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Conference Sessions

Dive into scores of Third Coast Conference sessions offering wisdom - on everything from production skills to journalistic ethics - from the best makers on the planet.


Experiments in Generative Sound Design

Sound artist and designer Stephan Moore demonstrates his approach to sound design, incorporating generative techniques into a range of unusual projects, including a 500 lb. ear training device, a 40-speaker installation in the Guggenheim Museum, and a system to create a musical accompaniment to the Australian motorway system. His presentation will include a review of tools and techniques to launch you into the world of generative sound.

  • 2017
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Mudslide Part 2: After the Avalanche

In the era of Donald Trump, we’ve had to adapt as storytellers. The president’s choice to use news media as a political foil obviously complicates our work, making the facts themselves a point of debate. But the challenges are far deeper.

  • 2017
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Bringing Together Narrative and News

The Daily podcast has brought rich sound production and narrative storytelling together with daily news and New York Times journalism.

  • 2017
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The Tyranny of Good Talkers

Often, the first question a show or editor will ask you when you pitch them an amazing story is whether your subject is "a good talker." But what if they're not?

  • 2017
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The Past Isn't Past

We're living through a profoundly unsettled time, both politically and culturally, and a lot of journalists are asking, "how exactly did we get... here?"

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2017 Audio Doctors

Audio Doctor sessions are 25 minute private focused sessions with one of a roster of superstar producer/editors who will meet with patients to aid in the cure their audio ills...

  • 2017
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No One’s Source

“When someone that’s not you tries to tell your story...they’re gonna screw it up.” This session starts with Aziz Ansari’s provocation to explore how not to screw up stories, by collaborating with would-be sources as authors of their own narratives...

  • 2017
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Shop Talks (Thursday afternoon small sessions!)

Between 2pm - 4:30pm on Thursday afternoon, producers can take their first dip into the Third Coast Conference with Shop Talks. Shop Talks are a chance for producers to take part in small sessions in business, education and more.

  • 2017
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Seven Things I’ve Learned

This American Life host Ira Glass talks about seven things he’s learned over the past 4 decades in radio...

  • 2017
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AIR's Bitchin' Pitch Panel

A bonafide Third Coast tradition, this session pulls back the curtain on one of the most difficult and important skills every producer needs to master: how to pitch...

  • 2017
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2017 Provocations

A series of short talks from producers who hope to dare and ignite.

  • 2017
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Complicated Characters

Dov Charney, the founder and ex-CEO of American Apparel, built the company through his charisma and force of will...

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The Fact-checker

There’s an old journalism adage that says “if your mother says she loves you, check it out.” This American Life’s Christopher Swetala is the fact-checker who calls her to ask, and then let’s you know if it’s true… or not.

  • 2017
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Reality Check!

In June of 2017, Third Coast hosted a frank discussion about what it takes to make it in today’s podcast landscape, featuring: Jenna Weiss-Berman (Pineapple Street Media), Alex Blumberg (Gimlet Media), N’Jeri Eaton (NPR) and Julie Shapiro (Radiotopia).

  • 2017
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Bitchin' Pitchin': The Art of the Pitch / Day 2

A bonafide Third Coast tradition, this session pulls back the curtain on one of the most difficult and important skills every producer needs to master: how to pitch a story.

  • 2017
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The Bigness of the Small Story

From the 2016 Third Coast Conference... celebrated author, filmmaker and radio journalist Alex Kotlowitz talks about the power of a finely crafted intimate narrative.

  • 2016
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The Sound of Breaking News

You’re sent to cover breaking news – a natural disaster or a large-scale accident or crime. You don’t have much time, or much warning. How do you bring back sound-rich, interesting tape, that makes listeners perk up their ears?

  • 2016
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Audio Educators Swap Meet

Get ready to steal from the best. Your educator colleagues at Third Coast have a fount of wisdom to offer, from hard-won mentoring insights to crafty teaching hacks. (Note: Audio will not be available.)

  • 2016
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