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Scene on Radio asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out. It tells 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).

Scene on Radio asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out. It tells 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).
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Scene on Radio asks, How’s it going out there? And leaves the studio to find out. It tells 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).

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English


Episodes

Transformation (Seeing White, Part 14) Rebroadcast

7/17/2019
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The concluding episode in our series, Seeing White. An exploration of solutions and responses to America’s deep history of white supremacy by host John Biewen, with Chenjerai Kumanyika, Robin DiAngelo, and William “Sandy” Darity, Jr.

Duration:00:44:54

White Affirmative Action (Seeing White, Part 13) Rebroadcast

7/3/2019
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When it comes to U.S. government programs and support earmarked for the benefit of particular racial groups, history is clear. White folks have received most of the goodies. By John Biewen, with Deena Hayes-Greene of the Racial Equity Institute and recurring series partner Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Duration:00:48:42

My White Friends (Seeing White, Part 12) Rebroadcast

6/19/2019
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For years, Myra Greene had explored blackness through her photography, often in self-portraits. She wondered, what would it mean to take pictures of whiteness? For her friends, what was it like to be photographedbecause you’re white? With another conversation between host John Biewen and series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Duration:00:41:01

Danger (Seeing White, Part 11) Rebroadcast

6/5/2019
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For hundreds of years, the white-dominated American culture has raised the specter of the dangerous, violent black man. Host John Biewen tells the story of a confrontation with an African American teenager. Then he and recurring guest Chenjerai Kumanyika discuss that longstanding image – and its neglected flipside: white-on-black violence.

Duration:00:46:52

Citizen Thind (Seeing White, Part 10) Rebroadcast

5/22/2019
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The story of Bhagat Singh Thind, and also of Takao Ozawa – Asian immigrants who, in the 1920s, sought to convince the U.S. Supreme Court that they were white in order to gain American citizenship. Thind’s “bargain with white supremacy,” and the deeply revealing results.

Duration:00:38:14

A Racial Cleansing in America (Seeing White Part 9) Rebroadcast

5/8/2019
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In 1919, a white mob forced the entire black population of Corbin, Kentucky, to leave, at gunpoint. It was one of many racial expulsions in the United States. What happened, and how such racial cleansings became “America’s family secret.”

Duration:00:29:58

Skulls and Skin (Seeing White, Part 8) Rebroadcast

4/24/2019
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Scientists weren’t the first to divide humanity along racial – and racist – lines. But for hundreds of years, racial scientists claimed to provide proof for those racist hierarchies – and some still do.

Duration:00:47:13

Chenjerai's Challenge (Seeing White, Part 7) Rebroadcast

4/10/2019
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“How attached are you to the idea of being white?” Chenjerai Kumanyika puts that question to host John Biewen, as they revisit an unfinished conversation from a previous episode. Part 7 of our series, Seeing White.

Duration:00:15:10

That's Not Us, So We're Clean (Seeing White, Part 6) Rebroadcast

3/27/2019
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When it comes to America’s racial sins, past and present, a lot of us see people in one region of the country as guiltier than the rest. Host John Biewen spoke with some white Southern friends about that tendency. Part Six of our ongoing series, Seeing White. With recurring guest, Chenjerai Kumanyika. Shannon Sullivan’s books, Revealing Whiteness and Good White People. Thanks to Chris Julin, whose 1991 NPR report on the Wisconsin fishing rights dispute we featured.

Duration:00:40:32

Little War on the Prairie (Seeing White, Part 5) Rebroadcast

3/13/2019
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Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen heard next to nothing about the town’s most important historical event. In 1862, Mankato was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history – the hanging of 38 Dakota warriors – following one of the major wars between Plains Indians and settlers. In this documentary, originally produced for This American Life, John goes back to Minnesota to explore what happened, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it afterwards. Key sources for this...

Duration:01:04:17

On Crazy We Built a Nation (Seeing White, Part 4) Rebroadcast

2/27/2019
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“All men are created equal.” Those words, from the Declaration of Independence, are central to the story that Americans tell about ourselves and our history. But what did those words mean to the man who actually wrote them? By John Biewen, with guest Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Duration:00:37:12

Made in America (Seeing White, Part 3) Rebroadcast

2/13/2019
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Chattel slavery in the United States, with its distinctive – and strikingly cruel – laws and structures, took shape over many decades in colonial America. The innovations that built American slavery are inseparable from the construction of Whiteness as we know it today. By John Biewen, with guest Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Duration:00:34:23

How Race Was Made (Seeing White, Part 2) Rebroadcast

1/30/2019
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For much of human history, people viewed themselves as members of tribes or nations but had no notion of “race.” Today, science deems race biologically meaningless. Who invented race as we know it, and why? By John Biewen, with guest Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Duration:00:29:19

Turning the Lens (Seeing White, Part 1) Rebroadcast

1/16/2019
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During Scene On Radio's hiatus between seasons—as we get to work on Season Four—we’re re-posting our Season Two series from 2017, Seeing White. If you’ve already listened, you can always listen again, or just tell several friends about it. As always, thanks for listening. In this episode, an introduction to our series exploring what it means to be White. By John Biewen, with special guest Chenjerai Kumanyika.

Duration:00:17:16

The End of Male Supremacy? (MEN, Part 12)

12/12/2018
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In our Season Three finale, co-hosts Celeste Headlee and John Biewen talk about where American culture goes from here, sexism-wise. And we hear from scholar Melvin Konner, who argues that we are in fact witnessing—and bringing about—“the end of male supremacy.” Music by Alex Weston, and by Evgueni and Sacha Galperine. Music and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music.

Duration:00:31:52

Domination (MEN, Part 11)

11/28/2018
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Host John Biewen dips into the world of sports talk radio, where guys talk not just about sports but also about how to be a man in twenty-first-century America. What John finds is more complicated than he expected, with revelations both encouraging and sobering. With co-host Celeste Headlee and experts David Nylund and Terry Real. Music by Alex Weston, and by Evgueni and Sacha Galperine. Music and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music.

Duration:00:38:26

The Juggernaut (MEN, Part 10)

11/14/2018
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Writer Ben James and his wife Oona are raising their sons in a progressive and “queer-friendly” New England town. They actively encourage the boys to be themselves, never mind those traditional gender norms around “masculinity” and “femininity.” All was well. Until the elder son, Huck, went to sixth grade. Story by Ben James, with hosts Celeste Headlee and John Biewen, and psychologist Terrence Real. Music by Alex Weston, Evgueni and Sacha Galperine, Blue Dot Sessions, and Kevin MacLeod....

Duration:00:54:59

Be Like You (MEN, Part 9)

10/31/2018
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Lewis Wallace, female-assigned at birth, wanted to transition in the direction of maleness—in some ways. He shifted his pronouns, had surgery, starting taking testosterone. None of that meant he wanted to embrace everything that our culture associates with “masculinity.” Story written and reported by Lewis Wallace, with co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee. Music by Alex Weston, Evgueni and Sacha Galperine, and Kevin MacLeod. Music and production help from Joe Augustine at Narrative...

Duration:00:38:06

American Made (MEN, Part 8)

10/17/2018
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American history—law, economics, culture—has built different notions of masculinity (and femininity) for people of varying races and ethnicities. A trip through a century of pop culture and the stereotyped images that white supremacy has manufactured and attached to Asian and African American men. With scholars Tim Yu and Mark Anthony Neal and co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee. Music by Alex Weston, Evgueni and Sacha Galperine. Music and production help from Joe Augustine at...

Duration:00:44:54

Himpathy (MEN, Part 7)

10/3/2018
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Several years after Janey was sexually assaulted by her former boyfriend, Mathew, she told some of her closest friends, and her mother, what Mathew had done. Janey was so troubled by her loved ones’ responses, or lack thereof, that she went back to them years later to record conversations about it all. In this episode: Janey’s story, and philosopher Kate Manne, who coined the term “himpathy” in her 2017 book, *Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny. *With co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste...

Duration:00:51:39