Season 4, January–June 2020: Over the course of twelve biweekly episodes, host John Biewen and collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika will explore a theme both evergreen and immediately urgent: democracy in America. Along the way, says Biewen, “there’s a good chance that we’ll complicate, maybe upend, our listeners’ understanding of American history.” The Season 4 title is borrowed from a Langston Hughes poem: “O, let America be America again— / The land that never has been yet— / And yet must be. . . .”
Scene on Radio is created and produced by CDS audio director John Biewen and distributed by PRX.
After the Civil War, a surprising coalition tried to remake the United States into a real multiracial democracy for the first time. Reconstruction, as the effort was called, brought dramatic change to America. For a...