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Best of the Best 2017 (Part 2)

This hour, some of the winners of our annual documentary competition, including the Best Documentary: Gold Award winner.


The Discussion — Best New Artist 

by Rosa Gollan for PocketDocs from ABC Radio National 

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 — Best Foreign Language Award 

by Dennis Maxwell for Radio Ambulante 

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, Part 5 — Best Documentary: Honorable Mention Award 

by Hillary Frank with Kristen Clark and Abigail Keel for The Longest Shortest Time from Stitcher 

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 — Directors' Choice Award 

by Brian Reed and Julie Snyder 

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 — Best Documentary: Gold Award 

by Tracy Mumford with Hans Buetow, reported by Jon Collins and Riham Feshir, for 74 Seconds forMinnesota Public Radio and American Public Media. 

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.


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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