John Biewen

John Biewen’s audio work has taken him to forty American states and to Europe, Japan, and India. He has produced for the NPR newsmagazines, This American Life, Studio 360, American RadioWorks, and the BBC World Service. He is audio program director at the Center for Documentary Studies, where, in addition to producing Scene on Radio, he teaches audio courses to undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students. With co-editor Alexa Dilworth, he edited the book, Reality Radio: Telling True Stories in Sound, now in its second edition.

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| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – 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, we look at the actions and policies that people need to push for —now —…

| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – S5 E9: Pachamama

In several countries around the world, including Ecuador, New Zealand, and the U.S., some people are trying to protect the planet using a legal concept called “rights of nature”—infusing the law with Indigenous understandings of…

| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – S5 E8: Last Orders

Among the wealthy, industrialized Western countries that created the climate crisis, Scotland is one of the leaders in pivoting away from fossil fuels—or promising to. Just how quickly will Scots be willing to cut off…

| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – 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 thousands of people into refugees in their own country. Yet, even though Bangladeshis did almost…

| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – 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 farmers and traditional nomadic herders in Nigeria. Part 6 of The Repair, our series on the climate emergency.…

| Nita Roshita, Amy Westervelt

The Repair – 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 to create the crisis. How does the climate emergency look and feel in Indonesia, and…

| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – 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 nation, the U.S. emerged from the colonizing, capitalist West, but what did America and its…

| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – S5 E3: “Managing” Nature

If the Enlightenment was so great, why was it not a course correction? Did newer cultural values that took hold in the West in this period speed up our race toward ecological suicide? Part 3 of our…

| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – S5 E2: To the Victor

How Western Europe really broke bad in its understanding of humanity’s place in the natural world, starting in the Middle Ages. Part 2 of our series, The Repair, on the climate crisis. By host and producer…

| Amy Westervelt, John Biewen

The Repair – S5 E1: In the Beginning

The climate emergency is here. In the first four episodes of our series, we explore the questions: How did we break so bad? How did we become the kind of society that would unleash so…