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Third Coast's Annual 'Best of the Best' Documentaries


The Third Coast International Audio Festival returns with their annual documentary competition. Each year, Third Coast organizers comb through hundreds of radio stories and present the winners.

The Best of the Best presents the winners of 16th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. From more than 500 entries, ten were chosen as winners. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories will intrigue, inform and inspire.


This year's program features powerful, important stories dealing with issues that might not be suitable for young listeners.

The Best of the Best is a two-hour special. KSUT will air it at 4:00 p.m. Sunday January 1, 2017.

Among the standout storytelling:


Dead Mom Talking

A woman revisits the bench where she and her mom shared many conversations.



A gripping account of one family's journey fleeing violence in Afghanistan.


Not Safe to Drink

Uncovering the decisions that poisoned the water supply in Flint, Michigan, and the attempts to cover it up.


Violación de un Sueño: Jornada Nocturna

Uncovering the dangers female janitors face working alone on the nightshift.


A Life Sentence: Victims, Offenders, Justice, and My Mother

Looking back at a terrible crime, its devastating impact on one family and the justice system




W. Kamau Bell asks his Mom about Sex

A comedian learns he was wrong to assume his mom never had sex after she made him.



Two men with the same name revisit a confrontation 13 years after it altered their lives.


A Sentencing Hearing

A police officer receives a call about a carjacking that changes his life.


Why Do I Stay?

Rainy documents her teenage years, in and out of an abusive relationship.



Mariya confronts her mother about the genital cutting she'd undergone as a child in Pakistan.  

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