Audio & Radio Pieces

Groundwork Radio Special Hosted by NPR’s Scott Simon Airing on Stations Nationwide

Groundwork Radio Special Hosted by NPR's Scott Simon Airing on Stations Nationwide

A one-hour radio special hosted by NPR Weekend Edition‘s Scott Simon features stories from Groundwork, a radio and multimedia project of the Center for Documentary Studies. The show will air on more than a hundred public radio stations nationwide, including WNYC New York, WBEZ Chicago, KUOW Seattle, Minnesota Public Radio, KALW San Francisco, and many others. Check with your […]


Listen: New Album, “Camilla,” by Caroline Herring

Listen: New Album, "Camilla," by Caroline Herring

Singer/songwriter Caroline Herring’s new album, Camilla, captured our attention here. Named Best New Artist at the Austin Music Awards in 2002, the Mississippi native has since gained a devoted following and much critical acclaim. Music journalist Silas House writes, “Herring’s specialty is studying the South and the way race still haunts its people and places but her […]


“Colors of Confinement”: New Book Features Rare Color Photos of Japanese American Internment

"Colors of Confinement": New Book Features Rare Color Photos of Japanese American Internment

In 1942, Bill Manbo and his family were forced from their Hollywood home into the Heart Mountain Relocation Center, a Japanese American internment camp in Wyoming. While there, Manbo documented both the bleakness and beauty of his surroundings using Kodachrome film—a technology then just seven years old—to capture community celebrations and to record his family’s struggle […]


Listen: Big Shed/CDS Audio Documentary “The Great Moonshine Conspiracy”

Listen: Big Shed/CDS Audio Documentary "The Great Moonshine Conspiracy"

In his 2011 book Spirits of Just Men: Mountaineers, Liquor Bosses, and Lawmen in the Moonshine Capital of the World (University of Illinois Press), Charlie Thompson chronicles Virginia’s Great Moonshine Conspiracy Trial of 1935, which made national news and exposed the far-reaching and pervasive tendrils of Appalachia’s local moonshine economy. The folks at the audio and […]


Listen: Student Documentary Projects from the 2012 Summer Audio Institute

Listen: Student Documentary Projects from the 2012 Summer Audio Institute

Hearing is Believing I: An Audio Documentary Institute is an annual weeklong immersion in making audio documentaries offered by the CDS Continuing Education program. Students learn hands-on skills in recording and digital audio mixing, discuss issues like the ethics of documentary work, hear accomplished producers talk about their work, and create a short piece. The 2012 institute […]


Register Now: Acclaimed Audio Institute, “Hearing Is Believing II: Making It Sing,” Starts August 6

Register Now: Acclaimed Audio Institute, "Hearing Is Believing II: Making It Sing," Starts August 6

The second CDS summer audio institute, Hearing is Believing II: Making it Sing, starts August 6; click on the link to register.  An intensive six-day workshop for students who’ve recorded interviews and gathered sound and are ready to construct a six-to twelve-minute audio documentary. This course is designed for those who have a basic grasp […]


“Love Stories”: A Talk at CDS by Renowned Radio Journalist Alex Chadwick, Monday, July 16

"Love Stories": A Talk at CDS by Renowned Radio Journalist Alex Chadwick, Monday, July 16

  Alex Chadwick, longtime National Public Radio reporter and host turned independent producer, will be at the Center for Documentary Studies on Monday, July 16, to teach at our annual summer audio institute, Hearing is Believing, and to give an evening talk that’s open to the public; “Love Stories” will start at 7 p.m. in […]


Listen: “Southern Slices: Summer Institute Stories from CDS” Purchased by WGBH Boston

Listen: "Southern Slices: Summer Institute Stories from CDS" Purchased by WGBH Boston

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 […]


Listen: Student Work from the Short Audio Documentary Class Is Available Online

Listen: Student Work from the Short Audio Documentary Class Is Available Online

Thirty-six audio pieces from undergraduate students in this spring’s Short Audio Documentary course, taught by CDS audio program director John Biewen, are now available online. Each student produced four short docs during the semester; for the spring 2012 class, the themes of the pieces are: Identity: A theme agreed upon by the class for their […]


Listen: “This American Life” Host Ira Glass Visits CDS Audio Course

Listen: "This American Life" Host Ira Glass Visits CDS Audio Course

Undergrad students in the Short Audio Documentary course at CDS were excited, and a little nervous, when they learned that This American Life host and executive producer Ira Glass was coming to class to talk to them about their audio pieces. CDS audio director John Biewen, who teaches the course, contacted Glass before the radio […]


Watch Videos: Final Projects of Fall 2011 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Watch Videos: Final Projects of Fall 2011 Certificate in Documentary Arts Graduates

Throughout the year, CDS offers continuing education courses in the documentary arts to people of all ages and backgrounds. Some choose to enroll in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program, which offers a more structured sequence of courses culminating in the Final Seminar in Documentary Studies, where students finish and present a substantial documentary work—photography, […]


Claire Schoen: Work by Spring 2012 Continuing Education Instructor

Claire Schoen: Work by Spring 2012 Continuing Education Instructor

Claire Schoen will be a workshop, From Soup to Nuts: Documentary Audio Production, in two locations in the spring 2012 term for the Continuing Education program at the Center for Documentary Studies. To learn more about the course and to register, please visit the Continuing Education registration site. Claire Schoen has worked as an independent […]


Podcast Available: CDS Audio Director John Biewen and Radio Diaries Founder Joe Richman on Public Radio Documentaries

Podcast Available: CDS Audio Director John Biewen and Radio Diaries Founder Joe Richman on Public Radio Documentaries

Listen to this keynote address given by radio producers John Biewen and Joe Richman at the second annual Harrisburg Book Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on November 12. They share their own stories and lead an interactive discussion on today’s public radio documentaries, drawing from Radio Diaries and Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound.   […]


Podcasts Available: Projects from the 2011 Summer Audio Institute

Podcasts Available: Projects from the 2011 Summer Audio Institute

“Hearing Is Believing” is a one-week continuing-education course offered every summer at the Center for Documentary Studies. Each July, 24 people come from across the country to learn the basics of audio documentary-making and to collaborate with a fellow participant in producing a short piece. This year the stories emerged from a collaboration between CDS […]


Duke Magazine Website Features “Documenting Duke” Audio Work by CDS Undergraduates

Duke Magazine Website Features "Documenting Duke" Audio Work by CDS Undergraduates

Through a collaboration between the Center for Documentary Studies and Duke Magazine, students in John Biewen’s undergraduate classes “Introduction to Audio Documentary” and “The Short Audio Documentary” have produced audio features to complement stories featured in the magazine. Among the recent audio pieces posted to Duke Magazine’s website is a piece by Elisabeth Michel, who […]


Continuing Education Certificate Projects Spring 2011

Continuing Education Certificate Projects Spring 2011

View the final projects of the graduates in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program in spring 2011: John Crane, Paul Deblinger, Eric Douglas, Chelsea Flowers, Conrad Fulkerson, Paige Greason, Jeremy Helton, Eileen Heyes, and Kurney Ramsey, Jr. Videos are available to watch here and on CDS Vimeo. Read more about the spring 2011 Certificate in […]


“Southern Slices” CDS Audio Projects Being Aired on Radio Stations Nationwide

"Southern Slices" CDS Audio Projects Being Aired on Radio Stations Nationwide

A collection of student pieces from the summer Audio Institute at CDS have been broadcast on radio stations nationwide. The collection, “Southern Slices,” features student work from 2003–2007, and is hosted by CDS audio program director John Biewen. “Southern Slices” was featured on a summer playlist on the Public Radio Exchange, and has recently aired […]


Student Audio Documentaries Featured on the Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Student Audio Documentaries Featured on the Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

Audio documentaries produced by students in the class The Short Audio Documentary, taught by CDS audio program director John Biewen, are now available to listen on the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). PRX is an online marketplace for distribution, review, and licensing of public radio programming, and also serves as a growing social network and community of […]


Randall Kenan at the 2011 Listening Institute

Randall Kenan at the 2011 Listening Institute

  Randall Kenan at the 2011 Listening Institute Recorded on March 20, 2011 at CDS The 2011 Listening Institute, a partnership between CDS and the Third Coast International Audio Festival, brought about thirty audio/radio producers from across the United States to Durham for three days of intensive listening and discussion. The group listened to audio […]


“Travels with Mike” CDS Radio Documentary Featured on PRX, Airing Nationwide

"Travels with Mike" CDS Radio Documentary Featured on PRX, Airing Nationwide

A half-century after John Steinbeck drove the country with his dog Charley and wrote his well-known account of the journey, producer and CDS audio program director John Biewen visited some key locations on Steinbeck’s itinerary, traveling not with a dog but with a microphone—mike, that is. In each location, he collaborated with an artist who […]


Interview with John Biewen about “Travels with Mike” on the Big Read Blog

Interview with John Biewen about "Travels with Mike" on the Big Read Blog

John Biewen was recently interviewed on the Big Read Blog about John Steinbeck’s classic novel Travels with Charley in Search of America, and the Travels with Mike project. “Driving Cross Country with John Steinbeck.” By Rebecca Gross. “Big Read Blog: Updates on the Big Read Initiative.” March 28, 2011. Read more about the Travels with […]


Listen to Audio: Susan Shillinglaw Talks about “Travels with Mike”

Listen to Audio: Susan Shillinglaw Talks about "Travels with Mike"

Two audio pieces with Susan Shillinglaw are now available to listen on the Travels with Mike website. Susan Shillinglaw is professor of English and director of the Center for Steinbeck Studies at San Jose State University. She spoke with CDS’s John Biewen about John Steinbeck’s iconic nonfiction book, Travels with Charley in Search of America. Shillinglaw […]


Podcast Available: “Radio Diaries: 15 Years of Stories,” Joe Richman in the Duke Innovation Program Series

Podcast Available: “Radio Diaries: 15 Years of Stories,” Joe Richman in the Duke Innovation Program Series

For fifteen years, Radio Diaries has been giving people tape recorders and working with them to report on their own lives and histories for NPR. With this approach, Radio Diaries has helped pioneer a new form of citizen journalism and has produced some of the most acclaimed and innovative documentaries ever heard on public radio: Teenage Diaries, Prison […]


Listen to Episodes from “Travels with Mike” Audio Series

Listen to Episodes from "Travels with Mike" Audio Series

All six episodes from the audio series Travels with Mike are now available to listen at the Travels with Mike website. Read more about the project here