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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.

Pieces

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 PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 24:51
  • Purchases: 1
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 PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 26:27
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Beer vendor, Busch Stadium, Credit: John Biewen
Can a winning baseball team bring St. Louis together post-Ferguson?

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 13:02
  • Purchases: 1
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
Caption: A resident of Chicago's 49th Ward., Credit: Melissa Beck
A timely one-hour special, hosted by NPR's Scott Simon, that tells stories of American democracy at the local level. We listen in as people wrestle...

Bought by XRAY.fm, Nevada Public Radio, WNPR, KRCU, WHQR and more


  • Added: May 30, 2012
  • Length: 54:01
  • Purchases: 78
Caption: David Pecusa, Third Mesa, Hopi Nation, Credit: Andrew Lewis
For each of the families of Five Farms, the question looms large: Who will take over the farm? Succession features the next generation --- the youn...

Bought by WEKU, KFOK-LPFM, WRPI, KBGA 89.9 FM, KWMR and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Jeff and Annie Main, Capay, Cal., Credit: Alix Lowrey Blair
Autumn is harvest time. That means Iowa corn and soybeans; fruit dried in the California sun; greens, beans, and potatoes; slaughtered hogs and bee...

Bought by KUNC, KWMR, KPVL, Rhythm & News Service, WRNC-LP and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 24
Caption: Sherry Hager, Colrain, Mass., Credit: Steve Schapiro
Stewardship focuses on the daily choices farming families make to preserve their land, water, and air --- the fundamentals of farming. During mid-s...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WEKU, KBGA 89.9 FM, KFOK-LPFM, KWMR and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Eddie Wise, Whitakers, N.C., Credit: Tom Rankin
Early summer is a time of long days on the family farm, perfect for nurturing crops and animals as they approach the peak of growing season. Nurtur...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WEKU, KBGA 89.9 FM, KFOK-LPFM, KWMR and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Craig Griffieon of Ankeny, Iowa, Credit: Elena Rue
Spring planting on the family farm is the time of the annual gamble --- on the alchemies of nature, on the health of livestock, on future fall harv...

Bought by Rhythm & News Service, WEKU, KBGA 89.9 FM, KFOK-LPFM, KWMR and more


  • Added: Jun 06, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 12
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A compilation of short documentaries on the theme, "Recycled," exploring aspects of human life that get repeated and re-used, for better and for wo...

Bought by WFAE, WRIR, WBEZ, KWIT, Georgia Public Broadcasting and more


  • Added: May 20, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Producer John Biewen queries the author in Monterey, Cal., Credit: Diana Garcia
A one-hour special revisiting Steinbeck's iconic book, Travels with Charley -- published 50 years ago, in 1962 -- and journeying into today's Ameri...

Bought by KSFR, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", KUER, KISU, Moab Public Radio and more


  • Added: Apr 18, 2011
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 66
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An un-narrated portrait of a Southern town in transition

Bought by KFAI and KPFA


  • Added: Oct 01, 2008
  • Length: 30:12
  • Purchases: 2
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A musical portrait that explores the Jazz great's overlooked Southern roots.

Bought by WNCU, KFAI, 90.5 WSNC, WAMC, and WQJC


  • Added: Nov 19, 2007
  • Length: 08:05
  • Purchases: 5
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A collection of student pieces from CDS "audio camp," 2003 - 2007.

Bought by WRIR, Radio Newark, WHRV, KGNU, WFAE and more


  • Added: Nov 07, 2007
  • Length: 54:00
  • Purchases: 43
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A short doc exploring the curious legacy of a "racial cleansing" in a small Kentucky town.

Bought by WRPI, KFAI, and SALTcast Podcast


  • Added: May 14, 2007
  • Length: 13:27
  • Purchases: 3