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Best of the Best: The 2019 Third Coast Festival Broadcast

Third Coast International Audio Festival

Join us for two consecutive weekends in January for the annual Best of the Best broadcast from the Third Coast Festival. Listen to winners of the 2019 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation documentary competition.

This year's program will feature producer interviews, highlights from this year's unforgettable awards ceremony in Chicago, and excerpts from the following stories:

Hour 1

"Mardi Gras is a State of Mind," produced by Mara Lazer.

Winner of the 2019 Best New Artist Award

This is a story about the idea of shape shifting, with a friend, via testosterone. What does it mean to be a lesbian separatist who might actually be a man?

"The Return," produced by Sayre Quevedo, with editors Marlon Bishop and Sophia Paliza-Carre for NPR's Latino USA.

Winner of the 2019 Best Documentary: Gold Award

Javier Zamora came to the United States at the age of nine and built a life there. But when his Temporary Protected Status was threatened by the Trump Administration, he had no choice but to return to El Salvador for the first time in 20 years.

Hour 2

"A Sense of Quietness," produced by Eleanor McDowall for "Lights Out," a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

Winner of the 2019 Best Documentary: Bronze Award

In a beautifully flowing narrative, the stories of four unrelated women in the UK and Ireland connect in unexpected ways, as they discover the quiet power and hidden dangers of speaking out about abortion.

"ROW-cub," produced by Neena Pathak.

Winner of the 2019 Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award

After Aaji innocently asks if her granddaughter, Mithu, is bringing her "friend" home for the holidays, Mithu struggles to translate her heartache. [Note that this story is bilingual, but it can still be understood by non-Marathi speakers.]

"This is Not a Drill," produced by Jazmin Aguilera with Anna Sussman for "Snap Judgement" from WNYC.

Winner of the 2019 Best Documentary: Silver Award

For exactly 38 minutes on January 13, 2018, the state of Hawaii was thrown into a state of panic. This story recounts what it was like for residents on that unforgettable morning as they tried to wrestle with impending doom, death and destructuion.

Tune in Sunday, January 5 at 7 p.m. for part one. The second part of the Best of the Best broadcast airs the following Sunday, January 12 at 7 p.m. All these award winning stories can be heard in their entirety at ThirdCoastFestival.org.