Julie Shapiro

Third Coast artistic director Julie Shapiro has been with the Festival since its inaugural year (2000). Before moving to Chicago, she spent years behind record stores counters before landing in North Carolina to work at the the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, and gain a little radio experience at WUNC-FM. These days, besides Third Coasting, Shapiro teaches radio documentary in Chicago and beyond, keeps a blog about teeth signs, and can occasionally be heard on the public radio airwaves. 

  • 2012
  • 63:19
  • USA

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Knock Knock: Introducing the 2012 Third Coast ShortDocs

By Julie Shapiro, Sandor Weisz, Luke Eldridge, Adam Kampe, John Musto & Abby Wendle

In early 2012, Third Coast teamed up with the neighborhood-centric website EveryBlock, and issued a wide-open invitation to make radio. (more)

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  • 2012
  • 3:00
  • USA

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Black and White and Read All Over

By Julie Shapiro

Cub reporter Leila is keeping a keen eye on Drake Avenue, especially one particular family. (more)

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  • 2011
  • 9:16
  • USA

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Dear Z,

By Julie Shapiro

By way of a love letter, Julie Shapiro recounts the incredible racing history of the astonishing, record-breaking mare named Zenyatta, who captured the hearts and imaginations of millions and shined a bright spotlight on the American horse racing industry in 2009-10. (more)

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  • 2010
  • 76:28
  • USA

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Presenting the 2010 Third Coast ShortDocs - Book Odds

By Julie Shapiro, The Books, Niall Farrell, Matt Purdy, Andrea Silenzi & Frances Willick

In early 2010, the Third Coast teamed up with the incomparable pop / indie / experiemental band The Books, and issued an open invitation to make radio. (more)

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  • 2008
  • 82:47
  • USA

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Presenting the 2008 TCF ShortDocs: Radio Ephemera

By Julie Shapiro, John Biewen, Sarah Boothroyd, David P. Earle & Meghan Vigeant

For the 2008 TCF ShortDocs Challenge, the TCF joined forces with the Prelinger Library, a one-of-a-kind collection of books, periodicals, and more, running the gamut from the concrete and tangible to the abstract and etherized. (more)

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  • 2008
  • 7:45
  • USA

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Sweetgum Handshake

By Julie Shapiro & Rick and Megan Shaw Prelinger

Here's a radio explanation of the Radio Ephemera ShortDocs Challenge, including descriptions from Rick and Megan Prelinger, of the books selected for the project. (more)

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  • 2007
  • 57:26
  • USA

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Presenting the 2007 TCF ShortDocs: Dollar Storeys

By Julie Shapiro, Jonathan Messinger, Sean Hurley, Jeffrey Letterly, David Maxon & Nina Perry

For the 2007 ShortDocs Challenge, the Third Coast was inspired by and collaborated with the Dollar Store Show - a regular reading and performance series in Chicago. (more)

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  • 2007
  • 3:19
  • USA

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Dollar Daze

By Julie Shapiro & Johanna Zorn

Third Coast Festival artistic director Julie Shapiro describes her rendez-vous with Dollar Store founder Jonathan Messinger at Dollar Daze in downtown Chicago, where the Dollar Storeys items were chosen. (more)

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  • 2006
  • 81:14
  • USA

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Presenting the 2006 TCF ShortDocs: 99 Ways to Tell a Radio Story

By Julie Shapiro, Matt Madden, Sasha Aslanian, Zoe Irvine, Carma Jolly & Jill Dorothy Summers

For the 2006 ShortDocs Challenge, the Third Coast was inspired by and collaborated with cartoonist and illustrator Matt Madden. (more)

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  • 2005
  • 84:42
  • USA

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Radio Across Time Zones

By Julie Shapiro, Edwin Brys, Torey Malatia, Robyn Ravlich & Steve Wadhams

Radio transmissions are heard all over the world, from the largest urban centers to the smallest mountain villages. But what defines radio from a particular place, and what makes it different than radio from elsewhere? (more)

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