Best of the Best - Third Coast Festival: Sunday 11.26.17, 6 - 8PM

Air Date and Time: 
Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
Station Identifier: 
WUSF 89.7
Best of the Best - Third Coast Festival: Sunday 11.26.17, 6 - 8PM

This is the time of year – a WUSF tradition - when we like to bring you the best new documentaries produced worldwide in a special two-hour program, Best of the Best: The Third Coast Festival Broadcast. The featured documentaries, all winners of the 17th annual Third Coast/Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition, were chosen from more than 600 entries and demonstrate just how powerful radio can be.  This year you will hear stories meticulously crafted, lovingly produced, full of intrigue and inspiration.  This special documentary also features interviews with some of these exceptional producers who give us a glimpse into the art of audio storytelling. 

A special program note that this year's broadcast features powerful, important stories dealing with issues that might not be suitable for young listeners.   Here are some highlights for this year:

Quiet Revolution
This autobiographical account follows a middle-aged woman embarking on an unconventional new hobby of roller skating.

Standing Out from the Crowd at a Trump Rally
In Myrtle Beach, candidate Donald Trump spoke at a Tea Party convention about banning Muslims: “We don’t know where these guys are from.” At a motorcycle rally outside, producer Ike Sriskandarajah is personally confronted with the same skepticism.

Blink Once for Yes
When Mike comes home after an accident, his family is faced with a new reality and an impossible choice.

Heavyweight: Gregor
20 years ago, Gregor lent some CDs to a musician friend. The CDs helped make him a famous rockstar. Now, Gregor would like some recognition. But mostly, he wants his CDs back.

Emancipation: A Young Man Leaves Foster Care on His Own Terms
When Noel Anaya had his final hearing before aging out of California’s foster care system, he wanted to bring millions into that courtroom with him, where he’d suffered time and time again.  

Majd’s Diary: Two Years in the Life of a Saudi Girl
Majd Abdulghani dreams of becoming a scientist, while her parents want to arrange her marriage.  From the age of 19 to 21, Majd Abdulghani used a microphone to chronicle her life, taking listeners inside a society where the voices of women are rarely heard.

The Discussion
For some friends there's no subject too secret, or content too confronting. Rosa and Ryan have that kind of friendship. But five years after they first met, Rosa realized there was still one discussion left to have, and it wasn't going to be easy.

Los Cassettes del Exilio
For much of Dennis Maxwell’s childhood, his father was living in exile, communicating with the family via cassette tapes. Dennis found those tapes recently and discovered the true impact of his father’s exile.

The Accidental Gay Parents, Episode 5
This is the story of what it’s like to be a pregnant man, and to share that news with your parents, your children, and the world.

S-Town is a podcast that starts as a traditional investigation into corruption and wrongdoing in rural Alabama that becomes something much newer and stranger: a literary profile of one man’s life.

The Traffic Stop
On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was pulled over by Officer Jeronimo Yanez for a broken brake light. How did a routine traffic stop turn fatal in less than two minutes? We break down what happened that night, second by second.