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.

Stiff Peaks

2007 ShortDocs Winner! The first step in making cookies is to purchase a metal bike jingle-bell in a western mountain town.

Shaq + Kobe (Time Is Running Out)

This piece retells (and remixes) the NBA soap opera of Shaq + Kobe in an audio cartoon created with the on-the-court assistance of the talented Kevin Smith and amplified by music from Shaquille O'Neal, sampled game sounds, and press conference audio clips taken wildly and egregiously out of context.

Studs & Jimmy

Jimmy Yancey, the blues pianist and White Sox groundsman, and Studs Terkel, the broadcaster and author, may have lived at different ends of Chicago but they're both as integral a part of the city as the El...


A woman pieces together sonic memories and her sense of belonging through swimming.

Seeing Heat

The first human with heat-vision talks candidly of her experience, the surgeon explains the science while she's under the knife.


Eavesdropping on a traditional Canadian Christmas.

School Mothers

While their daughters play on the school playground, two women become acquainted and share tales of sex and marriage gone awry.