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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
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    Letters to a Young Poet

    Letters to a Young Poet

    In this episode, two young Black artists revisit memories to grapple with how they are seen by others, and how they see themselves.
    "Letters to a Young Poet" is one of four episodes of Best of the Best (2020), a nationally broadcast radio special produced each year by Third Coast. Each of episode of the series features winning stories from the 20th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
    How to Remember, produced by Axel Kacoutié and edited by Eleanor McDowall for Short Cuts from BBC Radio 4.
    Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary: Gold Award
    This story is sonically inspired by producer Axel Kacoutié's travels to his home country of Côte d'Ivoire, where belonging and authenticity dominated his mind. This work is an attempt to reconcile and accept (in seven steps/scenes) all the parts of he’s either wrongly internalized or intuitively known to be true. 
    Borders Between Us, produced by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Jay Allison for Transom.org.
    Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary: Silver Award
    Saidu Tejan-Thomas is a young poet. For a long time, he had a story he needed to tell: an homage and apology to his mother. It's a tragic love story driven by the tangled search for a better life. It's personal for sure, but set against the universal perils of immigration - in Saidu's case, from Sierra Leone in West Africa - but by extension, from anywhere. Borders Between Us uses Saidu's poems as narrative drivers, reveals, and resolutions. These are not easy tasks for poems.
    This episode of Best of the Best was produced by Isabel Vázquez.
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    • 56 min
    The Great Indoors

    The Great Indoors

    Three stories from 2020 that each paint a unique portrait of survival and hope in the time of coronavirus.
    This episode was first published in November, 2020. For the most recent recommendations and information about COVID-19, please visit your local public health website.
    "The Great Indoors" is one of four episodes of Best of the Best (2020), a nationally broadcast radio special produced each year by Third Coast. Each of episode of the series features winning stories from the 20th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
    Dat Rona [excerpt], by Dr. Janina Jeff (Host and Executive Producer) and Sam Riddell (Lead Producer), with Chad Milner (Music Producer), Chris Diggins (Creative Director) and Dr. Ashira Blazer (guest medical expert).
    Winner of the 2020 Impact Award
    Made on March 20, just days after the United States went into lockdown, this episode of the podcast In Those Genes features host and geneticist Janina Jeff speaking with colleagues on the immediate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for Black communities in the U.S.
    Plus, an interview with the makers of Dat Rona, recorded on November 1st, 2020.
    Centenarians in Lockdown [full story], produced by Nellie Gilles, Sarah Kate Kramer, and Joe Richman for Hunker Down Diaries from Radio Diaries and NPR.
    Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary: Short Award
    When the 1918 flu pandemic broke out, Joe Newman was 5 years old. Today, he's 107 and his fiancée Anita Sampson has just turned 100. Together, they reflect on life, love and lockdown.
    Diary of a HomeSchooler [full story], produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, in partnership with Chalkbeat.
    Winner of the 2020 Best News Feature Award
    High school student Sarah Ali-Brown finds herself managing several new heightened home responsibilities, in addition to schoolwork, during the pandemic, but she’s determined to stay on track with her future plans.
    This episode of Best of the Best was produced by Isabel Vázquez.
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    • 56 min
    Towards a Better World

    Towards a Better World

    In this episode, we meet extraordinary people who are fighting the system, working to make transformative change and seeking a better world, for themselves and for others. 
    "Towards a Better World" is one of four episodes of Best of the Best (2020), a nationally broadcast radio special produced each year by Third Coast. Each of episode of the series features winning stories from the 20th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
    The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail [excerpt], reported by Carolina Hidalgo and edited by Jen Chien for 70 Million.
    Winner of the 2020 Directors’ Choice Award
    Five years after Michael Brown’s murder galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, Missouri, these folks are gaining serious momentum to shut down the city's notorious Workhouse jail — and we’re brought along to hear how they’ve managed to do it.
    Somebody [full episode], narrated by Shapearl Wells, produced by Alison Flowers and Bill Healy, and edited by Sarah Geis for Invisible Institute, Topic Studios, The Intercept and iHeart Radio, in association with TenderfootTV. Mixed by Michael Raphael with sound design by Bart Warshaw and Carl Scott.
    Winner of the 2020 Best Serialized Story Award
    When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder — and teams up with journalists to confront the cops and find out the truth about what happened to her child.
    Crosses in the Desert / Cruces en el desierto [short excerpt], written by Catalina May and Dennis Maxwell, edited by Catalina May, sound designed by Martín Cruz and produced by Dennis Maxwell for  Las Raras. Scored by Andrés Nusser.
    Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary in a Non-English Language Award
    Alvaro Enciso, a retired Tucson resident, spends his time methodically placing crosses in the exact places where dead migrant bodies have been found in the Sonoran desert. A story by a talented new artist concerning mental illness, toxic workplace environments, Egyptian Rat Screw, and the nature of infinity.
    This episode of Best of the Best was produced by Isabel Vázquez.
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    • 56 min
    Of Bodies and Minds

    Of Bodies and Minds

    Three stories grappling with the messiness of the mind, the body, and being a person. This episode is best listened to with headphones and/or in a quiet place!
    "Of Bodies and Minds" is one of four episodes of Best of the Best (2020), a nationally broadcast radio special produced each year by Third Coast. Each of episode of the series features winning stories from the 20th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.
    Songs of Speculation (excerpt) [abridged], by Jillian Walker and Ben Williams for category-other.com
    Winner of the 2020 Audio Unbound Award
    Songs of Speculation (excerpt) is a lecture that explodes into multi-form performance, calling on the body, time, and the power of music to reclaim histories forgotten or lost.
    Not This Again [excerpt], produced by Allison Behringer with Hannah Harris Green, and edited by Bethany Denton with Cassius Adair & Caitlin Pierce for Bodies from KCRW. It was mixed by Myke Dodge Weiskopf, with music & sound design from Dara Hirsch. Lila Hassan provided translation assistance. The managing producer was Kristen Lepore.
    Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary: Bronze Award
    Angelina was a journalist living in Brooklyn when she was diagnosed with ALS. She now lives with her parents. How do you stay true to yourself when you rely on others to keep you alive?
    A transcript of this story is available at KCRW.com/bodies.
    Infinities [full story], produced by Boen Wang.
    Winner of the 2020 Best New Artist Award
    A story by a talented new artist concerning mental illness, toxic workplace environments, Egyptian Rat Screw, and the nature of infinity.
    This episode of Best of the Best was produced by Isabel Vázquez.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    Update from Third Coast

    Update from Third Coast

    The entire 2020 Best of the Best series will drop on the Re:sound feed tomorrow!
    Gwen Macsai's brand new podcast Rising to the Challenge is available on your podcast app of choice.
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    • 3 min
    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”).

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    • 58 min

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