Third Coast International Audio Festival

Third Coast International Audio Festival


The most compelling and creative audio documentaries and features produced worldwide, including episodes of the Third Coast Festival's "Re:sound" and audio treats such as producer profiles and more experimental work. In mp3 and updated Fridays.


Re:sound #228 The Sonic Wanders Show  

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 (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 providing a refuge and haven for (im)migrants. We meet those who played there long ago, Serbian foragers, bird-watchers and to children who visit the park now, who all create a portrait of this bewitching space. Shaktoolik Soundwalk [EXCERPT] by Josie Holtzman, Isaac Kestenbaum & Joaqlin Estus (Frontier of Change for KNBA and Localore: Finding America from AIR Media, 2016) The village of Shaktoolik, Alaska, is 400 miles from Anchorage, on a spit of land between the Bering Sea and the Tagoomenik River. Climate change threatens to wash the village away within the next few decades. But what's it like to live there? This immersive audio tour will transport you to Shaktloolik. You'll walk the length of the village, go into homes, and meet a few of the people who live there. This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk TRACKLIST Artem Bemba, 'Red Shore', Basscoast (Southern City's Lab, 2015) Adriana Krikl, 'Every Way, Sonic Escapes (self-released, 2016) Adriana Krikl, 'Glitch, Sonic Escapes (self-released, 2016) Seba Lay, 'Directions', In search of (self-released, 2008) So I'm an Islander, 'Æ Kirk'bak (The Church Hill)', Stelheij (self-released, 2016) Seba Lay, 'Colors', In search of (self-released, 2008)

Re:sound #227 The 2016 ShortDocs Show — Radio Cinema  

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 26 by Maya Goldberg-Safir Whether she likes it or not, things are about to change. Out of Order by La Cosa Preziosa A man & his TV crime drama-induced phobia. ragazzo incontra ragazzo by Garrett Kling A chance encounter brings together an American and Italian boy, not knowing when they'll ever meet again. Too Many Miles * by Stephanie Rowden & Jennifer Metsker What if Robert Frost's poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” were re-imagined as a film? Swimmers by Michelle Macklem A woman pieces together sonic memories and her sense of belonging through swimming. The Hadal Zone by Peregrine Andrews & Geoff Marsh Two obnoxious city boys take the Giant Squid Safari in the Sea of Japan and end up in deep trouble. What Is It Like? by Tree Mabry A look at invisibility, silhouettes, and humanity through a kaleidoscope. Dear Face at Deer Lake with Deer People * by the Dear Deer Face Collective A story about deer, a wonderful lake, internet privacy. HATCH * by Geoff McQueen A man, in orbit, going round and round... Hard-Boiled Poet by Regina Botros This hard-boiled poet cracks another case wide open. I dream of rattlesnakes ** by Todd, Sam & Belle Wemmer A contemplation on the return of rattlesnakes to Massachusetts. *= Winner **= People’s Choice Award Winner Music for this episode was composed by Matthew Bourne for his album moogmemory This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk

Special Feature: Envision Yourself Being a Free Man  

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 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 This episode of Re:sound was produced by Isabel Vázquez

Re:sound #226 The Life Sentence Show  

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 Mother by Samantha Broun and Jay Allison for Atlantic Public Media and In 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, Massachusetts. For more about this story, including images, audio extras and links to additional resources, visit

Re:sound #225 The Whatever Suits You Show  

This hour, the suits we wear and the impressions we make. The Runway by 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 Experiment by 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 of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk. Special thanks to Jeanine Fry, Master Tailor at Daniel George Custom Suits in Chicago Photo Robert Sheie

Re:sound #224 The Breathe In/Breathe Out Show  

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. Air by 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 Blue by 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 Right by Inge Hoonte (Deep Wireless 4, 2007) Searching for your ideal partner can be exhausting, even with the help of personal ads. This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk Photo Stig Pryds

Re:sound #223 The Cold Show  

This hour audio air conditioning — we’re turning down the thermostat and ushering in stories that give us the chills. I Fell Through the Ice by 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. Overland by 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 & Founds by 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 Ailve by Peter Frick-Wright & Robbie Carver (Outside Podcast , 2016) In this episode, the listener endures a series of plausible mishaps on a bitterly cold night: a car accident on a lonely stretch of road, a broken ski binding that foils a backcountry escape, a disorienting tumble in the snow and a slow descent into hypothermia and delirium. Music in this episode was performed on instruments made from ice by Icemusic. Icemusic is a project of Norwegian composer Tjere Isungset. This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk Photo espie (on and off)

Re:sound #222 The Uninvited Guests Show  

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

Re:sound #221 The Writing Out of Trouble Show  

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 Updates by 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 ME by 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 her thoughts with, and help her grieve. Photo Sebastian Hillig

Special Feature: The Intersection  

On this episode of Re:sound, we're featuring episode 1 of The Intersection... plus an interview with the series' producer, David Boyer. 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

Re:sound #220 The Forest & Flight Show  

This hour gravity, antigravity, magical trees and flying carpets. The Magic Carpet Flight Manual by 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 Graces by 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 distinctive tree that was to be Wolfgang's final resting place. Photo Diego Langellotti

Re:sound #219 The Fighting for the Promised Land Show  

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 Racism by 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!)  

This hour we're live at the Hideout in Chicago with stories of pairs who are complete opposites, but utterly entwined. The Sitter Dispatch Re:sound debut (2015) by Maya Goldberg-Safir and Dennis Funk 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-Pyul by 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 Notes Re:sound debut (2016) by Gwen Macsai and Dennis Funk Re:sound host Gwen Macsai tells the story of her unlikely friendship with a bank robber.

Re:sound #217 The Call & Response Show  

This hour stories of quiet calls that have produced the most unexpected responses. The Time Traveller and the Hitman by 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? Obituray Notice by 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 Booth by Joe Rosenberg (Snap Judgement, 2015) When Doc started calling a phone booth in the middle of the desert, he was sure no one would ever pick up. But, oh, would they ever... Photo Hobart/Surry Arts Council

Re:sound #216 The 2015 ShortDocs Show — Studs Rules  

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 laughter ShortDocs Featured this hour (* = ShortDocs Winner, ** = People's Choice Award Winner) Where Do I Even Start? by Ben Riskin & Aaron Leeder A working interview for a smart phone society. What Do You Need To Know? by Ilya Marritz The bread guys pay a visit to a busy Brooklyn deli. What Happened When You Caught a Toadfish? by Sam Wemmer, Ian Romer Todd Wemmer Liam tells Sam about his adventures on a trip to Bali and Sri Lanka. Where Do We Go... by Catie Talarski An audio impression of racial tensions. What Was It About Marriage Anyway? by Austin Mitchell A 1974 conversation between Erica Jong and Studs Terkel... remixed. What Do You Look Forward To, Aai? by Nina Pathak The producer's grandma reflects on growing old in a country that's not her home. Where Did He Go: Ogichan, Grandad? by Eloise Stevens A granddaughter tells us about her grandfather's funeral. Who Remembers My Father's Voice?* by Pablo Duarte I ask my family members if they remember what my father sounded like. Who Took Mom To the Prom?* by Emer Horgan with Ronan Kelly A story of girls who say 'yes' that is 100% true. What Makes a Good Marriage?* by Olivia Humphreys Olivia's grandparents, now in their 90s and married for nearly 70 years, tell her about when they met and give their advice on a long and happy marriage. What Could Be Bad About This?* by John-Michael Forman What if you could learn to stop listening to other people? Where Do I Find You Now?** An intimate conversation with Studs about the edges of life and death. by Sara Brooke Curtis

Re:sound #215 The Shouters & Lurkers Show  

This hour stories of those who share and those who lurk. The Mollusc and the Peacock by 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 Found by 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 in another country, thousands of miles away. And, each night, he watches a different baby. 'Wake Up, Baby!' is an atmospheric journey into the sometimes unsettling world of 'reassuring' technology, and industry that kicked off in the media storm following the kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's infant son in 1932. Photo

Re:sound #214 The Anchor Dreams Show  

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 Nemeth by 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:

Special Feature: Director's Cut — Re:sound #1 The Very First Show Show  

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: Donate here:

Best of the Best 2015 (Part 2)  

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

Best of the Best 2015 (Part 1)  

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

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