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John Biewan, Producer of Scene on Radio

John Biewen is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS) at Duke University where he teaches and produces the center's documentary podcast, Scene on Radio. In more than 30 years as a reporter and documentary maker, he has told stories from 40 American states and from Europe, Japan, and India.

His work has aired on all of the NPR news magazines and on This American Life, Studio 360, and the BBC World Service. Since its launch in 2015, Scene on Radio has received five million downloads and the show's Seeing White series was nominated for a 2017 Peabody Award.

Other recent Scene on Radio series have explored the history and function of patriarchy (MEN, 2018) and democracy in America (The Land That Never Has Been Yet, 2020), with all of its deep flaws and limitations, past and present.

John is co-editor, with Alexa Dilworth, of the book Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound.

Before joining CDS in 2006, John reported for Minnesota Public Radio, the documentary unit of American Public Media American RadioWorks, and covered the Rocky Mountain West for NPR News.

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Belonging & Unity
Show Up Summit
October 2 - 4, 2020
Crucial to our shared humanity and the future of society, a long overdue public conversation has finally entered the mainstream. Join Michelle Saahene and Melissa DePino, cofounders of From Privilege to Progress, and a host of celebrated racial justice advocates and influencers in a deep and honest conversation about creating the future we all need—one of equity, inclusion, and justice. Discover and activate the power within you for positive personal transformation and broad societal evolution.

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