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 decades after America’s founding and the establishment of the Constitution, did the nation get better, more just, more democratic? Or did it double down on violent conquest and exploitation? Reported, produced, written,...