Sarah Geis

Sarah Geis (she/her) is a long-time editor, producer and educator who is influenced by oral history, documentary theater, and Lynda Barry.

She likes experimenting with form, fighting for moments of poetry, and sneaking jokes into serious places. At the Invisible Institute she was the story editor of the podcast Somebody, which was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize, and a co-creator and editor of the podcast You Didn't See Nothin, which won the 2024 Pulitzer Prize and a Peabody. She runs the lately-dormant project Audio Playground, a home for high-risk low-stakes audio experiments.


Soul of a Man

Ramblin' Jack Elliott has played music with legends like Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan.

Dear Santo Toribio

After Oklahoma passed the toughest anti-immigration bill in the country, a Catholic church in Tulsa was looking for help, so they created a shrine to Santo Toribio, the patron saint of immigrants.

No Bad News

Three decades ago, American hypnotist Larry Garrett committed himself to abstaining from the news.

This hour: lawyers-turned-pinball wizards, two extraordinary minds meeting in a field of poetry and, forty years after the phrase was coined, the skinny on 420.

Re:sound #261 No Bad News

This hour, we go into a hypnotherapists office and come out with a story of international intrigue.

First, a couple of questions about Dear Santo Toribio. The piece sounds like a prayer. How did you use music, sound effects, and voice to create this feeling? And why

You met Larry when you were given a hypnosis session with him as a gift. When did you learn his backstory and did you believe him right away? What convinced you that Larry would be a compelling subject of a radio doc?

Without further ado... here are the eleven extraordinary stories reflect the finest work in the narrative audio industry & push the boundaries of audio storytelling, selected by these 20 judges, and in the categories of... Best New Artist, Radio Impact, Best News Feature, Audio Unbound, Best Documentary: Short, Best Documentary: Non-English Language, Best Serialized Story, Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze), and Directors’ Choice:


If you're looking for community, solidarity, collective brain-power, or resource-sharing, Thursday Meetups are for you.


Podcasts have been shown to rejuvenate your commute, enliven your dishwashing, and bring the best of audio storytelling straight to your ears. But... how do you choose? Do you hear about new podcasts daily, but just can’t get them to your ears?


Former Artistic Director Emeritus Third Coast International Audio Festival

Third Coast International Audio Festival, or Third Coast, has served an ever-growing global community of narrative audio storytellers and makers since 2000. An independent nonprofit arts organization based in Chicago, we center people first in our advocacy for the medium of audio as an art form. Through our work, we seek to push at the boundaries of the audio industry and support an international community of creators who build our world in sound.

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