Best of the Best: The 2016 Third Coast Festival

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Rainy in the WNYC Radio Rookies studio.

The Third Coast International Audio Festival brings the best new documentaries produced worldwide to the national airwaves in "Best of the Best", hosted by award-winning writer, producer and humorist Gwen Macsai. From more than 500 entries, ten were chosen as winners. Meticulously crafted and lovingly produced, these stories intrigue, inform and inspire.

This year, WNYC’s Radio Rookies team won the Best Documentary bronze award for their piece “Why Do I Stay?”, presented as part of This American Life and included in this special.

Among the other works featured:

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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