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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.

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.
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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.




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Re:sound #252 Analog

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...


Re:sound #251 Jesse & Joe

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...


Re:sound #250 Our 250th Show

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: The Karaoke Tupperware ShowThe Confessions ShowThe Phone ShowThe Transmissions ShowThe Feedback ShowThe Music of Everyday Things ShowThe Night ShowThe Centenarians ShowThe Stories from Childhood ShowThe Driving ShowThe Odd Couples Show This episode of...


Re:sound #249 The Pocket Conference Show Part 2

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


Third Coast's 2017 Audio Recap

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.


Re:sound #248 The Twisted Xmas Show

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...


Best of the Best 2017 (Part 2)

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...


Best of the Best 2017 (Part 1)

This hour, some of the winners of our annual documentary competition. Featuring... Quiet Revolution — Best New Artist Award by Laura Irving for 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...


Re:sound #247 The Meet the Composer Show

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...


Re:sound #245 The Mirrored Show

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


Re:sound #245 The Determination Show

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. Angie By Phoebe Judge and Lauren Spohrer for their podcast Criminal...


Re:sound #244 The Phil Smith Show

This hour, we dive into the audio features of the multi-talented musician and poet, Phil Smith. Satchmo Encore By Phil Smith for Short Cuts a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4, 2014 The 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 Fremde By Phil Smith for Short Cuts a Falling Tree Production for BBC Radio 4, 2014 An nod to Kafka, language and longing. Towards...


Re:sound #243 The Finally! Show

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 Broad By 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...


Re:sound #242 The Soundtracks of Our Lives Show

This hour the symphonic textures of our everyday lives. Soundtracks of Our Lives By 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...


Re:sound #241 The Smash the Binary Show

This hour, stories that grab hold of our expectations and smash the binary. My Name Is Shawn and I Prefer He by 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....


Re:sound #240 The Aftermath Show

This hour two stories about what remains after the fighting stops. Guilty Landscape By 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?...


Re:sound #239 The Stupid Pet Tricks Show

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 Test by 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....


Re:sound #238 The Mother's Day Show

This hour, Mother’s Day, in all it’s beautiful, complicated glory. Deliverance by 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 Mothers By 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...


Re:sound #237 The Tip of the Iceberg Show

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,...


S-Town Hall

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


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