Immerse your ears in the best audio documentaries and storytelling since 2001, the winners of the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition.

Open Outcry

Sound designer and multimedia artist Ben Rubin employs the cacophony of the New York Mercantile Exchange to create a musical piece commemorating the reopening of the World Financial Center's Winter Garden, which was closed after the events of September 11th.

Oakland Scenes: Snapshots of a Community

Youth Radio producers Ise Lyfe, Gerald Ward II, and Bianca Yarborough chronicle the tense summer of 2002 in Oakland, California, when an alarming number of youth homicides weighed heavily on the community.


In the late 1930s, Massachusetts flooded four towns in the central part of the state to create a reservoir for the city of Boston. More than 2,000 people lived in those towns.

And I Walked...Stories From the Border

Much of the Sonoran desert between Tucson and Mexico is a haunting wasteland of discarded shoes, shirts, and empty plastic water jugs, discarded by desparate illegal immigrants who risk their lives as they cross the desert from Mexico into the United States in search of better-paying jobs.


As a boy, George Bien was sent thousands of miles away from Hungary to Siberia, to the notorious Gulag - the prison camp system in the Soviet Union, where millions of people perished.


Misfire is an experimental sound piece that blends 1940s Dr. Pepper radio ads, original violin music, and sounds of thirst and thirst-quenching.

The Sonic Memorial Project

The Sonic Memorial Project is an intimate and historic documentary commemorating the life and history of the World Trade Center and its surrounding neighborhood, through audio artifacts, rare recordings, voice mail messages, and interviews.

Come Back to Afghanistan

In the summer of 2002, 17-year-old Hyder Akbar traveled from California with his father to their home country of Afghanistan. He took a tape recorder along on the trip to record his thoughts and experiences.

The Dribble-Down Effect

Blending satire, drama, and interviews, this Australian documentary portrays a not-so-distant future where robots care for children and parents agree to live apart from their families during the work week.

Can You Say Haa?

As a girl, Reena Katz learned one story about the history of Israel and the people who lived there. As she grew up, an interest in cartography and her father's rare books about Palestine prompted her to dig deeper to understand the landscape of the Middle East.