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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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  • Re:sound #256 Toccata in Dream Murder
    Fri, Jun 08, 2018

    This hour more of our faves, including Gloria Gaynor, a seventeen year-old retiree, and two spoofs: one microbiological and one murderous.

    Episode 1: A Perfect Murder 

    by Katy Yeiser, David Sidorov, Ryan Natoli, and Fran Hoepfner for A Very Fatal Murder from The Onion 

    In the first episode of “A Very Fatal Murder,” longtime Onion Public Radio reporter David Pascall, who has searched tirelessly for the most resonant true-crime podcast that is also about middle America, heads to Bluff Springs, NE where the small town is reeling from the death of 17-year-old Hayley Price.


    by Mira Burt-Wintonik & Cristal Duhaime feat. the voice of Jane Lewis for Falling Tree Productions and The Essay from BBC Radio 3 

    Canadian producers Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime blend reality and fiction to explore a parasitic relationship.

    Dear Dream 

    by Jess Shane for The Doc Project from the CBC 

    A lot of us define ourselves by our jobs. 

    Which is why people often struggle when the time comes to retire. They don't know who they are any more. And we're not just talking about people who stop working after a lifetime in a career — the girl at the heart of this documentary is 17. She retired from a promising rhythmic gymnastics career — she was competing at a national level and was Olympics-bound — about a year ago because of an injury. And retirement? She still hasn't accepted it.

    Inside the National Recording Registry: I Will Survive” 

    by Devon Strolovitch for PRI’s Studio360 

    Originally released as a B-side, so many deejays began playing Gloria Gaynor's “I Will Survive” that the record company reissued it as a single. It was immediately embraced as an emblem of women’s empowerment and soon became anthem among the LGBT community and survivors of all kinds. Music writer Vince Aletti joins Gaynor herself to tell the story of the recording.

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

  • Re:sound #255 Taxidermied Cows
    Fri, May 18, 2018

    This hour, a teenage taxidermist, a community of medical migrants who settled in Snowflake, Arizona, and, a day in the life of a sacred cow.

    A Cow A Day 

    by Pejk Malinovski for Falling Tree Productions and Between the Ears from BBC Radio 3 

    At sunrise, on the banks of the Ganges river, the poet and radio producer Pejk Malinovski picks out a cow at random and starts to follow her. He continues to follow her until sunset. A meditative journey unfolds within the sonic backdrop of the ancient city of Varanasi - until suddenly the two of them find themselves on the set of a Bollywood dance film. ‘A Cow a Day’ invites you to un-follow your digital stream and exercise your ability to be just present.

    The Teenage Taxidermist 

    by Rachel Matlow for The Sunday Edition from the CBC 

    Tristan Meyer-Odell is a pretty normal 15-year-old guy. He loves video games, comic books and his pets: a python and big burly dog. But recently, Tristan has taken up an unusual hobby. And to support it, he has a freezer in his bedroom. It was the top thing on his Christmas wish list last year. The freezer is now full of dead animal carcasses, patiently waiting for his attention.

    Medical Migrants 

    by Delaney Hall for State of the Re:Union 

    Susan Molloy has a controversial medical condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS), which renders people seriously intolerant to synthetic substances. Because of this she’s lived in the clean mountain air of Snowflake, Arizona since 1994. MCS is not recognized as an illness by the American Medical Association, and people with the condition often find themselves without medical care, or access to disability resources. Sufferers live largely outside of mainstream society in isolated communities where they fend for themselves and build their own support networks. In Snowflake, the few dozen people who migrated there, left behind homes, families, and jobs to seek a place they can feel better... and more are still hoping to move in.

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

  • Re:sound #254 Pinball Poets
    Fri, Apr 27, 2018

    This hour: lawyers-turned-pinball wizards, two extraordinary minds meeting in a field of poetry and, forty years after the phrase was coined, the skinny on 420.

    Geis & Geis: Pinball Machine Distributors 

    by Sarah Geis for Falling Tree ProductionsShort Cuts on BBC Radio 4 

    When Sarah was 10-years-old, her lawyer parents decided to quit their jobs and and take a spin in the world of pinball.


    by Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer for Criminal 

    The Colorado Department of Transportation says the 420 mile markers on the state’s highways were stolen so often, they had to replace them with 419.99 mile markers. Many people know that “420” represents marijuana – hence the popularity of the mile markers – but very few know why. It’s not a police code, it’s not the number of chemical compounds in cannabis, and it’s certainly not Bob Marley’s birthday. This is the real story.

    Two Poets 

    by Martin Johnson for Seriously on BBC Radio 4 

    Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant for whom words are filled with colour and numbers have become friends. In Daniel's world, four is shy, six a little sad. Numbers and words come easy to him. And he never forgets — once, he recited 22154 digits of Pi from memory. On another occasion, he learned Icelandic in a week. He has a hard time connecting with people, but the poetry of Australian Les Murray opened up a new world for Daniel.

    This hour of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

  • Re:sound #253 Naked Strangers
    Fri, Apr 06, 2018

    This hour an unlikely best-seller, a colorful hero and the legends of burlesque.

    “Naked Came the Stranger”: an oral history 

    By Sam Kim for PRI’s Studio360 

    In 1969, the erotic potboiler “Naked Came the Stranger” climbed The New York Times bestseller list. According to the back cover, it was written by a “demure Long Island housewife” named Penelope Ashe. Except… that wasn’t the whole story.

    Becoming Barbara 

    by Natalie Kestecher for Short Cuts on BBC Radio 4 

    When Natalie found herself stuck on a story she was writing and struggling for ideas, a friend invited her to a special gathering. There, during a spiritual dalliance into literary soul-searching, she finally met her muse.

    Burlesque Legends 

    by Steve Urquhart for Seriously on BBC Radio 4 

    Each year, hundreds of performers attend the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend in Las Vegas, where the guests of honour are The Living Legends. In the mid-20th century these women were shunned by society. Most were presumed prostitutes. But now their careers are celebrated, and their ground-breaking acts are revived, at the Titans of Tease Reunion. British actor, cabaret star, and former Best Male Striptease Artist, Mat Fraser embarks on a very personal journey to meet some of the legends, both on and off stage.

    This hour of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

  • Re:sound #252 Analog
    Fri, Mar 16, 2018

    This hour, three stories from the annals of analog.


    ‘Second Side Up’

    By David Waters with Asst. Producer Robbie MacInnes and Exec. Producer Francesca Panetta for Between the Ears on BBC Radio 3 (2017)

    For over four decades, Mark Talbot recorded scenes from his life and used them to create a cassette radio show, which he called Second Side Up. Complete with music, interviews and phone-ins, Second Side Up sounded like professional work, but not a single episode was ever broadcast. The tapes were distributed to a tiny network of friends and family, a unique correspondence that came to define Mark's life.

    The resulting archive of tapes is a unique autobiography in radio-show format.


    Cassette From My Ex [Excerpt]

    by Joe Decault for 91.5 WBEZ Chicago (2009)

    That mix tape you received from an ex.



    By Damon Krukowski, Max Larkin and Ian Coss for Ways of Hearing from Radiotopia’s Showcase

    Contemplate the way digital audio – in music recording, and in radio and television broadcast – employs a different sense of time than we use in our offline life, a time that is more regular and yet less communal.

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

  • Re:sound #251 Jesse & Joe
    Fri, Feb 23, 2018

    This hour, we remember the audio work of two brilliant producers who recently passed away — Jesse Cox & Joe Frank.

    Part 1: Jesse Cox (5 September 1986 – 18 December 2017)

    Keep Them Guessing’ [excerpt] 

    by Jesse Cox for ABC RN’s 360Documentaries (2013) 

    As a young boy, producer Jesse Cox discovered a set of old cassette tapes which turned out to be a hugely popular BBC radio show featuring his grandparents performing telepathically. The tapes had been sitting in the front room of his parent's home for years - recordings of an unsolved mystery that has captivated and kept his family guessing for three generations. 

    (This piece won the 2013 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Directors’ Choice Award)

    This Is About Jesse Cox’ 

    By Belinda Lopez & Jess Bineth for This Is About (2017) 

    Friends and colleagues of Jesse Cox remember his work, life, spirit and humour.

    The Real Tom Banks’ 

    by Jesse Cox with Timothy Nicastru for ABC RN’s Radiotonic (2014) 

    Tom Banks is 23, gay and searching for love. He grew up relatively isolated on a farm just outside of Geelong in Victoria, Australia, and as a teenager turned to internet chat rooms to meet others. Over the years, Tom has become somewhat of an expert when it comes to meeting guys online. And he's learned that when you're online, you can be whoever you want to be. So who is the real Tom Banks? 

    (This piece won the 2014 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Best Documentary Silver Award)

    Part 2: Joe Frank (19 August 1938 – 15 January 2018)

    Featuring: Excerpts from Joe’s 2003 Third Coast Lifetime Achievement Award Speech

    Sweepstakes Winner’ 

    by Joe Frank for KCRW Fund Drive (2000) 

    In Sweepstakes Winner, Joe Frank imagines a seemingly celebratory phone call from KCRW's Fund Drive that is quickly interrupted.


    by Joe Frank for KCRW’s Unfictional (2013) 

    Dreamers is a contemplation of time and mortality. It includes stories about a family’s tragic visit to Palestine and a man who attends a dinner party after learning he might be dying.

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

  • Re:sound #250 Our 250th Show
    Fri, Feb 09, 2018

    This hour, we look back on some of our favorite moments from the past 14 years of Re:sound.

    With former producers Katia Dunn, Roman Mars, Delaney Hall and Katie Mingle, we listen to excerpts of memorable Re:sound moments and episodes:

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

  • Re:sound #249 The Pocket Conference Show Part 2
    Fri, Jan 12, 2018

    This hour we're going behind-the-scenes at two top podcasts: The Daily and 99% Invisible .

    Bringing Together Narrative and News  [EXCERPT]

    presented by Lisa Tobin and Michael Barbaro of The Daily from The New York Times 

    When the New York Times got into the podcast business in 2017, they hired producer Lisa Tobin, a public radio veteran, as executive producer. Lisa and her team went in thinking they would make one type of podcast and came out with something completely different. The form they inadvertently invented was The Daily, a twenty-minute deep dive into the news that to applies documentary story structure to traditional journalism. They must be doing something right, since The Daily shot right to the top of the podcast charts. At the 2017 Third Coast Conference, Lisa Tobin the show’s host, Michael Barbaro, discussed what they’ve learned from the first nine months of making The Daily.

    The Past Isn't Past  [EXCERPT]

    presented by Delaney Hall of 99% Invisible 

    At the 2017 Third Coast Conference, Delaney Hall shared a range of stories that trace a line from the past to the present — using deep reporting to understand the world around us. During the session, Delaney drew on her experiences as a producer and editor with 99% Invisible , as well as work from other history-centric podcasts like Uncivil , More Perfect and Scene on Radio . She also shared tips on how to frame and structure stories about the past, how to source archival material and how to bring dead characters and lost places to life in sound.

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

  • Third Coast's 2017 Audio Recap
    Fri, Dec 29, 2017

    Before the end of a busy and exciting year for radio and podcasts, the Third Coast staff got together to recap and reflect on 2017.

    Johanna, Maya, Gwen, Dennis and Isabel discussed the shows and moments in the audio world from 2017 that they won't soon forget... and talked about what they look forward to hearing more of in 2018 and beyond.

    What we won’t forget from 2017:

    Johanna: How much everyone wanted to talk (debate, and reconsider, and take some more) about S-Town.

    Isabel: The rise of mini-series, often delving into the mind of one man (yep, mostly men), including: Missing Richard Simmons, Start Up’s series on

    Dov Charney, The Pope’s Long Con, Mogul: The Life & Death of Chris Lighty, Embedded’s “Trump Stories”

    Dennis: Podcast producers making limited series that can end, like Showcase & Heaven’s Gate.

    Maya: How inspiring it was?—?especially for public media newsrooms?—?when 74 Seconds won the Third Coast/RHDF Best Documentary: Gold.

    Gwen: This latest season of Heavyweight & the divisive set-up of Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel.

    What we’re looking forward to in 2018:


    Johanna: More people re-thinking the podcast form?—?like in CBC’s Alone: A Love Story.

    Maya: A nightly, live on-air radio broadcast hosted by women about urgent, topical issues, like WNYC’s “A Reckoning in Our Own House”

    Isabel: More great Spanish-language and bilingual podcasts! Shout out to Martina Castro’s bilingual provocation.

    Dennis: Pieces without clear narrative arcs?—?and podcasts & radio stories made overseas, but NOT in Europe.

  • Re:sound #248 The Twisted Xmas Show
    Thu, Dec 21, 2017

    This hour, Third Coast’s take on the holidays.

    No Santa 

    By John Biewen for Scene on Radio (2015) 

    A father turns on a recorder while tucking in his 7-year-old, having no idea he’s about to capture a poignant growing-up moment in his son’s life. (Advisory: This episode is not suitable for some young children.)

    Vince Guaraldi: A Charlie Brown Christmas 

    By Ben Manilla for Inside the National Recording Registry for Studio360 (2012) 

    The soundtrack of the holidays is lousy with annoying songs about sleigh rides and snowmen, and beautiful old carols done up as treacly as possible. One of the saving graces this time of year is the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas, written by Vince Guaraldi.


    By Helen Zaltzman for The Allusionist (2016) 

    There's a word that has become shorthand for 'the war on Christmas' with a side of 'political correctness gone mad': Winterval.

    Morning Program [excerpt] 

    By Stephanie Foo for Pilot (2016) 

    A satirical look at the way public radio often treats "exotic" holidays... applied to Christmas.

    Burn Slush! The Reindeer Grand Prix [excerpt] 

    By Cathy FitzGerald for BBC World Service (2016) 

    Producer Cathy FitzGerald travels to the snowy north of Finland to discover the sport of reindeer racing. She visits the little town of Inari, where the cappuccinos come with tiny antlers sketched in the foam and the local bar – PaPaNa (The Reindeer Dropping) – serves pizza topped with bear salami. Each year, the top 24 fastest reindeer compete here to be crowned The Reindeer King. They fly around a two-kilometre race track carved on the surface of icy Lake Inari to the cheers of hundreds of spectators.

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

  • Best of the Best 2017 (Part 2)
    Thu, Nov 23, 2017

    This hour, some of the winners of our annual documentary competition, including the Best Documentary: Gold Award winner.

    The Discussion — Best New Artist 

    by Rosa Gollan for PocketDocs from ABC Radio National 

    For some friends there's no subject too secret, or content too confronting. Rosa and Ryan have that kind of friendship. But five years after they first met, Rosa realized there was still one discussion left to have, and it wasn't going to be easy.

    Los Cassettes del Exilio — Best Foreign Language Award 

    by Dennis Maxwell for Radio Ambulante 

    For much of Dennis Maxwell’s childhood, his father was living in exile, communicating with the family via cassette tapes. Dennis found those tapes recently and discovered the true impact of his father’s exile.

    The Accidental Gay Parents, Part 5 — Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award 

    by Hillary Frank with Kristen Clark and Abigail Keel for The Longest Shortest Time from Stitcher 

    This is the story of what it’s like to be a pregnant man, and to share that news with your parents, your children, and the world.

    S-Town — Directors' Choice Award 

    by Brian Reed and Julie Snyder 

    S-Town is a podcast that starts as a traditional investigation into corruption and wrongdoing in rural Alabama that becomes something much newer and stranger: a literary profile of one man’s life.

    The Traffic Stop — Best Documentary: Gold Award 

    by Tracy Mumford with Hans Buetow, reported by Jon Collins and Riham Feshir, for 74 Seconds forMinnesota Public Radio and American Public Media. 

    On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was pulled over by Officer Jeronimo Yanez for a broken brake light. How did a routine traffic stop turn fatal in less than two minutes? We break down what happened that night, second by second.

    This hour of Best of the Best was produced by Dennis Funk.

    Music for Best of the Best was provided by Patient Sounds, a private-press record label and book publisher in Chicago.

  • Best of the Best 2017 (Part 1)
    Thu, Nov 23, 2017

    This hour, some of the winners of our annual documentary competition.


    Quiet Revolution — Best New Artist Award 

    by Laura Irving for BIRSt.co.uk 

    This autobiographical account follows a middle-aged woman embarking on an unconventional new hobby of roller skating. Is she a fearless warrior against age and gender stereotypes?

    Standing Out from the Crowd at a Trump Rally — Best News Feature Award 

    by Ike Sriskandarajah for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX 

    In Myrtle Beach, candidate Donald Trump spoke at a Tea Party convention about banning Muslims: “We don’t know where these guys are from.” At a motorcycle rally outside, producer Ike Sriskandarajah is personally confronted with the same skepticism.

    Blink Once for Yes — Best Documentary: Bronze Award 

    by John Fecile, Steven Jackson and Lizzie Schiffman Tufano for Love + Radio, from Radiotopia 

    When Mike comes home after an accident, his family is faced with a new reality and an impossible choice.

    Heavyweight: Gregor — Skylarking Award 

    by Jonathan Goldstein with co-producers Wendy Dorr, Kalila Holt, Chris Neary for Heavyweight from Gimlet Media.

    20 years ago, Gregor lent some CDs to a musician friend. The CDs helped make him a famous rockstar. Now, Gregor would like some recognition. But mostly, he wants his CDs back.

    Emancipation: A Young Man Leaves Foster Care on His Own Terms — Radio Impact Award 

    by Noel Anaya with Brett Myers and Denise Tejada for Youth Radio and NPR’s All Things Considered 

    When Noel Anaya had his final hearing before aging out of California’s foster care system, he wanted to bring millions into that courtroom with him, where he’d suffered time and time again.

    Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl — Best Documentary: Silver Award 

    by Sarah Kate Kramer and Joe Richman for Radio Diaries and NPR’s All Things Considered 

    Majd Abdulghani dreams of becoming a scientist, while her parents want to arrange her marriage. From the age of 19 to 21, Majd Abdulghani used a microphone to chronicle her life, taking listeners inside a society where the voices of women are rarely heard.

    This hour of Best of the Best was produced by Dennis Funk.

    Music for Best of the Best was provided by Patient Sounds, a private-press record label and book publisher in Chicago.

  • Re:sound #247 The Meet the Composer Show
    Fri, Nov 17, 2017

    This hour, we're diving deep into the strange, beautiful world of modern music composition.

    The Producer  

    By Alex Overington for WXQR's *Meet the Composer* (2017)  

    Staff paper and key signatures are great for concertos and sonatas, but the composers in this story don’t think that way… in fact most of them aren’t even sure they should be called composers at all. That includes producer Alex Overington who takes us on a road trip to unravel the creative process of those who write without a score.

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

    Music for Re:sound* is provided by Patient Sounds, a private-press record label and book publisher in Chicago.

  • Re:sound #246 The Mirrored Show
    Fri, Oct 27, 2017

    This hour, what we see - and what we want to see - when we gaze into our reflections in the mirror.


    By Cathy Fitzgerald for BBC Radio 4 / World Service (2017)

    Each of us cultivates an image of ourselves at certain point in our lives and, once it’s there, it’s a hard image to shake. So much of our identities are expressed through our appearance. So what happens to our self-image as we get older and our features begin to change? In this story, we hear from people between the ages of 11 to 86 years old as they reflect… on their reflections in the mirror.

    Only Volunteers

    By Rebecca Hertz for Snap Judgement (2012)

    When Rebecca began working for a makeover-themed reality TV show, she thought she was going to be helping women realize their dreams and become more self-confident. What actually happened over the course of the show’s production was very different from what she - or any of the show’s contestants - signed up for.

    The Trouble With Beauty [Excerpt]

    By Lea Redfern for ABC RN’s 360 Documentaries (2013)

    As producer Lea Redfern prepares to have her first baby girl, she confronts the issue of having to someday teach her daughter about “beauty.” In this story, Lea explores how society values beauty and whether as a parent, she’ll be able to turn some of those values around.

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Isabel Vazquez.

    Music for Re:sound is provided by Patient Sounds, a private press record label and publisher in Chicago.

  • Re:sound #245 The Determination Show
    Fri, Oct 13, 2017

    This hour, amateur detectives, spiritual revelations and other stories of dogged perseverance.

    The 27th Amendment 

    By Matt Largey for Pop-Up Magazine and KUT Austin (2016) 

    With everything that’s going on in politics these days, it helps to remember the power that we have as individuals to make change. Examples of this are far too few, of course. But there is one that stands out. And you’ve probably never heard it.


    By Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer for their podcast Criminal (2015) 

    In July of 2002, Philadelphia Homicide Detective Pat Mangold was called to the scene of a gruesome murder on the Schuylkill River. When he wasn’t able to determine the victim’s identity, he expected the case to remain unsolved. But then, out of the blue, a professional soccer player inserted himself into the investigation, and became obsessed with solving the crime. 

    Featuring a behind the scenes interview with Phoebe Judge

    First You Leave and Then You Go 

    By Karen Duffin Re:sound debut, originally produced for the Transom Storytelling Workshop (2013)

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

    Karen's dad most wanted to pass on his curiosity and his faith to his seven children. She has the curiosity, it's sharing his faith that she's not so sure of.

    Music for Re:sound is provided by Patient Sounds, a private press record label and publisher in Chicago.

  • Re:sound #244 The Phil Smith Show
    Fri, Sep 15, 2017

    This hour, we dive into the audio features of the multi-talented musician and poet, Phil Smith.Satchmo EncoreBy Phil Smith for Short Cuts a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4, 2014The Smith Brothers' Ain't Misbehavin' was a highlight of the 1994 Cheadle Hulme Junior School's Informal Concert. Jazz historian Alyn Shipton assesses its critical value.Die FremdeBy Phil Smith for Short Cuts a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4, 2014An nod to Kafka, language and longing.TowardsBy Phil Smith for Short Cuts a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4, 2017Love in a time of climate change, // Love under sponsored umbrellas, // Love in a time of Eisenstein films // uploaded to Youtube, // and that famous scene // of the baby's pram rolling down the steps, // to the waterfront in Odessa...Four Resolutions of a Dimished ChordBy Phil Smith (previously unaired), 2017Leonard Bernstein and an exploration of romances that fizzle out."We Are Here To Help Each Other Get Through This Thing, Whatever It Is"By Phil Smith for Short Cuts a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4, 2017A story that starts with Kurt Vonnegut, ends with a giggling librarian, and in between touches on loneliness, insecurity, the deathly serious and the ridiculously absurd.A Very Different TimeBy Phil Smith for Short Cuts a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4, 2017A setting of W.H. Auden's 'Paysage Moralis?' — a poem about the idea of home and who gets to live whereFor more work from Phil's website to hear more features and music: http://www.pmcsmith.com/This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

  • Re:sound #243 The Finally! Show
    Fri, Aug 25, 2017

    This hour, we’re sharing a few of Third Coast’s favourite stories that didn’t quite fit the mold of past episodes.Smart Old BroadBy Gideon Brower and Nick White for Unfictional from KCRW (2014)Maureen "Mo" O'Neill was spending her days mostly alone. She didn't have many friends, she was getting older, and didn't know who she was. After work she could never summon up the inspiration it took to get off the couch and leave the house. But that's when she discovered the solution that opened up the world to her… competitive air guitar.The LeavesBy Jaye Kranz for ‘Between The Essays’ (The Essay) for Falling Tree Productions & BBC Radio 3 (2015)Radio producer Jaye Kranz was given a line of poetry from an Adelaide Crapsey poem—"The leaves, frost crisp'd, break from the trees"—and asked to make adventurous radio with it. What followed is a leap into the therapeutic possibilities of poetry, and a tumble down the rabbit hole into a dreamlike space of memories.The Magic Skates [excerpt]By Mad Genius for [email protected] (2016)Jeanne Du Snark brings the pain for the Mad Rollin' Dolls, a roller derby league in Madison, Wisconsin. The audio collective Mad Genius recorded Jeanne's world, remixing her skates into an arena-shaking stomp. "You could get hit from anywhere. Just be ready."Six House PartiesBy Ross Sutherland for Imaginary Advice (2015)Ross Sutherland takes you through a creative menagerie of themed house parties.Knitter on the BusBy Kate Sweeney for Atlanta Sounds from WABE (2012)Fred Skey is an Atlanta commuter who’s found a crafty way to pass the time as he takes MARTA to and from work: knitting. He says that the act of knitting feels like a meditation; when he focuses on his stitches during his long commute, the stress from the workday melts away.This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

  • Re:sound #242 The Soundtracks of Our Lives Show
    Fri, Aug 04, 2017

    This hour the symphonic textures of our everyday lives.Soundtracks of Our LivesBy Tim Hinman for Third Ear (2013)Crossing the planet in search of something that can make some sense of sound, Tim Hinman talks to film sound designer Peter Albrechtsen in Copenhagen and deconstructs the sound of cinema. Jacob Kirkegaard, sound artist from Denmark travels to Ethiopia in search of sounds that may not be what they seem. British sound recordist and composer Chris Watson is at the South Pole and the North Pole, stopping over in Denmark for a walk in the park. Musician and singer Kirstine Stubbe Teglbj?rg gets lost in childhood sounds of the Swedish forest, and music producer Steve Albini shows us around his studio in Chicago, USA.Check out more from Tim on the podcast Sound Matters .This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

  • Re:sound #241 The Smash the Binary Show
    Fri, Jul 14, 2017

    This hour, stories that grab hold of our expectations and smash the binary.My Name Is Shawn and I Prefer Heby Judy Campbell & Amy Standed for The Leap from KQED (2015)Shawn Demmons is a 50-year-old man now, but when he was growing up, he was Shawna Demmons. Lately we’ve heard a lot of stories about people who, after years in the closet, found the courage to come out as transgender. But for Shawn, courage was never the problem. His leap was a four decade journey to realize he was a man. And then he had to decide just what kind of man he wanted to be.Twirlby Kaitlin Prest for The Heart (2017)Todd once loved a woman. And she loved him back, but there was one thing that she just couldn’t get over, he twirls. This piece explores what it means to be effeminate when you’re a straight cis-dude. Kaitlin talks to men who embrace and resist their femininity.The Accidental Gay Parentsby Hillary Frank for The Longest Shortest Time (2015)in this story, gender is just a small piece of a complicated situation our protagonists find themselves in. Theirs is a tale that turns assumptions upside down: it’s a passionate love story, a tense legal drama, and a complicated family affair, that starts when boy meets boy.This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

  • Re:sound #240 The Aftermath Show
    Fri, Jun 23, 2017

    This hour two stories about what remains after the fighting stops.Guilty LandscapeBy Anik See for Earth Beat from Radio Netherlands Worldwide (2012)World War I started nearly one hundred years ago. As far as wars go, it was epic – ten million soldiers died in just four years. Over two million of them alone died on the Western Front near Ypres, and the landscape of Flanders was completely devastated. Not a living tree or blade of grass survived. But are the marks of war still visible? What’s it like there now? To find out, Anik went there with her young son.Saigon, 1965By Malcolm Gladwell, Mia Lobel, Roxanne Scott and Jacob Smith Revisionist History (2016)In the early 1960s the Pentagon set up a top-secret research project in an old villa in downtown Saigon. The task? To interview captured North Vietnamese soldiers and guerrillas in order to measure the effect of relentless U.S. bombing on their morale. Yet despite a wealth of great data, even the leaders of the study couldn’t agree on what it...

  • Re:sound #239 The Stupid Pet Tricks Show
    Fri, Jun 02, 2017

    This hour stories dedicated to our furry and not-so-furry friends.Flash! (parts I & II)by Daimiano Marchetti with Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt (Reply All, 2016 & 2017)Craigslist: Santa Rosa, California. Lost & found. Post title: Lost tortoise. Flash has escaped.Charles Mingus Toilet Trained His Cat. We Put His Method to the Testby Jody Avigran (Studio360 [WNYC], 2014)The jazz musician Charles Mingus was a celebrated band leader and one of the most important composers of his generation. But at the same time he was recording The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, he was working on another masterpiece of sorts. He figured out how to get his cat, Nightlife, to poop in a toilet — and he decided he’d share his method with the world.Snowdriftby Jennifer Wing (Sound Effect [KNKX], 2015)The story of a lost cat that didn’t actually want to be found.Are Animals Creative?by Sean Cole (Studio360 [WNYC], 2006)What separates humans from animals? It used to be tools - and then...

  • Re:sound #238 The Mother's Day Show
    Fri, May 12, 2017

    This hour, Mother’s Day, in all it’s beautiful, complicated glory.Deliveranceby Francesca Panetta and Lucy Greenwell with presenter Lemn Sissay for Between the Ears (BBC Radio 3, 2015)A sound poem made from the audio diaries of five women in their final days of pregnancy.International Brotherhood of MothersBy Nate DiMeo for The Memory Palace (2009)The story of the founding of Mother’s Day and the holiday’s social justice origins turned commercial.Private Black Motherhood and Public White ProtestBy Stacia Brown for Hope Chest (2017)Stacia knows all too well that some adults start treating young black girls as women as early as age 7. In this personal essay - which weaves together Stacia's prose with the perfect measure of interview, music and found sound - we hear about the fears and joys of black motherhood especially in this Trumpian era of blatant racism.On Death and Space CloudsBy Tally Abecassis for First Day Back (2016)After your mom is gone, and all that remains is her voice in your...

  • Re:sound #237 The Tip of the Iceberg Show
    Fri, Apr 21, 2017

    This hour stories that dive below the surface to help us understand issues of race, the environment and immigration.How Race Was Made (Seeing White Part 2) [excerpt]by John Biewen ( Scene on Radio , 2017)When producer John Biewen was in high school in the late 1970s, he learned from his textbooks that people could be divided into three distinct races — mongoloid, caucasoid and negroid. Decades later he wondered when and how this now debunked theory of race took hold. In this episode, John looks at those distinctions arose.This excerpt is the second episode of a multi-part series John is producing on race called 'Seeing White'. You can listen to all of the episodes on the Scene on Radio website (http://podcast.cdsporch.org/) or subscribe to the podcast.How the Environment Got Political [excerpt]by Brooke Gladstone ( On the Media from WNYC Studios, 2017)In the 1960's the issues pertaining to the environment were not nearly as divisive as they are today (e.g. Global Warming). Back then, the...

  • S-Town Hall
    Thu, Apr 13, 2017

    Earlier this week Third Coast held a public discussion in Chicago about the big podcast of the moment, S-Town. We recorded this event live at Ipsento606 with about 50 S-Town super fans.To join in on the discussion, visit facebook.com/groups/stownhall

  • Re:sound #236 The New You Show
    Fri, Mar 31, 2017

    This hour redefinition, reflection... and the new you. The Understudy By Sophie Townsend with Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime for Love Me (CBC, 2016) Sophie Townsend has been a widow for a year and a half. She is too busy taking care of her children to entertain the idea of dating, until a man compliments her shoes. Katie V Katie By Nancy Lopez for Snap Judgement (2017) When Katie Crouch learned there was another Katie Crouch who lived in the same city and apparently had the same professional interests as her she thought, huh, what else do we have in common? She would soon find out. Not All Who Wander Are Lost…But Some Definitely Are By James Spring for This American Life (2014) A car is a classic place to realize: "oh, I’m lost." But sometimes the realization of being lost comes first, and the car is the solution. Drive, keep driving, get un-lost. James Spring has this story about a road trip as life plan. This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

  • Re:sound #235 The "I Do" or "Do I?" Show
    Fri, Mar 10, 2017

    This hour, “I do” or “do I?” the calculus for marriage, for better and for worse.Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girlby Joe Richman and Sarah Kramer (Radio Diaries, 2016)A few years ago, Radio diaries teamed up with Cowbird, a public storytelling website and held a competition to find a fresh voice. They discovered Majd Abdulghani, a muslim teenager in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, a young woman under pressure from her parents to consider an arranged marriage.How Will I Know?by Andrea Silenzi (Why Oh Why, 2016)Andrea Silenzi, host of the relationship podcast Why Oh Why, looks back at the role the show has played in her personal life. Travel through the past three years as Andrea talks to her editor, Hillary Frank, about what’s going on in her relationship.Choose Responsiblyby Dennis Funk (Re:sound debut, 2017)Choosing a partner is just a game, or is it?The Wedding Songby Yenting Hsu (ARTE Radio, 2011)At the time of her marriage, a Paiwan princess bids farewell to her family...

  • Re:sound #234 The Third Coast Institute of Sound Show
    Fri, Feb 24, 2017

    This hour we’re coming to you from inside the Third Coast Institute of Sound — a fictional museum we’ve dreamed up where all of the exhibits and artifacts are dedicated to things that make sound and noise.The Cat Piano (on loan from The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments)By Victoria Ferran with Sound Engineer Chris O’Shaughnessy for Soundproof (ABC RN, 2016)The history of the cat piano goes back centuries and raises unanswered (and perhaps unanswerable) questions about the relationship between music and noise, human and animal.Vox Ex MachinaBy Delaney Hall and Roman Mars for 99% InvisibleIn 1939, an astonishing new machine debuted at the New York World’s Fair. An operator sat at the organ-like device’s curved wooden console with a giant speaker towering behind her. She faced an expectant audience, placed her hands on a keyboard in front of her, and then played something the world had never really heard before — a synthesized voice.Mr Pumpernickle's Musical Gas (on loan from The Museum of...

  • Re:sound #233 The Rabbit Hole Show
    Fri, Jan 27, 2017

    This hour, rabbit holes — stories that start exploring one small thing and unexpectedly end up telling a much richer story.No Place Like Homeby Phoebe Judge and Lauren Sporher (Criminal, 2015)In the early 90s, a wealthy magazine publisher was convicted of fraud and sentenced to 18 months in a minimum security prison in Louisiana. But white collar criminals weren’t the only people living there, and the other people inside had basically been forgotten about by the outside world, some of them for decades.Shipped to Timbuktuby PJ Vogt, Alex Goldman and Alex Blumberg(Reply All, 2015)A missent email from the world of professional cookie advisers sends PJ hurtling down a path to WWII Japan.We'll Drive Till We Find An Exit [EXCERPT]presented by PJ Vogt at the 2016 Third Coast ConferenceA session about the joy and fear of pursuing stories without any idea of how they're going to succeed, or if they're going to succeed at all. Reply All’s PJ Vogt shares some tricks for making these kinds of...

  • Re:sound #232 The Baffled Show
    Fri, Jan 06, 2017

    This hour the unexpected and inexplicable.'Julia'by Johnathan Goldstein with Chris Neary, Kalila Holt and Wendy Dorr (Heavyweight , 2016)In grade 8, Julia was bullied so badly by a group of girls that she changed schools without telling anyone. Soon after, the girls from her old school showed up at her house and rang her doorbell. She didn’t answer it. For the past 20 years, Julia’s been wondering what those girls wanted.'As Many Leaves'by Sally Herships (Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 4, 2016)One evening in the autumn of 2013, Sally Herships received a short email from her husband telling her he was never coming home again. At first she thought it was a joke, but when she got home he and a suitcase had gone. From the night he left, her husband cuts off all contact and Sally, broken-hearted, is tortured by a single question. Why?The episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

  • Re:sound #231 The Pocket Conference Show
    Fri, Dec 23, 2016

    This hour we're featuring an episode of our brand new podcast — the Third Coast Pocket Conference.The Third Coast Pocket Conference is the start of your next great story — featuring sessions from Third Coast Conferences and more.How to Make Your Listener Levitate & Other Magic Tricks(Recorded 13 November 2016 at the Third Coast Conference in Chicago)You don’t want your audience to listen half-heartedly — you want them to be so deeply engaged, they’re a little surprised when they bump down to earth at the end.So how do we create audio that doesn’t just entertain, but enchant? UK producer Cathy FitzGerald shows how she hooks her listeners: head, heart, guts and soul. In this session, she offers practical tips on creating an intense, tangible world through scripting, structure and surprise – and then considers the magic that happens when we take a step back and let listeners make sense of it for themselves.This session features excerpts from the following works [listed in order of appearance]:...

  • Best of the Best 2016 (Part 2)
    Fri, Dec 02, 2016

    This hour we're listening to some of the winners of our annual documentary competition.From more than 550 entries in 2016, ten were chosen as winners. This hour we're featuring selections from the winners of the following awards: Skylarking, Best Documentary: Foreign Language, Best News Feature, Best Documentary: Bronze and Best Documentary: Gold.

  • Best of the Best 2016 (Part 1)
    Fri, Nov 25, 2016

    This hour we're listening to some of the winners of our annual documentary competition.From more than 550 entries in 2016, ten were chosen as winners. This hour we're featuring selections from the winners of the following awards: Best New Artist, Best Documentary: Honorable Mention, Radio Impact, Directors' Choice and Best Documentary: Silver

  • Re:sound #230 The Dying Words Show
    Fri, Nov 18, 2016

    This hour the life and AIDS reporting of New York Times reporter Jeffrey Schmalz.Dying Words: The AIDS Reporting of Jeffrey Schmalz and How It Changed the New York Timesby Kerry Donahue & Sam Freedman (The Dying Words Project, 2015)On the afternoon of Friday, December 21, 1990, Jeffrey Schmalz had a grand mal seizure in the middle of the New York Times newsroom where he worked. Soon after he was diagnosed with full blown AIDS. He spent the rest of his life and career writing about the epidemic from the perspective of the gay community, even as he was dying from the disease himself.Jeanne and Morty Manford. Activist son; Revolutionary momby Sara Burningham and Eric Marcus (Making Gay History, 2016)In 1972, Jeanne Manford, founded the organization PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, in support of her son Morty Manford — a gay man who would go on to become an assistant attorney general of New York.This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

  • Re:sound #229 The Communication Barrier Show
    Fri, Oct 28, 2016

    This hour people trying their best — and sometimes failing miserably — to make a connection.


    By Yowei Shaw (The World In Words, PRI, 2015) 

    Yowei Shaw was born in the United States and speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her grandfather is from Taiwan and speaks virtually no English. Kid talk was fine when Yowei was a kid. But now she's grown up, she's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

    Meet the Jawniaks 

    By John Biewen (Radiotonic, ABC RN, 2014) 

    John Biewen never imagined he would have any reason to visit Poland or to encounter the Polish language in any serious way. Then, in middle age, he fell in love with a Polish immigrant named Ewa. John went to Poland to meet the parents, but still he saw no reason to trouble himself learning Ewa’s mother tongue. At least, not before arriving on Polish soil.

    Chin-Kyll and Bo-Ok: Across the DMZ 

    By Davey Kim (Snap Judgement, 2015) 

    What happens when you are reunited with your North Korean sister for the first time in over five decades?

    This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.


    Adriana Krikl, ‘Disconnect’, Snowbirds In Flight (self-released, 2015) 

    So I’m An Islander, ‘Fastlan Reprise’, V?st Ven (self-released, 2015) 

    Diana Fire, ‘Stop Talking’, Super Sighs (Yarn Audio, 2016) 

    Komiku, ‘Bleu’, It’s time for adventure (Chez Monplaisir, 2016) 

    Monplaisir, ‘In the name of loneliness’, Surtout ne pas se perdre (2011-2016) (Chez Monplaisir, 2016)

  • Re:sound #228 The Sonic Wanders Show
    Fri, Oct 14, 2016

    This hour we're going on three soundwalks that meander at the pace of real life.4700 Liberty Heights Avenue [EXCERPT]by Aaron Henkin & Wendel Patrick (Out of the Blocks, WYPR, 2015)The 4700 block of Liberty Heights Avenue is a portrait of survival and adaptability. It's a self-governed, informal economy where the currency is respect. Space is shared by merchants, churches, longtime residents, and drug dealers. Immigrants from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, West Africa, and Korea have set up shops alongside a dwindling number of African American-owned businesses. Trust is earned here, not given lightly.Meet Me At the Cemetery Gates [EXCERPT]by Susanna Grant & Jo Morris (Shuffle Festival, 2015)Neglected for years, Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park is a registered charity mainly run by volunteers. Originally one of London’s Magnificent Seven cemeteries, it stretches for 31 acres and is the city's largest urban woodland. From cemetery to nature reserve, the park mirrors the East End’s long history of...

  • Re:sound #227 The 2016 ShortDocs Show — Radio Cinema
    Fri, Sep 30, 2016

    This hour we're featuring some of our favourite entries to the 2016 ShortDocs Challenge!Including interviews with producers and a visit to our 2016 partner, Manual Cinema, who are adapting this year’s winning ShortDocs into a live shadow puppetry performance.Maya Turns 26by Maya Goldberg-SafirWhether she likes it or not, things are about to change.Out of Orderby La Cosa PreziosaA man & his TV crime drama-induced phobia.ragazzo incontra ragazzoby Garrett KlingA chance encounter brings together an American and Italian boy, not knowing when they'll ever meet again.Too Many Miles *by Stephanie Rowden & Jennifer MetskerWhat if Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” were re-imagined as a film?Swimmersby Michelle MacklemA woman pieces together sonic memories and her sense of belonging through swimming.The Hadal Zoneby Peregrine Andrews & Geoff MarshTwo obnoxious city boys take the Giant Squid Safari in the Sea of Japan and end up in deep trouble.What Is...

  • Special Feature: Envision Yourself Being a Free Man
    Fri, Sep 23, 2016

    On this episode of Re:sound, we're featuring an audio postcard from the Restorative Radio Project plus an interview with the series' producer, Sylvia Ryerson.'Envision Yourself Being a Free Man'by Sylvia Ryerson with recordings by Essie Mannes (Restorative Radio Project, WMMT, 2016)Essie Manns is the grandmother of DeVaughn Hall, currently incarcerated at Red Onion State prison. Essie lives in Roanoke, Virginia, a 4 hours drive from the prison. She cannot drive long distances, but she gets rides from her friends and family as often as she can to go and visit DeVaughn in prison. For her audio postcard, Essie recorded a Sunday with the family. She took the recorder to church, and then returned home for a fish fry with their whole extended family.Read our behind-the-scenes interview with Sylvia:http://thirdcoastfestival.org/explore/article/sylvia-ryerson-btsThis episode of Re:sound was produced by Isabel V?zquez

  • Re:sound #226 The Life Sentence Show
    Fri, Aug 26, 2016

    This hour, the story of how an event affected one woman, her family and the criminal justice system.A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice and My Motherby Samantha Broun and Jay Allison for Atlantic Public Media and Transom.orgIn 1994, Sam Broun's mother, Jeremy Brown, was the victim of a violent crime. She was 55 years old and living alone. A stranger came into her backyard, attacked her from behind and five hours later, he left her lying on her bed — hands and feet bound with tape. Alive. She survived. This is a story of how the system failed and how that crime launched and destroyed political careers. It's also a story about family — both the victims and the assailants — and how thousands of prisoners' hopes for a second chance were lost.This piece was made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts with special thanks to Thanks to Rob Rosenthal, Melissa Allison, Sydney Lewis, Viki Merrick, public radio station WCAI and Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole...

  • Re:sound #225 The Whatever Suits You Show
    Fri, Aug 05, 2016

    This hour, the suits we wear and the impressions we make.The Runwayby Luke Malone (Start Up, Gimlet Media, 2016)It’s not uncommon for shoppers to walk out of Mary Going’s store feeling on top of the world. Mary runs Saint Harridan, a company that makes custom suits for the gender non-conforming. With her store, Mary has created a space that caters to the needs of butch women and trans men—something that doesn’t happen very often. Her fans are enthusiastic and dedicated, her products are selling out… but she can barely pay her rent.The Blazer Experimentby Delaney Hall (99% Invisible, 2016)In 1968, the police department in Menlo Park, California hired Victor Cizanckas to be the new police chief. His main goal was to reform the department, which had a strained relationship with the community at the time. The method he chose was unconventional — new uniforms for all police officers.This episode ofRe:soundwas produced by Dennis Funk.Special thanks to Jeanine Fry, Master Tailor at Daniel...

  • Re:sound #224 The Breathe In/Breathe Out Show
    Fri, Jul 15, 2016

    This hour, one man who needs to devour as much air as he can and another who's at his best while holding his breath.Airby Neil Sandell (Radiotonic, ABC RN, 2016)Neil Sandell is a man of a certain age, a man who loves to ride his racing bike. But as he gasps for air while climbing a steep mountain road, he wonders, why is he driving himself so hard? After all, he's living his dream—a life on the Cote d'Azur. Does the answer lie with his cycling hero Jens Voigt, a man on a mountain, or somewhere in his past?Dark Blueby Hana Walker-Brown (The Lives of Others, Radio Wolfgang, 2016)Stig Pryds has been free-diving since January 2013 and already within that year, he ranked in the top 10 free-divers worldwide. Stig suffers from a chronic arthritic condition that had left him jobless, divorced and in agony; so heavily medicated, he couldn’t even remember his children. On the brink of suicide, Stig discovered that under the water, he felt no pain.Mr Rightby Inge Hoonte (Deep Wireless 4, 2007)...

  • Re:sound #223 The Cold Show
    Sun, Jun 26, 2016

    This hour audio air conditioning — we’re turning down the thermostat and ushering in stories that give us the chills.I Fell Through the Iceby Dennis Funk and Gwen Macsai (Re:sound debut, 2016)Phil Smith grew up skating on frozen lakes. But one New Year's Eve, reliving his childhood memories put him in a life and death situation.Overlandby Nate DiMeo (The Memory Palace , 2016)George Frederick Tilton was crew member on the ship the Belvedere, which made regular trips to the arctic to trap and hunt in the late 19th century. When the Belvedere and it's crew found themselves stranded, Tilton set out on a mission to rescue them all.Arctic Sound Lost & Foundsby Jennifer Kingsley (Radiotonic, ABC RN, 2016)Radio producer and naturalist Jennifer Kingsley is quite familiar with the area, having traversed some of it in a canoe. On her last trip, she opted for a larger vessel and set out to record the sounds of her environment. She came back with more than she could have imagined.Frozen Ailveby...

  • Re:sound #222 The Uninvited Guests Show
    Fri, Jun 03, 2016

    This hour, uninvited guests like old lovers, irrational fears and the annoying habits that keep us up at night.Like Steps Of Passing Ghostsby Kaitlin PrestKaitlin Prest explores how we can remain haunted by past loves 'Like Steps of Passing Ghosts'.Holdoutby Katie Mingle and Roman MarsA woman watches while a shopping mall goes up all around her.The Hijacker's Letterby Davey KimWhat do you do when you receive a letter from your husband’s killer?The Lonely Animal: A Snorer's Memoirby Natalie KestecherTwo shunned snorers reflect upon the impact that their snoring has had on their relationships.

  • Re:sound #221 The Writing Out of Trouble Show
    Fri, May 20, 2016

    This hour we're featuring two stories of love through loss... plus an interview with the producers who've written their way through these troubled moments.The Updatesby Sophie Townsend with Sound Engineer Louis Mitchell. Sophie's updates were read by Gabrielle Rogers (360documentaries, ABC RN 2014)When Sophie Townsend’s husband Russell was diagnosed with lung cancer, she became the family spokesperson, a task she found endless, difficult and confronting. People’s questions about his sickness left her reeling, because the news she had to give them was never good. Soon she started the Russell Updates, a weekly email that laid it all bare for friends and family. The updates were not just a way to keep everyone informed, but Sophie’s way of working things out in her own head, and keeping herself afloat.ASK MEby Sara Brooke Curtis (Unfictional, KCRW 2016)Sara spent her days riding buses and walking the beach alone, thinking of someone who wasn't there. In time, she found an unlikely stranger to share...

  • Special Feature: The Intersection
    Fri, May 06, 2016

    The Intersection — Episode 1, 'Home'by David Boyer (The Intersection, KALW, 2016)Welcome to THE INTERSECTION and to the corner of Golden Gate Ave and Leavenworth St in the Tenderloin. While the neighborhood has the highest density of kids and seniors in San Francisco, it's associated more with its many homeless residents. We'll hear from a woman who sleeps in a tent—and cooks—on the sidewalks. And another woman who found a home in an innovative supportive housing project just steps away from the corner.Listen to the entire series at theintersection.fm

  • Re:sound #220 The Forest & Flight Show
    Fri, Apr 22, 2016

    This hour gravity, antigravity, magical trees and flying carpets.The Magic Carpet Flight Manualby Cathy FitzGerald & Matt Thompson (A Rockethouse Production, BBC World Service, 2010)Cathy FitzGerald explores the past, present, and very real future of the magic carpet and wonders what our desire to defy gravity tells us about ourselves. Along the way, we meet a Japanese astronaut who took a real carpet into space — and flew it, a Muslim whose prayer mat rises above the mundane and a physicist working on levitation in the quantum world.Gravitation and Other Gracesby Stephanie Rowden (Re:sound debut, 2016)Once upon a time, producer Stephanie Rowden stumbled upon an elderly, gnome-ish, armchair philosopher named Wolfgang. Ailing and living alone, he'd attracted a devoted circle of much-younger friends and caretakers. Stephanie found herself unexpectedly drawn into Wolfgang's orbit, and, in this audio essay, she retraces her path from documentarian to caretaker herself, eventually in search of a very...

  • Re:sound #219 The Fighting for the Promised Land Show
    Fri, Apr 08, 2016

    This hour the story of thousands of African American farmers who lost millions of acres of land at the hands of institutional racism.All You Need Is A _____.by Aengus Anderson & James Ford Howell (2010 ShortDocs Challenge)Two opposing groups of immigration protestors in Arizona attempt to define the word "wall" without referring to Mexico.Fighting for the Promised Land: A Story of Farming and Racismby Tina Antolini (Gravy, 2015)Shirley Sherrod’s introduction to the intermingling of agriculture and racism came when she was 17 years old, with an incident that changed the course of her life. And, after that moment, her life has been one defined by the fight for black-owned farmland. It’s a fight that has included devastating racism, the biggest class action lawsuit in the history of the United States, and a high-profile firing from the USDA.Gravy is a project of the Southern Foodways Alliance

  • Re:sound #218 The Odd Couples Show (LIVE!)
    Sat, Mar 26, 2016

    This hour we're live at the Hideout in Chicago with stories of pairs who are complete opposites, but utterly entwined.The Sitter Dispatchby Maya Goldberg-Safir & Dennis Funk (Re:sound debut, 2015)Straight out of college, Maya was living in her cousins' attic and was working a part-time, unpaid internship. Then she took a job as a nanny that turned out to be nothing like she'd expected.Gamun-Pyulby Rayon Wright (Radio Rookies, WNYC 2010)Rayon Wright was born in Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn. Though he grew up surrounded with Jamaican culture and music, he wants more than anything to producer Korean music (or K-Pop). A lot of non-Asian teenagers like Hello Kitty or Japanese Anime, but Rayon's love for Asian culture goes far beyond that.Grote's Notesby Gwen Macsai & Dennis Funk (Re:sound debut, 2016)Re:sound host Gwen Macsai tells the story of her unlikely friendship with a bank robber.This episode of Re:sound was recorded live at The Hideout in Chicago. Special thanks to Johanna Zorn...

  • Re:sound #217 The Call & Response Show
    Fri, Feb 26, 2016

    This hour stories of quiet calls that have produced the most unexpected responses.The Time Traveller and the Hitmanby Lynn Levy, Alex Goldman and PJ Vogt (Reply All, Gimlet Media, 2015)In 1997, John Silveira wrote a joke classified ad in a tiny publication called Backwoods Home Magazine asking if anyone wanted to travel back in time with him. A lot of people took him seriously. What do you do when everyone wants you to fix the worst mistakes they’ve ever made?Obituary Noticeby Peter Meanwell (Between the Ears, BBC Radio 3, 2012)WPAQ is a tiny radio station nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. It was founded to preserve a wholesome way of life — broadcasting local Old Time and Gospel music, local preachers, and the local obituary notices three times a day. These notices a portrait of the region's unique rural history, which is disappearing with every death.Mojave Phone Boothby Joe Rosenberg (Snap Judgement, 2015)When Doc started calling a phone booth in the middle of the desert...

  • Re:sound #216 The 2015 ShortDocs Show — Studs Rules
    Fri, Feb 12, 2016

    This hour we listen to some of our favourite entries to the 2015 Third Coast Short Docs Challenge: Studs Rules!For our 2015 Studs-inspired Challenge we partnered with the Studs Terkel Radio Archive at WFMT.With their help, we came up with the following rules:Your radio story must...• be two to three minutes in length• be titled with a question that begins with one of the five Ws• contain the question "And what happened then?"• and include a shout of silence or a cry of laughterShortDocs Featured this hour(* = ShortDocs Winner, ** = People's Choice Award Winner)Where Do I Even Start?by Ben Riskin & Aaron LeederA working interview for a smart phone society.What Do You Need To Know?by Ilya MarritzThe bread guys pay a visit to a busy Brooklyn deli.What Happened When You Caught a Toadfish?by Sam Wemmer, Ian Romer Todd WemmerLiam tells Sam about his adventures on a trip to Bali and Sri Lanka.Where Do We Go...by Catie TalarskiAn audio impression of racial tensions.What Was It About...

  • Re:sound #215 The Shouters & Lurkers Show
    Fri, Jan 15, 2016

    This hour stories of those who share and those who lurk.The Mollusc and the Peacockby Natalie Kestecher (Short Cuts, BBC Radio 4, 2014)This is the story of a Facebook lurker, someone who sees herself as curious but benign. Like her grandmother, who was a fan of American soap operas, she has a taste for stories about the lives of others just as long as they’re glamorous and extravagant and don’t bear too much resemblance to reality.Voyager Foundby Jonathan Mitchell (The Truth, 2014)In the 1970s, NASA produced an audio time capsule on a Golden Record curated by astronomer Carl Sagan to represent all of life on earth as we’ve known it. It was sent aboard the Voyager spacecrafts to reach distant planetary systems. This episode of the podcast “The Truth” imagines the listeners who might find it.Wake Up, Baby!by Peregrine Andrews (Between the Ears, BBC Radio 3, 2015)A baby sleeps. A man in another room watches her on a screen. Her loving father? No. This man does not know this baby. He's...

  • Re:sound #214 The Anchor Dreams Show
    Thu, Dec 17, 2015

    This hour, the story of a man who's ultimate goal is to become a national evening news anchor.Anchor Dreams — The Passion of Scoop Nemethby Noel Black & Jake Brownell (Wish We Were Here, KRCC, 2015)Brian 'Scoop' Nemeth has a singular goal: to become a national news anchor on the Fox News Network's prime-time broadcast. Despite the challenges of Asperger's, 'Scoop' moved from his hometown of Colorado Springs to the city of Denver, where he's built a following through YouTube videos and public access TV. On top of this, he's published a book of erotic poetry and designs women's activewear. But is America ready for someone like 'Scoop' to takeover TV news as the 'black Bill O'Reilly'?Help Third Coast launch the next generation of great audio storytelling.Donate here: goo.gl/DDrkPr

  • Special Feature: Director's Cut — Re:sound #1 The Very First Show Show
    Fri, Dec 11, 2015

    This week on a special feature podcast, we're flashing back in time to 2004 to have a listen to the very first episode of Re:sound.Producer Dennis Funk talks with Re:sound's Host, Gwen Macasi and Third Coast's Director Johanna Zorn about how it all began, and they provide a little commentary throughout the hour.Third Coast is in the middle of our annual fundraiser at the moment, and we're celebrating the role that Third Coast has played in launching the audio storytelling revolution. For photos from our #ThirdCoastLaunchPad click here: http://goo.gl/ZYwxVZDonate here: http://goo.gl/DDrkPr

  • Best of the Best 2015 (Part 2)
    Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    The 2015 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, featuring the winners of our annual competition.

  • Best of the Best 2015 (Part 1)
    Mon, Nov 30, 2015

    The 2015 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, featuring the winners of our annual competition.

  • Re:sound #213 The Jeff & Elly Show
    Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    This hour, two delightfully out-of-the-ordinary musical portraits from producer Alan Hall.The Grace of Jeff Buckleyby Alan Hall (Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 4, 2014)The story of the day Jeff Buckley arrived on the UK music scene in 1994 — from a photo shoot in the morning, a live radio appearance in the afternoon and then to a gig at Bunjies folk club so over-booked that a second concert was arranged for later that evening at the 12 Bar.The Voices of Elly Stoneby Alan Hall (Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 4, 2014)Elly Stone is a modest, 87-year-old New Yorker — 'born and dragged up' — whose sublime voice will forever be associated with the songs of Belgian chanteur Jacques Brel. Twenty years after her retirement from the stage, she offers a rare insight into her life and what music has meant to her. 'The Voices of Elly Stone' won the 2015 Prix Europa for Best European Music Programme.Listen to 'Rhapsody in Bohemia' by Alan Hall, winner of the Directors' Choice Award at...

  • Re:sound #212 The Drug Court Show
    Wed, Oct 21, 2015

    This hour, we follow three addicts through Australia's drug court system.Inside the Drug Court: part 1—the last chanceby Sharon Davis and sound engineer Steven Tilley (Earshot, ABC RN, 2015)After a year of negotiations with the government of New South Wales, Australia, producer Sharon Davis was granted exclusive access to the state's Drug Courts — a program where long term addicts, many of them hardened criminals, are released from jail in order to join a strict rehabilitation program designed to end their addiction.. In the first episode of this three part series, Sharon follows three addicts on their journey to sobriety through the Drug Court system.Listen to part 2 & 3 of this series: http://ab.co/1FSGHirPhotoepSos.dehttp://bit.ly/1hUFwVZ

  • Re:sound #211 The Pulled From the Pages Show
    Fri, Oct 02, 2015

    This hour: audio stories inspired by the written word, be it a novel or a comic book.Tim Key and Gogol's Overcoat[NOTE: only available at http://ThirdCoastFestival.org until November 2, 2015]by Steven Rajam & written by Tim Key (BBC Radio 4, 2012)Tim Key — poet, comedian, and crumpled polymath — is obsessed with Nikolai Gogol's short story 'The Overcoat'. Written in 1842, it's a fable of a simple Russian clerk whose desire for a new coat to keep the St Petersburg winter at bay forever changes his life... and ultimately destroys him. Tim's off to find out what — if anything — Gogol's mysterious story can tell us, whilst contending with his own filthy disgrace of a jacket.[Listen to the piece here: http://bit.ly/1jEg88G]Supermanby Laura Starcheski and Al Letson (State of the Re:Union, 2012)Al Letson is a storyteller and public radio host who is hugely, passionately into comics. In his search for super stories, he found a Superman superfan that fell prey to a real life villain, and a...

  • Re:sound #210 The Inner Ear Show
    Fri, Sep 11, 2015

    This hour two stories that dive into the depths of the inner ear.Disequlibrium[NOTE: not available on the podcast]by Nick Ryan, Lisa Gee and Jeremy Mortimer (Between the Ears, BBC Radio 3, 2012)Nick Ryan, is award-winning sound designer and composer. For reasons unknown, he wakes up every day feeling dizzy, nauseous and destabilized. Despite medication and his GP's assurances, the feelings persist. At the same time Nick is building a game-world entirely from sound through which players must navigate using only their hearing. 'Disequilibrium' is a meditation on the nature of sound and hearing. It traces Nick's experience of his balance disorder as it morphs his world into a space nearly as alien as the one he's creating.LISTEN HERE:http://thirdcoastfestival.org/library/1835-re-sound-210-the-inner-ear-showIn One Ear and Out the Otherby Tim Hinman (Radiotonic, ABC RN, 2015)'In One Ear and Out the Other' takes a bizarre trip inside the brain of Danish documentary producer Tim Hinman...

  • Re:sound #209 The Firsts Show
    Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    This hour: first lines, first days back and every last first you can think of.Getting Back Out Thereby Tally Abecassis (First Day Back, 2015)First Day Back is a documentary podcast that follows filmmaker Tally Abecassis as she faces the challenges of picking up her career after an extended maternity leave. In this episode, Tally lays out her situation and makes a move to restart her filmmaking career. She talks about “freelancer math” and asks her family some big questions, getting the most surprising answer from her son.My First...[Excerpt: listen at www.thirdcoastfestival.org]by Steve Heather & Siegmar Zacharias (Soundproof [ABC RN], 2015)Your first breath, your first mistake, your first lie, your first kiss, your first job, your first death. The first time you celebrated, and the first time you regretted a first time. 'My First...' constructs a collective life biography from years 0 to 100, through memory, story, and music. The piece traces a society from the 1920's to 2015 and into...

  • Re:sound #208 The Behind the Headlines Show
    Fri, Jul 31, 2015

    This hour stories of black lives caught in the cross hairs of injustice.695BGKby Phoebe Judge & Lauren Spohrer (Criminal, 2015)Just before 2am on December 31, 2008, police officer John Edwards was patrolling in Bellaire, Texas when he saw an SUV driven by two young African-American men. Edwards followed the SUV and ran the license plate number. His computer indicated that the SUV was stolen, and Edwards drew his gun and told the two men to get down on the ground. By the time Edwards realized he had made a mistake, one of the men had already been shot.Strange Fruit[NOTE: only available at www.ThirdCoastFestival.org until 31 August]by Maggie Ayre (Soul Music, BBC Radio 4, 2014)Billie Holiday's famous song 'Strange Fruit' expresses the horror and anguish of a community subjected to lynching in the American South. In this programe, we hear the stories of people whose relatives were lynched by white racists and of the various forms of grief, anger and reconciliation that have followed. And...

  • Special Feature: Producers To Keep An Ear On
    Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    On this special Third Coast Podcast we're doing what we do best — sharing the best radio from around the world!On this episode we're featuring the podcast How to Be a Girl, and show's creator, Marlo Mack tells us about her experience at the Third Coast Conference.Also, Re:sound host Gwen Macsai talks with the 2015 People's ShortDoc Award winning producer, Sara Curtis, about the her piece and the ShortDocs Challenge.FEATURING:Mama, I'm a Girlby Marlo Mack (How to Be a Girl, 2014)When he was three years old, Marlo's son informed me that her was actually her daughter. She's now the mother of a happy, confident little transgender girl, but it took a while to get there.Where Do I Find You Now?by Sara Curtis (Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge, 2015)An intimate conversation with Studs Terkel about the edges of life and death.And don't forget, it's fundraising time here at Third Coast, so if you love what we do, and want to love us forever, then please support us with a donation....

  • Special Feature: The Sarah Awards
    Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    To kick-off Third Coast's summer fundraiser, we're doing what we do best — sharing great radio from around the world — with some extra special feature podcasts over the next two weeks.On this episode, Re:sound producer Dennis Funk talks to Ann Heppermann and Martin Johnson founders of the new, Third Coast-inspired audio fiction competition, The Sarah Awards.We also hear a few pieces that will feature on their new podcast Serendipity and learn about their Very Very Short Short Fiction Contest.FEATURING:Every Heart Has a Limited Amount of Heartbeatsby Martin Johnson (Serendipity, 2015)We will all die, and those who are already dead slowly becomes faint memories, that can be awakened, and relived.I Blinked and I Was 30by Andrea Silenzi (Serendipity, 2015)On Andrea's 30th birthday, the universe gave her an impossible assignment. Could she use that day to come to terms with everything she’d done before, and everything she’d hope to do now?Subscribe to Serendipity:...

  • Re:sound #207 The Oops!... Who Dunnit Again Show
    Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    This hour two mysteries: one involving an obscure novel and Britney Spears, and the other a real life murder most fowl.Case #2: Britneyby Starlee Kine, Alex Blumberg, Melinda Shopsin and Eric Mennel (Mystery Show, 2015)Andrea, a writer no one reads, one day, she makes a shocking discovery that the paparazzi snapped a photo of Britney Spears holding a copy of her second novel. The author then enlists super sleuth Starlee Kine to track down Britney in hope of learning whether the popstar actually read her book and, if so, did she like it.Animal Instinctsby Phoebe Judge, Lauren Spohrer and Eric Mennel (Criminal, 2014)In 2001, a woman was found dead in a pool of her own blood. Her husband was convicted of her murder. But a curious neighbor had a different theory… one that brings new meaning to man vs. beast.PhotoBritneyExperts.com

  • Re:sound #206 The Sarah Boothroyd Show
    Fri, Jun 19, 2015

    This hour we explore nearly a decade's worth of work from Canadian sound artist, musician and radio producer Sarah Boothroyd.Gleeful Barbariansby Sarah Boothroyd (Short Cuts, BBC Radio 4, 2012)An audio postcard from the often joyful, sometimes exasperating, and always busy world of early parenthood. Featuring very silly noises, nearly-indecipherable toddler chitchat, and 27 different ways a two-year-old can say 'no.'Do What You Fear And Fear Disappearsby Sarah Boothroyd (Third Coast International Audio Festival Short Docs Challenge, 2006)Screams, thoughts on fear, screams, spooky music, more screams.Rabble Rousersby Sarah Boothroyd (Ontario Arts Council, 2012)Touching on ethics, justice, democracy, and global citizenship, Rabble Rousers explores the notion of protest as a spontaneous installation of improvised 'music' in public space.Forest To Desertby Sarah Boothroyd (Third Coast International Audio Festival Short Docs Challenge, 2008)An audio doodle about this phrase:...

  • Re:sound #205 The Imposter Show
    Sat, May 30, 2015

    This hour what you see, is not always what you get.Chook In Memoriumby Mike Ladd (360 Documentaries, ABC Radio National, 2014)The Australian lyrebird is a remarkable creature, able to mimic almost every man made and natural sound; sirens, car engines, other birds. Chook was very popular with visitors at the Adealaide Zoo until he died in 2011 at the age of 32. In this audio tribute to Chook we hear him mimic innumberable sounds.The Two Lives of Asa Carterby Joe Richman & Samara Freemark (Radio Diaries, 2012)Asa Carter was a speechwriter for Alabama Governor George Wallace. He penned one of the most infamous speeches of the era… Wallace’s 'Segregation Now, Segregation Forever' address. Forrest Carter was a Cherokee writer who lived in Texas. His autobiography, The Education of Little Tree, is a beloved classic that has sold millions of copies around the world. But these two men shared a secret.45s at 33by Steve Urquhart (Radiotonic, ABC Radio National, 2015)It started with Dolly...

  • Re:sound #204 The Stories From Childhood Show
    Fri, May 08, 2015

    This hour some of our favorite childhood icons: from the man who gave us Thing One & Thing Two... to Dorothy, the Tin Man and Toto too.Dr Seuss and the Butter Battlesby Eleanor McDowall (Falling Tree Productions for BBC Radio 4, 2011)Theodor 'Dr Seuss' Geisel remains one of the best-loved children's authors in America. Famed for his witty and often subversive stories such as, 'The Cat in the Hat' and 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas!' his whimsical characters and playful rhymes are deeply embedded in American childhoods and those of children around the world. However, few readers are aware of the surprising political subtext to many of his tales.American Icons: The Wizard of Oz [Excerpt]by Ave Carrillo, Jonathan Mitchell and Eric Molinsky with host Kurt Andersen (Studio360, 2005)It's been more than seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense....

  • Re:sound #203 The Rivers Show
    Fri, Apr 17, 2015

    This hour we meander our way down three rivers in search of solace, spiritual healing and, of course, total domination.Reversal of Fortuneby Dan Weissman, Roman Mars and Sam Greenspan (99% Invisible, 2013)Chicago’s biggest design achievement isn’t the achitectural wonders that rise high above the city's lakefront and river — it’s the Chicago River itself.Descentby Alex Chadwick and Bill Abbott (Unfictional, KCRW, 2011)The story of two men whose troubles and tragedies find respite in the raging rapids of Cataract Canyon.The Ganges Riverby Phoebe Judge and edited by Katie Davis (The Story, APM/WUNC, 2012)The Ganges, a 1,500-mile river that flows through Northern India, is a place where people bathe, wash clothes and pray. It is also where waste lines pour out sewage every day. Producer Phoebe Judge travels to the city of Varanasi, where she meets people who live along the Ganges River and want to clean it up.Special Thanks to Richard Steele for reading the show's open....

  • Re:sound #202 The To Heal A Sick Nation Show
    Fri, Mar 20, 2015

    This hour a revealing snapshot of Martin Luther King, Jr. as he struggled to stay the course he'd set out for himself and the nation.To Heal A Sick Nation [EXCERPT]by Greg Kelly & Stephen Smith and presented by Paul Kennedy (Ideas [CBC], 2014)By 1967, Martin Luther King, Jr. saw his dream becoming 'a nightmare'. Criticised by black militants, rejected by white allies, and threatened with death as violence tore America apart.That year was also Canada's Cenntenial Celebration, and Dr. King was invited to give a series of annual lectures on the CBC radio program Ideas. This piece unfolds the behind-the-scenes story leading to King's message of hope delived in his 1967 Massey Lectures.To hear the full episode, visit www.ThirdCoastFestival.org

  • Special Feature: The Sitter Dispatch
    Fri, Mar 06, 2015

    This week on the podcast, a Third Coast original production.The Sitter Dispatchby Maya Goldberg-Safir & Dennis Funk (Re:sound debut, 2015)Straight out of college, Maya was living in her cousins' attic and was working a part-time, unpaid internship. Then she took a job as a nanny that turned out to be nothing like she'd expected.

  • Re:sound #201 The Cathy FitzGerald Show
    Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    This hour we celebrate the ethereal, Dickens-inspired works of British producer Cathy FitzGerald.Skylarking [Excerpt]by Cathy FitzGerald [Sound Design by Joe Acheson] (Between the Ears, BBC Radio 3, 2014)Cathy FitzGerald meets a prisoner and a paraglider in this airy daydream about the delights of looking up at a big blue sky. **Please note Skylarking is a lawn-based, horizontal radio feature best experienced from the comfort of a picnic blanket with a long drink, a soft pillow and a view of the sky.How to Dig a Grave [Excerpt]by Cathy FitzGerald (BBC Radio 4, 2014)Gravediggers exist in the popular imagination as a creepy, ghoulish breed. We keep them safely at a distance where they can carry the weight of our fantasies and fears about death. But what's the reality? And what lessons are there to learn six feet under the ground?The Cabinet of Animosities [Excerpt]by Cathy FitzGerald and Matt Thompson (The Documentary, BBC World Service, 2012)The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb exhibits...

  • Re:sound #200 The Dads Disappearing Show
    Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    This hour stories of dads who are starting to slip away and the sons who are desperately trying to stay connected.The Mind Shaftby Lea Thau (KCRW, Strangers, 2014)Greg O'Brien has been a writer, journalist and thinker all his life. Now he is losing his mind due to early on-set Alzheimer's, and he's an astute observer of his own decline. He compares this clicking in and out to the flickering light of a loose plug in a socket. He's in a race against time to share his story before the plug falls out for good.My Father Takes a Vacationby Martin Johnson (RT? Radio 1, Documentaries On One, 2008)A few years after Martin Johnson's mother died, his father left he and his two siblings in their native Sweden to go cycling around the coast of Ireland. Six years later, Martin decided to retrace his father’s journey — the places he went, the people he met — to try and better understand who he was, why he disappeared and why he’s been leaving ever since.PhotoMichael Strong

  • Re:sound #199 The Nineteen Eighty-Four Show
    Tue, Dec 30, 2014

    This hour we head back in time to 1984.[Listen to the full show here http://bit.ly/1vNkzgC]1984 (the year not the book)by Benjamen Walker (Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything, 2014)In the book 1984, George Orwell predicted that in the future "Big Brother" would watch and dictate our every move. In the year 1984, producer Benjamen Walker was in middle school. Like Orwell's protagonist Winston Smith, Benjamen kept a diary for "future citizens" in which he recorded the country's descent into totalitarianism — and his crush on a girl named Theresa. In 2014, he revisited those diaries and produced this sonic catapult to the days of Reagonomics, Thriller, Clara Peller and the birth of Apple. What would Benjamen's 12-year-old self think about the 42-year-old's documentary? Find out in Behind the Scenes.Advice on AgeingJonathan Goldstein & Mira Burt-WintonickWhat if, by some magic time/space dimensional realignment, you could go back and advise your younger self. What words of wisdom would...

  • Re:sound #198 The Off Course Show
    Fri, Dec 19, 2014

    This hour stories of detours, bad directions and finding the right path... on the road and in life.This Is Not The Way Homeby Lea Redfern (360 Documentaries [ABC RN], 2009)If direction in life is a positive, what happens to those who have no sense of direction? And can a relationship be thrown off course by the introduction of an intangible, yet otherwise seemingly perfect, third person?Choir Boyby Katie Mingle (Love + Radio, 2014)Tom Justice came from a well-to-do family. He was senior class president at a swanky suburban high school, graduated from college and excelled as an athlete. Then, a bank and a bike lead him to prison.Off Routeby Annie Costakis & Dennis Funk (Re:sound debut, 2014)A story about finding direction when your GPS has a mind (or minds) of it's own.PhotoRichard Drdulhttp://bit.ly/1zD5u6k

  • Special Feature: Little Mermaid Favourites
    Thu, Dec 11, 2014

    This week on the Third Coast Podcast, we're sharing two of our favourite pieces that were entered to win the 2014 Little Mermaid Award.Into the Woods, Cell Phone, iPod and Allby Amy Pearl (New Tech City, WNYC, 2013)In the city, things never seem to slow down. So producer Amy Pearl decided to get away and hike the Appalachian Trail for a few days with her dog. The plan was to be totally unplugged. Well, almost.Varietyby Leo Hornak (In the Dark, 2013)A man with eclectic interests gives us a tour of his ancestral home in North Wales, and shares his philosophy on life.Listen to the Little Mermaid Award winners here:http://bit.ly/1y6Bb8c

  • Best of the Best 2014 (Part 2)
    Fri, Dec 05, 2014

    The 2014 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, featuring the winners of our annual competition.

  • Best of the Best 2014 (Part 1)
    Wed, Nov 26, 2014

    The 2014 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, featuring the winners of our annual competition.

  • Re:sound #197 The Randomness Show
    Fri, Oct 31, 2014

    This hour, two stories in which random events change lives forever, and a third pulled from a random cassette.The Long Shadow [Excerpt]by Lea Thau (Strangers [KCRW], 2014)One day in February 1997, four young men decided they would go up to the top of the Empire State Building. What happened in the observatory that day was as random as it was terrifying and cast a long shadow over everything that came after.J Dilla's Lost Scrollsby Pat Mesiti-Miller (Snap Judgment [NPR], 2013)When record store owner Jeff Bubeck buys an old record collection out of an abandoned storage unit, he has no idea what he's (randomly) stumbled across. Jeff learns the collection once belonged to the late, great hip hop producer J Dilla. Along with the thousands of LP's from Dilla's personal collection, there's something else that's uncovered, something huge...The Dietby David Weinberg (Random Tape, 2012)A story unfolds from a cassette found at a yard sale, as a man instructs his family not to interfere with...

  • Re:sound #196 The Breaking the Silence Show
    Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    This week, Israeli soldiers speak out to advocate for Palestinian rights.Breaking the Silenceby Cathy Peters (producer) & Dr Peter Slezak (presenter) (360documentaries [ABC RN], 2012)In 2012, writer Peter Slezak took a tour of the Palestinian Occupied Territories where he met with Palestinians and Israelis — including members of an Israeli NGO called Breaking the Silence, which gives tours around hotspots in the West Bank and Gaza. Slezak witnessed what Occupation means in terms of the human rights abuses that occur routinely, and the annexation of Palestinian lands to large Israeli settlements and to the 700 km long Separation Wall.Interview with Rabbi Brant RosenBrant Rosen was rabbi at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, Illinois until his resignation in September 2014. He left the position because he felt his advocacy for Palestinian rights, and criticism of the Israeli government was creating divisions among his own congregation.

  • Special Feature: The Last Days of Hollywood Park
    Fri, Oct 03, 2014

    The Last Days of Hollywood Parkby David Weinberg (KCRW, 2013)After 75 years, the last race at Hollywood Park was run in December 2013. Once the celebrity playground of Hollywood stars, who owned thoroughbreds and stock in the racetrack, we visit the grounds in their final days.More from David Weinberg at www.randomtape.comPhotojondoeforty1http://bit.ly/1vlOfBJ

  • Re:sound #195 The Dinner Table Show
    Fri, Sep 19, 2014

    This hour: the dinner table and all that it inspires.Big Nightby Jonathan Goldstein (This American Life [WBEZ], 2002)Producer Jonathan Goldstein made every girl he ever dated watch the home movie of his family's Rosh Hashanah dinner he made when he was 17. He hoped that seeing his family life on film might make the women more sympathetic to his shortcomingsNaked Dinnerby Gwen Macsai (Weekend Edition Saturday [NPR], 2005)Once a month in New York, a particular group of friends gathers to dine at various restaurants around Manhattan... nude. Re:sound host, Gwen Macsai, has this report from her first Clothing Optional Dinner at a restaurant called Dorian's.Dreaming of Fat Men [Excerpt]by Lorelei Harris (Documentary on One [RT? Radio 1], 1994)Five very fat women meet to feast and discuss their relationship with food. Dreaming Of Fat Men is at once funny and sad and presents a portrait of women, food and desire that is rarely seen.Listen to the full story:http://bit.ly/1v0p87EA...

  • Re:sound #194 The Driving Show
    Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    This hour we buckle up and hit the road.Don't Drive Like My Brotherby Jonathan Menjivar (This American Life [WBEZ], 2005)Charles Johnson was living in St. Louis, married with a young daughter, and he had no job. He looked around, and decided he'd try trucking. There was this company offering to train and hire drivers, so he signed up. The only problem was, he couldn't read.Stories and Drivingby Sophie Townsend with Jesse Cox and Louis Mitchell (Radiotonic [ABC RN], 2014)Sophie Townsend and her husband used to go on long driving trips, taking the back roads and scenic routes, with a cup of hot coffee between them and a constant supply of Fellini soundtracks on the stereo. Sophie no longer drives those routes though, and she's slowly losing those memories because it’s another story, one that keeps forcing it's way up to the surface, that keeps eclipsing those earlier recollections.Drive Straight Aheadby Mira Burt-Wintonick (Wiretap [CBC], 2014)A driver enlists the help of her car's GPS system to...

  • Special Feature: Linda Lutton Live at The Hideout
    Fri, Aug 08, 2014

    A live recording of Third Coast's recent listening event with WBEZ Education reporter Linda Lutton. Linda's reporting laid the foundation for This American Life's award-winning series on Chicago's Harper High School. She spoke with Re:sound host Gwen Macsai and shared some of her favourite stories and inspirations.Teens Share Their Secretsby Hearing Voices and Curie Youth Radio, 2008Teenagers wish they could tell their parents a lot of things. These kids in Chicago and reveal their secrets in a rather public venue.Gone [Excerpt]by Linda Lutton (WBEZ, 2008)About 12,000 students drop out of Chicago Public Schools each year despite efforts by administrators and teachers to keep them on track. At Robeson High School on Chicago’s south side, even an ambitious program couldn’t stop students from slipping away. Reporter Linda Lutton tracked down a few absent Robeson students and discovered that they’d left school for very different reasons.To hear the full story: http://bit.ly/1muDqs4A...

  • Re:sound #193 The 'If You Build It' Show
    Fri, Aug 01, 2014

    This hour: they built it and we see who came.Another Planet [Excerpt]by David Weinberg, Brendan Baker and Nick van der Kolk (Love + Radio, The Organist, KCRW, 2014)The story of Clyde Casey, a street performer who used surrealism and abstract art to fight crime on Los Angeles’ Skid Row in the 1980s, and the creator of a place called Another Planet.Listen to the entire story:http://loveandradio.org/2014/04/another-planet/The Treehouseby Karen Duffin with Nick White (Unfictional, 2014)In rural Crossville, Tennessee, you will find a peculiar mansion. It's 15,500 square feet and eight stories high, and spans seven trees.It is the world's largest tree house. This is the story of Horace Burgess, the man who made the tree house, and the price he had to pay for it.Young Ruinsby Avery Trufelman with Sam Greenspan, Katie Mingle and Roman Mars (99% Invisible, 2014)At the northwestern edge of San Francisco, right on the Pacific Ocean, is a curious jumble of concrete ruins. You wouldn’t...

  • Re:sound #192 The Waiting Show
    Fri, Jul 11, 2014

    This hour, waiting. Waiting in line, waiting for an organ transplant and waiting for a bus that's never, ever going to come.In Line With Saturday Night Kleinby Sean Cole (Weekend America, 2007)Outside of Rockefeller Center in New York, you'll find the standby queue for Saturday Night Live tickets. Hundreds wait, and few will get in, but one man keeps the whole thing in order.The Bus Stopby Lulu Miller (Radiolab, 2010)In this story, the bus stop is there, the people are there. The only thing missing is the bus.Four Failing Lungsby Catie Talarski (WNPR, 2011)For Beth and Brian, a lung transplant could extend their lives for years. Or, it could lead to rejection and continued suffering.PhotoAnonymoushttp://bit.ly/1mprjjM

  • Special Feature: Without Name
    Fri, Jun 27, 2014

    Without Nameby Lina Misitzis (Here Be Monsters, 2013)Eugene up and left for California one morning without packing a thing from his apartment in Brooklyn, New York. Producer Lina Misitzis and her roommate Adrian got the apartment at a discount. The condition, though, was that they took the place as Eugene left it—full of his left-behind life. For two years they enjoyed Eugene's magazine subscriptions, ate out of his bowls, slept on his old couch and used his designer spices.PhotoLina Misitzis

  • Re:sound #191 The Songs My Mother Taught Me Show
    Fri, Jun 20, 2014

    This week one woman's story unfolds through many threads.Songs My Mother Taught Meby Chris Brookes (CBC, 1998)When soldiers from Newfoundland came to London to fight in WWII, many met and married local women and brought their British war brides back home after the war ended. This story is mostly about one such bride, Producer Chris Brookes' mother, a woman of mystery, charm, and above all, secrets. After her death she unwittingly left behind a few key items — including a diary — and from these Chris begins to unravel her story. He discovers her thirst for life on the one hand, a deep sense of longing on the other, and lots more than he expected about himself.

  • Re:sound #190 The Inner Thoughts Show
    Sat, May 31, 2014

    This hour we step inside the mind and listen to our thoughts.I Am Good At[NOTE: This piece is not available due to limited rights]by Cristal Duhaime with Mira Burt-Wintonick(WireTap, CBC 2012)The thoughts running through the heads of a couple as they meet for the first time on a blind date.Everything, Nothing, Harvey Keitelby Pejk Malinovski(Between The Ears, Falling Tree Productions, BBC Radio 3, 2013)A man struggles to meditate as he realises he is sitting next to actor Harvey Keitel.Feetby Gwen Macsai and Taki Telonidis(Morning Edition, NPR, 1994)Re:sound host Gwen Macsai meditates on the two things she inherited from her mother: her feet.Guided By Voices [extract]by Benjamin Walker(Too Much Information with Benjamin Walker, WFMU 2011)After reconnecting with an old girlfriend who finds him on Facebook, host Benjamin Walker tries to make some money doing experimental medical testing.

  • Special Feature: Easy Love
    Fri, May 16, 2014

    Easy Loveby Jaye Kranz (Long Story Short [ABC Radio National], 2014)Twenty six years ago, Warren Kirk was at home in his Melbourne east-suburban rental. He was freshly showered, he was in his kitchen, and he was about to do something he'd never done before.PhotoEmma Danielsson

  • Re:sound #189 The Hearing Show
    Fri, May 09, 2014

    The Rest Is Silenceby Brian Calvert (Unfictional, KCRW, 2013)Amanda McDonough has had hearing problems all her life. She wore hearing aids and hid the fact from everyone she knew. Mostly she got by, until she made a decision that changed everything.Signal To Noiseby Paolo Pietropaolo (In The Dark, 2011)What happens when you work with sound everyday — listening to it, recording it, manipulating it — and then one day, one of those sounds sticks around for good? Radio producer Paolo Pietropaolo decided to listen carefully to his tinnitus — a chronic ringing in his ears — in hopes of decoding its mysterious message.5-7-5by Flo Neve (Re:sound debut, 2013)After Leslie lost his ability to enjoy music, he was able to find joy in peaceful places and haikus — short poems of 17 syllables — that he considers his 'zone of tranquility'.The Extractorby Jonathan Mitchell (The Truth, 2014)The sounds we make don't just fade away; they're embedded in the wood around us.PhotoKy Olsen

  • Re:sound #188 The Tight Spaces Show
    Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    This hour we look at the ups and downs of confinement.Picture A Boxby Nate DiMeo (The Memory Palace, 2012)Sometimes the only way to get out of a tight space is by getting into an even tighter one. Henry Brown did just that when he sealed himself in a very tight space.Tunnel 57by Roman Mars & Daniel Gross (99% Invisible, 2014)In 1961, East Germany closed its border to West Berlin with a wall. But this isn’t a story about the the Berlin Wall. This is a story about how to get through it — or really, underneath it.Elbow Roomby Elizabeth Arnold (Stories From The Heart Of The Land, 2007)Alaska, China and Mongolia ~ How much land does a person need? Elizabeth Arnold, who lives in Alaska, goes in search of even more wide-open space—and ends up with a case of claustrophobia in Outer Mongolia.Sensory Deprivation Tank[Listen on our website www.thirdcoastfestival.org]by Jonathan Goldstein (Wiretap, 2007)In this segment, Goldstein's friend Howard Chackowicz travels through the cosmos...

  • Re:sound #187 The Matt Power Show
    Fri, Mar 28, 2014

    This hour, we celebrate the work of a great journalist — Matt Power, who died March 10, 2014 while on assignment in Uganda.Holy Soulby Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2002)For many teens coming of age in the 1970s, the Beat poets served as rebel heroes. Matt Power was no different. Then he met Allen Ginsberg. In the flesh. Power’s recollections first appeared in an essay in the magazine Heeb.Dumpster Divingby Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2003)Every day of the year, New York City generates 26-thousand tons of garbage. As your mother would say, the amount of food thrown away could feed an army. And come closing time every day, that's exactly what happens.Flying Pumpkinsby Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2002)Every year in Millsboro, Delaware, on the first Saturday after Halloween, a fierce competition gets underway, involving powerful instruments of propulsion and… some very hearty produce.Drive-in, Drive Outby Matt Power (The Next Big Thing, WNYC 2003)Ever wonder what it...

  • Special Feature: Chance
    Fri, Mar 07, 2014

    Turn right and you'll meet the man or woman of your dreams. Turn left and you'll get hit by a car.Much of life is a matter of being in the right place at the right time, or the wrong place at the wrong time. In this impressionistic audio work, Canadian producer Sarah Boothroyd explores randomness, chance, and luck through the microcosm of the race track.Chance was commissioned by Falling Tree Productions, for an audio version of the parlor game "consequences." What does that mean? And how did Sarah get those incredible hoofbeat sounds? Find out on our website: www.thirdcoastfestival.orgPhoto: Renata Domagalska

  • Re:sound #186 The 2013 ShortDocs Show — Appetite
    Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    This hour: We showcase some of our favorite stories from the 2013 Third Coast ShortDocs Challenge: Appetite, and talk to the organizer of the project, former Third Coast Artistic Director Julie Shapiro, about the rules, the incentives, and our collaboration with the James Beard Foundation.

  • Re:sound #185 The Chance Encounters Show
    Fri, Jan 24, 2014

    This hour: when two people meet, sometimes extraordinary things happen. And sometimes extraordinary things happen in order for two people to meet.Message in a Bottleby Peter Mulryan and Liam O'brian (Documentary on One, RTE, 2012)On Christmas day of 1945, an American serviceman named Frank Heyostek tossed a message in a bottle into the Atlantic Ocean. Eight months later it was found by a young woman on a beach in Ireland. Irish producer Peter Mulryan tells the story of what happened next.Big Jim and Smokey Joeby Lea Thau (Strangers, KCRW, 2012)When Jennefer Ludwigsen was a waitress in Hollywood, a grumpy, foul-mouthed customer turned out to be the strangest fairy god-father ever.

  • Re:sound #184 The Failure of Flight Show
    Fri, Jan 10, 2014

    This hour: failure of flight. In one story a man mysteriously falls from the sky onto a sunny London street, and in another, a plane crashes into a mountain side, and an 11 year old walks away.Fallingby Bob Carlson and Kerstin Zilm (Unfictional, 2013)When Norman Ollestad was a kid, his father was always searching out the next big adventure.In 1979, when Norman was just 11, they left by plane to go skiing in California's San Gabriel mountains. When the plane hit bad weather, Norman realized he was in for a bigger adventure than he could have ever imagined.The Man Who Fell to Earthby Rob Walker (BBC World Service, Assignment, 2013)In September of 2012, on a sunny day in west suburban London, a man was found dead in the middle of the street with no identification. BBC correspondent Rob Walker followed along with the police’s investigation of the incident that started on a plane and ended up spanning two continents and eight countries.

  • Re:sound #183 The Kid's Secret Places Show
    Thu, Dec 19, 2013

    This hour: where kids go to get away; from themselves, their troubles, the rules they’re supposed to follow, and of course, their parents

  • Best of the Best 2013 (Part 2)
    Thu, Dec 05, 2013

    The 2013 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, showcasing the best radio stories of the year - winners of the 2013 TC / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

  • Best of the Best 2013 (Part 1)
    Wed, Nov 27, 2013

    The 2013 Third Coast Festival Broadcast, featuring the winners of our annual competition.

  • Special Feature: Everything Sounds: Microphone Museum
    Fri, Nov 22, 2013

    This week, a special feature.Everything Sounds is a podcast and short-form radio program exploring the role of sound in art, science, culture, and our everyday lives. Each program aims to highlight people, places, and ideas that expand our understanding of the power of sound. This week's episode highlights just such a place, and just such a person.Everything Sounds is produced by George Drake Jr. and Craig Shank.

  • Re:sound #182 The "It's Complicated" Show
    Fri, Nov 01, 2013

    This hour: imperfect, impolitic, infuriating... love.*Note, not all stories from the original broadcast are available on the podcast due to limited rights agreements.A Jerusalem Love Storyby Daniel Estrin (Vox Tablet, 2013)Every relationship has its obstacles, but this one between two men - a Palestinian and an Israeli - may have more than any couple can bear.Other Halvesby Dennis Funk (Shortcuts, Falling Tree Productions, BBC Radio 4, 2013)When you enter a marriage, you assume that you know the essentials of who your partner really is. Turns out, not always.Unweddingby Rachel Simone James and Sharon Mashihi (Unfictional, KCRW, 2013)Claire and Finbloom got together in such a torrid, pyrotechnic kind-of-way, they decided they could break up with no less fanfare.

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