Third Coast Audio Library

Our vast and ever-growing collection contains thousands of carefully curated audio stories, episodes from Third Coast podcasts, educational sessions on craft from the best makers on the planet, and more.

We’ve also featured some incredible audio work beyond this audio library, in other ways and using other formats: don’t miss the 2021 Web Showcase, featuring a more in-depth look at the winners, judges and even a list of 40 finalists from the 2021 Third Coast/RHDF Competition.

Easy Love

Twenty-six years ago, Warren Kirk was at home in his suburban Melbourne rental flat. Freshly showered and dressed, he consulted the yellow pages before making a call.

Except Me

Andrew Skillings is eleven now, but he was first diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, a high functioning form of autism, when he was just two.

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.

Ear to Ear

David Isay and Dan Collison play excerpts of their radio documentary work and discuss specific challenges, triumphs, and surprises encountered while producing various stories.

  • 2001
  • 59:50

Everyday Voices

David Isay and Alex Kotlowitz both try to discover extraordinary stories in "ordinary people."

  • 2004
  • 01:20:47

Eagle 202

The true story of Chris, who thought it would be a fun intellectual challenge to try to write a piece of air traffic control software his company had abandoned -- and what happened next.


In a piece that captures the history of (aural) technology, text-to-speech engines prove that computers really can befuddle man.

Elizabeth's Mug

Elizabeth sits at her kitchen table, contemplating a recent coworker's gift and wrestling with the advice it gives her.

Embrace the Chaos

The world of podcasting has become a crowded one. With a bevy of competing styles and purviews, having a unique voice is an increasingly valuable commodity... both artistically and financially.

  • 2016
  • 01:27:15

Explaining the World in Four Minutes

When David Kestenbaum tells people he covers science for NPR, they often say something like "it must be hard explaining such complicated ideas in such a short amount of time!" Well, it is.

  • 2005
  • 01:11:34

Emancipation of Sound

The established elements of Feature productions have been words, music, actualities, and effects.

  • 2007
  • 01:15:37

Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again (INC)

Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto, otherwise known as the Books, incorporate an array of sound fragments and miniature stories into their music. The results are part songs, part "documentary vignettes" -- an original approach to making both documentary audio and music.

Ernie's Green Free Tree

Under Ernie's Free Tree neighbors and passersby pick from the free pile, the last of Ernie Winger's possessions—recycling, laughing, crying, remembering a generous man who began life as a poor cast-off to become a neighborhood treasure.

East Oakland (in Blue)

East Lake Neighbors wax poetic about their neighborhood mixed in with rhymes from Oakland hip-hop artist DO D.A.T.'s album "Oakland in Blue".