Discover hundreds of short audio gems produced in response to a prompt from Third Coast for the ShortDocs Competition, hosted between 2003 and 2016. Each year ushered in a new set of rules, new creative partners, and ever-more magical results.

Why Not?

I met Why Not? while searching for 78RPM records of traditional Saing Waing music in Myanmar.

  • 2015
  • 02:57

What does that do?

Dr Christine Blancher, at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford, talks us through one of the big DNA sequencers they use to produce the string of letters (A, T, G, and C) which is your unique genetic code.

What we doing now, Misi boy?

Two seniors in Punahou High School in Honolulu, Hawaii share their tender voices and cries of laughter as they sing us the story of their friendship and community in Hawaii.

What Darko Said

My Burmese friend Darko teaches us that pop music in Myanmar is defined by the cover song.

  • 2015
  • 03:00

What is a Food Desert?

Using the poetry and commentary of Kuumba Lynx (a Chicago-based hip hop coalition) this sound art piece investigates how institutional disinvestments in Chicago's South Side communities have affected its residents' nutritional health.

Who Brings the Heat?

In this mockumentary piece, June Jensen must find a way to keep her hot dish hot on the way to the church potluck.

What is it like to be one of the first?

When Sergeant Carrie Lopes joined the Provincetown Police Department, she was one of the only women on the force; thirty years later, she reflects on sexual harassment experienced at the beginning of her career.