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'Best of the Best: The 2020 Third Coast Festival Broadcast' - Hour 4

Third Coast International Audio Festival

Join us for the fourth and final 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 4: "The Great Indoors"

"Dat Rona [excerpt]," produced by Dr. Janina Jeff and Sam Riddell for "In Those Genes."

Winner of the 2020 Impact Award

Made on March 20, just days after the United States went into lockdown, this episode of the podcast "In Those Genes" features host and geneticist Janina Jeff speaking with colleagues on the immediate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, particularly for Black communities in the U.S.

Plus, an interview with the makers of Dat Rona, recorded on November 1st, 2020.


"Centenarians in Lockdown," produced by Nellie Gilles, Sarah Kate Kramer, and Joe Richman for "Hunker Down Diaries" from Radio Diaries and NPR.

Winner of the 2020 Best Documentary: Short Award

When the 1918 flu pandemic broke out, Joe Newman was 5 years old. Today, he's 107 and his fiancée Anita Sampson has just turned 100. Together, they reflect on life, love and lockdown.

"Diary of a HomeSchooler," produced by Anayansi Diaz-Cortes for "Reveal" from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, in partnership with Chalkbeat.

Winner of the 2020 Best News Feature Award

High school student Sarah Ali-Brown finds herself managing several new heightened home responsibilities, in addition to schoolwork, during the pandemic, but she’s determined to stay on track with her future plans.

Tune in Sunday, January 31 at 7 p.m. for the final hour of the 2020 Third Coast Festival Broadcast. All these award-winning stories can be heard in their entirety at ThirdCoastFestival.org.