About Us

Third Coast International Audio Festival

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The Who, What, Why, How

Based in Chicago, the Third Coast International Audio Festival (TCIAF) curates sound-rich audio stories from around the world and shares them with as many ears as possible - via radio, podcast, public events, annual conference and this website. Operating year-round, Third Coast offers producers and listeners a multitude of ways to celebrate audio storytelling:

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It's an Audio Library

This website is packed with more than 1,700 (and growing) audio stories of all stripes, producer interviews, archived conference sessions and the latest TCIAF happenings.

It's a Radio Show + 2 Podcasts

Re:sound , a remix of audio goodness from around the world, is available on air at WBEZ, Chicago and via podcast. The archived episodes are just a click away.

The Third Coast Pocket Conference podcast is the start of your next great story — featuring sessions from our Conferences and more. Subscribe to learn about creating audio stories from some of the most creative and innovative minds from the podcasting world and beyond.

It's a National Radio Show

Best of the Best: The Third Coast Festival Broadcast showcases the winners of the Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition and airs on public radio stations across the country each fall.


Public Listening Events

TCIAF presents audio work in theaters, cafes, bars... anywhere with a good set of speakers.

ShortDocs Challenge

Each spring the TCF ShortDocs Challenge invites producers and listeners alike to make short audio stories based on a specific set of rules. No prior experience is necessary.


The annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition honors the most creative and compelling audio work being produced worldwide. Look for our call for entries in early May.


Held annually in Chicago, the Third Coast Conference gathers producers from all over the world to talk shop and share wisdoms about the art and craft of documentary radio production.

The Fest

Third Coast curates The Fest: a spectacular two-week lineup of podcasts live on-stage, in venues across Chicago. The Fest takes place before, during & after The Third Coast Conference, which transforms Chicago into "the center of the podcasting universe." Harnessing the energies & talents of audiomakers from across the world, The Fest pushes the boundaries of what a live podcast can be .

About the Pigeon

AKA "Pidgey"... he's urban, savvy and gregarious, and a natural-born messenger - the perfect mascot fit.


Our sincere thanks to the following organizations and individuals for their generous support of the Third Coast Festival.