Third Coast Audio Library

Our vast - and ever growing - collection contains thousands of carefully curated audio stories of all stripes, and Third Coast Conference sessions offering wisdom from the best makers on the planet. You can also dive into our Producer Index. Enjoy!


A spare and gripping account of one family's journey fleeing violence in Afghanistan.

Envision Yourself Being a Free Man

Sylvia Ryerson works with family members of those incarcerated in Virginia supermax prisons to capture the sounds, voices & music of home - to be broadcast directly into the prisons.

Make Them Care: Crafting Narratives About Entrenched Social Problems / Nikole Hannah-Jones & Chana Joffe-Walt

In this session, Nikole Hannah-Jones ( The New York Times ) and Chana Joffe-Walt ( This American Life ) talk about how to build a story structure that will make listeners care about even the most familiar, entrenched social problems. They’ll discuss the narrative and reporting techniques they used to help resurrect a long-dead discussion of school segregation in their Peabody-winning This American Life collaboration, and how to translate longform print journalism into the language of radio.

First Off... This is in Really Good Shape / Jorge Just

In this session for editors - or anyone who wants to help someone else shape a story – Gimlet Media’s Jorge Just explores the delicate art of making good things better. Jorge will walk you through various editorial processes (group edits, one-on-one edits, even walking edits), and will play samples from pieces at different stages of evolution to demonstrate the editor's role in how stories are conceived, developed, and sometimes killed. Learn techniques to help others make their very best work.

Storymakers Durham

The Storymakers project elicits conversations about race and class that are candid, complicated, and as intimate as eavesdropping on someone else's dinner conversation.

The Journey

A spare and gripping account of one man's journey fleeing violence in Afghanistan with his family.

The Runway

Mary Going runs Saint Harridan, a company that makes custom suits catering to butch women and trans men. Her fans are enthusiastic and dedicated, her products are selling out... and she can barely pay her rent.


A tree wonders why all of its leaves are leaving.

One Way

A woman in a hurry seeks refuge from a storm and finds something in common with the motel attendant.

The Nature of Engagement

A thought experiment and an anecdote come together to illuminate the challenges of cross-cultural engagement, particularly in conservation work.


A paddle down the Red Deer River in Canada's Badlands leads to a reflection on past worlds and the mysteries nature keeps from us.