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.

One Way

A woman in a hurry seeks refuge from a storm and finds something in common with the motel attendant.

The Nature of Engagement

A thought experiment and an anecdote come together to illuminate the challenges of cross-cultural engagement, particularly in conservation work.


A paddle down the Red Deer River in Canada's Badlands leads to a reflection on past worlds and the mysteries nature keeps from us.

The Trophy

A man returns, victorious, from the hunt. Curious onlookers react to the killing. But they're not all looking at the same animal.

Life Drive

In 1961 during the fascist regime in Portugal, a group of political prisoners escape from a fortress prison in a bullet proof Chrysler Imperial - the car that belonged to the dictator himself.
Voiceover by Jay Buettner; Additional voice by Carlos Patrão.

The Commute

As she takes the train home from Penn Station, one anonymous woman gets an uncomfortable surprise.
Voice actor: Emily Duncan

Two Libraries

A quiet eavesdropper gets more than he bargained for at the public library.

Green Goats

Larry and Ann Cihanek recount the history of their Rhinebeck, NY-based weed control business, Green Goats, which sends friendly goats to parks across the northeast to destroy invasive plants by simply eating them.