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The 2006 Third Coast Festival Broadcast

Hosted by Alex Kotlowitz and produced by Ben Shapiro

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

The winning programs of the 2006 Third Coast Festival will be heard throughout the country on the annual Third Coast Festival Broadcast airing on WNYC AM 820. Hosted by Alex Kotlowitz, the broadcast features interviews with the 2006 prize winners and highlights from the awards ceremony.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: GOLD AWARD
My Lobotomy
by Piya Kochhar and Dave Isay, Sound Portraits, USA

My Lobotomy explores one of medical history’s most controversial chapters—when transorbital lobotomies were widely condoned—through one man’s personal journey. Howard Dully, a 57 year-old bus driver from California, takes listeners along on his quest to discover why he was lobotomized when he was just twelve. My Lobotomy first aired on NPR’s All Things Considered.

BEST DOCUMENTARY: SILVER AWARD
Goat on a Cow
by Laura Starecheski, Jad Abumrad, and Ellen Horne, USA

Laura Starecheski finds herself figuratively falling down a rabbit hole (microphone and all) as she embarks on a journey that begins with the story of a goat, a cow and a box of old letters. A seemingly random set of characters—homesick WWII soldiers, an estranged husband, an amateur genealogist and a Manhattan school teacher—come into focus as Starecheski unearths the web that interconnects them. Goat on a Cow first aired on WNYC’s Radiolab.

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  • BEST DOCUMENTARY: BRONZE AWARD
    Thembi’s AIDS Diary
    by Joe Richman, Radio Diaries, USA

    In South Africa more than five million people are living with HIV/AIDS including a young woman named Thembi Ngubane. Thembi kept a radio diary for over a year, giving voice to her thoughts and experiences and providing insight into an incomprehensible epidemic. Thembi’s AIDS Diary first aired on NPR’s All Things Considered.

    BEST DOCUMENTARY: DIRECTORS' CHOICE
    Rhapsody in Bohemia
    by Alan Hall, Falling Tree Productions, UK

    “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen is one of the most ambitious and enduring pop songs of all time. Rhapsody in Bohemia evaluates the musical and broader cultural legacy of the song through critical (and joyful) deconstruction. Rhapsody in Bohemia first aired on BBC Radio 4.

    BEST DOCUMENTARY: DIRECTORS' CHOICE
    Honoring the Body: Taharah
    by Rebecca Sheir, USA

    The Jewish burial ritual places great importance on treating the deceased with the utmost honor and respect. This is especially important during the ceremony of taharah, which involves the physical cleansing of the dead body. In this documentary, three people who have taken part in taharah share their experiences. Honoring the Body:Taharah was first presented as part of Sheir’s MFA Thesis, University of Iowa.

    BEST DOCUMENTARY: HONORABLE MENTION
    Millionaire
    by Ronan Kelly, Ireland

    Roger Dowds was a painfully shy man who lived a quiet, sheltered life until he became a contestant on Ireland’s popular version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” Over the course of this documentary the difficult twists and turns in Dowd’s life are revealed, alongside the inner strength and wit that has helped him survive. Millionaire first aired on Flux, a weekly program on Ireland’s RTE 1.

    BEST DOCUMENTARY: HONORABLE MENTION
    Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu
    by Ann Heppermann, Kara Oehler and Rick Moody, USA

    This story is a window into the life of Mohammed Naseehu Ali, who left his home, family and future in tribal government to become a musician and writer in America. Still, he often thinks about his childhood and a particular song that ties him to his father and his homeland. Kyenkyen Bi Adi Mawu first aired on Weekend America, as part the “Song and Memory” series.

    RADIO IMPACT AWARD
    Between Friends
    by Neil Sandell and Jody Porter, Canada

    Between Friends is the story of one woman’s coming to terms with being sexually victimized by her father. As Porter tells her story, she comes to understand the burden she placed on her lifelong girlfriend—the only person she trusted with her terrible secret during her childhood. Between Friends first aired on Outfront on CBC Radio.

    BEST NEW ARTIST AWARD
    Muriel’s Message
    by Mira Burt-Wintonick, Canada

    Memories of a much beloved grandmother resurface when a box of unlabeled audio cassettes is discovered in the basement. Muriel’s Message first aired on CJLO, Concordia University.

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