Third Coast Audio Library

Our vast — and ever-growing — collection contains thousands of carefully curated audio stories of all stripes, and Third Coast Conference sessions offering wisdom from the best makers on the planet. You can also dive into our Producer Index. Enjoy!


Hana's Suitcase

When the Children's Holocaust Education Center in Tokyo acquired Hana Brady's suitcase, all they knew was that Hana was born in Czechoslovakia in 1931 and died at Auschwitz at age 13.

Keyboard Audio

This panel, moderated by Melissa Giraud, brings together two producers (Jay Allison and Elizabeth Meister) who were among the first in public radio and audio production to bring their innovation to the Internet, for a conversation about translating radio stories onto the Web and creating new art forms altogether.

  • 2001
  • 01:11:00

The Stans (INC)

Here's the entertaining and provocative story of a group of Americans seeking adventure, new experiences, and maybe a little bit of extra-marital sex while traveling through Central Asia into Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Afghanistan. One thing makes itself abundantly clear: all of their well-laid plans and pre-conceptions about what to expect were terribly mistaken.

"Diamond" Jimmy Roy

At one time "Diamond" Jimmy Roy owned half the businesses in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a steel town just outside Pittsburgh.

Educating Esme

Esme Cordell shares a year's worth of classroom anecdotes and musings, culled from a journal kept throughout her first year teaching in Chicago.

Tornado Prom

Susan Burton reports on Prom Night 2001 in Hoisington, Kansas, a town of about 3,000. While the seniors danced, a tornado hit the town, destroying about a third of it.

Rip, Rift, and Panic

Rip, Rift, and Panic weaves together stories, archival tape, and sound to create a portrait of the emotional and logistical aspects of living along an earthquake fault line.

Jay's Kids

Blues musician Screamin' Jay Hawkins had 57 children, some of whom were happier than others to learn of their father's prolific paternity.

Von Trapped

Von Trapped is a story about a woman obsessed with The Sound of Music, as well as other things Austrian.

Heroin

In Heroin, teenager Janesse Nieves confronts her father about his heroin addiction, and eloquently shares her own feelings of confusion, anger, embarrassment and disgust.

Making Waves: The Impact of Radio

In times of crisis the impact of radio coverage on peoples' lives is easy to assess. But day in and day out, how does radio touch the communities or subjects it portrays, and the audience it reaches?

  • 2001
  • 01:09:04

Road Scholar

You might recognize Andrei Codrescu's voice from his insightful commentaries on NPR, but Codrescu has also brought his unique perspective on American culture to the silver screen, via the movie Road Scholar.

Jarman's Garden

Throughout the long illness at the end of his life, fllmmaker Derek Jarman put an extraordinary amount of passion and physical labor into his uniqe and rugged garden.

D.I.Y. Radio

Do it yourself! This session is geared toward non-professionals and young people who want to learn more about telling stories for radio.

  • 2001
  • 01:03:27

Taking Risks in Radio

Producing "outside the box" is a challenge to the formulaic landscape of public radio, whether you're producing a sound art parody or poetic essay or a show bent on surprising its listeners.

  • 2001
  • 01:27:40

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

Talking Story

The Kitchen Sisters skillfully lead this panel about creative and unusual approaches and techniques for producing compelling radio stories, including what can be learned from other media, like television and film.

  • 2001
  • 01:00:09

Mucho Corazon

Mucho Corazon tells the story of Leon Perlee, who builds and restores antique street organs in Holland's oldest surviving street organ business, and Milades Sosa, who works at a Cuban organ factory.