Scene on Radio is a podcast that 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 American society.

Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS). It features a mix of Biewen’s work for CDS, new and old, and some of the best audio works produced by students in the Center’s undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education courses.

Scene on Radio episodes are posted every other Wednesday. 

NOTE: Season 2, featuring the acclaimed Seeing White series, has concluded. Season 3 is in the works for 2018, and Biewen says “it will be as relevant, as on point for our time, as the last one.” Stay tuned. 



About the Host

John Biewen’s radio work has taken him to forty American states and to Europe, Japan, and India. He has produced for the NPR newsmagazines, This American Life, Studio 360, American RadioWorks, the BBC World Service, and State of the Re:Union. He is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies, where, in addition to producing Scene on Radio, he teaches audio courses to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. With co-editor Alexa Dilworth, he edited the book, Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, now in its sixth printing.