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'Best of the Best: The 2020 Third Coast Festival Broadcast' - Hour 3

Third Coast International Audio Festival

Join us for the third hour of 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 3: "Towards a Better World"

"The Work of Closing a Notorious Jail [excerpt]," reported by Carolina Hidalgo and edited by Jen Chien for "70 Million."

Winner of the 2020 Directors’ Choice Award

Five years after Michael Brown’s murder galvanized criminal justice reform activists in St. Louis, Missouri, these folks are gaining serious momentum to shut down the city's notorious Workhouse jail — and we’re brought along to hear how they’ve managed to do it.

"Somebody," produced by Alison Flowers and Bill Healy, and edited by Sarah Geis for Invisible Institute, Topic Studios, "The Intercept" and iHeartRadio, in association with TenderfootTV.

Winner of the 2020 Best Serialized Story Award

When Shapearl Wells's son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder — and teams up with journalists to confront the cops and find out the truth about what happened to her child.

"Crosses in the Desert/Cruzes en el desierto [excerpt]," by Catalina May and Dennis Maxwell for "Las Raras," with sound design by Martín Cruz.

Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary in a Non-English Language Award

Alvaro Enciso, a retired Tucson resident, spends his time methodically placing crosses in the exact places where dead migrant bodies have been found in the Sonoran desert. 

Tune in Sunday, January 24 at 7 p.m. for part three of the 2020 Third Coast Festival Broadcast. The final episode will air next Sunday at 7 p.m. All these award-winning stories can be heard in their entirety at ThirdCoastFestival.org.