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!


Meat Factory Ear Worms

You know how sometimes you just can't get a song out of your head? Radio producer Richie Beirne can sympathize.

2008 Perfect Pitch (Day 2)

Perfect your pitching skills and present your ideas to program producers and editors — or just listen in — as AIR (Association for Independents in Radio) pulls back the curtain to let us in on how stories make it to the airwaves.

  • 2008
  • 01:27:24

Listening Critically

Art forms such as film, literature and even TV, generate rich bodies of critcal writing that push the boundaries of what creators do and why, and gives audiences new ways to appreciate the work.

  • 2008
  • 01:29:40

Mastering the Grill: Why Some Interviews Go Up in Smoke

Some respond to praise, others to badgering, some the frontal assault, others when you sneak up from behind. Brooke Gladstone offers a few interrogation tips (and some audio examples) on how to get your guests to crack and make them like it.

  • 2008
  • 01:20:33

Neo-Futurism: The Joys (and Rewards) of Forced Creativity

Greg Allen, the creator of Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind -- the show which has spawned nearly 10,000 short plays -- conducts a workshop on generating new material, exploring new forms, and beating writer's block.

  • 2008
  • 01:19:44

Noah's "The Classics"

From CF and SD memory cards back to 24-track - with stops for MD, DAT, and cassette - Noah Adams rambles through 30 years of radio production, playing the stories that inspired his own work and that of countless others.

  • 2008
  • 01:29:41

2008 Perfect Pitch (Day 1)

Perfect your pitching skills and present your ideas to program producers and editors - or just listen in - as AIR (Association for Independents in Radio) pulls back the curtain to let us in on how stories make it to the airwaves.

  • 2008
  • 01:35:19

Dr. Phil

In the wake of a break-up, writer Starlee Kine finds so much comfort in break-up songs that she tries to write one herself, even though she has no musical ability whatsoever.

The Inner Sound of the Outer World

Microphones cannot capture situations as they are percieved. A car crash on tape lacks everything that the experience of an accident amounts to: the surprise, the holding of breath, the shock, the sadness.

  • 2008
  • 01:22:06

Hearts, Lungs, and Minds

Hearts, Lungs, and Minds is a "composed documentary" by sound artist John Wynne, who spent a year as an artist in residence at Harefield Hospital, one of the world's leading centers for heart and lung transplants.

Dreaming of Osama

Dreaming of Osama explores the ever-moving boundaries of the "war on terror" and its influence on the collective unconscious. Osama Bin Laden has a way of lying low -- then, just as the public begins to forget about him, he makes an unexpected reappearance.

Shattered School

Among the victims of the powerful earthquake near Chengdu, China, are hundreds of young students who are feared dead after being trapped in the rubble of their middle school.

The Diary of Leanne Wolfe

Leanne Wolfe, an 18-year-old schoolgirl in Cork, Ireland, committed suicide in March, 2007. On the morning of her funeral, her older sister Treena discovered Leanne's diaries.

Just Listen to Yourself

A bad editor is a curse. Having a good editor is a blessing but can often be a luxury. Deborah George explains how to work effectively with the editor you've been dealt and how to be your own editor if you don't have one.

  • 2008
  • 01:16:31

College: A Hotbed of Emerging Producers -- Part Two

All around the country college students are asking for and receiving new courses that teach audio production. They're intent on finishing college with multi-media skills, and, lucky for us, they want to help shape the future of documentary audio.

  • 2008
  • 01:22:35

Are You Sure?

A look at the age old dilemma -- the unexpected pregnancy, and a peek into how today's busy, independent woman approaches the unexpected news.

Kid Lit

A periscope of my grandmother's death and how babies are made.

Lady Bait

Lizzie and her sister think they are coming to Ray's just to see his monkey, but little do they know that Ray and Oscar have been sweating to the Harvey Carne Workout Method and Guide to Romance.