The Center for Documentary Studies

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The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University teaches, engages in, and presents documentary work grounded in collaborative partnerships and extended fieldwork that uses photography, film/video, audio, and narrative writing to capture and convey contemporary memory, life, and culture. CDS values documentary work that balances community goals with individual artistic expression. CDS promotes documentary work that cultivates progressive change by amplifying voices, advancing human dignity, engendering respect among individuals, breaking down barriers to understanding, and illuminating social injustices. CDS conducts its work for local, regional, national, and international audiences.

Series

Caption: Craig Griffieon of Ankeny, Iowa, Credit: Elena Rue
5 Pieces

A series of five one-hour programs following five farm families through a year of their work and their lives. The farms are in New England, the South, the Midwest, the high desert West, and northern California. The programs are hosted by John Biewen of CDS but mostly narrated by members of the families themselves.

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5 Pieces

A podcast from CDS, hosted by John Biewen. SceneOnRadio.org.


Pieces

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One-hour documentary special on the invention and perpetuation of patriarchy in the Western world and early U.S. history.

Bought by Prairie Public, WFAE, KUT, KBUT, KSFR and more


  • Added: Aug 29, 2018
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 19
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For millennia, Western culture (and most other cultures) declared that men and women were different sorts of humans—and, by the way, men were bette...

  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 31:48
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Launching Scene on Radio Season 3 series—MEN—co-hosts John Biewen and Celeste Headlee look at the problems of male supremacy. And we visit Deep Tim...

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio


  • Added: Jul 19, 2018
  • Length: 37:45
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Gomes de Zurara, the Portuguese inventor of blackness (and whiteness), highlighted, on The Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal. , Credit: Harvey Barrison
One-hour historical documentary that tells the story of the construction of race, and racism, as we live with them today.

Bought by Indie3 Radio, KAAD-LP, Troy Public Radio, WJFF, WXXI and more


  • Added: Oct 22, 2017
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 74
Caption: Gomes de Zurara, the Portuguese inventor of blackness (and whiteness), highlighted, on The Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal., Credit: Harvey Barrison
Preview for upcoming 1-hour special, telling the story of the construction of race, and racism, as we live with them today.

  • Added: Oct 11, 2017
  • Length: 06:47
Caption: Emblem in the main foyer at Teton High school in Driggs, Idaho., Credit: John Biewen
Two small towns, one in Idaho, the other in Upstate New York, debate whether to stop calling their high school sports teams the Redskins.

Bought by KRZA, KUER, WCAI / WNAN, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 24:51
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Pattonville High School basketball players (left to right) Cassie Callahan, Allyson Sanders, and Tyra Brown. , Credit: John Biewen
Can the camaraderie of a team sport make race and class status “disappear” for the kids involved or their parents?

Bought by KUER, WCAI / WNAN, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 26:27
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Beer vendor, Busch Stadium, Credit: John Biewen
Can a winning baseball team bring St. Louis together post-Ferguson?

Bought by KUER and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 13:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mike Wiley performing Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till
Documentary Theater artist Mike Wiley performs and discusses Dar He, his one-man play about the murdered teenager Emmett Till.

Bought by KUER and WUNC


  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 13:22
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Producers, l to r: Ashley Mooney, Dillon Buckner, Grace Farson, Madeline Miller, Ted Phillips, Wilson Sayre, Eunice Kim, Clare Fieseler, Ligaiya Romero, Ben Finkel. Not pictured: Jagmeet Mac , Credit: John Biewen
A one-hour collection of short pieces about names and the naming of stuff, produced by undergrad and graduate students at Duke University. Hosted b...

Bought by KUER, WRVO Public Media, WCQS, KRCU, WTIP and more


  • Added: Sep 06, 2013
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 8