Scene on Radio

Scene on Radio

Scene on Radio

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
Scene on Radio is a two-time Peabody-nominated podcast that dares to ask big, hard questions about who we are—really—and how we got this way. Previous series include Seeing White (Season 2), looking at the roots and meaning of white supremacy; MEN (Season 3), on patriarchy and its history; The Land That Never Has Been Yet (Season 4), exploring the not-so-accidental failings of democracy in the U.S.; and The Repair (Season 5), on the climate crisis: Where did we go so wrong in our relationship with the rest of the natural world, and who's "we"? Produced and hosted by John Biewen, Scene on Radio comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University (CDS) and is distributed by PRX.
  1. July 13, 2022
    50 min
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    Losing Ground: Rebroadcast
    The next in our summer mini-season of rebroadcasts: For Eddie Wise, owning a hog farm was a lifelong dream. In middle age, he and his wife, Dorothy, finally got a farm of their own. But they say that over the n…
  2. July 06, 2022
    1 hr 14 min
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    Bonus: Introducing Hot Take
    In this bonus episode we share a recent installment from Hot Take, the climate podcast co-hosted by Amy Westervelt (co-host/reporter for our Season 5 series on climate, The Repair) and writer Mary Annaïse Hegla…
  3. June 29, 2022
    54 min
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    Himpathy: Rebroadcast
    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 t…
  4. June 15, 2022
    17 min
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    Things I'm Afraid to Say: Rebroadcast
    A refugee from war in Eastern Europe. An NYC-born survivor who grew up poor, Black, Muslim, and gay. And how one, and her music, saved the other. By Aleks Basic, featuring Laila Nur. Part of our summer mini-sea…
  5. June 01, 2022
    20 min
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    Prince and Philando and Futures Untold: Rebroadcast
    How to grieve when the deaths come so quickly? How, as a Black mother in America, to protect your child’s innocence and hope? An audio essay by Stacia Brown. The first in a summer mini-season of rebroadcasts. E…
  6. December 15, 2021
    55 min
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    S5 E11: Change Everything
    In our Season 5 finale: What’s the cultural transformation we need to make — in the West, and the U.S. in particular — to live in good health with the rest of the natural world and with each other? Episode 11 o…
  7. December 08, 2021
    1 hr 2 min
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    S5 E10: The Power Structure, Not the Energy Source
    The first of two concluding episodes in Season 5, in which we focus on solutions. In Part 10 of The Repair, we look at the actions and policies that people need to push for —now — to avoid the most catastrophic…
  8. December 01, 2021
    39 min
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    S5 E9: Pachamama
    In several countries around the world, including Ecuador, New Zealand, and the U.S., some people are trying to protect the planet using a legal concept called “rights of nature” – infusing the law with Indigeno…
  9. November 24, 2021
    32 min
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    S5 E8: Last Orders
    Among the wealthy, industrialized Western countries that created the climate crisis, Scotland is one of the leaders in pivoting away from fossil fuels – or promising to. Just how quickly will Scots be willing t…
  10. November 17, 2021
    32 min
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    S5 E7: Deluges and Dreams
    The climate crisis is not new to Bangladesh. For decades, global warming has exacerbated storms and flooding and turned many thousands of people into refugees in their own country. Yet, even though Bangladeshis…
  11. November 02, 2021
    57 min
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    S5 E6: "We Don't Have the Power to Fight It"
    Earth’s changing climate is already displacing millions of people, worsening tension and conflict, and sometimes violence – for example, between farmers and traditional nomadic herders in Nigeria. Part 6 of The…
  12. October 20, 2021
    39 min
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    Bonus Episode: Manchin on the Hill, and Introducing Drilled
    Co-hosts John Biewen and Amy Westervelt discuss the U.S. Congress’s effort to pass its first major climate bill ever, and Senator Joe Manchin’s move to block a key measure seemingly on behalf of the fossil fuel…
  13. October 13, 2021
    41 min
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    S5 E5: Jakarta, the Sinking Capital
    Southeast Asia is especially vulnerable to storms, rising oceans, and other climate effects—though countries in the region did very little to create the crisis. In Indonesia, among other climate-related challen…
  14. October 06, 2021
    1 hr 1 min
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    S5 E4: Up to Heaven and Down to Hell
    Why has the United States played such an outsized role in the creation of the climate crisis? As a settler nation, the U.S. emerged from the colonizing, capitalist West, but what did America and its cultural pe…
  15. September 29, 2021
    55 min
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    S5 E3: "Managing" Nature
    If the Enlightenment was so great, why was it not a course correction? In fact, did cultural values that took hold in the West in this period speed up our race toward ecological suicide? Part 3 of our series, T…
  16. September 22, 2021
    42 min
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    S5 E2: To the Victor
    How western Europe really broke bad in its understanding of humanity’s place in the natural world, from the Crusades to capitalism. Part 2 of our series, The Repair, on the climate crisis.By host and producer J…
  17. September 15, 2021
    42 min
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    S5 E1: In the Beginning
    Part 1 of our series on the climate emergency. How did we drive ourselves into the ecological ditch? And, crucially, who is this ‘we’? Our story starts with … Genesis. By host and producer John Biewen, with co-…
  18. August 23, 2021
    3 min
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    Season 5 Trailer: The Repair
    This season will explore the cultural roots of our current ecological emergency, and the deep changes Western society will need to make to save the Earth and our species. Through interviews with historians and…
  19. January 13, 2021
    1 hr 7 min
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    REBROADCAST: S4 E8 The Second Redemption
    This special re-broadcast of a Season 4 episode is in response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters. A look at the right-wing counterrevolution in the face of expanding democracy in America: It…
  20. November 24, 2020
    31 min
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    BONUS EPISODE: Election 2020
    What does the 2020 election in the United States tell us, or remind us, about the state of democracy in America? A follow-up to our Season 4 series on democracy, The Land That Never Has Been Yet. Host and produ…

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