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 #234 The Third Coast Institute of Sound Show  

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 Machina By Delaney Hall and Roman Mars for 99% Invisible In 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 Imaginary Musical Instruments) By Victoria Ferran with Sound Engineer Chris O’Shaughnessy for Soundproof (ABC RN, 2016) In the 1830s, the French were imagining a delivery method for music long before the radio was invented, all thanks to gaz musical . Roald Dahl's Sound Machine (on loan from The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments) By Victoria Ferran with Sound Engineer Chris O’Shaughnessy for Soundproof (ABC RN, 2016) Roald Dahl's short but slightly disturbing story tells of a man named Klausner who invents a machine that can hear sound the human ear cannot hear. Gone With A Trace: The story of lost items on the US/Mexico border By Joan Webber for The Current (CBC, 2015) Every year, thousands of people try to secretly cross into America by foot. It is a brutal, daunting trip. Some make it, some are caught and sent back, and still others die in the effort. And along the way the landscape is littered with objects left behind, testaments to the struggle people endure trying to get here. Photographer Richard Misrach and composer Guillermo Galindo have been collecting these objects left by migrants and transforming them into musical instruments, in the hopes of giving voice to statistics. Fluctuations [web and podcast only] By Phil Smith for Shortcuts (Falling Tree Productions & BBC Radio 4, 2013) At night, Phil pines for the sound his toilet used to make. Khlebnikov's Radio of The Future (on loan from The Museum of Imaginary Musical Instruments) By Victoria Ferran with Sound Engineer Chris O’Shaughnessy for Soundproof (ABC RN, 2016) ‘The Radio of the Future—the central tree of our consciousness—will inaugurate new ways to cope with our endless undertakings and will unite all mankind.’ — Velimir Khlebnikov, 1921 This episode of Re:sound was produced by Dennis Funk.

Re:sound #233 The Rabbit Hole Show  

This hour, rabbit holes — stories that start exploring one small thing and unexpectedly end up telling a much richer story. No Place Like Home by 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 Timbuktu by PJ Vogt, Alex Goldman and Alex Blumberg (Reply All, 2015) A missent email from the world of professional cookie advisers send 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 Conference A 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 off-the-map stories work. He’ll talk about how you gather tape for a story you don't yet have a map for, how to include your original sense of wonder and discovery in your final script, and how to take stories that feel ordinary and insist on them becoming more strange.

Re:sound #232 The Baffled Show  

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  

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]: 'She's Alright, My Mum Is' by Nigel Acheson & Kim Normanton 'Burn Slush' by Cathy FitzGerald 'Skylarking' by Cathy FitzGerald 'Of Figs and Men' by Phil Smith 'White Stiletto Dreams' by Cathy FitzGerald 'The Ballad of the Radio Feature' by Alan Hall 'Envision Yourself Being a Free Man' by Sylvia Ryerson 'Little Volcanoes' by Cathy FitzGerald 'A Conversation with Ray Bradbury' from UCTV Follow the link to hear all of these stories: Subscribe to the Third Coast Pocket Conference:

Best of the Best 2016 (Part 2)  

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)  

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  

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 Times by 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 mom by 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  

This hour people trying their best — and sometimes failing miserably — to make a connection. Incommunicado 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. At a Loss for Words By Mira Burt-Wintonick & Cristal Duhaime (Love Me, CBC, 2016) Two strangers who don’t speak the same language meet in Haiti and sparks fly... through Google Translate. What Do You Mean? By Mira Burt-Wintonick & Cristal Duhaime (Love Me, CBC, 2016) A pair of robots navigate a tumultuous affair. 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 TRACKLIST Adriana Krikl, ‘Disconnect’, Snowbirds In Flight (self-released, 2015) So I’m An Islander, ‘Fastlan Reprise’, Væst 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  

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

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