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.


Eavesdropping on a traditional Canadian Christmas.

Canned Love

A fawning profile of Charles Baker and Audrey Malone, the greatest voice talents of our generation.

Au Debut

2006 ShortDocs Winner! Translation -- Sylvain, Bruno, Zoe, and Youssef at the PRIM Centre in Montreal, summer 2006.

The Gulf

How can we make sense of the communication and resource problems identified long before Hurricane Katrina that led to such tragic consequences for many residents of New Orleans?

Where My Ears Have Been

Composed from sounds recorded during a residency at the National Science and Technology Museum, Taiwan, this is a story about communication.

Train Wars

Jayne Fenton Keane talks with India's former Socialist Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, and former President of the Socialist Party of India, Ms. Jaya Jaitley, about the Railway Strikes of 1975 that brought down Sonia Ghandi's government.

They Didn't Get Along

An inquiry into the nature of human relationships over the course of eons, featuring musical accompaniment in diverse time signatures, and a British narrator.

This Was a Crucial Place

A former inmate (John McCullough), a former guard (Donald Vaughn) and Steve Buscemi guide the listener through 1960's prison reform via the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA.


Children in a behavior program speak up about respect, against the metaphorical soundscape of the Institution.

I Don't Know. I Know.

To begin, restating rules is used to avoid actually following rules, just as this more-than-one-sentence description avoids the request for a single sentence through the misuse of the semi-colon; later, mundane answering machine messages become menacing, as the producer manipulates their meaning with music.

Hello, I'm Johnny Cash

A radio producer deals with a case of 'broadcaster's block' by asking the question "What would Johnny do?"