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The Hospital Always Wins

Back in 2004, Laura Starecheski visited a mental hospital in Queens, N.Y. called Creedmoor, where she met a patient named Issa Ibrahim.

Director's Choice2014 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2014 / Laura Starecheski / State of the Re:Union, USA

Back in 2004, Laura Starecheski visited a mental hospital in Queens, N.Y. called Creedmoor, where she met a patient named Issa Ibrahim.

Issa was a super talented artist with a flashy, irreverent sense of humor. He didn't seem to belong in a mental hospital at all. Yet, he'd been at Creedmoor for over a decade and had no idea when – or if – he'd ever get out. Starecheski spent almost a decade following Issa to report The Hospital Always Wins.

The Hospital Always Wins won a Directors' Choice award at the 2014 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. It was produced by Laura Starecheski for State of the Re:Union, with editors Deborah George and Taki Telonidis, mix and sound design by Brendan Baker and production help from Kelsey Padgett.

Listen to all twelve winners of the 2014 TC/RHDF Competition, and check out the EXTRA section below for a few related links.


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