Before the end of a busy and exciting year for radio and podcasts, the Third Coast staff got together to recap and reflect on 2017.
Johanna, Maya, Gwen, Dennis and Isabel discussed the shows and moments in the audio world from 2017 that they won't soon forget... and talked about what they look forward to hearing more of in 2018 and beyond.
What we won’t forget from 2017:
Johanna: How much everyone wanted to talk (debate, and reconsider, and take some more) about S-Town.
Isabel: The rise of mini-series, often delving into the mind of one man (yep, mostly men), including: Missing Richard Simmons, Start Up’s series on
Dov Charney, The Pope’s Long Con, Mogul: The Life & Death of Chris Lighty, Embedded’s “Trump Stories”
Dennis: Podcast producers making limited series that can end, like Showcase & Heaven’s Gate.
Maya: How inspiring it was — especially for public media newsrooms — when 74 Seconds won the Third Coast/RHDF Best Documentary: Gold.
Gwen: This latest season of Heavyweight & the divisive set-up of Where Should We Begin? with Esther Perel.
What we’re looking forward to in 2018:
Gwen: MORE OF THE THINGS I LOVE!!!!
Johanna: More people re-thinking the podcast form — like in CBC’s Alone: A Love Story.
Maya: A nightly, live on-air radio broadcast hosted by women about urgent, topical issues, like WNYC’s “A Reckoning in Our Own House”
Isabel: More great Spanish-language and bilingual podcasts! Shout out to Martina Castro’s bilingual provocation.
Dennis: Pieces without clear narrative arcs — and podcasts & radio stories made overseas, but NOT in Europe.