Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story.

Why? Where did the notion of “whiteness” come from? What does it mean? What is whiteness for?

Scene on Radio host and producer John Biewen took a deep dive into these questions, along with an array of leading scholars and regular guest Dr. Chenjerai Kumanyika, in this fourteen-part documentary series, released between February and August 2017. The series editor is Loretta Williams. 

Episode 31: Turning the Lens (Seeing White, Part 1) – Download full transcript PDF

Episode 32: How Race Was Made (Seeing White, Part 2) – Download full transcript PDF

Episode 33: Made in America (Seeing White, Part 3) – Download full transcript PDF

Episode 34: On Crazy We Built A Nation (Seeing White, Part 4) – Download full transcript PDF

Episode 35: Little War on the Prairie (Seeing White, Part 5) – Download full transcript PDF

Episode 36: That’s Not Us, So We’re Clean (Seeing White, Part 6) – Download full transcript PDF

Episode 37: Chenjerai’s Challenge (Seeing White, Part 7) – Download full transcript PDF