Posts Tagged ‘John Biewen’

“Emmett and Trayvon” Podcast Features Documentary Theater Artist Mike Wiley

"Emmett and Trayvon" Podcast Features Documentary Theater Artist Mike Wiley

Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewn produced a recent podcast, “Emmett and Trayvon,” featuring actor and playwright Mike Wiley. One of Wiley’s one-man plays, Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till, is about the black Chicago teenager who was murdered in Mississippi in 1955. Biewen tagged along as Wiley performed that play in Florida, not far […]


Online: New Summer 2014 Issue of “Document”

Online: New Summer 2014 Issue of “Document”

The quarterly publication Document features some of the best documentary work supported and produced by the Center for Documentary Studies. The latest issue is now available online; scroll down to view. Highlights in the Summer 2014 issue include a story by CDS audio director John Biewen about the upcoming broadcast of Contested, information about Full Frame Documentary Film Festival award winners, an update on […]


“Contested”: New CDS Radio Broadcast Looks at the Role of Sports in American Society

"Contested": New CDS Radio Broadcast Looks at the Role of Sports in American Society

The media typically takes a straightforward look at sports: who won, who lost, and why. And almost all of that coverage is about the 1 percent of athletes competing at the highest levels of college and professional sport. With Contested, a new one-hour broadcast airing on public radio stations across the country, Center for Documentary Studies […]


Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Listen: Short Pieces from the Intro to Audio Documentary Class

Each undergrad and grad student in the fall 2013 Intro to Audio Documentary class, taught by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen, produced three audio pieces on a variety of themes. Some of the pieces tell stories that explore the role of sports in American society. Others were responses to past Third Coast ShortDocs challenges. Still others were on on a theme of […]


CDS Audio Director John Biewen on the Broadcast Anniversary of “Little War on the Prairie”

“This may be the best episode of this radio show, ever.” “Unbelievably good and astonishingly tragic. I stood in my kitchen for an hour listening, fascinated, furious, and gut-punched.” These are just a few of the hundreds of comments received by the radio program This American Life following the November 2012 broadcast of Little War on […]


Listen to “Hello, My Name Is…”, a Special Collection of CDS Student Audio Documentaries

Listen to "Hello, My Name Is...", a Special Collection of CDS Student Audio Documentaries

A collection of short pieces made by students in Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen’s Spring 2013 Short Audio Documentary course is now available online on Public Radio Exchange (PRX). Hello, My Name Is…, the one-hour special hosted by Biewen, features eleven student stories on the topic of “names and the naming of stuff,” […]


Audio Documentary Listening Party: Students to Present a Selection of Works, April 29

Audio Documentary Listening Party: Students to Present a Selection of Works, April 29

The general public is enthusiastically invited to this presentation in the new Power Plant building by undergraduate and graduate students in the Short Audio Documentary class taught by Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen. The students will present a selection of works produced during the spring semester. The short audio documentaries will be […]


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

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 Discussion with Solo Performer Mike Daisey, Moderated by CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

A Discussion with Solo Performer Mike Daisey, Moderated by CDS Writer in Residence Duncan Murrell

In a featured “performance” as part of his artist’s residency at Duke University, master storyteller Mike Daisey will discuss the Occupy Movement, the concept of liberty, and Daisey’s newest production, American Utopias, with Duke law professor Jedediah Purdy; the moderator will be Center for Documentary Studies writer in residence Duncan Murrell. The event is free and open to the […]


Read Online: New Winter Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

Read Online: New Winter Issue of “Document,” CDS’s Quarterly Publication

The Winter 2013 issue of the Center for Documentary Studies‘ quarterly newsletter, Document, is now available to read online, featuring a look at our current exhibits—photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier’s Campaign for Braddock Hospital and photographer Gordon Parks’s 1956 photo essay from Life magazine, The Restraints: Open and Hidden; information on the upcoming Full Frame Documentary Film Festival; an essay […]


CDS Audio Director John Biewen on “Sure-Handedness: Radio That Knows What It’s Doing”

CDS Audio Director John Biewen on "Sure-Handedness: Radio That Knows What It's Doing"

Center for Documentary Studies audio director John Biewen gave a presentation at the Third Coast International Audio Festival‘s 2012 conference—”Sure-Handedness: Radio That Knows What It’s Doing”—that won rave reviews from attendees for its examination of  successful radio pieces and their structure, writing, and editing. Listen to a podcast of the presentation here and participate in the editing exercise near the end […]


“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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


The Time is Now: Register for CDS’s Acclaimed Summer Audio Institutes and Retreat

The Time is Now: Register for CDS's Acclaimed Summer Audio Institutes and Retreat

The Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) is offering three summer audio documentary learning opportunities through its Continuing Education program. These intensive sessions, lasting from two to eight days, are open to the general public (and their completion counts as credit toward the Certificate in Documentary Arts for those working toward a certificate). Information about the courses […]


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 […]


2012 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Logan Hasson

2012 Julia Harper Day Award Winner: Logan Hasson

The Julia Harper Day Award was created by the Center for Documentary Studies in 1992 in memory of the young woman who was the Center’s first staff member, a writer and photographer of real accomplishment. This $500 award goes to a graduating Duke University senior who has demonstrated excellence in documentary studies and contributed significantly […]


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 […]


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 […]


Documentary Radio Project, Groundwork, Kicks Off with Interactive Website and Book Giveaway

Documentary Radio Project, Groundwork, Kicks Off with Interactive Website and Book Giveaway

Supported by a $140,000 media grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Groundwork, a Center for Documentary Studies documentary radio and multimedia project, is gearing up for national broadcast this spring with a series of radio features, followed by a one-hour radio special this summer. The project also includes a multimedia, interactive website that […]


Good Read: Interview With Duncan Murrell, CDS Writer in Residence

Good Read: Interview With Duncan Murrell, CDS Writer in Residence

Duncan Murrell is an award-winning writer and journalist from North Carolina. He is a contributing editor at Harper’s Magazine and The Normal School and a consulting editor at Southern Cultures. Murrell has written about living in New Orleans for a year after Hurricane Katrina, as well as on such topics as immigration, politicians, termites, vultures, […]


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 […]


Documenting Medicine Speaker Series: CDS Audio Director John Biewen on “The Hospice Experiment,” December 14

Documenting Medicine Speaker Series: CDS Audio Director John Biewen on “The Hospice Experiment,” December 14

In a multimedia presentation on December 14 at Duke University Medical Center, CDS audio director John Biewen will talk about the making of his radio documentary “The Hospice Experiment” as part of Documenting Medicine, a program that pairs Duke physician residents and fellows with documentarians at the Center for Documentary Studies to produce work exploring […]