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Posts Tagged ‘John Biewen’

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 […]


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.   […]


John Biewen to Give Keynote Presentation at Harrisburg Book Festival November 12

John Biewen to Give Keynote Presentation at Harrisburg Book Festival November 12

John Biewen, a radio producer and audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies, and Joe Richman, founder of Radio Diaries, will give the keynote presentation at the second annual Harrisburg Book Festival in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on November 12. During the multimedia event, they will share their own stories and lead an interactive discussion […]


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 […]


John Biewen on “The Art of the Pause”

John Biewen on "The Art of the Pause"

John Biewen, the audio program director at CDS, is the latest Guest on the radio website Transom.org. From Biewen’s guest piece, The Art of the Pause: “A lot of us avoid quiet in our day-to-day lives. No one to talk to at the moment? Time to click on the radio or whip out those earbuds! […]


“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 […]


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 […]


Photographs from the 2011 Listening Institute

Photographs from the 2011 Listening Institute

CDS hosted about 30 radio/audio makers March 17–20, 2011, for the second Listening Institute, a collaboration with the Third Coast International Audio Festival. Participants listened to and discussed audio work, much of it submitted by the participants themselves, and attended daily workshops covering essentials in radio production. The Listening Institute is led by CDS audio […]


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


The Listening Institute

The Listening Institute

The Listening Institute Thursday – Sunday, March 17 – 20, 2011 Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Course fee: $325 through February 28, $375 after February 28 • Center for Documentary Studies, Auditorium The Listening Institute, a partnership between CDS and the Third Coast […]