Best of the Best 2018 (Part 2)

This hour, winners of our annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Featuring...

2018 / TCF, USA


This hour, winners of our annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Featuring...

God + the Gays — Best New Artist Award
by Phoebe Wang
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.

Dirty Water — Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award
by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods, with help from outside producer Pat Mesiti-Miller and editor Curtis Fox for Ear Hustle
Dirty Water explores the process of restorative justice, through a frank conversation about sex trafficking. During the episode, Sara Kruzan (formerly incarcerated) and Louis A. Scott (currently incarcerated) share their individual experiences of being “in the life.”

Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo — Best Serialized Story Award
written & hosted by Connie Walker and produced by Marnie Luke and Jennifer Fowler for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Where is Cleo? It’s a mystery her family has been trying to unravel for decades after the young Cree girl was apprehended by child welfare workers in Saskatchewan, Canada in the 1970’s. Like thousands of Indigenous children, Cleo’s brothers and sisters were taken from their community, many sent to live with white adoptive families across Canada and the U.S. Now Cleo’s siblings have reconnected as adults and are determined to find their missing sister.

Espera / Wait — Director’s Choice Award
by Sayre Quevedo
Two lovers share an intimate conversation on the eve of their breakup, exploring loneliness and intimacy.
This story is in Spanish. Click here to listen to the entire piece with English subtitles provided by Radio Atlas.

Counted: An Oakland Story — Best Documentary: Gold Award
by Adizah Eghan, Anna Sussman, Shaina Shealy, Jonathan Jones, with co-producers Pat Mesiti-Miller, Nancy Lopez, Jazmin Aguilera, Eliza Smith, and Pendarvis Harshaw for Snap Judgment
Through a series of audio portraits, this piece provides an intimate introduction to a community dealing with violence. It tells the story of one year in Oakland, the people who were lost there, and the people they left behind.

This hour of Best of the Best was produced by Isabel Vázquez.

You can learn more about the 2018 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition Awards Ceremony here, and listen to all the speeches in their entirety.

Listen to Hour 1 of Best of the Best here.

produced by

Nigel Poor

Nigel Poor is co-creator, co-producer and co-host of Ear Hustle from Radiotopia.

Earlonne Woods

Earlonne Woods is co-creator, co-producer and co-host of Ear Hustle from Radiotopia.

Marnie Luke

Marnie Luke is an investigative producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and co- creator of the award-winning podcast Missing & Murdered: Finding Cleo , and Missing & Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams?

Sayre Quevedo

Sayre Quevedo (@sayrequevedo) is a multimedia artist and journalist based in New York City. He was a 2016 Third Coast Radio Resident.

Anna Sussman

Anna Sussman is the Senior Producer and Managing Editor of Snap Judgment.

Shaina Shealy

Shaina Shealy is a multimedia journalist and producer at Snap Judgment based in Oakland, CA, where she's pursuing her dream of making stories that can connect people, sometimes across divides that are difficult to overcome.

Jonathan Jones

Jonathan Jones is an investigative reporter and producer. Much of his work has focused on human rights.

Isabel Vázquez

Isabel Vázquez is Third Coast's Producer for all radio shows and podcasts.


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