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'Best of the Best: The 2020 Third Coast Festival Broadcast'

Third Coast International Audio Festival

Join us for four consecutive weekends in January for the annual Best of the Best broadcast from the Third Coast Festival. Listen to winners of the 2020 Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

Best of the Best is an annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.

Hour 1: "Letters to a Young Poet"

"How to Remember," produced by Axel Kacoutié and edited by Eleanor McDowall for Short Cuts from BBC Radio 4.

Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary: Gold Award

"How to Remember" is sonically inspired by producer Axel Kacoutié's travels to his home country of Côte d'Ivoire, where belonging and authenticity dominated his mind. This work is an attempt to reconcile and accept (in seven steps/scenes) all the parts of he’s either wrongly internalized or intuitively known to be true. 

"Borders Between Us," produced by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Jay Allison for Transom.org.

Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary: Silver Award

Saidu Tejan-Thomas is a young poet. For a long time, he had a story he needed to tell: an homage and apology to his mother. It's a tragic love story driven by the tangled search for a better life. It's personal for sure, but set against the universal perils of immigration - in Saidu's case, from Sierra Leone in West Africa - but by extension, from anywhere. Borders Between Us uses Saidu's poems as narrative drivers, reveals, and resolutions. These are not easy tasks for poems.


Tune in Sunday, January 10 at 7 p.m. for part one. The remaining episodes will air each Sunday at 7 p.m. through the end of January. All these award-winning stories can be heard in their entirety at ThirdCoastFestival.org.