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.
In the summer of 1964, about a thousand young Americans, black and white, came together in Mississippi to place themselves in the path of white supremacist power and violence. They issued a bold pro-democracy challenge...