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Best of the Best 2017 (Part 1)

This hour, some of the winners of our annual documentary competition.


Quiet Revolution — Best New Artist Award 

by Laura Irving for 

This autobiographical account follows a middle-aged woman embarking on an unconventional new hobby of roller skating. Is she a fearless warrior against age and gender stereotypes?

Standing Out from the Crowd at a Trump Rally — Best News Feature Award 

by Ike Sriskandarajah for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX 

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 — Best Documentary: Bronze Award 

by John Fecile, Steven Jackson and Lizzie Schiffman Tufano for Love + Radio, from Radiotopia 

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

Heavyweight: Gregor — Skylarking Award 

by Jonathan Goldstein with co-producers Wendy Dorr, Kalila Holt, Chris Neary for Heavyweight from Gimlet Media.

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 — Radio Impact Award 

by Noel Anaya with Brett Myers and Denise Tejada for Youth Radio and NPR’s All Things Considered 

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 — Best Documentary: Silver Award 

by Sarah Kate Kramer and Joe Richman for Radio Diaries and NPR’s All Things Considered 

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.

This hour of Best of the Best was produced by Dennis Funk.

Music for Best of the Best was provided by Patient Sounds, a private-press record label and book publisher in Chicago.

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