December 31, 9 am & 8 pm
Third Coast Audio Festival: Best of the Best 2019
Best of the Best is an annual ode to audio storytelling, taking listeners on a journey through the full breadth of what’s possible in stories made from sound.
This year's program, four hours of sound spread over four days, showcases the winners of the 19th annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. From nearly 500 entries and 23 countries, eleven stories were chosen as winners. On Best of the Best, we share each of these meticulously crafted and boundary-pushing stories, alongside behind-the-scenes interviews with the producers who made them.
January 1, 7 pm
The Keepers, two new hour-long specials from The Kitchen Sisters and PRX with host, Academy Award-winning actress Frances McDormand. Stories of activist archivists, rogue librarians, curators, collectors and historians. Guardians of history, large and small. Protectors of the free flow of information and ideas. Keepers of the culture and the culture and collections they keep. The Hiphop Archive at Harvard, The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern Kentucky, Lenny Bruce’s Archive, Bob Dylan’s Secret Archive, Prince’s Legendary Vault, The Nation’s Official Keeper at the National Archives. Striking and surprising stories of preservation and civic life.