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The most compelling and creative audio documentaries and features produced worldwide, curated by the Third Coast Festival's. Featuring audio treats such as producer profiles and more experimental work.


New episodes twice per month.



Listen to our entire podcast archive or visit our audio library of more than 1,500 audio stories from all over the world at ThirdCoastFestival.org

    Best of the Best (Part 4: Serialized Stories)

    Best of the Best (Part 4: Serialized Stories)

    Best of the Best is Third Coast’s annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

    This episode showcases three of the winning stories from the 19th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Host Gwen Macsai introduces the winners of the Best Serialized Story, Best Foreign Language & Directors’ Choice awards, plus a behind-the-scenes interview with producer Zoha Zokaei.


    In The Dark, Season Two — Best Serialized Story Award
    by lead reporter and host Madeleine Baran, senior producer Samara Freemark, producers Natalie Jablonski and Rehman Tungekar, reporters Parker Yesko and Will Craft, and edited by Catherine Winter for APM Reports.
    In small town Mississippi, a white prosecutor tried a black man six times for the same crime, a quadruple homicide. For 23 years, Curtis Flowers maintained his innocence on death row. This story is a narrative investigation into the case, which uncovered prosecutorial misconduct, false confessions, an alternate suspect, and a pattern of racial bias.
    Click here to read the latest on the Curtis Flowers case, and to listen to the rest “In The Dark, season 2.”

    Price of Secrecy (Hazineh Razdari) — Best Foreign Language Award
    by Zoha Zokaei and edited by Rob Szeliga.
    An unexpected turn of events occurs when 15-year-old Tannaz tells the police about being sexually abused by a friend.
    Click here to listen to the full story with subtitles.

    No Feeling is Final — Directors’ Choice Award
    by Honor Eastly, with executive producer Joel Werner, producer Alice Moldovan, writer Graham Panther, and sound engineer Russell Stapleton. Created at ABC Audio Studios under the guidance of managing editor, Kellie Riordan.
    Usually when we talk about suicide, we encourage people to "just ask for help". But Honor Eastly knows it’s not that simple. She’s been there and back, and now has years of phone recordings and diary entries which form the basis of her podcast.
    Click here to listen to the rest of the series.

    You can hear all the winning stories from the 2019 Competition at ThirdCoastFestival.org.

    The program is made possible with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and distributed to public radio stations by PRX.

    Music in this hour by Jeevs (“Solace”), Pablo Torri (“Linha”), Monplaisir (“I don’t need to cry but I can do it if you need to” & “on est d’accord on est d’accord on est d’accord on est d’accord on est d’accord on est d’accord”), and Stevia Sphere (“Going Down”). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 58 min
    Best of the Best 2019 (Part 3: Investigations)

    Best of the Best 2019 (Part 3: Investigations)

    Best of the Best is Third Coast’s annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.


    This episode showcases three of the winning stories from the 19th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. These stories all won different awards (Skylarking, Best News Feature, and Radio Impact), but they all share a theme: investigations.


    Punks, produced by Kathy Tu, co-produced by Tobin Low and Matt Collette, sound designed by Jeremy Bloom, edited by Jenny Lawton, and executive produced by Paula Szuchman for Nancy from WNYC Studios.
    Winner of the 2019 Skylarking Award
    A mystery story about a man, a movie, and a mad-cap adventure to unite the two.

    Death in Illinois Prisons: He Didn’t Have The Death Penalty But That’s What He Got, produced by Shannon Heffernan and edited by Rob Wildeboer for WBEZ.
    Winner of the 2019 Best News Feature Award
    Every year, people die in Illinois prisons. Reporter Shannon Heffernan uncovered that the state hasn’t been keeping detailed records of these deaths, meaning that families couldn’t learn even the simplest details about how and why their loved one died.

    Change Intolerance, produced by Sam Fenn and Garth Mullins, co-produced by Lisa Hale, Alexander Kim, and Ryan McNeil for the podcast Crackdown, with editorial support from Laura Shaver and Chereece Keewatin.
    Winner of the 2019 Radio Impact Award
    In 2014, the province of British Columbia suddenly switched nearly 15,000 methadone patients to a new formulation of the drug called Methadose. Led by a team of Vancouver’s most experienced drug user activists, this story is an investigation into what happened afterwards.

    You can hear all the winning stories from the 2019 Competition at ThirdCoastFestival.org.

    The program is made possible with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and distributed to public radio stations by PRX.

    Music in this hour by pine voc (“Let Your Household Objects Sing”), Jeevs (“Anesthesia”), VicthorA3 (“Semi Cold Night”), Niteffect (“Selfie”), and Genx Beats. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Best of the Best 2019 (Part 2)

    Best of the Best 2019 (Part 2)

    Best of the Best is Third Coast’s annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

    This episode showcases two of the winning stories from the 19th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition: the Best Documentary Honorable Mention, Bronze & Silver Award winners, plus a behind-the-scenes interview with producer Neena Pathak.

    A Sense of Quietness [Excerpt], produced by Eleanor McDowall for Lights Out, a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4
    Winner of the 2019 Best Documentary: Bronze Award
    In a beautifully flowing narrative, the stories of four unrelated women in the UK and Ireland connect in unexpected ways, as they discover the quiet power and hidden dangers of speaking out about abortion. Listen to the full piece here.

    ROW-cub, produced by Neena Pathak.
    Winner of the 2019 Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award
    After Aaji innocently asks if her granddaughter, Mithu, is bringing her "friend" home for the holidays, Mithu struggles to translate her heartache. [Note that this story is bilingual, but it can still be understood by non-Marathi speakers - to view a subtitled version of ROW-cub, go to RadioAtlas.org]


    This Is Not A Drill, produced by Jazmín Aguilera with Anna Sussman for Snap Judgment from WNYC. With co-producers John Fecile, Erika Lantz, Nancy López, and Eliza Smith; original score by Renzo Gorrio; sound design by Renzo Gorrio, Leon Morimoto, and Pat Mesiti-Miller; edited by Anna Sussman and Mark Ristich; with executive producer Glynn Washington.
    Winner of the 2019 Best Documentary: Silver Award
    For exactly 38 minutes on January 13th, 2018, the state of Hawaii was thrown into a state of panic. This story recounts what it was like for residents on that unforgettable morning as they tried to wrestle with impending doom, death and destruction.  

    You can hear all the winning stories from the 2019 Competition at ThirdCoastFestival.org.

    The program is made possible with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and distributed to public radio stations by PRX.

    Music in this hour by Pablo Torri (“Retorno” & “Volta”), Skill Borrower (“Heartstring Hotel”), VicthorA3 (“Los Derechos Se Consiguen En La Calle”), and Aviscerall (“Sanctuary”). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 55 min
    Best of the Best 2019 (Part 1)

    Best of the Best 2019 (Part 1)

    Best of the Best is Third Coast’s annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

    This hour of the program showcases two of the winning stories from the 19th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Host Gwen Macsai introduces the winners of the Best New Artist Award and the Best Documentary: Gold Award, plus a behind-the-scenes interview with producer Sayre Quevedo.

    Mardi Gras Is A State Of Mind, produced by Mara Lazer.
    Winner of the 2019 Best New Artist Award
    This is a story about the idea of shape shifting, with a friend, via testosterone. What does it mean to be a lesbian separatist who might actually be a man?

    The Return, produced by Sayre Quevedo, with editors Marlon Bishop and Sophia Paliza-Carre for NPR’s Latino USA.
    Winner of the 2019 Best Documentary: Gold Award
    Javier Zamora came to the US at the age of nine and built a life there. But when his Temporary Protected Status was threatened by the Trump Administration, he had no choice but to return to El Salvador for the first time in 20 years.

    You can hear all the winning stories from the 2019 Competition at ThirdCoastFestival.org.


    The program is made possible with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and distributed to public radio stations by PRX.

    Music by Sieur Bigorneau (“Bleue”), Genki the Producer (“Crossroad”), toupie (“light meter”), Pablo Torri (“Sonho”), and Aviscerall (“Lullabyes”). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 55 min
    Re:sound #143 The Centenarians Show (rebroadcast)

    Re:sound #143 The Centenarians Show (rebroadcast)

    Stories about people who lived to be 100, from the NPR series One Hundred Years of Stories (originally aired in 2000) by producer Neena Ellis.


    Hen and Bill Boardman
    At an age when most people are simplifying their lives and settling into old age, Helen Boardman was opening a new chapter - traveling to Europe, writing her memoirs, and falling in love (at age 90) with a younger man.


    Ruth Ellis
    Having no children, and having been shunned by her family for being gay, Ruth Ellis found herself alone in old age. That is, until a brand-new community embraced her, and helped her make the most out of the final years of her life.


    Abraham Goldstein
    Retirement was never in the cards for Abe Goldstein, who taught law at Baruch College in New York well into his 100s.


    Roy Larkin Stamper
    Cattle rancher, coal miner and preacher are just a few of the vocations R.L. Stamper pursued over the course of his 100 years. In the last years of his life, R.L. believed the Rapture was imminent and he wanted just one more thing: a wife.


    Marion Cowen
    Marion Cowen worked in theater and film with some of the great stars of his time and still remembers a few stories, though many memories have faded. Having outlived his entire family and almost all of his friends, Marion's primary end-of-life companion was a beloved 26 year-old cat named Soho.


    Anna Wilmot
    After her husband died, Anna Wilmot chose not to re-marry, believing "when you've had the best, forget the rest." Although she had many friends who she visited often, she spent most of the last three decades of her life alone. Soltitude didn't bring her down however - on the contrary Anna found many things to love about her life.


    This episode of Re:sound was originally produced by Katie Mingle, and updated by Isabel Vázquez.


    Find more stories like these in the book If I Live to Be 100: Lessons from the Centenarians by Neenah Ellis, which was rereleased in hardback in 2019.


    Cover image by Helena Jacoba. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 58 min
    Re:sound #155 The List Show (rebroadcast)

    Re:sound #155 The List Show (rebroadcast)

    This hour, we're bringing you a favorite from our archive... to-do lists, compulsive lists, data lists, lists in literature and a list of firsts!


    To find out what these producers have been up to since we first aired the show, visit ThirdCoastFestival.org


    The List
    by Sean Cole, Ashley Ahearn and Nick van der Kolk (Love & Radio, 2011)
    A man sets out to finish an unfinished list.


    World's Longest Diary
    by David Isay (Morning Edition, 1994)
    An all-consuming list of every single little thing.


    The Feltron Annual Report
    by Roman Mars and Nate Berg (99% Invisible, 2011)
    Anaylizing the data of life's minutiae.


    They Didn't Get Along
    by Rick Moody and Michael Hearst (Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge/Re:sound, 2006)
    A list of things that clash.


    First Love and 27 Other Firsts
    by Whitney Jones (Cowbird.com, 2012)
    A love story, in the form of a list.


    This episode of Re:sound was produced originally by Katie Mingle, and updated by Isabel Vázquez. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 57 min

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