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Ajay Desai


"Storymakers," a public media initiative run by John Biewen, director of audio programs at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke, includes weekly meetings for Durham residents to share their experiences on topics like race and class.

“Storymakers” project allows Durham residents to share experiences, hardships

Durham residents have been given a new voice through “Storymakers”, an initiative that provides an opportunity for members of the community to converse with one another about the forces that unite and divide them and share those perspectives on public radio. John Biewen, director of audio programs at the center for documentary studies and former radio producer, created the project in response to a call from The Association of Independents in Radio for innovative concepts that engage local radio stations with their communities. The “Storymakers” project, which was one of fifteen proposals selected out of over 200 from across the country, does just that by empowering Durham residents to share their perspectives on various social issues that divide the Durham community, explained Biewen.

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