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Scene on Radio: Capitalism
Scene on Radio: Capitalism
Kenan Insitute for Ethics at Duke University

Scene on Radio is a two-time Peabody-nominated podcast that dares to ask big, hard questions about who we are—really—and how we got... more

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S7 E5: A New Thing in Human History

An age of invention and mass production, propelled by a new mechanism – the corporate research lab – leads to... more

17 Jul 2024 · 50 minutes
S7 E4: Invisible Hand Guy?

Economic change happens in a cultural context. We trace the tectonic shifts in the Western mind that made capitalism thinkable... more

10 Jul 2024 · 57 minutes
S7 E3: Ships, Swords, and Fences

From the voyages of Columbus and Vasco da Gama to colonial conquest and the Atlantic Slave Trade, to the privatization... more

03 Jul 2024 · 52 minutes
S7 E2: BC: Before Capitalism

To fully grasp capitalism, it helps to understand the system it replaced – and the most meaningful differences between feudalism... more

26 Jun 2024 · 47 minutes
S7 E1: Market Failure

Introduction to our 7th season: Capitalism. The world’s dominant economic system is on trial as it hasn’t been for at... more

26 Jun 2024 · 37 minutes
Season 7 Trailer: Capitalism

Welcome to Season 7: Capitalism. The world's dominant economic system is on trial as it hasn't been for at least... more

12 Jun 2024 · 4 minutes
Bonus: Long Shadow, In Guns We Trust

As we get ready to launch our Season 7, a bonus episode from another podcast we think our listeners will... more

22 May 2024 · 42 minutes
S6 E5: A Way Forward

What would it take, and what would it even mean, to heal from a wound like the Wilmington massacre and... more

08 Feb 2024 · 58 minutes
S6 E4: The Forgetting

After the massacre and coup of November 10, 1898, white supremacists in North Carolina soon finished the job of disenfranchising... more

31 Jan 2024 · 48 minutes
S6 E3: A Day of Blood

On November 1898, North Carolina Democrats won a sweeping victory at the polls – confirming the success of their campaign... more

24 Jan 2024 · 38 minutes
S6 E2: Crying "Negro Rule"

By 1898, two decades after the end of Reconstruction, white elites, backed by violent terror groups, have installed Jim Crow... more

17 Jan 2024 · 29 minutes
S6 E1: What Was Lost

This series tells the story of the only successful coup d’etat in U.S. history, and the white supremacist massacre that... more

10 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
Trailer: Echoes of a Coup

Introduction to Season 6, a series co-produced by Michael A. Betts II and Scene on Radio producer and host John... more

03 Jan 2024 · 2 minutes
Update: Scene on Radio status report

Scene on Radio is on an extended hiatus, but is on its way back. Host and producer John Biewen explains... more

02 Jun 2023 · 2 minutes
"The Excess of Democracy": Rebroadcast

In the summer of 1787, fifty-five men got together in Philadelphia to write a new Constitution for the United States,... more

10 Aug 2022 · 51 minutes
White Affirmative Action: Rebroadcast

When it comes to U.S. government programs and support designed to benefit particular racial groups, history is clear. White folks... more

27 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
Losing Ground: Rebroadcast

The next in our summer mini-season of rebroadcasts: For Eddie Wise, owning a hog farm was a lifelong dream. In... more

13 Jul 2022 · 50 minutes
Bonus: Introducing Hot Take

In this bonus episode we share a recent installment from Hot Take, the climate podcast co-hosted by Amy Westervelt (co-host/reporter... more

06 Jul 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Himpathy: Rebroadcast

Several years after Janey was sexually assaulted by her former boyfriend, Mathew, she told some of her closest friends, and... more

29 Jun 2022 · 54 minutes
Things I'm Afraid to Say: Rebroadcast

A refugee from war in Eastern Europe. An NYC-born survivor who grew up poor, Black, Muslim, and gay. And how... more

15 Jun 2022 · 17 minutes
Prince and Philando and Futures Untold: Rebroadcast

How to grieve when the deaths come so quickly? How, as a Black mother in America, to protect your child’s... more

01 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
S5 E11: Change Everything

In our Season 5 finale: What’s the cultural transformation we need to make — in the West, and the U.S. in particular... more

15 Dec 2021 · 55 minutes
S5 E10: The Power Structure, Not the Energy Source

The first of two concluding episodes in Season 5, in which we focus on solutions. In Part 10 of The Repair,... more

08 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
S5 E9: Pachamama

In several countries around the world, including Ecuador, New Zealand, and the U.S., some people are trying to protect the... more

01 Dec 2021 · 39 minutes
S5 E8: Last Orders

Among the wealthy, industrialized Western countries that created the climate crisis, Scotland is one of the leaders in pivoting away... more

24 Nov 2021 · 32 minutes
S5 E7: Deluges and Dreams

The climate crisis is not new to Bangladesh. For decades, global warming has exacerbated storms and flooding and turned many... more

17 Nov 2021 · 32 minutes
S5 E6: "We Don't Have the Power to Fight It"

Earth’s changing climate is already displacing millions of people, worsening tension and conflict, and sometimes violence – for example, between... more

02 Nov 2021 · 57 minutes
Bonus Episode: Manchin on the Hill, and Introducing Drilled

Co-hosts John Biewen and Amy Westervelt discuss the U.S. Congress’s effort to pass its first major climate bill ever, and... more

20 Oct 2021 · 39 minutes
S5 E5: Jakarta, the Sinking Capital

Southeast Asia is especially vulnerable to storms, rising oceans, and other climate effects—though countries in the region did very little... more

13 Oct 2021 · 41 minutes
S5 E4: Up to Heaven and Down to Hell

Why has the United States played such an outsized role in the creation of the climate crisis? As a settler... more

06 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
S5 E3: "Managing" Nature

If the Enlightenment was so great, why was it not a course correction? In fact, did cultural values that took... more

29 Sep 2021 · 55 minutes
S5 E2: To the Victor

How western Europe really broke bad in its understanding of humanity’s place in the natural world, from the Crusades to... more

22 Sep 2021 · 42 minutes
S5 E1: In the Beginning

Part 1 of our series on the climate emergency. How did we drive ourselves into the ecological ditch? And, crucially,... more

15 Sep 2021 · 42 minutes
Season 5 Trailer: The Repair

This season will explore the cultural roots of our current ecological emergency, and the deep changes Western society will need... more

23 Aug 2021 · 3 minutes
REBROADCAST: S4 E8 The Second Redemption

This special re-broadcast of a Season 4 episode is in response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump... more

13 Jan 2021 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
BONUS EPISODE: Election 2020

What does the 2020 election in the United States tell us, or remind us, about the state of democracy in... more

24 Nov 2020 · 31 minutes
Hearing Hiroshima (Rebroadcast)

The word “Hiroshima” may bring to mind a black-and-white image of a mushroom cloud. It’s easy to forget that it’s... more

03 Aug 2020 · 34 minutes
S4 E12: More Democracy

What will it take to make the United States a more fully-functioning democracy, and how can we, as citizens, bring... more

10 Jun 2020 · 57 minutes
S4 E11: More Truth

How well do the news media serve us as citizens, and what role does the notion of “objective,” or “neutral,”... more

27 May 2020 · 56 minutes
S4 E10: Schooled for Democracy

In most American schools, children *hear about* democracy, but don’t get to *practice* it. What would a more engaged brand... more

13 May 2020 · 59 minutes
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Part 1 of our series on the climate emergency. How did we drive ourselves into the ecological ditch? And, crucially, who is... more