summer through our Continuing Education program, eighteen students came from around the world to learn the art of audio storytelling. Under the tutelage of CDS audio program director John Biewen and visiting instructor Shea Shackelford, with guest lecturers Lulu Miller of NPR and John Barth of PRX, they spent seven full days learning how to record, log, structure, and edit radio pieces. They interviewed community activists, entrepreneurs, and other residents of the East Durham and Cleveland-Holloway neighborhoods—historic and rapidly-changing parts of Durham, North Carolina—then condensed the interviews into five-minute narratives using audio editing software. The short docs were played at a public listening event in July. Listen to eight of the audio stories below.

NOTE: The videos by students in our 2014 Documentary Video Institute also focused on the East Durham and Cleveland Holloway neighborhoods.

JC’s Kitchen | David Fraccaro and Jean Kratzer
Phyllis Terry runs JC’s Kitchen with her husband Thomas, serving traditional Southern fare that “feeds the soul.”


Keep The People’s Cameras Rolling | Ed Cottingham and Emily Vaughn
W. Axel Foley, head of The People’s Channel and Durham Community Media, describes his vision for community-access cable in the internet age.


Living in the Tension | Wren Awry and Leah Peachtree
Cate Elander of the East Durham Children’s Initiative acknowledges the tension inherent in working for a community-strengthening nonprofit while also inescapably contributing to gentrification.


The Louder We Are | Brent Bjorkman and Jonathan Young
Community activists Veronica and Clarence Terry, founders of Old East Durham Communities in Partnership, and their son Mark discuss their efforts to bring their neighborhood together.


More Than Just a Recipe | Nell Burrus and Susanne Unger
After one of his favorite lunch spots closed, serial entrepreneur Walter Sneed applied his can-do philosophy and opened his own restaurant on the premises, Tater Bread Cafe.


Ms. Bell | Margot Considine and Nadia Ramlagan
A freelance seamstress and well-known figure in her neighborhood, Estella Bell discovered fulfillment when she turned her talent for sewing into a career.


Southern Librarian | Random Gott and Marc Menish
Kenneth E. Hanna, a quiet, reserved librarian originally from South Carolina, has lived in the same Cleveland-Holloway home for forty-six years.


The Wanona Satcher Story | Jean Donnell and Ashley Satorius
Durham Neighborhood Development Specialist Wanona Satcher recounts some of the experiences that helped set her on a black activist trajectory.

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