Radio Projects

Podcast: Episode Two of “Scene On Radio” Available Now on iTunes and Online

Podcast: Episode Two of "Scene On Radio" Available Now on iTunes and Online

The Center for Documentary Studies is pleased to present the second episode of our new podcast, Scene on Radio. Produced and hosted by CDS audio director John Biewen, the biweekly podcast asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out, capturing the sounds of life happening and telling stories that explore human experience and […]


“Little War on the Prairie”: Listen to “This American Life” Broadcast of New CDS Radio Documentary

"Little War on the Prairie": Listen to "This American Life" Broadcast of New CDS Radio Documentary

A new one-hour radio documentary produced by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen—”Little War on the Prairie”—aired on This American Life recently. The documentary tells the long-overlooked story of one of the key episodes in the Plains Indian wars of the nineteenth century, a troubling history that Biewen, a Minnesota native, says is “deeply […]


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: 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: “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 Up: CDS Audio Pieces Among the Best-Selling Public Radio Broadcasts in 2011

Two CDS-related audio programs—“Travels with Mike” and a Reality Radio event—were among the top ten most licensed pieces in 2011 from Public Radio Exchange (PRX), the award-winning media company that serves as public radio’s largest online distribution marketplace. The two broadcasts were on the Most Licensed Pieces list in the annual PRX Zeitfunk Awards, which recognizes standout producers […]


CDS Receives MacArthur Grant for “Groundwork,” a Radio Documentary Project

CDS Receives MacArthur Grant for “Groundwork,” a Radio Documentary Project

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded the Center for Documentary Studies a $140,000 media grant in support of Groundwork, a radio documentary series telling close-up, on-the-ground stories of American democracy in action at the local level, stories that resonate with larger national issues of critical importance to all Americans but which […]


“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 […]


“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 […]


Travels with Mike

Travels with Mike

In the fall of 1960, the writer John Steinbeck climbed into a pickup truck with a makeshift camper on top, and started driving. He and his Standard Poodle, Charley, roamed for three months and ten thousand miles, completing a circuit from one coast to the other and back again. Steinbeck’s account of the journey, Travels […]


Listen to Audio from The Art of Farming: A Public Symposium

Listen to Audio from The Art of Farming: A Public Symposium

Audio from The Art of Farming: A Public Symposium is now available to listen online. The Art of Farming symposium builds on the national documentary project Five Farms: Stories from American Farm Families, which followed the lives of five farming families (from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Iowa, Arizona, and California) during the course of one year. Their […]


“Five Farms” Interview with John Biewen by Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks

“Five Farms” Interview with John Biewen by Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks

        John Biewen was recently interviewed by Stephen Smith of American RadioWorks about the documentary project Five Farms: Stories of American Farm Families. Biewen was the series producer for Five Farms and is the Audio Program Director at the Center for Documentary Studies. Listen to the interview with Biewen here.   Recent […]


National Public Radio Features The Jazz Loft Project In December

National Public Radio Features The Jazz Loft Project In December

Every Sunday in December, National Public Radio presents highlights from the Jazz Loft Project.


Five Farms: North Carolina

Five Farms: North Carolina

Five Farms: Stories of American Farm Families Whitakers, North Carolina Photographs by Tom Rankin, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University


Five Farms: California

Five Farms: California

Five Farms: Stories of American Farm Families Capay, California Photographs by Alix Lowrey Blair


Five Farms: Iowa

Five Farms: Iowa

Five Farms: Stories of American Farm Families Ankeny, Iowa Photographs by Elena Rue, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University


Five Farms: Massachusetts

Five Farms: Massachusetts

Five Farms: Stories From American Farm Families Colrain, Massachusetts Photographs by Steve Schapiro


Five Farms: Hopi

Five Farms: Hopi

Five Farms: Stories From American Farm Families Hopi Reservation, Arizona Photographs by Andrew Lewis