2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition


The 2018 TC/RHDF Competition celebrates the best non-fiction audio stories on radio, podcasts, Internet and more.

NEW: Read a full transcript of the 2018 TC Awards Ceremony + listen to the audio, thanks to Descript.

NEW: A photo album of the amazing 2018 TC/RHDF winners and their awards, thanks to our photographer Bill Healy!

And a huge shoutout to the 2018 TC/RHDF Competition judges. Listen to a selection of great works produced by these judges.


Man Choubam (I am good)

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Best Documentary: Silver Award

Sharon is a weirdo and refuses to conform to cultural standards. Her mom does not approve. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Best Documentary: Silver Award

Uncounted Civilian Casualties in Iraq

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award

The American-led battle against the Islamic State has been hailed as the most precise air campaign in history. But its airstrikes have killed far more Iraqi civilians than anyone has acknowledged. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award.

Ear Hustle: Dirty Water

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award

Ear Hustle is a unique creative partnership between Earlonne Woods, who is incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and outside collaborator Nigel Poor. Together, along with other men at the prison, they produce stories about daily life behind the walls. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award.

Summer Rain

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Best Documentary: Foreign Langauage Award

To have and to lose control. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Best Documentary: Foreign Language Award.

Host's Fat

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Skylarking Award

Meat podcast’s host Jonathan Zenti is an overweight man (technically “obese"). Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Skylarking Award.

Espera / Wait

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Directors' Choice Award

Two lovers share an intimate conversation on the eve of their breakup, exploring loneliness and intimacy. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Directors' Choice Award Award.

God + The Gays

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Best New Artist Award

In her first radio piece, Phoebe visits Christians from her past and tries to understand whether queer people and homophobic Christians can have meaningful relationships. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Best New Artist Award.

Hidden Problems of Silicon Valley

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Radio Impact Award

Since its founding 15 years ago, Tesla has become one of the most valuable car companies in the country. Tesla is worth tens of billions of dollars, and its all-electric cars have achieved cult status among enthusiasts. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Radio Impact Award.

Overnight in the E.R.

Winner of the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Best News Feature Award

For most of the past decade, if a child or teenager got shot in Miami–Dade County, they would be taken to one place: the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital. Winner of the TC/RHDF 2018 Best News Feature Award