Discover hundreds of short audio gems produced in response to a prompt from Third Coast for the ShortDocs Competition, hosted between 2003 and 2016. Each year ushered in a new set of rules, new creative partners, and ever-more magical results.

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.

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".