2014 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition


This year we honored the best audio work in the following categories: Best Documentary (Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honorable Mention), Directors Choice, Best New Artist, Best News Feature and Radio Impact. Additionally, Ira Glass of This American Life created The Little Mermaid Award to honor beautifully produced work that is out for fun.

Winners were celebrated at the Third Coast Awards Ceremony in Chicago, and their stories featured in Best of the Best: The 2014 Third Coast Festival Broadcast .


Best Documentary: Bronze

Leaving a Mark

Emily Hsiao reads a Craigslist post about a man who wants his swastika tattoo covered up. And then she goes to meet him.

Best Documentary: Honorable Mention

Arthur's Story

After twelve years of rough living in Vancouver, Arthur is moving into an apartment in a new supportive housing project. But moving inside from a life outside isn't as easy as you might think.

Director's Choice

Burroughs at 100

Rock legend Iggy Pop presents an intimate portrait of William S. Burroughs on the 100th birthday of America's most cataclysmic author.

Director's Choice

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.

Best Documentary: Honorable Mention

Fault Line

Kevin (not his real name) is a likable guy who lives with his wife in New Jersey. And he's on probation after serving time in a federal prison for committing a disturbing crime.

Radio Impact

Help Wanted

There is currently no formal treatment or support for non-offending pedophiles who want help managing their attractions.

Little Mermaid

100 Songs in a Day

One way to earn money selling music is boring: write one hit and live off the royalties for the rest of your life.