Best of the Best 2019 (Part 1)

This hour, winners of our annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

2019 / TCF, USA

This hour, winners of our annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

Best of the Best is Third Coast’s annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound. Hosted by Gwen Macsai, this hour features...

Mardi Gras is a State of Mind — Best New Artist Award
by Mara Lazer.
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 — Best Documentary: Gold Award
by Sayre Quevedo, with editors Marlon Bishop and Sophia Paliza-Carre for NPR’s Latino USA .
The American-led battle against the Islamic State has been hailed as the most precise air campaign in history. But its airstrikes have killed far more Iraqi civilians than anyone has acknowledged. Basim Razzo lost his family and his home in one of these airstrikes. Why was Mr. Razzo’s home targeted? And how often does this happen?

This hour of Best of the Best was produced by Isabel Vázquez.

Music by Sieur Bigorneau (“Bleue”), Genki the Producer (“Crossroad”), toupie (“light meter”), Pablo Torri (“Sonho”), and Aviscerall (“Lullabyes”).

The program is made possible with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and distributed to public radio stations by PRX.

Listen to the rest of Best of the Best : Hour 2 | Hour 3 | Hour 4

produced by

Mara Lazer

Mara Lazer is a producer in New Orleans. Mara is a proud member of Radio (R)ejects, a collective of queer and poc radio artists, whose 2019 Third Coast Breakout Session will get SWEATY with the question: "what does it sound like when we experiment with audio to capture our experiences?" This session will be for POC, femmes, people with disabilities, trans peeps and queers who want to talk about how, why and for whom we tell our stories.

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