Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment

By Snap Judgment and PRX

Snap Judgment mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic radio. Snap’s raw, musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another. It's storytelling... with a BEAT.

Episodes

No Angel - Snap Classic

An undercover ATF agent is going full throttle on a highway to hell as he tries to infiltrate the most notorious motorcycle club on the planet.This story contains police violence, descriptions of violence, and graphic imagery. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.BIG thanks to Jay Dobyns for sharing his story with Snap. There is so much that we were not able to share with you about Jay’s experience. To find out more check out his memoirs “No Angel” and “Catching Hell.”Special thanks to George Christie.The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club did not respond to requests for comment on this story.Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo DucotSnap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 32
18/07/2449m 34s

Chasing the Rainbow

Your daddy is a bank robber, the world is on fire, and grandma’s last dress is in stitches. There’s got to be some way out of this... Chasing the Rainbow.STORIESSalmon Daddy After being fed up with life in rural Virginia, 15-year-old Deni Béchard calls his estranged father with one request: “I want to go live with you.” His dad, he found out, was a bank robber and Deni wanted a life right out of a crime novel. But when he finally gets to Vancouver, he finds out his dad doesn’t quite live up to the legend.Thanks, Deni, for sharing your story with Snap! Check out all of Deni's books and see what he's up to on his website. You can also follow him on Instagram or X.Produced by David Exumé. Original Score by Renzo Gorrio.As the World Burns What happens when the world around you starts to burn? Performed by Josh Healey at Snap Judgment LIVE! at San Francisco's Nourse Theater.Music composed by Alex Mandel and performed by Alex Mandel, Tim Frick, and David Brandt.The Funeral DressPaul Valdez loved making dresses with his grandmother at her bridal shop in Santa Fe, but one particular dress he didn’t want to make… Thanks, Paul, for sharing your story!Produced by Jazmin Aguilera. Sound Design by Renzo Gorrio.Season 15 - Episode 31
11/07/2448m 39s

Run For It - Snap Classic

A woman’s life changes forever when she decides to tell a secret that she’s kept for 23 years. The first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East is forced to find the center of gravity on and off the track. And a young boy makes waves in his family.STORIESRacing HaroldGlynn races a rival for the ultimate prize.Score and Sound Design by Pat Mesiti-MillerThe Secret Life of Katherine Ann PowerWhat happens when you decide to keep a secret for a really long time...And then, you decide to tell.To learn more about Katherine’s experience, check out her book Doing Time: Papers from Framingham PrisonProduced by Adizah Eghan, original score by Renzo GorrioSpeed SistersMarah is the best racer on the Speed Sisters team--the first all-female racing collective in the Arab world. That is, until Betty joins the team.This story is a collaboration with Amber Fares, director of the documentary Speed Sisters. Produced by Eliza Smith, sound production by Leon MorimotoTranslation and voice over: Amber Fares, as Marah. Jazmin Aguilera, as Betty. Avery Trufelman, as Maysoon. Mark Ristich, as Marah’s dad. Pat Mesiti-Miller, as Khaled.The Boy Who Made WavesJoe Blair is a pipe fitter in Iowa who writes in his spare time. He is the father of four, including one autistic son—Michael--who has been both a source of joy and a source of stress.This story was brought to us by Modern Love: the Podcast, a collaboration between The New York Times and WBUR Boston. It takes essays from the paper’s popular Sunday column and matches them with top talent from the stage and screen. Mykelti Williamson, who played "Bubba" in Forrest Gump and most recently Gabriel in the Oscar-nominated film "Fences" reads Joe Blair's essay "For The Boy Who Makes Waves."For more incredible stories of modern Love, go visit the Modern Love website and subscribe to their podcast.Then check out Joe Blair’s memoir, By The Iowa Sea, about the joys and sorrows of life on the great plains. And if you haven't already, go see Mykelti Williamson in Fences, directed by Denzel Washington. Original score by Pat Mesiti-MillerEpisode artwork by Teo DucotSeason 15 - Episode 30
04/07/2450m 6s

The Final Reckoning

Jen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum… it’s built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the original owners of these two old homes are long gone–or are they? And a night nurse dedicated to his job loves to help people. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, he’s not sure if he can care for them.We proudly present supernatural stories our evil-twin podcast, Spooked. Spooked features stories told by people that can barely believe it happened themselves. Be afraid. Listen on any podcast platform! STORIESFright at the MuseumJen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum… it’s built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the original owners of these two old homes are long gone — or are they?Thank you, Jen, for sharing your story with Spooked.Produced by Zoe Ferrigno, original score by Leon MorimotoNight NurseDennis is a nurse, a helper. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, he’s not sure if he can care for them.Produced by Chris Hambrick, original score by DakimArtwork by Teo DucotSeason 15 - Episode 29
27/06/2447m 10s

Hole in the Heart from Uncuffed

Do you remember the moment you saw your first love? Rodney Hines sure does. He was 13 years old, and it was the 4th of July. His parents took him to their friends’ house where he saw Shani Browning. For the next two decades, their lives each resembled a rollercoaster ride with dramatic ups and downs.One day on the yard at Solano State Prison, Hines was recounting the details of how the relationship with his childhood crush transformed into a tragic love affair. Uncuffed producer Anthony Ivy realized he needed to get Hines into the studio to tell his story.Produced by Anthony Ivy with help from Andrew Stelzer, Sonia Paul, Kathy Novak, Angela Johnston, Ninna Gaensler-Debs, and sound designer Eric 'Maserati-E 'Abercrombie.This story, Hole In The Heart: A Love Stronger Than Prison Walls originally aired on Uncuffed. Uncuffed is KALW's award-winning radio training program and podcast in California prisons. Listen on any podcast platform! Season 15 - Episode 28
25/06/2413m 20s

My Elephant Friend

Carol dreamt of being the best elephant trainer in the world. When Carol met Tarra, a baby Asian elephant, she fell in love and wanted to teach her everything. As their friendship grew, Tarra became Carol's most important teacher.BIG thanks to Carol for sharing her story with us! Carol bought a piece of land and created a refuge for Tarra -- The Elephant Refuge North America, in Attapulgus, Georgia. Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo DucotSeason 15 - Episode 27 
20/06/2438m 0s

The Secret Adventures of Black People - Snap Classic

A woman recounts her Aunt’s fairytale love story while searching for her own Modern Romance. An African princess learns she is truly beautiful. And a precocious eight-year-old finds himself on the brink of a revolution.STORIESModern RomanceIn the second half of her life, Stephanie found her classic Hollywood romance. Now she attempts to understand the strange and confusing world of dating apps to help her niece – and the show’s host Nichole – find her happily ever after.This story comes to us from The Secret Adventures of Black People, hosted by Nichole Hill. This incredible podcast tells the stories of Black people holding it down across space and time. Be sure to check out the show and subscribe to the podcast at TheSecretAdventuresOfBlackPeople.comStay in touch by joining the newsletter, following their Instagram, or by sending an email to secretadventuresofblackpeople@gmail.comModern Romance was written and produced by Nichole Hill with production assistance by Shonte Hill, and story editing assistance by Talia Bender. Special thanks to Stephanie Camolli!Music: Epidemic SoundBeautiful – Sonya Renee TaylorAn African princess learns she is truly beautiful.This story was performed by Sonya Renee Taylor at Snap LIVE in DC. Sonya Renee Taylor is an internationally acclaimed performance poet, actress, educator, and activist. The LIVE score was composed by amazing Alex Mandel & performed by Alex Mandel, David Brandt, and Tim Frick. Watch Sonya’s Snap LIVE performance.Liberation – Latif DomanWhen Latif Doman is growing up in Philly, he takes his schoolwork seriously… which is unfortunate for the parents in his neighborhood.Many thanks to Latif and Story District for bringing us this story!Snap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 26
13/06/2435m 9s

Hair Battle - Snap Classic

Four hairstylists compete to win the Bronner Bros Hair Battle, a one-of-a-kind hairstyling showdown. Winning this competition doesn't just represent a feather in one's cap, it's a stepping stone to getting celebrity clients. Big hair. Big personalities.BIG thanks to all the stylists who shared their stories with us!Ashley Payne, the bob queen, moved her salon to a new location, a private, appointment-only, suite. She suffered some health blows and started a gofundme to help pay for a liver transplant.Check out Tammie B’s work! Que Barnes is still at the helm of her salon in Atlanta. Terrence Davidson, the king of hair, started selling hair products online called Kingz N Queenz.Produced by Chris Hambrick & Nancy Lopez, with assistance from Shaina ShealyOriginal score by Marco Prestige, sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller, artwork by Teo DucotSnap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 25
06/06/2449m 6s

Stuck in the Middle

Drama Club is the happy, safe space for Lee and Parker until their school play becomes a homophobic middle school meltdown. The lights get turned up to 10, the adults are in a media frenzy, and the kids are just trying to figure it all out.STORIESDon't Say Gay DadsDrama Club is the happy, safe space for Lee and Parker until their school play becomes a homophobic middle school meltdown. The lights get turned up to 10, the adults are in a media frenzy, and the kids are just trying to figure it all out.This story contains descriptions of abuse directed at gay persons. Please take care while listening.A very big thank you to Lee and Parker—who are best friends to this day.  Thanks as well to Jamie McGonnigal.Produced by Mark Betancourt, original score by Dirk SchwarzhoffPlayground Bullies and Dark Secrets In middle school, Mike has a secret. But no one has ever seen “it.” This was performed at Snap LIVE in Los Angeles.“Mighty” Mike McGee is an international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic. McGee is the first slam poet to win both the American National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship and the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship. Original score composed and performed by Alex Mandel, Tim Frick, and David Brandt.Artwork by Teo DucotSeason 15 - Episode 24
30/05/2450m 50s

The Road to Boito - Snap Classic

Two sisters, Magi and Memo, track down an American man accused of sexual abuse at a children’s home in Kenya. It’s a story spanning two continents… following those who give everything to make things right. This episode is a 2024 Gracie Award Winner.This story, while not graphic, does involve child abuse, including sexual abuse, and the death of a child. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.Thank you so much to everyone in this story. To Magi and Memo, for sharing your lives with us over the past two years. Magi has started a GoFundMe to raise money for the survivors of the Dow Children’s Home.To Janice and especially to Joy — Kongoi for your courage and your strength. Kongoi as well to Geoffrey Ng’tich, Beatrice Korir, and Joshua Abudoh.Translation by Caroline ChebetRecording engineers: Josh Wilcox, Ryan Geesaman, and CoconutOriginal score by Renzo GorrioProduced and reported by Halima Gikandi and John FecileArtwork by Teo DucotSnap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 22
23/05/2453m 0s

Call of Booty

Raymond Christian is back with a story that gives whole new meaning to the phrase “rear infantry.”Thanks, Ray, for sharing this story! Listen to Ray's show “What’s Ray Saying” wherever you get your podcasts.Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo DucotSeason 15 - Episode 22
21/05/2414m 32s

Mother of Invention

It’s the 70’s, two young girls are caught up in the allure of smoking, and the whole scene is about to blow. And a veteran clown knows one thing… don’t bleed in front of the children.STORIESSmoke RingsBack in the 70s, smoking was cool. Angie was not.Thank you to Angie and her mom Marita for sharing this story.Produced by John Fecile, original score by Dirk SchwarzhoffCharles the ClownWhen it's time to put on a good face... sometimes you just gotta improvise.A huge thank you to the one and only Charles the Clown for sharing his experience with the Snap. Charles Kraus has been a children’s entertainer for more than 40 years. Check out his videos, songs, magic tricks, and puppet routines! You can even book Charles for your next event in Seattle and now in the San Francisco Bay Area .Produced by Bo Walsh , original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo DucotSeason 15 - Episode 21
16/05/2436m 49s

Tau = 10.8 from This is Love

When twin rovers named Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars twenty years ago, they were only supposed to last 90 Martian days. But years passed, they were still alive, and engineers kept taking care of them...We proudly present a This is Love Spotlight — a story from out of this world, about two robots on Mars who just would not die. And the people whose job it was to check on them every day, who started to think about them as family.This story Tau = 10.8, is from the podcast This is Love, part of the Vox Media Podcast Network. This is Love, hosted by Phoebe Judge is a show that tells stories about a lot of different kinds of love — sometimes love between people, sometimes not. It’s made by the same team that makes what was one of the first true crime podcasts out there — a show called Criminal. They have dozens more stories like this available wherever you get your podcasts! Their website is thisislovepodcast.com. Artwork by Julienne Alexander MUSIC “Spindash” by Blue Dot Sessions “Oriel” by Blue Dot Sessions “Line Exchange” by Blue Dot Sessions “Stickle” by Blue Dot Sessions “Idle Ways” by Blue Dot Sessions “Vernouillet_Swing Swing” by Blue Dot Sessions “The Gran Dias” by Blue Dot Sessions “The Longshoreman” by Blue Dot Sessions “Borough_Alternate Opening” by Blue Dot Sessions “Awash” by Blue Dot Sessions “Parissi” by Blue Dot Sessions “Pxl Htra” by Blue Dot Sessions “Trailmaker” by Blue Dot Sessions “Bundt” by Blue Dot Sessions “Pall Canyon” by Blue Dot Sessions “Etude 3 Chessanta_Alt Arp” by Blue Dot Sessions “Town Market_Guitar” by Blue Dot Sessions Season 15 - Episode 20 
09/05/2447m 6s

Vote for El Hottie

In sweet home Alabama, from the heart of Libya, comes a renegade candidate with a boombox and a head scarf. The cheerleaders, the geeks, the dweebs and the freaks are about to send a message the country needs right after 9/11.A very big thank you to Yasmin!Yasmin is a comedian and storyteller. You can follow her on Instagram @yasminelhahahady or TikTok @yasmin_elhady. She first told a version of this story at Story District in Washington, DC.  Produced by Justin Kramon, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo DucotSeason 15 - Episode 19
02/05/2445m 22s

Winning Colors - Snap Classic

She’s stunning grey, sleek as a race car, and stronger than all the boys. Her name is Winning Colors and for Dino and Miami she’s the long shot of a lifetime.This story contains strong language and includes descriptions of gambling, sensitive listeners please be advised.If gambling has become a problem for you or for someone you know, you can call 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) to seek free, confidential, 24/7 problem gambling assistance.A huge thank you to Mark “Miami” Paul for sharing his story with Snap!Wondering what happened to Winning Colors? After her 1988 Kentucky Derby crown the big grey filly retired the following year with eight career wins. In 2000, she was inducted into the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 2008, at the age of 23 Winning Colors was laid to rest in Lexington, Kentucky.To find out more about Miami and Winning Colors’ story – check out Miami’s book, “The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told” Original score by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Bo Walsh, artwork by Teo DucotSnap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 18
25/04/2449m 35s

Hounded from Spooked

Some roads are long and some roads wind. Some roads show you things you’d never think you’d find…This week we’re featuring stories from our evil twin podcast Spooked! You can listen to Spooked for free on any podcast platform. Be afraid.STORIESDemon DogA mysterious wolf creature hunts Chuck and his family on winding mountain roads. Chuck can hardly believe it was real, until he finds an old legend that confirms it.Thank you, Chuck, for sharing your story!Produced by Greta Weber and Chris Hambrick, original score by Yari BundyDeception PassWhen Shirley gets sent out on a trucking job two weeks before Christmas, she thinks the biggest thing she has to fear is winter weather. But she’s about to learn, there are scarier things than storms out on the road.Thanks, Shirley, for sharing your story with Spooked!Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Doug StuartNight WatchWhen Dave took on the graveyard shift at the station, he saw all kinds of stuff. But he never saw anything quite like this.Thanks, Dave, for sharing your story with us.Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Davey KimArtwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 17
18/04/2448m 40s

The Trials of Lt. McFadden

Melissa McFadden always saw police officers as protectors. But when she became an officer, she found herself with almost no one to protect her.This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Lt. McFadden for sharing your story with us! Check out McFadden’s book: Walking the Thin Black LineFunding for this episode was provided by UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center, as part of its "Expanding Awareness of the Science of Intellectual Humility" initiative, supported by the John Templeton Foundation. Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo DucotSeason 15 - Episode 16 
11/04/2449m 16s

Belly of the Beast - Snap Classic

Things go horribly wrong for a safari guide on the Zambezi River when he comes face-to-face with a rogue hippo. And Dr. Ray Christian breaks the first rule about Fight Club and tells us all about it. This episode contains graphic imagery. Please take care while listening.STORIES Belly of the BeastThings go horribly wrong for a safari guide on the Zambezi River when he comes face-to-face with a rogue hippo.Thank you, Paul, for sharing your story with Snap! Check out Paul Templer’s memoir, What’s Left of Me.Produced by Erika Lantz, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo DucotFight ClubThe first rule about fight club is you do not talk about fight club. Dr. Ray Christian breaks that rule.You can hear more of Ray on his podcast: What's Ray Saying?Produced by Mark Ristich, original score by Renzo GorrioSnap Classic - Season 15 - Episode 15
04/04/2444m 30s

Transcendent - Snap Classic

A man fights freezing temperatures and extreme altitude while ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro, to search for answers to life’s questions. And when a resident of the Cadillac Hotel goes missing, her longtime lover and best friend won’t rest until she is found. STORIES Rocky’s Best Life Glynn remembers the fond memories of a childhood friend, Rocky. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller The Enlightenment Trap A skeptical journalist fights freezing temperatures alongside a fitness guru to test his limits. Read more about Scott’s adventures with Wim Hof and his ascent up Mt. Kilimanjaro in his book, “What Doesn’t Kill Us.” See what else Scott is up to on his website. Produced by Adizah Eghan, original score by David Last The Cadillac Hotel At the Cadillac Hotel, an SRO in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, a resident has gone missing. Her long time lover and best friend won’t rest until she is found. Produced by Parker Yesko with assistance from Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic: Season 15 - Episode 14
28/03/2449m 0s

The Cannonball Run

Three fanboys and a dead-sexy wax Burt Reynolds are on a mission. They are Eastbound and Down on a road trip from Cali to Florida State and the troopers… are hot on their heels. A huge thank you to Mike Carano, Matt Leuthe, and Steve Millunzi for sharing their experience! Mike originally told a version of this story in conversation with Christine Blackburn on the Storyworthy podcast. Check out their collection of amazing stories! Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 13
21/03/2451m 18s

Subterfuge - Snap Classic

A Chicago newspaper establishes an undercover bar to catch officials in the act of corruption. And a hardcore soccer fan from the crowd is put to the test in a game what happens next made him a legend. STORIES Night At The Mirage A Chicago newspaper establishes an undercover bar to catch officials in the act of corruption. They soon acquire a cast of characters looking for more than just a drink. Snap presents, “Night at The Mirage.” The story of the famous undercover Chicago Sun bar, as told by two reporters posing as bartenders. Produced by Joe Rosenburg and Anna Sussman, original score by Leon Morimoto The Legend Of Steve Davies In one of soccer’s most legendary fairy tales, manager Harry Redknapp once plucked a hardcore fan from the crowd and put him to the test for West Ham United. What happens next made the fan a legend. Thank you, Steve Davies, for sharing your story with the Snap. A special thanks to Jeff for bringing us that story. Produced by Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic – Season 15 Episode 12
14/03/2449m 2s

Father Forgive Them

Cell Double L is the final cell in Oklahoma State Penitentiary. It is the cell you occupy before your execution. We speak to three men and their loved ones as they move through death watch row. This episode includes references to penal executions and strong language. Please take care while listening. Huge enormous thanks to Bigler Stouffer, Wade Lay, and Donald Grant for sharing your stories. Also major thanks to the loved ones, on the outside, for allowing us inside their lives. Produced by Ellie Lightfoot and Gaby Caplan Gaby Caplan and Ellie Lightfoot reported this story while participating in the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s National Fellowship and the Kristy Hammam Fund for Health Journalism. Season 15 - Episode 11
07/03/2448m 30s

Weight For It

We’re going back to college with Ronald Young Jr., where he couldn’t wait to explore a world beyond the watchful gaze of his churchgoing parents. He meets an amazing girl, but their story would not be a love story… because of their weight. This story comes to us from Weight For It, a production of Oh It’s Big Ron Studios and is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. This podcast series was a Tribeca Official Selection. It was also picked by the New York Times as one of the best podcasts of the year. Listen to Weight For It wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Ronald Young Jr. on Twitter, Threads, IG, and TikTok - @ohitsbigron Episodes of Weight For It were produced and written by Ronald Young Jr., with editing from Sarah Dealey. The version you heard was edited for Snap by Regina Bediako. Sound design and mixing from the Reverend John DeLore of Starlight Diner. Theme music from Jay Redd, with additional music from Mass Potential, the artist DT, and the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder. Special thanks to Caitlin Scanlan, Jessica Taylor Dickin, Myra Mejia, and Dr. Caitlin Gunn. Artwork by Heather Wilder. Support Resources If you need support for disordered eating or your body image; please check out the links below: Crescent Counseling Center Intuitive Growth Counseling National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated disorders Project Heal Muti-service eating disorders association National Alliance for Eating Disorders Eating Recovery Center What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat - Aubrey Gordon Heavy - Kiese Laymon Belly of the Beast - Da’ Shaun Harrison The Body is Not an Apology - Sonya Renee Taylor Season 15 - Episode 10
29/02/2449m 0s

Money Truck - Snap Classic

Armored trucks spew clouds of cash into the sky and the people who happen upon it are faced with an unexpected moral dilemma. And a kid from Harlem becomes the biggest heroin dealer in upstate New York. He soon learns what it will take for him to turn his back on a mountain of cash. STORIES Money Truck Six people, six different times and places, but they all find themselves in the same predicament, asking the same question, should they stop or should they go? This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG thanks to Tyler Estep, who first reported Philip Dean’s story for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Thanks also to Cole Richards and Randy Scott Carroll for recording assistance. Thank you to everyone interviewed for this story: Troy Stokes, Philip Dean, Betsy Richards, Delrish Moss, Carol Steele, and the Lucky Guy. Big love and thanks to Shannon Cason, who narrated this piece. Check out Shannon’s podcast ‘Homemade Stories’ to hear more from him. Produced by Anna Sussman, John Fecile & Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Whiteboy John and The Seven Saints A kid from Harlem becomes the biggest heroin dealer in upstate New York. He soon learns what it will take for him to turn his back on a mountain of cash. Abdul-Kenyatta has performed as a workshop facilitator and motivational speaker. He is a poet, storyteller, jazz and blues vocalist, and a novelist. He was an actor with the San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Children’s Theater for five years, and a San Francisco State University, Black Studies Department Associate Professor, lecturing on African and African-American History and Literature. His novel Five Thousand Urgently Pointless Distractions was published in 2000. He is the 2005 Berkeley Poetry Festival Slam Poetry Champion. He was a member of the Oakland 2004 National Slam Team and the 2006 San Francisco Slam Master, the 2007 Marin County Fair Slam Poetry Champion, and a member of the 2007 San Francisco National Slam Team. He appeared in the Jamie De Wolfe film “SMOKED”. Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio Snap Classic – Season 15 – Episode 9
23/02/2447m 29s

New Folsom from On Our Watch

Two correctional officers pay a high price for exposing corruption and abuse by their fellow officers, in the most dangerous prison in California–New Folsom. This incredible episode is from On Our Watch, an investigative podcast series from our friends at KQED. This story touches on intense topics including substance use, state violence, and self harm. Please take care while listening. If you need support, there are resources below. On Our Watch is a story about broken promises and unwritten rules. It’s a story about who gets hurt when the system that promises to keep us safe is bent on protecting itself. Host Sukey Lewis and co-reporter Julie Small piece together an explosive narrative through interrogation tapes, 911 audio, prison phone calls, personal audio recordings, and hours of emotional interviews. It includes exclusive analysis of hundreds of previously secret documents—some only unsealed by lawsuits brought by KQED—and sheds light on misconduct and abuse within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Listen and follow now. RESOURCES If you are currently in crisis, you can dial 988 [U.S.] to reach the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. SAMHSA National Help Line 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Helpline US Health and Human Services Warmline Directory Season 15 - Episode 8
21/02/2450m 47s

Photo Session

When a reporter’s love story hits a dead end, she turns to a Palestinian couple for answers. A pretty ugly Photoshop project explodes and a man comes out to his mother repeatedly. STORIES Photo Session When a reporter’s love story hits a dead end, she turns to a Palestinian couple for answers. Thank you Rayan, Samih, and Anna! Two years after their engagement, Rayan and Samih got married and moved to a flat just outside the camp and they still work there as journalists. Our storyteller Anna and her boyfriend got engaged shortly after she moved to Iraq to be with him. Read these two stories and many more in Anna Lekas Miller’s book Love Across Borders. Produced by John Fecile. Original score by Clay Xavier. Artwork by Teo Ducot. Translation by Naziha Baassiri. Voice acting by Snap producer John Fecile and his wife Sarah Fecile. Make Me Beautiful Esther asked 50 Photoshop artists to make her beautiful. Things got pretty ugly. Thanks Esther for sharing this story! Esther Honig’s photo project still gets re-published to this day. It’s appeared in books for English language learners. The University of Cambridge put it in a textbook chapter about beauty. Her photos have been printed and hung on the walls of the Museum of Tomorrow in Brazil and The National Science and Media Museum in the UK. Check out her TED talk about this project. Esther is currently a producer at Storycorps, and has also produced two Snap episodes, “White Gold Fever” and “Map to the Disappeared.” Produced by John Fecile. Original score by Dirk Schwartzhoff.s When Are You Going To Get Married? For Ben Nakamura, coming out gay to his parents was not exactly like ripping off a band-aid… Produced by Liz Jones. Sound design by Renzo Gorrio. Season 15 - Episode 7
15/02/2449m 45s

Genghis Khan

From the heart of Waziristan, the legend of Genghis Khan is being rewritten... on the squash court. Maria Toorpakai Wazir was raised as a boy, and took on everyone and everything - neighborhood bullies, Peshawar weightlifters, and all the rules about who should be able to compete. This story contains references to violence. Please take care while listening. Thank you, Maria Toorpakai Wazir, for sharing your story with Snap. In 2011, Maria moved to Toronto to train with Jonathon Power, a world champion in men's squash. Maria writes about this and so much more in her book: A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight. She has also set up the Maria Toorpakai Foundation encouraging families to educate girls and allow them to play sports. Produced by Zahra Noorbakhsh & Nancy López, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 6
08/02/2448m 0s

The Pink Palace - Snap Classic

A newlywed couple travels down a South American River into the thick of the Amazon jungle on a raft… alone. Their romantic adventure soon turns into the ultimate test for survival. Thank you, Holly Fitzgerald, for sharing your story with us! Read more about Holly’s epic romance in her memoir, Ruthless River. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 15 - Episode 5
01/02/2448m 0s

No Good Turn

A small plastic boat bobs helpless in the Aegean Sea, overwhelmed and overloaded. A young father from Mogadishu must take the helm to save everyone on board -- but will he lose his family because of it? And a boy on a top-secret mission tries to win over the most elusive, electrifying student in his 7th-grade class. STORIES Hanad & Faysa A small plastic boat bobs helpless in the Aegean Sea, overwhelmed and overloaded. A young father from Mogadishu must take the helm to save everyone on board -- but will he lose his family because of it? Thank you, Hanad and Faysa, for sharing your story with us. Reported by Niki Kitsantonis. Produced by John Fecile and Niki Kitsantonis. Original score by Lauryn Newson. Hanad’s translation was read by Said Shaiye. Additional recording by Daphne Tolis. Additional translation by Abdi Mohamed. Danger 9b Richard Hatch is overseas on a top-secret mission… to win over Jill, the most elusive, electrifying student in his 7th-grade class. He isn’t suave or sophisticated, so he’s gonna need help from The Beatles, the Russians, and even the CIA to pull it off. Thank you, Richard Hatch aka Danger 9b, for sharing your story with us! Rick is back in the US and is putting the finishing touches on a kid-friendly memoir about his travels abroad. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 4
25/01/2448m 55s

Hyphy Kids Got Trauma

Hyphy, the legendary youth culture movement from the Bay. Uptempo music, oversized airbrushed T-shirts, stunna shades and candy painted cars doing donuts in intersections. It was an unbridled, livewire, communal celebration. The people fueled the music, and the music moved the people. But beneath it all? That’s where it gets real. Plus, a big story from a little boxer. STORIES Hyphy Kids Got Trauma from KQED This week on Snap, we have a special story to share from our friends at KQED’s Rightnowish podcast– it’s from host Pendarvis Harshaw’s series, Hyphy Kids Got Trauma. In 2006, Pen was 18 going on 19, and he had a front row seat to one of the most notable times in Bay Area hip-hop history– a period often referred to as “the hyphy movement”. It was an era of uptempo-bass-heavy music, oversized airbrushed white t-shirts, candy painted cars and stunna shades. There was exuberant dancing, extravagant slang, and goofy party antics. While there was a lot of partying and celebration, there was also a lot of pain. That year Oakland saw its second highest annual homicide total ever. Pen experienced all the highs and lows back then, but feels like the full story of the culture didn’t get told, until now when he brings us into the real meaning of “hyphy.” This story contains explicit language, mention of drug use, and violence. Sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG thanks to KQED and the whole Rightnowish team who shared this incredible story with us! Listen to the Hyphy Kids Got Trauma four part series on Rightnowish - wherever you get your podcasts! Hosted by Pendarvis Harshaw, produced by Maya Cueva, edited by Chris Hambrick, sound designed and mixed by Trackademics. With support from Eric Arnold, Jen Chien, Holly Kernan, Victoria Mauleon, Marisol Medina-Cadena, Gabe Meline, Xorje Olivares, Delency Parham, Cesar Saldaña, Sayre Quevedo, Katie Sprenger, Nastia Voynovskaya, and Ryce Stoughtenborough. The Little Boxer It's the 1950s in San Francisco. After getting beat one time too many, little Gus Lee decides to fight back. A big thanks to Gus Lee. This story comes from his novel, “China Boy,” based on his childhood. Lee is a courage-based leadership trainer and consultant. He’s now completing his eighth book, "Courage Is a Verb." Produced by Liz Mak, original score by Renzo Gorrio Engineering by Pat Mesiti-Miller, illustration by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 3
18/01/2449m 7s

Shake, Rattle, and Roll - Snap Classic

A rock band from Zimbabwe becomes the voice of a revolution. And a New York Rabbi has his faith tested when he takes a job helping a member of the KKK. STORIES Fault Lines Glynn goes on a date...and things get shaky. Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Zim Heavy: Rock and Revolution in Zimbabwe Before there was Zimbabwe, there was the “Heavy” scene. In the 1970’s, Rock music rang out from the black townships in Rhodesia. One band, Wells Fargo, became the voice of the people. Founding members Ebba Chitambo and Never Mpofu tell their story of music and revolution in the face of an oppressive government. Listen to Wells Fargo’s release "Watch Out!" Learn more about the work Matthew Shechmeister and Eothen “Egon” Alapatt are doing to document the Heavy scene at Now-Again Records. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller Correspondent: Albert Nyathi Featuring Music by Wells Fargo courtesy of Now-Again Records Rabbi And The KKK A New York Rabbi has his faith tested when he takes a job in Nebraska. Produced by Anna Sussman, original music by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 2 - Snap Classic
11/01/2450m 0s

Con Man Daddy - Snap Classic

A charming father wins just about everyone over until his criminal ways force his family on a ten-year journey running from the law.  A secret artist becomes an art world sensation but unearths a family scandal. And a bank manager who loves to gamble gets into trouble. Sometimes the con job hits close to home. STORIES Con Man Daddy You’re young, fun, and on the run from the law. One kid’s journey across the Deep South leads to a big confrontation with the man who inspired it all… Con Man Daddy. BIG thanks to Jason Russel Waller as well as his brothers, Randy and Kel, for sharing your story with Snap! Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot The Art Of The Con What if the real story is even better than the fake story they made up? A secret artist, an art world sensation, a family scandal. Thanks, Ron, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Andrew Stelzer with support from Anna Sussman Insidious by Shannon Cason LIVE And a bank manager who loves to gamble gets into trouble. This story was told live by Shannon Cason at Snap LIVE in Los Angeles. Original music by Alex Mandel and Tim Frick. Snap Classic - Season 15 - Episode 1
04/01/2449m 30s

The Stormy Night

A family leaves their busy life in Southern California to live in a little cabin in the woods, without electricity. But then, strange things start happening… it seems this family aren’t the only occupants of the cabin. And a story about a grandfather who makes monsters tremble. Snap Judgment presents, “The Stormy Night.” Real stories from people fighting for their loved ones. STORIES Northspur Storm Kathy and her kids leave a busy life in Southern California to live in a little cabin in the woods, without electricity. But then, strange things start happening. It seems Kathy and her children aren’t the only occupants of the cabin. Thank you, Kathy Bolte, for sharing your story with Spooked! Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Renzo Gorrio Shayne Koyczan’s Monsters LIVE Night creatures tremble in fear of Shane Koyczan's grandfather, until powers fail. This story contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners please be advised. This story was told by Shane at Snap LIVE in Los Angeles. Original Music by Alex Mandel, performed by Alex Mandel, Tim Frick, and David Brandt. Shane Koyczan is an award winning Canadian Poet, Author and Performer. He is also a TED Talks speaker. Shane's influential, anti-bullying, "To This Day Project" video went viral in early 2013 and currently has over 10 million views and counting. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 54
28/12/2349m 20s

The Gratitude Special

This week on Snap, the story of the first dog to travel around the world, a summer camp swimming contest to remember, plus - an earthquake that takes a man straight into the wreckage. We are so grateful for you, Snap Nation. Thank you for listening and supporting our show! Cheers to you and yours this holiday season. STORIES The Best Little Swimmer Terry Galloway is ten years old and absolutely in love with the idea of summer camp. The only problem is, her family can’t afford it. But after she fails a hearing test at school, Terry learns that she is deaf -- and also eligible to attend The Lions Camp for Crippled Children, a summer camp that is free to kids with disabilities. The summer of 1960, just got way more exciting. Terry Galloway is a writer, director and performer for stage, radio, and film. For more about Terry’s childhood in Texas, check out her book Mean Little Deaf Queer. Produced by Adizah Eghan, original score by Leon Morimoto The Dog That Went Around The World The story of the first dog to travel around the world (and refuse a free steak). Produced by Joe Rosenberg, sound design by Leon Morimoto Quake City Hero In 1989, an enormous earthquake struck the Bay Area. One of Oakland’s major arteries, the Cypress Freeway, collapsed. And one man named Raven, a local Oaklander, left his home, and dove into the wreckage to save lives. This story contains strong language, violence, and graphic imagery. Please take care while listening. This story comes from Liam O'Donoghue, host and producer of the podcast East Bay Yesterday. Produced by Liam O'Donoghue and Eliza Smith, original score by Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 53
21/12/2349m 18s

Movement

From the podcast, Movement, we spotlight the story of a self proclaimed “drunk drag queen,” and the music that saved them. Plus, we go on an adventure underwater to visit a secret kingdom for seahorses. STORIES Movement From the podcast, Movement, we spotlight the story of a self proclaimed “drunk drag queen,” and the music that saved them. Produced by Meklit Hadero and Ian Coss. The Movement show was co-created by Julie Caine. You can find all of San Cha’s music and projects at churchofsancha.com. If you want to find more stories at the crossroads of music and migration, search for “Movement with Meklit Hadero,” wherever you listen! Movement is supported by The Mellon Foundation and National Geographic Society, and distributed by PRX. Under Pressure After traumatic experiences underwater, a diver falls in love with the ocean again by building a secret kingdom for seahorses. BIG thanks to Roger Hanson. Roger’s writing a children’s book, called “A Seahorse of a Different Color,” about a unique seahorse who was born different. It comes out in June. Roger has previously been covered by the LA Times and Spectrum Channel 1, which called him the “world’s foremost expert on the Pacific Seahorse.” Seahorse Update: In September, pregnant Deep Blue stopped showing up. Roger thinks he was eaten by an octopus. He’s moved any remaining octopuses in the area and resettled them elsewhere. Produced by Liz Mak, original score by Leon Moriomoto Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 Episode 52
14/12/2348m 22s

Big Girls Don't Cry - Snap Classic

One beauty pageant. 12 contestants. 1000 rattlesnakes. And a story from a young girl who is confronted with the opportunity every kid at the orphanage dreamed of. Plus, the legendary Xiao Xiao. STORIES Been There Better Than That Glynn witnesses a lady show what real class looks like. 12 Pageant Queens, 1000 Snakes One beauty pageant. 12 contestants. 1000 rattlesnakes. Produced by Anna Sussman A Hard Knock Life Sharon Skolnick was nine years old and an orphan in the Murrow Indian Orphanage, when she was confronted with the opportunity every girl at the orphanage dreamed of. Find out more about artist Sharon Skolnick at here. Sound Design by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Anna Sussman Xiao Xiao When Cindy adopted a four year old girl from China, there was a lot the two didn’t understand about each other. Find out about Cindy’s story (and her books) at CindyChampnella.com. Sound Design by Pat Mesiti-Miller, produced by Anna Sussman Art by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 51
07/12/2348m 43s

Love Cats - Snap Classic

Two crazy cats and one hard-nosed reporter land in Syria right as it is thrown into turmoil. And a lovesick junior high kid will do anything to win over his crush. Even if that means going “undercover” for the US government. STORIES Wartime Cats Two crazy cats and one hard-nosed reporter land in Syria right as it is thrown into turmoil. Rasha Elass navigates her way through Damascus amidst government crackdowns and whistling missiles in search of the country she loves. This story contains graphic imagery and descriptions of wartime violence, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Rasha, for sharing your story with us! Rasha Elass is currently the editorial director at New Lines Magazine, where she first shared this story. She’s also working on a memoir about her childhood and reporting days in Syria. Follow what she’s up to on her website. Produced by David Exumé, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Danger 9b Richard Hatch is overseas on a top-secret mission… to win over Jill, the most elusive, electrifying student in his 7th-grade class. He isn’t suave or sophisticated, so he’s gonna need help from The Beatles, the Russians, and even the CIA to pull it off. Thank you, Richard Hatch aka Danger 9b, for sharing your story with us! Rick is back in the US and is putting the finishing touches on a kid-friendly memoir about his travels abroad. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff Season 14 – Episode 50
30/11/2348m 56s

The Hot Dog King of New York

This dog has everything: mustard, onions, a scrap with Giuliani, Vietnam Vets, and The Met. Everyone is coming for the Throne of the Hot Dog King of New York… Dan Rossi. And a camp for kids with dermatological issues reveals that some summer romances are more than skin deep. STORIES The Hot Dog King of New York This dog has everything: mustard, onions, a scrap with Giuliani, Vietnam Vets, and The Met. Everyone is coming for the Throne of the Hot Dog King of New York… Dan Rossi. This story contains strong language - sensitive listeners please be advised. A huge thank you to Dan Rossi for sharing his story with Snap! There is so much that we were not able to share with you about Dan’s experience. To find out more check out his new memoir The New York Hot Dog King: From Rags to Riches to Less Than Rags. You can also follow Dan on social media. Additional thanks to our friends at VICE, whose series MUNCHIES featured Dan back in 2019 and was a big inspiration for this story. Listen to the King’s tribute song featured in this episode recorded by The Burner Band. Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Clay Xavier, artwork by Teo Ducot. Skin Deep It's days before the big dance at Camp Discovery — and there's a problem. A few problems. But the kids at this camp are more used to problems than your average camper. Thanks to everyone in this episode! Learn more about Camp Discovery at aad.org. Produced by Sarah Harris with help from Anna Sussman. Sound design by Renzo Gorrio. Season 14 - Episode 49
23/11/2349m 12s

Seeking Shizuko

A young girl was lost to her family. Torn away from them during their time in the Japanese-American prison camps, she was institutionalized and thought to be gone. But now, somehow she is rumored to be alive. STORIES Seeking Shizuko A young girl was lost to her family. Torn away from them during their time in the Japanese-American prison camps, she was institutionalized and thought to be gone. But now, somehow she is rumored to be alive. A very big thank you to David “Mas” Masumoto for sharing his story. Mas wrote about Shizuko in his book, Secret Harvests. This story is part of Lisa’s podcast California Foodways. It gets support from California Humanities and the Food and Environment Reporting Network. Produced by Lisa Morehouse, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Nellie’s Pond When Peter Aguero got picked on as a kid, but it wasn’t the other kids he had to worry about. Hear more stories, and find where Peter’s performing next on his website, www.peteraguero.com Produced by Ana Adlerstein & Joe Rosenberg, sound design by Leon Morimoto Season 14 - Episode 48
16/11/2350m 38s

Rooty The Pig - Snap Classic

Rooty isn’t like most farm pigs, she’s a city pig. This 300-pound Vietnamese pot-bellied pig is a New Orleans girl. But when Hurricane Katrina hits, everything in Rooty’s world is threatened. BIG thanks to Jim & Connie for sharing their story with us! Thanks as well to Jeffery Tam & Dr. Alison Barca. Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Cheflee, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 47 - Snap Classic
09/11/2341m 28s

The Real Fleetwood Mac

Elmer Gantry gets an offer to join a notoriously unstable rock n’ roll band on a tour of the US. What could possibly go wrong? And the infamous Pine Tar Game of baseball superstar George Brett... told by the bat boy. STORIES The Real Fleetwood Mac Elmer Gantry gets an offer to join a notoriously unstable rock n’ roll band on a tour of the US. What could possibly go wrong? Thanks, Elmer, for sharing your story with us! Learn more about Elmer Gantry’s music in this blog post that producer John Fecile wrote for Aquarium Drunkard. Kirby Gregory still performs with the band Curved Air. Read an extensive history of Elmer Gantry’s Velvet Opera from the magazine Ugly Things. Listen to a 10-song Spotify playlist that we put together of Elmer’s songs and other tunes from the story. Special thanks to Mike Stax, Anja Stax, and David Prest. Original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, produced by John Fecile The Bat Boy And The Pine Tar Bat Every baseball fan has heard of the superstar hitter George Brett and his infamous Pine Tar Game…but have you heard of the bat boy’s version? For more info, check out Daniel Barbarisi’s story in the Wall Street Journal. Sound design by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Davey Kim Season 14 - Episode 46
02/11/2349m 24s

Nevermore - Spooked

We’re getting spooky again this week with a quirky haunting from the Monterey Bay Aquarium and a tale from a girl who escapes a ghostly force through astral projection. Be afraid… this Halloween special features supernatural stories from our evil twin podcast, Spooked, told by people who can barely believe it happened themselves. You can listen to Spooked for free on any podcast platform! Episodes drop weekly. STORIES Night at the Aquarium On Kevin’s night shift at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, things get wet, wild, and very very weird. BIG thanks to Kevin Wright and the magical Monterey Bay Aquarium. Thanks also to KAZU Radio in Monterey, California for its assistance. Original score by Yari Bundy & Renzo Gorrio, produced by Anne Ford Out of Body Tiyi just wants to get away from the man in the closet. What happens next changes her life forever. Thank you, Tiyi Schippers, for sharing your story with us! You can find more of her creepy tales on YouTube. Original score by Leon Morimoto, produced by Anne Ford Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 45
26/10/2349m 30s

Inside Out - Spooked

This week on Snap, a BigFoot story from Pawnee Nation and a tale from a traditional-Filipino-tattoo practitioner who rids people of ancestral spirits. Some spirits move on… others don’t want to leave. Be afraid… this Halloween special features supernatural stories from our evil twin podcast, Spooked told by people who can barely believe it happened themselves. You can listen to Spooked for free on any podcast platform! STORIES Big Man When the Big Guy shows up, you keep your mouth shut. Be afraid… Thank you to our storyteller for sharing his experiences. Original score by Yari Bundy, produced by Anne Ford Tattoo Exorcism Traditional-Filipino-tattoo practitioner, Lane Wilcken, is never scared when ancestral spirits visit during tattoo sessions. He knows that those spirits, the ones that are just stopping by, aren’t the ones you have to worry about. Thank you, Lane Wilcken, for sharing your story with us! Lane wrote the book on traditional Filipino tattooing — Filipino Tattoos: Ancient to Modern. Today, Lane is one of only twenty people in the world who practice Filipino tattooing in its traditional form. Original score by Lauryn Newson, produced by Zoë Ferrigno Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 44
19/10/2349m 29s

The Promise - Snap Classic

Promises. Some of them are worthless, some have infinite value, and some you will never know how much they are worth… until you have to cash them in. STORIES Birthday Glynn witnesses a miracle... his daughter's birth. Produced by Mark Ristich The Spy’s Son Bryan Denson was a court reporter for The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. It could be mind-numbing work sitting in the cheap seats of the American justice system. But then one day he got a tip about an espionage case coming in. The defendant was 24-year-old Nathan Nicholson. For Bryan it would turn out to be the story of a lifetime. For Nathan, it was the beginning of the end. To learn more about Nathan’s story, make sure to grab a copy of Bryan Denson’s book: The Spy’s Son. You can check out his other work on his website. Bryan also wrote a six-part series of Nathan’s story for The Oregonian. A big thanks to The Oregonian/OregonLive for allowing Snap Judgment to use tape from Bryan Denson’s interview with Nathan Nicholson. Original score and sound design by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Nancy López, artwork by Teo Ducot The Admission Pia's Letter of Acceptance from NYU should have been the best news she heard all day -- but her mother's reaction changed everything. See the film of Pia's amazing Snap Judgment LIVE in NYC performance. Reach out to Pia via Twitter @PiaGlenn / Insta: @Pia_Glenn Original score composed by Alex Mandel. Performed by Alex Mandel, Tim Frick, and David Brandt. Remember The Baby This radio play is about one of those days that you have that changes you forever. It comes from our friends at The Truth Podcast, and it was commissioned by The Sarah Awards from Sarah Lawrence College. It was written by Louis Kornfeld, and produced by Jonathan Mitchell. The part of ANN was played by Ann Carr, ADAM was played by Louis Kornfeld, and Amy Warren was the sister. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell Snap Classic - Season 14 - Episode 43
12/10/2350m 28s

Head Games - Snap Classic

This week on Snap, two stories about the human mind and how it can play tricks on you. A young man comes to terms with his mother’s profound mental illness. And a father of five and devout Mormon is dragged into a world that upends everything he knows to be true. STORIES “Tracy: My Ride-or-Die“ When Adult ISH host Nyge Turner turned 17, he became the caretaker for his ride-or-die: Tracy. His mom. This story was produced by YR Media‘s Adult ISH podcast (Mom ISH episode). Adult ISH is a culture, advice, and storytelling show about #adulting, that is produced entirely by folks who are “almost adults.” It’s distributed by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to subscribe and listen here. Sound Designer: DJ Clay Xavier “A Short Stay in Hell” A father of five and devout Mormon is dragged into a world that upends everything he knows to be true. This story comes to us from Believable, a new podcast from Narratively about how our stories define who we are. Each episode dives into a personal, eye-opening story where narratives conflict and different perspectives about the truth collide. Steve Peck works at Brigham Young University and tells this story to a microbiology class every year. Check out his novel, “A Short Stay in Hell“ which inspired this story. Listen and subscribe to Believable wherever you get your podcasts. Producer: Ash Sanders Lead Producer & Sound Designer: Ryan Sweikert Host & Executive Producer, Narratively Podcasts: Noah Rosenberg Production Assistant: Emily Rostek Story Consultant: Brendan Spiegel Art Direction: Vinnie Neuberg Believable Episode Art: Zoe Van Dijk Additional Support: Ula Kulpa and Russell Gragg Special Thanks: Made in New York Media Center and Brigham Young University “Head Games” episode artwork: Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 42 - Snap Classic
05/10/2349m 0s

Quagmire

Your kids love her, your in-laws fear her, but you can't do Friday date night without QANanny. The ice is cracking on Lake Huron... will it break the bond between two ice fishermen? And Dr. Ray Christian gets stuck in the mud at Burning Man. This week on Snap, stories of people trying to escape a mess of their own making. STORIES My Beloved QANanny Your kids love her, your in-laws fear her, but you can't do Friday date night without QANanny. Thank you, Josh Healey, for sharing your story with Snap! Produced by David Exumé, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff No Ice Is Safe Ice The ice is cracking on Lake Huron... will it break the bond between two ice fishermen? Thank you Steve, Jeremy, and Telaine for sharing your story with us. This episode was originally aired on Points North, podcast from Interlochen Public Radio. Go listen now for more stories about land, water, and inhabitants of the Great Lakes! Produced by Dan Wanschura, original score by Clay Xavier, edited by Nancy Lopez and John Fecile Mud Burn Dr. Ray Christian gets stuck in the mud… at Burning Man. Thanks, Ray, for telling us this tale. Go check out Ray’s podcast, What’s Ray Saying, for a deeper view into Black life in America and all things Ray. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 41
28/09/2348m 48s

Blood Oath - Snap Classic

Some commitments go way beyond words. STORIES True Friends Glynn discovers the true meaning of friendship. The Belfast Project It’s not always easy to deal with the past, especially if it’s a troubled one. Do you hold on to it or do you let it go? For Anthony McIntyre the answer was easy. Anthony McIntyre is a journalist and you can check out his writings on his website: The Pensive Quill. Thank you to Ed Moloney for sharing the archival tape of the Brendan Hughes interviews from the Belfast Project that were featured in his book, Voices from the Grave. Sound design by Renzo Gorrio, Produced by Nancy Lopez Love Me Two best friends have never met in person ... and one of them insists they keep it that way. That was Allison Williams, and that piece was produced by Mira Burt-Wintonick  and Cristal Duhaime for CBC's Love Me. You can hear more at cbc.ca/loveme or subscribe on iTunes. 13 Ways To Destroy A Painting How far would you go to save the person you love? This radio play was adapted from Amber Sparks’s story, 13 Ways of Destroying a Painting, from her short story collection The Unfinished World. You can find more of her work at www.ambernoellesparks.com Narrator: Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller, produced by Eliza Smith Season 14 - Episode 40
21/09/2350m 10s

Senior Year Mixtape - Snap Classic

It’s Senior Year and Alex, Damaris, and Brantin have been waiting for the day they get to leave Mission High and enter adulthood. Snap follows the three students for a whole year as their dreams turn into reality. Plus, we have life updates from the students about what they’re doing now. A very special thank you to our heroes: Brantin, Damaris and Alex. Thank you also to Mission High School Principal Eric Guthertz, everyone in the Wellness Center and our guide Chandra Shivakumar. Produced by Adizah Eghan, Liz Mak, Eliza Smith, Anna Sussman, and Mark Ristich Original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller and Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 39
14/09/2353m 19s

The Medicine Man

Chris Lundy always wanted to figure out why his family took him to see a Vodou priest and how this treatment made him better. And a group paratroopers go on a trip with their Sergeant that’s out of this world. STORIES Magic Potion Vodou Chris Lundy has always wanted to figure out why his family took him to see a Vodou priest and how this treatment made him better. There is one explicit word in this story. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Big thanks to Chris Lundy for sharing your story! Chris is a storyteller who's performed at First Person Arts, RISK!, USA Today's Storytellers Project, and more. Major thanks to WHYY's The Pulse, who originally aired this story. Their podcast features stories about people and places at the heart of health and science. Check it out!! This story was produced and reported by Chris Lundy and Justin Kramon. It was edited by Maiken Scott and Lindsay Lazarski. Sound design by Maiken Scott. Engineering by Charlie Kaier. Special thanks to Dieu Nalio Chery for his help on the story. Acid Jump When morale was low among the paratroopers in his company, Sergeant Ray Christian takes them on a trip. Thanks Ray for telling us your story! Check out Ray’s podcast, What’s Ray Saying, and follow him on Twitter. Original score and sound design by Leon Morimoto, produced by Adizah Eghan Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 38
07/09/2348m 49s

Campfire Tales X

There are some stories we are afraid to tell. Some truths only happen after dark. And some secrets can only be shared around the fire. We proudly present, “Campfire Tales X.” An annual tradition featuring supernatural stories from our evil-twin podcast, Spooked. STORIES Smell Ya Later After Laura’s husband gets a fatal diagnosis, he promises to contact her from beyond the grave. But how will she know it’s really him? Original score by Leon Morimoto, produced by Anne Ford Paper Route Premonition Alyssa is taking over her friend’s paper route for the week. It’s a fun way to make a little money. There’s just this one house that’s freaking her out … Original score by Yari Bundy, produced by Anne Ford Stormwalker When Roberta is a little girl, there’s nothing scarier than the thought of being caught out in a big storm. One day, her worst fear comes true … and then someone shows up Original score by Yari Bundy, produced by Anne Ford Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 37
31/08/2354m 40s

Shut Up Rick

Did you ever have that one friend that you didn’t want but it turns out you really need? This week on Snap, epic stories about unexpected companionship. STORIES Shut Up Rick He’s called Shut Up Rick. Let’s hear what he has to say. Thank you Bucky Sinister and Rick Loddy. Bucky is a poet, author, and comedian — to learn more about Bucky’s work and what he’s up to now, subscribe to his substack. Original score by Clay Xavier, produced by Zahra Noorbaksh and John Fecile Rock Paper Scissors When the two greatest auction houses in the world – Christie’s and Sotheby’s – vied for the privilege of auctioning off $20 million worth of art in 2004, little did they know that they would be forced to engage in an ancient form of ritualized combat known as… rock paper scissors. Be sure to check out Carol Vogel’s original New York Times article. Produced by Joe Rosenberg The Kipling Hotel - LIVE A young, penniless student arrives at UCLA with no place to stay and is forced to improvise. Performed by Don Reed at Snap LIVE in San Francisco, CA. Music composed by Alex Mandel, performed by the Snap Judgment Players: Alex Mandel, David Brandt, and Tim Frick Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 – Episode 36
24/08/2351m 20s

Batwoman

A woman takes animal rehabilitation to new heights when she brings over a thousand bats back from the dead. And a Snap producer reveals he owes a lot to one single hairy flying creature. Snap Judgment presents, “Batwoman.” True stories about animals told by humans. STORIES Batwoman A woman in Texas takes animal rehabilitation to new heights when she brings over a thousand bats back from the dead. There is an explicit word in this story. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Mary Warwick, for sharing your story with us! Big thanks also to The Houston Humane Society, The TWRC Wildlife Center, and the Batworld Sanctuary in Texas – whose staff protect and rehabilitate bats, and provide education and training on the proper treatment of bats to people all over the US. Original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, produced by Shaina Shealy Bless the Bat Snap Producer, John Fecile, tells us how he got where is he today. Original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, produced by John Fecile Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 35
17/08/2342m 55s

The Loophole - Snap Classic

Have you ever wanted something so badly you’d do anything to make it happen? Sixteen-year-old Mohamed decides to dig deep in his religion to take the next step with his crush. There’s no love like young love… especially when it’s a secret. This story contains strong language, discusses sexuality, and mentions corporal punishment. Please take care while listening. BIG thanks to Mohamed Ali for sharing his story with us! Mohamed is an artist and comedian, he just got back to Canada after spending the last few years working and performing in Southeast Asia. Check out his Instagram! Special thanks to Zahra Noorbakhsh. Big thanks as well to Zaiba Hasan & her crew from the podcast Mommying While Muslim. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Music Spotlight: “Honest” by Jada Imani (produced by Dakim) Jada Imani is an East St. Louis-born, Bay Area-raised Hip-Hop R&B artist and organizer. In addition to a whole bunch of great music, Jada recently launched a new product line called “Good For The Soul”. Be sure to check out her Patreon and follow her on social media! This song comes to us from the compilation Water For The Town Vol. 4, a project series from SmartBomb created to raise mutual aid and awareness for various organizations and grassroots movements doing vital work right here in Oakland. The song is produced by Dakim, be sure to check out more of Dakim’s music and follow them on Instagram! Snap Classic - Season 14 - Episode 34
11/08/2349m 0s

A Feminist Call to Prayer from Ritually

Nelufar grew up with a Muslim upbringing, and she’s about to dig into a ritual that’s at the center of her religion: the daily call to prayer. It’s a practice uniting 1.8 billion Muslims around the world. But, for a lot of reasons, Nelufar never felt completely comfortable responding to that call. So Nelufar, she tries a slightly different approach. This episode comes to us from our friends at Ritually. It’s Nelufar Hedayat’s new podcast, from Brazen Media. And In each episode, she tries out a new spiritual or wellness ritual to find out if practicing it can actually make you feel better. Want to hear more? Listen to Ritually wherever you get your podcasts! BIG thanks to the entire Ritually team over there for their work on this beautiful piece: Sarah Kendal, Susie Armitage, Clair Urbahn, Troy Holmes, Bradley Hope, Tom Wright, Mariangel Gonzales, Lucy Woods, Charlotte Cooper, Francesca Gilardi Quadrio Curzio, Nour Abdel Latif, Megan Dean, Ryan Ho, and Julien Pradier. Ritually’s theme music is by Amaroun. Original music is by Jay Brown. Artwork by Ryan Ho and Julien Pradier Season 14 - Episode 33
03/08/2348m 28s

The Social Experiment - Snap Classic

Two comic story tellers, Dino Archie and James Judd, bring you love, bromance and a summer camp exorcism with sock puppets. This episode contains explicit language. STORIES The Legend of Sweet Foot Comedian Dino Archie got into a bar fight that blossomed into a bromance. The bond with his soulmate ripens over crab trapping, bankruptcy, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. Camp Exorcist Comedian James Judd dreams of being kidnapped, falling in love with a human hair blanket, and a church camp exorcism…you know, the kind with googly-eyed sock puppets. Original Music by Bells Atlas  Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 14 - Episode 32
27/07/2348m 44s

The Ledge

Strapped in a harness, on the edge of a mountain, the snow bridge lets out a hollow crack as it gives way. The story of two climbers whose fates are intertwined by a length of rope. Big thanks to Jim Davidson for sharing his story! Jim wrote a book with Kevin Vaughan about surviving the fall on Mt. Rainier, called The Ledge. He also wrote a book about his experiences during and after the Nepal earthquake called The Next Everest. Check them out! Original score by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Justin Kramon, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 31
21/07/2349m 2s

Buds - Snap Classic

Weed brownies, firefighting, and friendship. Amazing stories by friends, about the friend you did not expect. STORIES Weed Brownies At school, Alia Volz was a weird kid without a lot of friends. She had a secret... after school, she’d go home and help her mom make and sell weed brownies all over San Francisco. But one day, Alia discovered something about her mom’s business that turned her secret into a burden that was far more painful than she could have imagined. Thank you, Alia, for sharing your story with Snap! Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Doug Stuart Up in Smoke Firefighting runs through Nyge’s bloodline. But he had no idea what it would cost to pursue this family dream. This story was produced by YR Media's Adult ISH podcast. Adult ISH is a culture, advice, and storytelling show about #adulting, that is produced entirely by folks who are "almost adults". It’s distributed by PRX’s Radiotopia. Listen to more episodes of Adult ISH and subscribe! Produced by Nyge Turner and Davey Kim, sound design by Clay Xavier, Marcel Angelo, and Davey Kim Letters from Lockdown Thank you to all of our storytellers from around the world for sharing your stories with us! Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 30
13/07/2349m 21s

Young Black Male from You Didn't See Nothin'

Yohance Lacour is writing plays and selling weed on the south side of Chicago in the 90's. When a young black boy nearby is attacked in "the wrong part of town" Yohance knows he must respond not just with words, but action. Sensitive listeners should know that this story references a racist hate crime and contains racist language. You Didn’t See Nothin’ is a production of the Invisible Institute and USG Audio. The podcast is written and reported by Yohance Lacour with Bill Healy, Dana Brozostkelleher, Erisa Apantaku and Sarah Geis. Sound design, mixing, and music supervision by Steven Jackson and Phil Dmochowski at the Audio Non-Visual Company. Original music by Taka Yasuzawa and Alex Sugiura. Executive produced by Alison Flowers and Jamie Kalven for the Invisible Institute, and Josh Bloch for USG Audio. Production support by Jennifer Sears. Fact-checking by Angely Mercado. Archival audio used in this episode is from C-Span, CBS Evening News, NPR, MSNBC, NBC News, WBEZ, Dateline, CNN, WTTW, Universal Pictures, Columbia Pictures, Youtube, CBS Chicago, The Today Show, WMag, and Conus. Listen to the rest of You Didn't See Nothin’ wherever you get your podcasts or at usgaudio.com Season 14 - Episode 29
06/07/2348m 50s

The Hitchhiker's Guide To America - Snap Classic

A man walks off the side of a California highway, deep into the patchy grassland, to build a life away from the rest of the world. And a storyteller travels through a Chicago neighborhood with his grandmother… into a time machine. STORIES The Hitchhiker's Guide To America A man walks off the side of a California highway, deep into the patchy grassland, to build a life away from the rest of the world. Sensitive listeners should know that this story contains a description of a car accident. Thank you, Gregory, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Tessa Paoli, original score by Derek Barber Time Traveler A few weeks ago, writer and performer Jacoby Cochran walked through a Chicago neighborhood and into a time machine. That’s where the story begins… This story contains explicit language and references racial violence. Please take care while listening. Thank you, Jacoby, for sharing your story with us! For more of Jacoby’s work, please head on over to jacobycochran.com. Produced by Regina Bediako & Anna Sussman, original score by Clay Xavier Artwork by Teo Ducot
29/06/2347m 26s

Smoke and Water

A man sages houses in his Southern Cheyenne community to rid them of unwanted powers and spirts. But when he encounters a stubborn entity he must step into his own power. And a work retreat in the jungle brings a doctor face-to-face with its protector. This week on Snap, we’re bringing you supernatural stories from our evil twin podcast, Spooked. For more stories from the other side of the veil — listen to Spooked for free on any podcast platform! STORIES Always Be Polite John Henson regularly smokes off houses for his friends and family. He’s learned to do it through years of observing family members.  Now he is trusted by his Native Southern Cheyenne community to do it for others.He comes in, prays for the home, and goes on his way. But when he encounters a very stubborn entity outside his friend’s home, he has to step into his own power and get it to go, all while being polite. BIG thanks to, John Henson, for sharing your story with us! Original score by Leon Morimoto, produced by Chris Hambrick & Anne Ford Pee Afraid Dr. Aammton Alias has a work retreat in the jungle. And when he gets there … he’s gotta go. Thank you, Dr. Aammton, for sharing your story! Original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, produced by Anne Ford Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 27
22/06/2352m 39s

Backstage III

Some of the best storytellers around have gathered to tell stories. Not for a huge audience -- but for each other. Snap presents, “Backstage III.” An episode made of love and laughter featuring Glynn Washington, Shannon Cason, Dino Archie, Joyce Lee, Don Reed, and Dr. Ray Christian! This episode contains explicit language and discusses firearms. Sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you to all the amazing storytellers! Dino Archie is tearing up the comedy world with a brand new special on YouTube, Toxic But Safe. Joyce Lee's got a book coming out. Don Reed is touring his one man performance, The Never Too Late Show. Dr. Ray Christian is combining forces with The Moth for the return his podcast, What's Ray Saying. You can hear more of Shannon Cason’s brutally honest storytelling on his podcast, Homemade Stories. Produced by Mark Ristich. The original Backstage episodes were produced by Nikka Singh. Season 14 - Episode 26
15/06/2349m 35s

The Kid Who Built An Urban Tree House To Survive from Uncuffed

As kids many of us dreamt of building and playing in a tree house. For Donald Vaughn, also known as “fish”, that became his everyday reality… but it was far from a dream. Cold, hungry and all alone, Vaughn was kicked out of his house at 11 years old, and built a makeshift treehouse in order to survive. Anthony Ivy, an Uncuffed producer at Solano State prison, asked Vaughn to share his nightmare of being unloved, unkept and isolated. Thank you, Donald Vaughn, for sharing your story! This piece comes from our friends at Uncuffed. You can listen to KALW’s Uncuffed, for more stories produced inside California state prisons, wherever you get your podcasts. Follow @WeAreUncuffed on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. To learn more, sign up for Uncuffed news, and support the program at www.weareuncuffed.org Produced by Anthony Ivy Sound design by Eric "Maserati-E" Abercrombie Edited by Andrew Stelzer and Sonia Paul Artwork by Teo Ducot Uncuffed’s work in prisons is supported by the California Arts Council, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and donations from listeners. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. Content is approved by an information officer. Season 14 - Episode 25
08/06/2312m 6s

Bodies in Motion

When the music is within you, how far would you go to dance again? A young ballerina is diagnosed with scoliosis just as her passion for ballet begins. And Glynn's summer love turns serious when his church elders have a word with his father about the separation of the races. Bodies in Motion When the music is within you, how far would you go to dance again? A young ballerina is diagnosed with scoliosis just as her passion for ballet begins. A huge thank you to, Sophie Kohn, for sharing her story with Snap! Sophie is a writer and producer with CBC comedy. Follow her on Twitter. This piece was based on her essay “Body in Motion” which was originally published at Hazlitt.net Special thanks to David Exumé for his help with this story. Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Niagara Falls At sixteen, Glynn's summer love turns serious when his church elders come to have a word with his father about the separation of the races. Produced by Stephanie Foo, told by Glynn Washington at Snap LIVE Season 14 - Episode 24
07/06/2336m 33s

Chaotic Good - Snap Classic

Today on Snap, we join a notorious anarchist organization in the midst of chaos and travel to the Syrian desert to meet a monk. STORIES Chaotic Good Malaclypse was part of a dangerous anarchist group. They stole, they killed, they escaped, until one day when Malaclypse could run no further... Original score by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Jazmin Aguilera Modern Love When Stephanie Saldana was 27 years old, she thought her calling was to become a nun. But at a monastery in the Syrian desert, she met a monk who made her rethink everything. This story comes to us from Modern Love: The Podcast. It’s a collaboration between The New York Times and WBUR in Boston, where they take pieces from the Modern Love column, and ask actors to perform them. This story is read by Linda Cardellini. Sound design by John Perotti, produced by Caitlin O’Keefe Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 23 - Snap Classic
01/06/2326m 50s

Duality - Snap Classic

When Tameer gets hit in the head as a kid, he inherits an entire new lifetime of memories. Original score by Renzo Gorrio, producer by Shaina Shealy, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 22
30/05/2324m 34s

The Lion, The Lamb, And The Fox - Snap Classic

Amaryllis was fast on track to become an established journalist when her mentor was kidnapped and killed by a terrorist group. She decided she had to give up the transparency of journalism if she wanted to truly help curb terror, and instead joined the shadow world of the CIA. But the shadow world had its own cost. A big thanks to Amaryllis Fox for sharing her story with us. You can buy her book on Knopf, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Leon Morimoto, artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic – Season 10, Episode 31
25/05/2344m 38s

Dirty Work - Snap Classic

This week on Snap Judgment… it's the tough jobs, the rough jobs, the roll up your sleeves and get it done jobs. When the oddest man in town is arrested for murder, only one lawyer steps up to represent him. Plus misadventures under the Not-So-Big Top. STORIES The Writing Is On The Wall When the scariest man in town is arrested for murder, only one lawyer volunteers to represent him... Produced by Joe Rosenberg, sound design by Renzo Gorrio Corrections: In a previous version, McCracken Poston is referred to as both a state senator and state representative.  He was a state representative, not a state senator.  Also, Virginia Ridley is described as having last been seen in public in 1980, 17 years before the events described in this story.  In fact it was in 1970, 27 years before. The Indiana Bust-Out How does a well-mannered math kid become a first-class hustler? Through the ancient carnie tradition of "The Indiana Bust-Out." Check out Pete’s book -- Eyeing the Flash: The Making of a Carnival Con Artist Produced by Davey Kim, sound design by Leon Morimoto and Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 20
18/05/2350m 20s

The Road to Boito

Two sisters, Magi and Memo, track down an American man accused of sexual abuse at a children's home in Kenya. It’s a story spanning two continents… following those who give everything to make things right.This story, while not graphic, does involve child abuse, including sexual abuse, and the death of a child. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.Thank you so much to everyone in this story. To Magi and Memo, for sharing your lives with us over the past two years. Magi has started a GoFundMe to raise money for the survivors of the Dow Children's Home.To Janice and especially to Joy — Kongoi for your courage and your strength. Kongoi as well to Geoffrey Ng’tich, Beatrice Korir, and Joshua Abudoh.Translation by Caroline ChebetRecording engineers: Josh Wilcox, Ryan Geesaman, and CoconutOriginal score by Renzo GorrioProduced and reported by Halima Gikandi and John FecileArtwork by Teo DucotSeason 14 - Episode 19
11/05/2352m 14s

Lost In Vegas

The first time someone says I love you could be the same moment you never see them again… Liz and John are lost in the chaos and struggling to find their way to safety when a country music concert in Vegas becomes the site of a senseless tragedy. This story references an incidence of mass gun violence. Know that while this story does contain trauma it is not only a story of trauma… it’s a story of love, community, caring, and hope. A tremendous thank you to Liz Heaton for sharing her story with us. This story was produced by Dave Nadelberg, creator of the global stage show and podcast Mortified, now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Additional production support from Joey Fischground and Zahra Noorbakhsh The original score for this story was by Dirk Schwarzhoff Special thanks to Neil Katcher and Jessica Lawrence Season 14 - Episode 18
05/05/2317m 30s

Fortress of Solitude - Snap Classic

Jay J. Armes was a real life superhero... until real life intruded. And after living in darkness for decades, a man’s life changes forever when someone suddenly switches the lights on. STORIES Jay J. Armes, Private Eye Jay J. Armes was a real life superhero... until real life intruded. Produced by Vanessa Rancano, sound design by Leon Morimoto Switched On Imagine spending the first four decades of your life in darkness. Then imagine that someone suddenly switches the lights on. John Elder Robison is a writer, speaker and advocate for people with autism. Be sure to check out his Neurodiversity work at the College of William and Mary as well as his car restoration work at Robison Services. Produced and scored by Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 17
27/04/2349m 7s

Girl Scout Cookies - Snap Classic

As a littler girl, Jen Kober discovered the allure of being a Brownie Scout… the Girl Scout Cookie. Holding out for Girl Scout Cookie release day was another struggle all together. Performed Live by Jen Kober at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Music written by Alex Mandel and performed by the Snap Players Alex Mandel, Tim Frick and David Brand Season 14 - Episode 17
25/04/2315m 44s

Tongue Tied - Snap Classic

Sometimes what you want to say, what you mean, and what comes out of your mouth are entirely different things. STORIES I Love You Dadbot James Vlahos wanted to keep his dad around for as long as possible, so he saved the best part about him in the best way he knew how. Vlahos is also working on a book, Talk To Me, about Silicon’s Valley’s quest to create conversation-making A.I.s. Check out his article about Dadbot in Wired Magazine. Follow James on Twitter. Original Score by Renzo Gorrio, produced Jazmin Aguilera Date With The Devil When he was younger, Greg Stone was always a good boyfriend. Or, he tried to be. Greg Stone is a comedian living in New York. You can also hear him on his podcast, The Rad Dude Cast. Check out Greg’s website. Original Score by Leon Morimoto, produced by Liz Mak My Big Pee Break Actress Diona Reasonover was on the brink of her big break. But she never expected it to happen while she was on her vacation. Diona Reasonover is an actress who lives in LA, you can check out her writing on “I Love You America” with Sarah Silverman on Hulu. Produced by Adizah Eghan Sherlock Hound Kirby Verret’s grandpa was a Houma who just wanted to hunt and be free on the Louisiana bayou. He couldn’t be bothered by anyone...except for his best friend, Brown the dog. Produced by Stephanie Foo Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 16
21/04/2340m 19s

Cat Bone Curse from Spooked

Todd’s uncle was one mean son of a biscuit. But long after he’s dead and gone, his descendants worry that his meanness might rub off on them. Master storyteller Todd Narron is our tour guide as we explore the mysterious, spooky American South. This story comes to us from our evil twin podcast, Spooked. Episodes drop weekly on Friday! Featuring brand new stories - along with episodes previously available only by subscription. Listen for free on any podcast platform. Thank you, Todd Narron, for sharing your stories with us! If you want more stories from Todd, check out his incredible books: Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men & Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men: Series 2 - The Dead Ones. Season 14 - Episode 15
17/04/2316m 8s

The Haunting of Radio Centro from Spooked

Everyone who works at Radio Centro knows it’s haunted. But Guillermo, the host on the station’s paranormal show “Tell it Tonight,” is about to discover that he has psychic powers that make him susceptible to the station’s haunts. This story comes to us from our evil twin podcast, Spooked. A show full of true supernatural tales that will keep you up at night. Spooked episodes now drop every week on Friday! Featuring brand new stories -- along with episodes previously available only by subscription. Listen for free on any podcast platform. Be afraid… Big, big love to Guillermo, thank you for sharing your story with the Spooked. The original score for that story was by Renzo Gorrio, it was produced by Fernando Hernandez Translation for that piece is by Fernando Hernandez, Renzo Gorrio, and Nestor Gomez Artwork by Sanaa Khan Season 14 - Episode 15
14/04/2331m 52s

Whip Law from The Wind

The supersonic crack of a whip echoes through downtown Reno. It’s an art form to some, a concern to others, and for one person it’s the start of their search for Nando, the master whip-maker. This episode was produced by Fil Corbitt for their podcast THE WIND. The Wind is made at a handmade desk in the Sierra Nevada. Search for The Wind wherever you listen to podcasts. The music in this episode was written specifically for this story. The original score was composed and performed by Emily Pratt who makes music under the name Howls Road. This final song was by Yclept Insan. You can hear Emily Pratt’s full soundtrack, plus photos of the whips, and much more at TheWind.ORG/SNAP Thank you to Emily Pratt, Mike Corbitt, and Anjeanette Damon for advice and support on this piece. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 13
07/04/2350m 24s

Snappas Make Snap Snap at SnapJudgment.org

We need you. I need you. Go to SnapJudgment.org and show your support for Snap. Give what you can at whatever level is comfortable for you. Let’s Keep Snap Snappin' -- Glynn
06/04/232m 46s

Watching Over Mountain Village - Snap Classic

Mountain Village is an Alaska Native town in the middle of nowhere. One woman is the town’s only police officer and she alone is responsible for the safety of everyone there. Her track record is perfect until one day when she responds to a call that changes everything. This story discusses suicide, violence, and contains strong language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. We can’t thank Anna Bill and Jim and Eunice Bryan enough for sharing their stories with us. We also want to thank Cathy Moses and the Mountain Village Tribal Council for their time and patience. Additional thanks to Francine Chiklak, Johanna Eurich, Steve Hiemel, Shane Iverson, Anna Rose MacArthur, Lori Townsend, and Anna Walters. In addition to Anna Bill’s work, Mountain Village is tackling its suicide and public safety crises with grassroots community programs, as well as a tribal court system that focuses on restorative justice. You can learn more about them here and here. A version of this story was first reported for NPR affiliate KYUK in Bethel, Alaska in 2018. If you’re interested in learning more about rural Alaska and its public safety crisis, we recommend following KYUK and KNBA’s coverage, as well as ProPublica’s Lawless series. Produced by Teresa Cotsirilos, original score by Renzo Gorrio If you or a loved one is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Snap Classic - Season 14 - Episode 12
31/03/2349m 19s

Winning Colors

She’s stunning grey, sleek as a race car, and stronger than all the boys. Her name is Winning Colors and for Dino and Miami she’s the long shot of a lifetime. This story contains strong language and includes descriptions of gambling, sensitive listeners please be advised. If gambling has become a problem for you or for someone you know, you can call 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) to seek free, confidential, 24/7 problem gambling assistance. A huge thank you to Mark “Miami” Paul for sharing his story with Snap! Wondering what happened to Winning Colors? After her 1988 Kentucky Derby crown the big grey filly retired the following year with eight career wins. In 2000, she was inducted into the U.S. National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. In 2008, at the age of 23 Winning Colors was laid to rest in Lexington, Kentucky. To find out more about Miami and Winning Colors’ story - check out Miami’s book, “The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told”  Original score by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Bo Walsh, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 11
23/03/2349m 35s

Boricua en la Luna from WNYC Studios & Futuro Studios

“Boricua En La Luna” is a classic anthem about a young man born outside Puerto Rico, who dreams of going back to his parents’ home but never does. Based on a poem written by Juan Antonio Corretjer, the song vividly evokes themes of displacement and connection. And it asserts that Puertoricanness exists no matter where one lives, declaring, “yo seria borincano aunque naciera en la luna” – “I would be Puerto Rican even if I were born on the moon.” But… what would happen if someone Puerto Rican were actually born on the moon? This week on Snap, we bring you an amazing story from “La Brega” a co-production of WNYC Studios and Futuro Studios. They asked the acclaimed Puerto Rican writer Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón to answer this question in a short fictional story. Kelvin is the first human born on the moon, and finds himself growing up there alone. By listening to recordings sent by his grandmother, he learns to love the island he’s never seen. But when he finally meets someone else on the lunar surface, Kelvin is faced with a dilemma about his attachment to both the moon and to Puerto Rico, and how much he can hold onto his two identities. Performances by Keren Lugo (Jessica), Nancy Ticotin (Marielena) and Jesús del Orden (Kelvin). Sound design by Joe Plourde. Listen to the Spotify playlist, featuring music from this episode – and this season of La Brega. They add to it each week as new episodes come out. Special thanks to Kelly Gillespie, Ana María Dîaz Burgos, Orlando Javier Torres, Juanluis Ramos, and Olga Casanova-Burgess. And thank you to the other voices who brought this episode to life: Brian Lehrer, Melissa Harris Perry, Nancy Solomon, Stephen Nessen, Jeff Spurgeon, Kerry Nolan, Terrance McKnight, Brigid Bergin, Natalia Ramirez and Elliott Forrest. Fact checking by Istra Pacheco and Maria Soledad. This season of La Brega is made possible by the Mellon Foundation. Artwork by Fernando Norat Season 14 - Episode 10
16/03/2335m 47s

The Border Hacker - Snap Classic

A computer hacker tries to make his way home through two countries, dense jungle, and a seemingly endless string of technical challenges. Produced by Adizah Eghan + Levi Vonk, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic – Season 10 Episode 4
09/03/2349m 50s

Not So Tiny Dancer

On the frozen tundra, a polar bear guide wakes up to a loud THUMP on the side of his ice buggy. It’s his 1,000 pound buddy, Dancer. And he wants a cup of coffee. Thank you, Dennis Comparye, for sharing your story with us! To learn more about his work to help the Polar Bears, email Dennis: polarbearfilmfund@gmail.com Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 8
03/03/2333m 10s

The Baton

When a tsunami wipes out everything Rizal’s ever known, he has to find a way to survive on his own. Thanks so much to, Rizal Sahputra, who spoke with us over the course of several years for this story! Learn more about Rizal’s story or email him: rizalcalang1984@gmail.com Produced by Liz Mak, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 7
24/02/2333m 40s

The Turning: Room of Mirrors

In every ballet studio, there is a wall of mirrors. It reflects the people within. They’re part of a closed, elite group that asks for sacrifice and devotion from its members. This insular community produces iconic artists. It’s founded on a strict power structure, often with one man at the top. By tracing the origins of this unusual lifestyle, starting with the legacy of choreographer George Balanchine and the intimate stories of young dancers, we expose the beauty of an art form and the complexity of ballet culture. This episode contains sexual misconduct. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. This story came to us from the podcast The Turning from creators Rococo Punch and iHeartPodcasts. It was produced by Erika “Once a Snappa always a Snappa” Lantz and Alin Lantz Lesser. Editing by Emily Forman. Sound Design by James Trout. Assistant Producer is Jessica Kariisa. Digital production by Andrea Asuaje. Fact checking by Andrea López-Cruzado. Executive producers Jessica Alpert, John Perotti, Katrina Norvell, and Nikki Ettore. There are more episodes of The Turning, exploring the world of ballet, you can find wherever you get your podcasts.  Find more information and pictures on Instagram @RococoPunch. Season 14 - Episode 6
17/02/2349m 3s

Rivals - Snap Classic

A suitcase filled with old audiotapes ignites a woman’s imagination. A doppelgänger finds out that she looks like one of the most famous people in the country - who everybody hates. And a whirlwind romance goes south. STORIES Dueling Dads Glynn comes face to face with his nemesis in the least likely of places... a playground. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller Suitcase of Love and Shame In 2009, Jane Gillooly came across an item on Ebay that piqued her imagination. The picture was of a suitcase filled with old audiotapes. The listing’s title was “Suitcase of Love and Shame.” This story contains adult situations, young Snappas please be advised. You can purchase Jane’s feature-length documentary film, Suitcase of Love and Shame, on Amazon and learn more about it at Cinemaguild. Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Leon Morimoto Tonya for Hire What if one day you found out you look like one of the most famous people in the country -- who everybody hates? Lynn Harris is an author, commentator, award-winning journalist and mostly-retired comedian. She has a business, Gold Comedy, that teaches comedy to teenage girls. You can find her performing on stage as Tonya Harding here. Produced by Liz Mak, original score by Leon Morimoto Love Rival After a whirlwind romance, Brian and Vanessa get married and move to Kinshasa. Everything is going well until she shows up. Thanks to Vanessa Woods for sharing her story. Love Rival was produced by Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime with Jodie Taylor You can hear more at cbc.ca/loveme or subscribe on iTunes. Click here to listen to more of Jodie's work. Produced by Mira Burt-Wintonick, Cristal Duhaime, and Jodie Taylor Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 14 - Episode 5
10/02/2349m 33s

Into the Abyss

A rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and a criminal find themselves enduring freezing temperatures in the remote wilderness after their plane crashes in Northern Canada.  A huge thank you to Erik Vogel, the late Larry Shaben, and his daughter Carol Shaben for sharing this story with Snap! There is so much more we are not able to share with you about Erik and Larry’s experience. To find out more about what transpired with Wapiti Flight 402, checkout Carol Shaben’s book, “Into the Abyss,” from Grand Central Publishing. Special thanks to Nikka Singh for his help with this story. Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 4
03/02/2345m 49s

Pt 2: The Search for No Name Aporva - Snap Classic

A woman arrives in India only to discover that the baby she’s there to adopt has just been rescued from an orphanage tied to a child trafficking ring. Listen to Part Two of this amazing journey.  BIG thanks to Danielle and Annaporva Green for sharing your story with Snap. Read more incredible stories from Danielle in her book, A Magnificent Obsession. Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio  Snap Classic - Season 14 Episode 3
27/01/2329m 40s

Pt 1: The Search for No Name Aporva - Snap Classic

When 14-year-old Annaporva finally decides to ask her mother about her biological family a story so unexpected unravels – there’s kingpins, death threats, and Maneka Gandhi. A HUGE thank you to Danielle and Annaporva Green for sharing your story with Snap. For more stories from Danielle, check out her book, A Magnificent Obsession. Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio Be sure to listen to next week’s Snap episode to hear Part Two of this story. Snap Classic - Season 14 Episode 2
20/01/2349m 40s

This Is Uncomfortable from Marketplace

Toying with criminals is a dangerous game. This week, Marketplace brings Snap a chain-smoking internet detective who plays to win. A version of this story originally aired on Marketplace’s This Is Uncomfortable, a show about life and how money messes with it. If you want to hear more, check out This Is Uncomfortable wherever you get podcasts. BIG thanks to the This Is Uncomfortable team: Reema Khrais, Zoe Saunders, Karen Duffin, Alice Wilder, Marque Greene, Drew Jostad and Kunal Patel. Produced by Peter Balonon-Rosen, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 14 - Episode 2
12/01/2342m 46s

Beautiful - Snap Classic

Lawrence “Binkey” Tolefree gets a phone call about a huge opportunity. But it’s the next call from his mom that leads to the most surprising performance of his career. And Nygel Turner shares what it’s like to live with Gynecomastia (aka Man Boobs). This episode contains adult language & a scene with graphic imagery. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. STORIES The Looking Glass Glynn looks at an old picture of himself and reflects… Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller Have You Seen Her Lawrence “Binkey” Tolefree Jr. was born with a mic in his hands. He never met a stage he wouldn’t try to grace with his presence. And at 33, he thinks he’s finally gotten his big break. But when he calls his mom to tell her the good news, he sets into motion a journey that ushers in the most unexpected performance of his career. Go on and get more Binkey Tolefree in your life! Check out his show every Friday on South Side Radio. The piece featured “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, and “Have You Seen Her” by The Chi-Lites, which was written in part by Binky’s grandmother the great Barbara Acklin. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller The Amazing T*tty Man How far will you hurt yourself before you start loving yourself? Nygel Turner shares what it’s like to live with Gynecomastia (aka Man Boobs). This story was produced by YR Media‘s Adult ISH podcast. Adult ISH is a culture, advice, and storytelling show about #adulting, that is produced entirely by folks who are “almost adults”. The show is distributed by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to subscribe and listen here! Produced by Nygel Turner and Davey Kim, sound design by Oluwafemi and Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 14 – Episode 1
05/01/2344m 36s

Mummers Day

A centuries old tradition. A history of racism. What’s it take to get a little love in the City of Brotherly Love? This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you to the Mummers Parade and everyone who was in this story! Produced by David Exumé and John Fecile. Additional field production by Daisylove James. Original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot. And a very very Happy New Year to you all from Snap Judgment! Season 13 - Episode 43
29/12/2244m 53s

The 2022 Look Back Special

A prison librarian thought he just had to keep track of books until he started reading between the lines. And a young girl in San Francisco discovers something about her mother that turns a secret she's keeping into a burden. It’s time to Look Back before we move forward. Happy Holidays to all you Snappas! We are so grateful for you. STORIES Secrets in the Stacks When Avi Steinberg became a prison librarian, he thought his job would be to keep track of the books. Then he started reading between the lines. To learn more about Avi’s time behind bars -- and between the stacks -- be sure to check out his books: Running The Books and The Lost Book of Mormon, which was nominated for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. Produced by Joe Rosenberg Weed Brownies At school, Alia Volz was a weird kid without a lot of friends. She had a secret… after school, she’d go home and help her mom make and sell weed brownies all over San Francisco. But one day, Alia discovered something about her mom’s business that turned her secret into a burden that was far more painful than she could have imagined. This story contains the mention of drug use, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Alia, for sharing your story with Snap! See more of Alia’s work. Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Doug Stuart Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 42
23/12/2244m 20s

The Christmas Tree Mafia - Snap Classic

Scott Lechner is the king of Christmas trees in Manhattan, nicknamed the “Pontiff of Soho.” But when his business runs afoul of the mob, he gets an offer that he can’t refuse. And a covert operative is assigned to extract a high-level target from Russia, and it’s about to ruin his holiday plans. STORIES The Christmas Tree Mafia Scott Lechner is the king of Christmas trees in Manhattan, nicknamed the “Pontiff of Soho.” But when his business runs afoul of the mob, he gets an offer that he can’t refuse. The crazy true story of the New York Christmas tree industry, full of turf wars, karate fights, and the mafia. This story contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised. This story is dedicated to the memory of Scott Lechner, the pontiff of Soho and the emperor of New York city treemen. Thanks as well to Russ and Little Scott. Produced by Ilana Strauss, John Fecile & Annie Nguyen. Original score by Renzo Gorrio. Secrets in Siberia Mike Ramsdell is a covert operative for the federal government. He’s assigned to capture and extract a high-level target from Russia, but the mission goes horribly wrong. Find Mike’s book here. Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 – Episode 41
15/12/2250m 0s

The Repertoire

“I kept seeing pieces with this name at the top… I wasn’t looking for him, he was almost looking for me.” This week on Snap, Nicholas McCarthy immerses himself in left-hand only piano compositions and gets lost in the world of Wittgenstein. Huge thanks to, Nicholas McCarthy, for sharing his story with Snap! Nicholas is the first and only left-hand alone pianist to have graduated from London’s Royal College of Music in it’s 140 year history. He’s since gone on to tour internationally and has recorded two studio albums. Learn more about his career and music on his website or follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. This story was a collaboration with our friends Ilena Peng and Brendan Spiegel at Narratively. You can find more amazing storytelling celebrating the diversity of humanity at narratively.com This piece featured home and studio recordings by Nicholas McCarthy, as well as additional scoring by Dirk Schwarzhoff. It was produced by David Exumé and Bo Walsh. Engineering and additional music by Doug Stuart. Artwork by Teo Ducot. Season 13 - Episode 40
08/12/2234m 11s

The Negotiators from Foreign Policy

This week on Snap, we drop into the world of a hostage negotiator as he attempts to free an American journalist being held captive. Big thanks, Mickey Bergman, for sharing this story! Mickey’s book about his negotiations will be published by Hachette’s Center Street soon. This story comes to us from our friends at The Negotiators. The Negotiators is hosted by Jenn Williams, and is a partnership between Doha Debates and Foreign Policy. Yes, there are more stories on The Negotiators podcast. Each episode features the story of a dramatic negotiation! If you like this episode, find The Negotiators on your favorite podcast app. Dan Ephron, Executive Editor of Podcasts at Foreign Policy, produced this episode. Laura Rosbrow-Telem is the show's senior producer. The Negotiators' team includes Japhet Weeks, Rob Sachs, Rosie Julin, Claudia Teti, Jigar Mehta, and Amjad Atallah. Thanks to Nelufar Hedayat, Govinda Clayton and James Wolley for helping create the show with Doha Debates. Original music by Dirk Schwarzhoff. Snap Editorial support from Nancy Lopez. Artwork by Teo Ducot. Season 13 - Episode 59
02/12/2238m 36s

The 2022 Gratitude Special

It’s time people. We all need to push the chair back from the supper table, look around and remember who we are grateful for. This week on Snap, when a pillar of the community goes missing, the people rally to show their love. But maybe our hero... is still alive? We are grateful to tell stories and we are deeply thankful for you Snap Nation! For all the love and support you have shown our Snap Fam, thank you. We’re sending good vibes to you and yours! Thanks to, Tammerlin Drummond, for helping tell Willie’s story. Rest in Power Willie! Produced by Adizah Eghan, additional tape from Bo Walsh Original score by Renzo Gorrio, additional music from Doug Stuart Video used in story provided by user ritchhazel on YouTube. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 58
24/11/2232m 33s

Jorge, Gina y Dante

Dante is just looking for a haircut in Guadalajara and then he meets Jorge. He's always wanted to meet a trans person… older than him. But once they start talking, Dante can't believe his ears. This episode contains sexual references, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Dante and Jorge, for sharing your story! The Spanish version of this episode is available at CUIR: Historias Disidentes, a non-fiction podcast that showcases stories from the Latinx LGBTQ+ community and from people who challenge the way we think about love, identity, sex and pleasure. You can listen to more CUIR episodes anywhere you listen to podcasts and on the CUIR website: https://estonoesradio.mx/programas/cuir Jorge was voiced by Terry Holiday, one of the most prominent trans actresses in Mexico. You can read more about Terry in this Vice article (in Spanish). Produced by Erick Yáñez, edited by Nancy López Reported by Dante Ureta, original score by Renzo Gorrio Episode art by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 57
17/11/2249m 36s

The Soundtrack of Silence - Snap Classic

When a young man is told is he going deaf, he sets out on a challenge to memorize the songs that defined his life. He had no idea that those songs would come back to him in the most unexpected way. Thank you, Matt Hay, for sharing your story! A version of this story aired on KQED’s Q’ed Up. Produced by April Dembosky Sound Design by April Dembosky, Leon Morimoto & Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Mark Fiore Snap Classic – Season 13 - Episode 56
10/11/2232m 32s

The League of Impersonators

When Umid Isabaev is trapped behind enemy lines, he gets help… from two of the world’s most dangerous men. This story contains some strong language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Umid, for sharing your story with Snap! Thanks to Ethan Herschenfeld who voiced Umid’s words, and to, Mars Lipowski, who was the voice of Steve Poland. BIG thanks as well to our translators for this piece, Muhitdin Ahunhodjaev and Magdalena Balz. Want more from the Kim Jong Un Look-alike? Check out his Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Trying to hear from the Putin Look-alike? Visit his website. The three fake heads of state reunited recently in Poland for a magazine photo shoot! We have a link to that photo on our website and it will also be posted on our social media accounts. Produced by John Fecile & Anne Ford, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 55
07/11/2227m 36s

Time Glitch

Joel Gheen is out of the military, newly married, and in college. His new life is going great… if he could just catch the damn bus. Thank you, Joel, for sharing your story with us! If you’re hungry for more details about Joel’s experience with a real-life glitch in the matrix, check out his website. Joel also has a fun podcast that covers weird topics from a Biblical perspective. Listen to hear all the paranormal stuff that never gets discussed from a traditional church pulpit or Bible study. Produced by Anne Ford, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 54
03/11/2215m 16s

The Sinkhole - Spooked

One day, while out landscaping his yard, Moses reaches into the dirt and pulls out a handful of bones. He wants to find out who they belong to. But that might not be such a good idea. Happy Halloween! We’re celebrating with more Spooked! Be afraid… Thank you, Moses Thompson, for sharing your story with the Spooked! Folks, if you want to know more about Moses and his house, check out this article.  Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Yari Bundy, artwork by Teo Ducot Want more Spooked stories crafted in the dark of night? To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary, https://luminary.link/spooked Season 13 - Episode 53
30/10/2230m 0s

Hotel Hell - Spooked

Kimberly was expecting a luxurious hotel room. Someone in it… was expecting her. It’s Spooky Season and we are bringing you Spooked tales from the other side of the veil! BIG thanks to Kimberly and Colin for sharing your story! Produced by Anne Ford, original score by Doug Stuart, art by Teo Ducot Want more Spooked? Spooked Season 7 has 26 brand NEW episodes this season! To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary, https://luminary.link/spooked Season 13 - Episode 52
27/10/2220m 5s

Pali Lookout - Spooked

It’s March 1980, and best friends Lopaka and Sean decide to ditch class and head to the Pali Lookout, a tourist destination just outside of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. They’re hanging out, taking in the sights… but nothing can prepare them for what happens when they decide to venture off the beaten path. It’s Spooked season, Snap Nation! Thank you, Lopaka Kapanui, for lifting back the veil with Spooked! If you want more stories about spirits, legends, and the Mysteries of Hawaii, Lopaka’s got you covered. Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Want more tales of the supernatural, weird, and wonderful? Spooked Season 7 has 26 brand NEW episodes this season! To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary, https://luminary.link/spooked Season 13 - Episode 51
26/10/2231m 25s

Dolly - Spooked

Some dolls are pretty, some dolls are nice, some dolls are waiting for you... in the night. Oh, yes! It's time for Spooked. BIG thanks, Mary, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Ella June Pierson, artwork by Teo Ducot Interested in more tales of the supernatural, weird, and wonderful? Spooked Season 7 is RISEN!!! There are 26 brand NEW Spooked episodes coming for you this season. To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary, https://luminary.link/spooked Season 13 - Episode 50
20/10/2219m 0s

The Hired G.U.N. - Snap Classic

Sir Dyno is the Chicano Eazy-E, the king of lowrider car shows, an up-and-coming gangsta rapper straight outta Northern California. But when he gets the money to finance his next CD, he has no idea that the same music that made him a legend will also lead to his downfall. This story contains drug references and offensive language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, David Rocha, for sharing your story with us. Thanks also to Sharon Rocha, Justin Berton & Julia Reynolds. David Rocha left prison in June 2009. He became a pastor and started a church in Modesto called House of Rest. Produced by John Fecile This story featured the music of David Rocha, the original score is by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 13 – Episode 49
13/10/2249m 22s

Finn and the Bell

This is a story about a boy called Finn who loved to fish, play baseball, write poetry, and embroider… and what happens to a small Vermont community as it staggers forward after an unspeakable tragedy. This incredible Peabody award-winning story comes to us from the Rumble Strip podcast. For more about Finn and the Bell and to read people’s reactions to the show, visit the Rumble Strip Vermont website. Thank you to producer, Erica Heilman, for sharing this story with us. Big thanks and love to Tara Reese for her insights and courage in the making of this show. Thanks as well to all the people of Hardwick and to the Bread and Puppet Band. If you or someone you know needs support, The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline telephone number is: 800.273.8255. Since this show was made, Erica and Tara and their friend Rose have started an organization in Hardwick called the Civic Standard, whose mission is to give the people of Hardwick plenty of excuses to get together... and to make events where everyone is welcome, and everyone comes. To learn more about it, visit The Civic Standard. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 48
06/10/2249m 47s

Round Trip

A young girl's fantastic dream to be a doctor sends her into the middle of political realities of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This story contains scenes of domestic abuse and gun violence, please take care while listening. Thank you, MJ Fièvre, for sharing your story with us! You can read more about MJ’s childhood in Haiti in her memoir: “A Sky the Color of Chaos” And she’s working on a book series that uplifts Black women and girls - check out all that and more at badassblackgirl.com Produced by David Exumé, original story score by Lalin St. Juste, artwork by Teo Ducot Music and sound design for opening story by Druuvy  Season 13 - Episode 47
04/10/2223m 46s

Dear Poetry

A person with a "situation" turns to poetry for some advice. This week on Snap, we dive into an epic poem to solve a problem with Luisa Beck from Audible’s “Dear Poetry” podcast. This episode is uncensored and contains strong language, sensitive listeners & young Snappers please be advised. BIG love and thanks to Luisa Beck for this segment of “Dear Poetry”! Thank you also to poet Luther Hughes as well as the OG poet Paul Tran who actually wrote the poem featured in this episode (“Like Judith Slaying Holofernes”). “Dear Poetry” has even more callers with more dilemmas – and a lot more poetry on their podcast – you can listen at adbl.co/DearPoetry! If you like what you hear - Audible has a free trial. Listen to the entire season of “Dear Poetry” with that free trial and leave a review… it helps in so many ways! You can also follow @luibeck on Twitter for show updates. Season 13 - Episode 46
29/09/2224m 33s

The Five Senses

There are sounds you long to hear, smells you can’t unsmell, and tastes you forget about entirely when you’re in prison. Five San Quentin residents go deep in the SEASON 10 PREMIERE of Ear Hustle. And what does it mean to be found “Suitable?” Who is, who isn't and why the hell not? Nate McKinney and his family at the Uncuffed podcast get together for an award-winning send-off. The Five Senses from Ear Hustle Life in prison can mess with your senses. There are smells you can’t unsmell, and sounds you long to hear. Some tastes you forget about entirely, and some forms of touch are almost too evocative to bear. Five San Quentin residents reflect on the sights, tastes, touch, smells, and sounds of prison life. Voices heard on this episode: David Ditto, Andrew “Boots” Hardy, Ryan Pagan, Kevin Arbuckle, and Reggie Thorpe, and Tony de Trinidad Scored with music by: Lee Jaspar, Antwan Williams, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, Fernando Arruda, and David Jassy This story comes from our friends at Ear Hustle - BIG thanks to their whole team for sharing this story with us! Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. This incredible team just kicked off their 10th Season and it is packed with amazing stories!!! Go on over to their website to subscribe, see pictures, and learn more about all things Ear Hustle! Nate’s Going Home from Uncuffed After over 20 years of incarceration, Uncuffed producer Nate McKinney is going home. Like other lifers in the system, he could have been incarcerated for life. But recently, the Board of Parole Hearings found him suitable to re-enter society. In today's episode, stories of facing the board — and wishes for a friend heading back into the big wide world. Uncuffed is a show made by people behind bars in California prisons. They share intimate stories of struggles and triumphs, and of the heartache and forgiveness taking place within prison walls. Uncuffed is vulnerable and personal. Listen now! URGENT: Uncuffed suddenly lost their funding. Donate NOW so the program can survive. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 45
22/09/2249m 40s

Thin Ice - Snap Classic

An underwater photographer sets out on a quest to document harp seals and experiences a moment that becomes a part of her forever. And everyone in the city of Pumpkintown is hunting for Sasquatch, including the only man who knows exactly where Bigfoot lives. STORIES Thin Ice An underwater photographer sets out on a quest to document harp seals and experiences a moment that becomes a part of her forever. This story contains descriptions of animal death in the wild. Sensitive listeners, please be advised Thank you, Jennifer Hayes, for sharing your story with us! Special thanks to Jennifer’s guide Mario Cyr and her husband David Doubilet. You can find Jennifer and David’s stunning photographs of harp seals in National Geographic Magazine, on their website, or on Jennifer’s Instagram. Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot The Sasquatch of Pumpkintown Everyone in Pumpkintown is hunting for Sasquatch… except Ben Becker. He knows exactly where Bigfoot lives. This episode does contain strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. This story originally aired on the Here Be Monsters podcast hosted by Jeff Emtman. Listen and subscribe for more awesome stories! Produced by Jeff Emtman Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 44
15/09/2249m 16s

Birdzilla - Snap Classic

When the biggest baddest bird in the wild is on the brink of death, one couple will do anything to bring her back home. Snap presents, “Birdzilla.” A Canadian love story. This episode discusses the subject of death and contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Murdo Messer, for sharing your story with us! And all of us here at Snap are thinking fondly of the late Dr. Helene Van Doninck, wherever you are, thank you. Learn more about the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre! Check out animal photos and videos on their Facebook and Twitter. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 43
09/09/2249m 14s

How I Made a Snap Story from Sound School Podcast

Producer, Ruby Schwartz, pitched us a story. We said yes. But then Ruby had a new problem: how do you turn a 320-page memoir into a radio story? This feature pulls back the curtain on how this week’s Snap episode, “The Wedding Guest” was made. Thank you, Rob Rosenthal and Ruby Schwartz, for sharing this process! This piece came to us from our friends at the Sound School Podcast. Listen to the original version here. Looking for ways to learn about storytelling and how to podcast? Subscribe to the Sound School Podcast (formerly known as HowSound). It’s still from PRX. It’s still from Transom. Just a new name. Find it all places you subscribe to podcasts! Interested in reading the memoir featured in this episode? Check out The Lost Boy: Tales of a Child Soldier by Ayik Chut Deng. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 42
02/09/2225m 52s

The Wedding Guest - Snap Classic

After years of fighting battles as a child soldier, a Sudanese man finds himself a refugee in Australia. As he struggles to overcome his past, he comes face-to-face with his childhood tormentor on a TV show. This episode recounts real events that happened to a child soldier, including graphic scenes inside a prison camp, listener discretion is advised. Thank you, Ayik, for sharing your incredible story with us! To learn more about Ayik’s life, check out his memoir, The Lost Boy. You can also catch Ayik on Harrow, a crime drama now airing on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Produced by Ruby Schwartz, edited by Nancy López. Special thanks to Wendy Love Original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot This week’s music spotlight features the song “Rocketeer” from our very own Renzo Gorrio! Renzo scores so many stories on Snap (like this one!) and he produces under the name Hydroplane. Listen to “Rocketeer” from his album “Rockets” available on cassette, vinyl, and digitally on Bandcamp. Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 41
30/08/2249m 20s

Campfire Tales IX: Dad and the Three Caskets from Spooked

Spooked’s own Annie Nguyen shares her family’s ghost story. When her father got the call from his siblings and cousins back in Vietnam, asking him to help them find their ancestors’ missing caskets, he got on the first plane out of California. But when he got there, he realized they needed to call on higher powers to help them locate the long-lost grave sites. Oh yes… it’s Part Two of “Campfire Tales.” Featuring supernatural stories from our sister podcast, Spooked, a Luminary Original. BIG love and thanks to Poppa Nguyen, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Translation by George Q. Nguyen - please note the translation was condensed for clarity. All-new episodes of Spooked return to Luminary September 9th! To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary: https://luminary.link/spooked Season 13 - Episode 40
25/08/2227m 21s

Campfire Tales IX: Dismal Falls from Spooked

There are some places, deep in the woods, far away from civilization, that are magical. Chuck is hiking deep in the Appalachian woods when he stumbles upon one of these places: Dismal Falls. But Dismal Falls isn’t all fairies and rainbows. It’s a place of dark magic. At last… it’s that time of year where we bring you our traditional, “Campfire Tales.” Stories crafted in the dark of night from our sister podcast, Spooked, a Luminary Original. Be afraid. Thanks, Chuck, for sharing your story! Produced by Greta Weber, original score by Clay Xavier, artwork by Teo Ducot All-new episodes of Spooked return to Luminary in early September. To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary: https://luminary.link/spooked Season 13 - Episode 39
24/08/2225m 15s

The Handoff

Mirza is a young Afghan military commander and Deven is his counterpart in the U.S. Marines. Their troops work together "shona b'shona" side-by-side in Taliban territory in a tenuous trust. When the US pulls out of Afghanistan the depth of their friendship is put to the test. This story contains graphic imagery, sensitive listeners please be advised. Many thanks to Deven Ravel, and Mirza for sharing their stories! Special thanks to Mary Mathis, Sarah Delia, and Nikka Singh. Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 38
18/08/2241m 44s

Power

Starting on live TV at a beauty pageant, we follow four women across two referendums to explore the consequences of talking about abortion and discover the quiet power and hidden dangers of speech itself. And when a young Josh Healy learns some unexpected news from his girlfriend, his first thought is of his grandmothers. STORIES Lights Out: A Sense of Quietness This story follows a line of connection through four women across two referendums to explore the unexpected consequences of talking about abortion. Starting on live television at a beauty pageant, we hear from a journalist, a radio producer, the founder of a woman's clinic and a woman traveling from Ireland to the UK - and discover the quiet power and hidden dangers of speech itself. This story contains threats of sexual assault and discusses abortion. Please take care while listening. A Sense of Quietness’ was originally produced for Lights Out, a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4. It was produced by Eleanor McDowall and features Brianna Parkins, Siobhan McHugh and Anne Connolly, as well as the anonymous woman who traveled. With additional recordings courtesy of Zoë Comyns and Regan Hutchins. To hear more documentaries from the Lights Out series, everything is freely available on the Falling Tree website. Barbara & Esther When Josh Healey learns some unexpected news from his girlfriend, his first thought… is of Grandma Barbara and Grandma Henrietta This story was told at SNAP LIVE in New York. Watch Josh’s live performance! The original music was composed by Alex Mandel, and performed by Alex and the Snap Judgment Playaz — Tim Frick and David Brandt. It was recorded and mixed by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Artwork by Teo Ducot Special thanks to Yera, Annie Ngyuen, and Richard Bowie for collecting tape out on the streets for this episode. Season 13 - Episode 37
11/08/2249m 6s

Money Truck - Snap Classic

Six people, six different times and places, but they all find themselves in the same predicament, asking the same question, should they stop or should they go? This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG thanks to Tyler Estep, who first reported Philip Dean’s story for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Thanks also to Cole Richards and Randy Scott Carroll for recording assistance. Thank you to everyone interviewed for this story: Troy Stokes, Philip Dean, Betsy Richards, Delrish Moss, Carol Steele, and the Lucky Guy. Big love and thanks to Shannon Cason, who narrated this piece. Check out Shannon’s podcast ‘Homemade Stories’ to hear more from him. Produced by Anna Sussman, John Fecile & Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 36
04/08/2234m 56s

My Mother Made Me from Radiotopia Presents

Isabell is Jason’s mother. She raised him to be ambitious and selfless, which means she’s also raised him to be… overwhelmed. With life. But not to worry, Jason’s mom also knows exactly what to say to pull him out of a rut, which she does every Sunday, when Jason rolls up to her house for their weekly visit. Thank you Jason, Isabell, and our Radiotopia Presents fam for sharing this story with the Snap! This is Episode 1, “I Can Do Anything,” from, My Mother Made Me, a four-part series from Radiotopia Presents where writer Jason Reynolds and his mother, Isabell, explore their shared history, how she raised him, and what they’re teaching each other. It’s a love letter to their connection, an homage to parent-child friendship, and a testament to how growth can be perpetual, despite age or circumstance. Across four episodes, Jason and Isabell go deep – into birth, death and spirituality… but they also keep it light: pushing a cart through Costco, birthday lunches, and hitting the casino together. That’s just how they do. My Mother Made Me is written and narrated by Jason Reynolds with his mother, Isabell Reynolds. The series is produced by Mark Pagán and edited by Julie Shapiro, with production support from Yooree Losordo. Julie Shapiro and Audrey Mardavich are Executive Producers for Radiotopia Presents. Special thanks to Levar Burton. Cover art by Jason Griffin. Theme song by Christian Reynolds. Mixing, sound design and additional original music is by Ian Coss. This episode was recorded at Snap Power Station, WAMU. Radiotopia Presents debuts limited-run, artist-owned series, from new and original voices. Learn more and access transcripts at radiotopiapresents.fm and discover more shows from across the Radiotopia network at radiotopia.fm. Snap Spotlight - Season 13 - Episode 35
28/07/2229m 29s

No Angel

An undercover ATF agent is going full throttle on a highway to hell as he tries to infiltrate the most notorious motorcycle club on the planet. This story contains police violence, descriptions of violence, and graphic imagery. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. BIG thanks to Jay Dobyns for sharing his story with Snap. There is so much that we were not able to share with you about Jay’s experience. To find out more check out his memoirs “No Angel” and “Catching Hell.” Special thanks to George Christie. The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club did not respond to requests for comment on this story. Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 34
21/07/2249m 34s

Unseen & Unheard

When Swiyyah and Dederick got married, her schizophrenia was a challenge they thought was under control. Until it wasn’t. And Glynn tells a story at Snap LIVE in Brooklyn about searching for his lost friend in Las Vegas. STORIES Swiyyah and Dederick When Swiyyah and Dederick got married, her schizophrenia was a challenge they thought was under control. Until it wasn’t. Listen as they share their story of facing life’s many challenges with love, faith, and each other. This story comes to us from the amazing Unseen & Unheard podcast. This show aims to change the way we see schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder by revealing the untold stories of those actually living with these illnesses. Hear from adults in the US going through life with these conditions. The hardships. The humanity. But also, the hope. Learn more at www.UnseenUnheardPodcast.com. This story was produced by PRX productions, Jocelyn Gonzales, Ian Fox, with writing by Sarah Lilley, and engineering by Tommy Bazarian with assistance from Marisa Dodge. It is sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Leaving Las Vegas Glynn tells a story at Snap LIVE in Brooklyn about searching for his lost friend in Las Vegas. Music by Bells Atlas. Engineering by Pat Mesiti-Miller. This story contains some strong language. Sensitive listeners please be advised. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 33
14/07/2244m 46s

Mother Nature

What's rich, buttery, and tastes like opportunity? Callo de Hacha. The shellfish delicacy that gave one Sinaloan town... "White Gold Fever.” And "Escape From Mammoth Pool," the harrowing rescue of 242 people and 16 dogs from the blazing fast "Creek" wildfire. STORIES White Gold Fever What's rich, buttery, and tastes like opportunity? Callo de Hacha. The shellfish delicacy that gave one Sinaloan town... "White Gold Fever. Thank you, Belen, and to everyone in Teacapan for sharing this story with us! This story was produced in collaboration with Fern: the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative journalism outlet. BIG thanks to Brent Cunningham and Sam Fromartz at Fern. Our friends at Fern have a new podcast called Hot Farm. Over four episodes, host Eve Abrams talks to farmers across the Midwest about the reality of climate change and what they are doing -- or could be doing -- to fight it. Find Hot Farm wherever you get your podcasts. Produced and reported by Esther Honig Edited by Nancy López with production support from John Fecile Original score by Renzo Gorrio Voice acting by Leonel Garza Escape From Mammoth Pool We like to think of time as a constant, as steady, unfluctuating, and infallible. But in some situations—like if you think you’re about to be overtaken by a raging wildfire—time can bend and flex. This week, Snap spotlights Escape From Mammoth Pool, a podcast about the harrowing rescue of 242 people and 16 dogs from one of the fastest-moving wildfires in California’s recorded history. Produced out of KVPR in Fresno, California, by reporter/producer Kerry Klein. Edited by Alice Daniel, engineering and sound design by Kerry Klein, web support from Alex Burke, music by Kevin MacLeod (songs: Acid Trumpet, Beauty Flow, Half Mystery, Rising Tide, Unanswered Questions, Winter Reflections), and sound effects by FreeSound. Episode art by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 32
07/07/2248m 54s

Raft of Passion - Snap Classic

Mary needed to get away from her husband. A handsome stranger offered her a way out. All she had to do was participate in the strangest group experiment of all time. This story contains scenes of domestic abuse as well as sexual situations. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Mary Gidley, for sharing your story with Snap. Mary just released a memoir titled Point to Point. You can learn more about the Acali experiment in the incredible documentary The Raft. Hear from Mary and other participants as they relive the experiment on a life-size recreation of the raft. The Raft opened in theaters in the U.S. in 2019 and begins streaming on digital platforms in the U.S. on May 19, 2020. Special thanks to director Marcus Lindeen. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Leon Morimoto Artwork by: Sanaa Khan The beat doesn’t happen without YOU. Support Snap storytelling… stories you won’t hear anywhere else. Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 31
30/06/2236m 8s

The Divine Feminine

Yonis, vaginas, and sex were ALL forbidden language for Ashley and her conservative church-going Liberian mom. But when adult life got too big and too real those family secrets would be the one thing bringing them together. This story uses strong language, discusses sex and genitalia, and briefly mentions molestation. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. BIG thanks to Ashley Asatu and Janice Kennedy for sharing your story with us! Learn more about The Yoni Day Spa + check it out on Instagram. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Sandra Lawson-Ndu, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 30
23/06/2227m 14s

The Birth Dream - Snap Classic

Andy Marra is on a mission to Korea in search of the mother she never knew with a secret she absolutely has to tell. Thank you, Andy, for sharing your story with Snap! Find out more about her advocacy work here. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 13 – Episode 29
21/06/2235m 36s

Roommate Wanted

Brian’s desperate for cash, until a random ghost writer answers his Craigslist ad for a roommate. Now, he's about to get more drama than he ever imagined. BIG thanks to Brian Boucher for sharing his story with Snap! Brian wrote about this experience in New York Magazine titled “My Roommate, The Diamond Thief.” Read more about it. Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 28
16/06/2234m 5s

Greetings, Prophet! - Snap Classic

A mild-mannered theater professor attempts to stage a controversial play in a small East Texas town. This episode discusses drug use, sex, homophobia, and contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you to Joseph Magee, Justin Adams, Jennifer Ann Handy, and the rest of the cast and crew of Angels in America Kilgore College, 1999. BIG love and thanks to Raymond Caldwell, who retired after 54 years of teaching theater. This story was based on the Texas Monthly magazine article “When ‘Angels in America’ Came to East Texas” by Wes Ferguson. Special thanks also to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Matthew Simpson, Helena de Groot, Kyle Henry, Katie Song and Colin Hyer. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 27
09/06/2250m 48s

The Roughhouse

A man washes up on shore in Sitka, Alaska and finds himself in the middle of an underground boxing show. It’s a place where you might duke it out with the bartender, the locals, or your own troubled past. This episode contains violence and strong language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Jaed “The Stone” Coffin, for sharing your story with us! For more about Jaed’s story, check out his memoir Roughhouse Friday. Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Doug Stuart, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 26
02/06/2241m 34s

Danger 9b

Richard Hatch is overseas on a top-secret mission… to win over Jill, the most elusive, electrifying student in his 7th-grade class. He isn’t suave or sophisticated, so he’s gonna need help from The Beatles, the Russians, and even the CIA to pull it off. Thank you, Richard Hatch aka Danger 9b, for sharing your story with us! Rick is back in the US and is putting the finishing touches on a kid-friendly memoir about his travels abroad. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 25
27/05/2218m 0s

Wartime Cats

Two crazy cats and one hard-nosed reporter land in Syria right as it is thrown into turmoil. Rasha Elass navigates her way through Damascus amidst government crackdowns and whistling missiles in search of the country she loves. This story contains graphic imagery and descriptions of wartime violence, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Rasha, for sharing your story with us! Rasha Elass is currently the editorial director at New Lines Magazine, where she first shared this story. She’s also working on a memoir about her childhood and reporting days in Syria. Follow what she’s up to on her website. Produced by David Exumé, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 24
24/05/2233m 0s

The Family Name - Snap Classic

When Julie Lindahl discovered that her grandfather had been an active member of the German SS, she decided to return to the scene of his crimes. But her grandmother made things difficult. This story contains brief descriptions of graphic imagery and torture. Please take care while listening. Thanks, Julie, for sharing your story with us! Julie Lindahl has written a book about her experience: The Pendulum: A Granddaughter's Search for Her Family's Forbidden Nazi Past. A version of this story was originally produced for the podcast Kind World, which tells stories about the effect a single act can have on our lives. You can find Kind World in any podcast app. Produced by Erika Lantz with production assistance from Liz Mak Original Score and Sound Design by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 23 - Snap Classic
19/05/2249m 2s

Impossible Weight

When no one can hear you and nobody sees you anymore, how do you tell the world you are still there? One man's impossible journey back to the world that forgot him. This story contains descriptions of drug use, medical situations, and adult language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Jake, so very much, for sharing your story with Snap. Jacob Haendel is writing a book about his experiences and documents his recovery on his YouTube channel and website. He recently started Access, an app to help people with disabilities more confidently get around. Producer: James Reddick Editorial & production support: John Fecile Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Special thanks: Nikka Singh Artwork: Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 22
12/05/2248m 8s

A Hit Dog Will Holler from Radiotopia Presents

Gina gives snark like she’s paid for it—because she is. She’s a popular podcast producer with fans, followers, and frenemies. Until her life gets interrupted by a very loud roar. This week, Snap spotlights, A Hit Dog Will Holler from Radiotopia Presents featuring a bonus interview with Glynn & writer, Inda Craig-Galván. This episode contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. This is episode one of A Hit Dog Will Holler. Listen, subscribe, and go listen to the other episodes right now! Want even more? Go to radiotopiapresents.fm. Written by Inda Craig-Galván, produced and directed by Gisele Regatao. Mixing and sound design by Sandra Lopez-Monsalve, with help from Isabel Hibbard. The music theme is by Cristina Gaillard. Show art by Yee Eun Nam. This podcast was recorded under a SAG-AFTRA Collective Bargaining Agreement. It features Cynthia K. McWilliams as Gina and Ronnie. J. Nicole Brooks as Dru. Jacqueline Guillen as Constance and the receptionist. Thank you to WNYC News for the audio of Black Lives Matter protests. Support for this project was provided in part by a PSC-CUNY Award, jointly funded by The Professional Staff Congress and The City University of New York. For Radiotopia Presents, Mark Pagán is the producer. Production support from Yooree Losordo. Audrey Mardavich and Julie Shapiro are the executive producers. Season 13 - Episode 21 - Spotlight
05/05/2258m 58s

Chasing Thunder - Snap Classic

For 110 days Peter Hammarstedt and his group of ocean vigilantes hunted the most notorious poacher of sea bass on the high seas, known as the Thunder. Their journey turns into an epic chase across 10,000 miles, two seas, and three oceans, through massive ice floors, violent clashes, and storms-tossed seas, where only one ship makes it home. This story contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you so much to Peter Hammarstedt for sharing your story with us! Thanks as well to Ian Urbina. We first heard about this story thanks to his reporting. You can find his book, The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier, on Knopf, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Ian has a great collection of stories and books about the lawless ocean. Also, BIG thanks to Brick City TV & Mark Benjamin for sharing the audio from their documentary, Ocean Warriors: Chasing the Thunder. You can see a trailer of the film here. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 20 - Snap Classic
03/05/2249m 10s

Ping

A young woman wakes up in her Beijing dorm room to a call. A strange voice, a man she barely remembers, is asking her a question that will change her destiny. And a doctor hears one of her classical music idols play one of the greatest serenades of all time. STORIES Ping A young woman wakes up in her Beijing dorm room to a call. A strange voice,  a man she barely remembers, is asking her a question that will change her destiny. Thank you, Wang Ping, for sharing your story with us! Wang Ping is a poet, writer, photographer, performance and multimedia artist. Want to learn more about her? Check out her website. Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Daniel Riera, artwork by Teo Ducot “Dying to Tchaikovsky” Family medicine physician Catherine Sonquist Forest listens to one of her classical music idols serenade a dying loved one in the hospital. This story came to us from The Nocturnists podcast, it was told by Catherine Forest, MD. The Nocturnists are a vibrant community of healthcare workers who are celebrating their humanity through storytelling. They have live performances, a podcast, and so much more. Listen & subscribe now! Hosted by Emily Silverman Produced by Emily Silverman and Marina Poole. Story Development by Adelaide Papazoglou Sound Engineering by Alberto Hernandez Assistant Producing by Kirk Klocke Original theme music by Yosef Munro, additional music by Blue Dot Sessions. Season 13 - Episode 19
28/04/2249m 14s

Zoo Nebraska - Snap Classic

The story of a chimpanzee and a man whose dream brought disaster to a small American town. This story details violence against animals. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Carson Vaughan, for sharing your story with Snap! Read more about Zoo Nebraska in Carson’s book, Zoo Nebraska: The Dismantling of an American Dream. Additional thanks to Patti Ragan from the Center for Great Apes. Produced by John Fecile and Carson Vaughan, original score by Renzo Gorrio Additional production by Jesse Dukes and Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Interested in protecting Great Apes? Learn more at the Center for Great Apes Season 13 – Episode 18 - Snap Classic
21/04/2249m 38s

Bates & Stokes

Two women, Bates and Stokes, were LPCs at Pontiac Correctional Center outside Chicago. They were popular with their clients. They always had each other’s back. And that... was just the start of their problems. Plus, the story of two men who come face to face one night in the canyonlands of southern Utah. STORIES Bates & Stokes Two women, Bates and Stokes, were LPCs at Pontiac Correctional Center outside Chicago. They were popular with their clients. They always had each other’s back. And that... was just the start of their problems. This story contains graphic elements and mentions suicide and racism. Please take care while listening. This story comes to us from WBEZ’s new season of the Motive podcast. This season investigates the hidden world of big prisons in small towns. Places where everyone knows each other and difficult truths get buried. Listen and subscribe to Motive now! Reported by Shannon Heffernan Produced by Jesse Dukes, Marie Mendoza, and Joe Deceault with story editing from John Fecile, Annie Nguyen, and Nancy Lopez Special thanks to Adamu Chan Original Score by Cue Shop and Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot The Incident At Poison Spider Mesa The story of two men who come face to face one night in the canyonlands of southern Utah. Brody Young is a Utah State Park Ranger and motivational speaker, helping other people figure out how to survive the unsurvivable. To find out more about his story, be sure to check out his website. Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Leon Morimoto Season 13 - Episode 17
14/04/2248m 49s

The Pink Palace - Snap Classic

A plane crash, a mysterious man in a white suit, and a crazy idea to just go with the flow on a journey to the Amazon River. All aboard "The Pink Palace." Your honeymoon starts... now. Thank you, Holly Fitzgerald, for sharing your story with us! Read more about Holly’s epic romance in her memoir, Ruthless River. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 16 - Snap Classic
07/04/2248m 31s

The World Tomorrow from Love & Radio

The story behind the story of Glynn Washington… on life growing up in an apocalyptic cult like you’ve never heard before. Snap Judgment presents, “The World Tomorrow," from Love & Radio with Nick van der Kolk. Love & Radio features in-depth, otherworldly-produced interviews with an eclectic range of subjects, from the seedy to the sublime. It’s hosted by Nick van der Kolk who is a Snap Alum! Listen & subscribe to Love & Radio on your favorite podcast player… you won’t regret it. If you haven't already, be sure to also check out The Secrets Hotline podcast from Love & Radio. Share your secret and read others on Instagram. Produced by Nick van der Kolk, Andrew Gill, Nicki Stein & Phil Dmochowski. Contributing Editor: Steven Jackson Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 15
31/03/2249m 10s

Field of Dreams

It's the roar of the crowd, on the edge of your seat, in that pivotal moment in history. Is it the Iran Hostage Crisis in Tehran or the 1955 World Series in Brooklyn? For one man, Press Attaché Barry Rosen, it's both. And a Houma man can't be bothered by anyone… except for his best friend, Brown the dog. STORIES Field of Dreams It's the roar of the crowd, on the edge of your seat, in that pivotal moment in history. Is it the Iran Hostage Crisis in Tehran or the 1955 World Series in Brooklyn? For one man, Press Attaché Barry Rosen, it's both. This story recounts experiences of violence and torture. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff with additional music by Bo Walsh, produced by Bo Walsh Sherlock Hound Kirby Verret’s grandpa was a Houma Indian who just wanted to hunt and be free on the Louisiana bayou. He couldn’t be bothered by anyone...except for his best friend, Brown the dog. Produced by Stephanie Foo Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 14
24/03/2249m 20s

Space Rocks - Snap Classic

There’s something special about the small town of Montrose, surrounded by the majestic mountains and quiet mesas of western Colorado. One night, an explosion in the night sky brings townspeople out to search for something more. Something bigger. Something out of this world. Special thanks to Brendan Borrell for his original reporting in Montrose and Delta, Colorado. You can read more about the continuing fallout between Steve Curry and Blaine Reed in his article in The Verge.  Additional thanks to Blaine and his brother Blake Reed, Ryan Brown, Zillamay at Mountain of the West, Paul Paladino, Dave Lehman, and Duane Renfrow. Produced by Shaina Shealy & Jazmi­n Aguilera, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot
17/03/2241m 6s

Death Note from Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez

Narcocorrido superstar Chalino Sánchez sings to a sold-out crowd for the first time in Sinaloa. It's the best night of his career until someone hands him a note. His face turns pale and his smile slowly disappears. That night, after the show, Chalino will be executed. But who killed him and why? We begin a journey to understand Chalino's life and impact on him, and the theories behind his unsolved murder on him. This incredible story comes to us from our friends at Sonoro Media and Futuro Studios. This episode contains graphic language, scenes of violence, and drug use that are not suitable for all audiences, discretion is advised. “Ídolo: The Ballad of Chalino Sánchez,” is an 8-episode podcast that examines the extraordinary life of the Mexican singer-songwriter and attempts to unravel the mystery of his unsolved murder. Hosted by Erick Galindo in English and Alejandro Mendoza in Spanish. You can listen in English or Spanish on any podcast platform! Season 13 - Episode 12 - Spotlight
10/03/2223m 20s

J Dilla's Lost Scrolls - Snap Classic

When record store owner Jeff Bubeck buys an old record collection out of an abandoned storage unit, he has no idea what he’s stumbled across. Jeff learns the collection once belonged to the late great J Dilla, one of the greatest hip-hop producers of all time. Along with the thousands of LPs from Dilla’s personal collection, there is something else that is uncovered, something huge. Producer Pat Mesiti-Miller talks with Jeff Bubeck and Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey. Learn more about the J Dilla Foundation. Want to hear some of the music from the recovered tapes? Go listen to: The Lost Scrolls, Vol. 1 - EP J Dilla. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 11 - Snap Classic
09/03/2220m 6s

The Loophole

Have you ever wanted something so badly you’d do anything to make it happen? Sixteen-year-old Mohamed decides to dig deep in his religion to take the next step with his crush. There’s no love like young love… especially when it’s a secret. This week on Snap, we proudly present, “The Loophole.” This story contains strong language, discusses sexuality, and mentions corporal punishment. Please take care while listening. BIG thanks to Mohamed Ali for sharing his story with us! Mohamed is an artist and comedian, he just got back to Canada after spending the last few years working and performing in Southeast Asia. Check out his Instagram! Special thanks to Zahra Noorbakhsh. Big thanks as well to Zaiba Hasan & her crew from the podcast Mommying While Muslim. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Music Spotlight: “Honest” by Jada Imani (produced by Dakim) Jada Imani is an East St. Louis-born, Bay Area-raised Hip-Hop R&B artist and organizer. In addition to a whole bunch of great music, Jada recently launched a new product line called “Good For The Soul”. Be sure to check out her Patreon and follow her on social media. This song comes to us from the compilation Water For The Town Vol. 4, a project series from SmartBomb created to raise mutual aid and awareness for various organizations and grassroots movements doing vital work right here in Oakland. The song is produced by Dakim, be sure to check out more of Dakim’s music and follow them on Instagram! Season 13 - Episode 10
03/03/2249m 42s

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Mimi Nguyen’s mother, Thanh, has always been super anxious. She obsessively calls Mimi at all hours and is always worried they’re in danger. This paranoia really put a strain on their relationship, until Mimi heard Thanh talking in her sleep one night. And Mimi realized… maybe there were long-hidden family secrets that might explain Thanh’s behavior. This story contains strong language, graphic depictions of war, and mention of suicide. Please take care while listening. Thank you, Mimi & Thanh, for sharing your story with us! Stephanie Foo produced this story – she also wrote a memoir about intergenerational immigrant trauma and her own complex PTSD… in it, she tears down her own walls and shares her and her family’s story. Check out her incredible new book, “What My Bones Know: A Memoir of Healing from Complex Trauma.” Produced by Stephanie Foo, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 9
24/02/2249m 36s

Backstage - Snap Classic

Some of the best stories are told when the show’s over… Join us Backstage where we bring together incredible storytellers from all over the country for a roundtable of stories about second-rate first-class tickets, a racist dog, and baggy pants. This episode does contain strong language and the mention of drug use, sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG thanks to Dino Archie, Shannon Cason, Dr. Ray Christian, Joyce Lee, and Don Reed for spending some time with us Backstage! Special thanks to Snap’s Flo Wiley for her help with this episode. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 8 - Snap Classic
17/02/2251m 6s

Wherefore Art Thou?

A pair of star-crossed lovers encounter the paranormal while performing Romeo & Juliet in fair Wisconsin. And when a man falls in love with his wife he doesn’t just get one life partner - he gains an entire family. STORIES Romeo & Juliet A pair of star-crossed lovers encounter the paranormal in fair Wisconsin, where we lay our scene. This story comes to us from our evil-twin, Spooked, a Luminary Original podcast. Want more Spooked? Season 6 of Spooked is streaming now. This Luminary Original Podcast is rolling out new episodes through Spring, 2022. You can hear the newest episodes by subscribing to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary. Thank you, Kelsey Brennan & Andy Truschinski, for sharing your story! Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Nicholas Marks Multiplicity When you get really close to someone, you get to know different sides of them naturally. It was no different when Jim Bunkelman fell in love with his wife, Rhonda. What was different was just how many different sides of Rhonda there were. This does refer to trauma from sexual and physical abuse, sensitive listeners are advised. Thanks, Jim, for sharing your story with us! If you’d like to learn more about what is referred to by some as healthy multiplicity, Jim suggests you consult Healthymultiplicity.com and Multiplicity 101 for more information. Produced by Julia DeWitt, sound design by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 7
10/02/2249m 6s

S***hole Country from Radiotopia Presents

Afia Kaakyire has a decision to make. And by God, her family is going to help her figure this s*** out. This week on Snap, we’re featuring S***hole Country. Join Afia as she forages for her family’s guidance in their shared histories during a long-awaited trip to Ghana — true tales dipped in green card anxieties, complicated love, an “Are You the One?” marathon, and liberal portions of the world’s best Jollof. This episode contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised. The story comes to us from our good friend Afia and Radiotopia Presents. Go listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts or at radiotopiapresents.fm You’ll find the other five episodes in this incredible eight-part series. S***hole Country is written, narrated, and sound designed by Afia Kaakyire and produced by Afia and Mark Pagán. Julie Shapiro and Audrey Mardavich are the executive producers. Cover art by Sindiso Nyoni. Music Credits: Theme song by Ria Boss “Too Late for the Party” by Unheard Music Concepts “Noodle Opus” by Blue Dot Sessions “Crisis Averted” by David Hilowitz “I Kno” by Vincent Augustus Season 13 - Episode 6
03/02/2248m 56s

Radio 77 - Snap Classic

A DJ hosts a radio show from a garden shed in his backyard. For over forty years he had an audience of one. This story was co-produced in partnership with our friends at Narratively, which celebrates humanity through authentic storytelling. They have amazing stories, podcasts, and so much more. Reporting for this piece came from Jeff Maysh. It was produced by Jeff Maysh, John Fecile, and Narratively‘s founder, Noah Rosenberg. Original Score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 5 - Snap Classic
27/01/2231m 20s

Rooty the Pig

Rooty, a piglet, leaves her Victorian dollhouse on the farm and heads to the city of New Orleans to find a family. But when Hurricane Katrina hits, everything that is near and dear to her is threatened. BIG thanks to Jim & Connie for sharing their story with us! Thanks as well to Jeffery Tam & Dr. Alison Barca. Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Cheflee Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 4
20/01/2241m 29s

Bring Gloves

One stubborn, little DivaCup is all that stands in the way of life, liberty, and the pursuit of queerness. Ray Christian-Dickens tells their story of breaking free of the Bible Belt. This story contains sexual situations and references to homophobia, please take care while listening. Thank you, Ray Christian-Dickens, for sharing your story with us! Ray first told this story for the podcast RISK! on the Trial By Fire episode. RISK! goes where others dare not tread. Listen & subscribe wherever you get your podcasts for more true stories that are told boldly. Learn more about Ray on their website or follow them on Twitter! Produced by David Exumé, original score by Sudi Wachspress Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 3
13/01/2221m 24s

Shangri-La - Snap Classic

Glynn unearths paradise. A geoscientist journeys deep into the Amazon Rainforest in search of a mythical river. And a revolutionary living in exile does the unexpected. Snap presents a classic, “Shangri-La.” STORIES “The Perfect Spot” Backpackers are scouring Southeast Asia looking for the magical spot, but Glynn has the inside tip. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller “Boiling River” Andres Ruzo tried to track down a legend he’s heard his grandfather talk about in stories when he was a little boy. He found the stuff of legends, and then was faced with the choices, and burdens of knowing a valuable secret. Find out more in Andres Ruzo’s book, The Boiling River. Check out the Boiling River Project, the TED talk, and the TED book. Produced by Anna Sussman, sound design by Leon Morimoto “For Love and Revolution” In the 1970s Truman Capote interviewed Watani Stiner, a young revolutionary serving time in San Quentin for the death of two Black Panthers. Then… things got interesting. Produced by Sukey Lewis & Mark Ristich, sound design by Leon Morimoto Season 13 - Episode 2 - Snap Classic
11/01/2250m 50s

The Known Unknown from 99% Invisible

The Tomb of the Unknowns is a sacred monument for unknown U.S. service members who died in combat. But what if this memorial is hiding something? ...Or someone? This story comes to us from our friends over at 99 % Invisible. Listen & subscribe to this incredible podcast for more stories about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world. Want to dive even deeper into this story? See pictures, videos & more here. Production: Producer Joe Rosenberg spoke with Robert Poole, author of On Hallowed Ground: The Story of Arlington National Cemetery; Patricia Blassie; Bill Thomas, reporter for the Washington Post; Chris Calhoon, former Army Ranger; Vince Gonzales, reporter for CBS Denver Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 1 - Spotlight
06/01/2249m 34s

The Golden Lure - Snap Classic

A fisherman down on his luck finds gold at the bottom of the sea. It’s only after his treasure hunt is underway that he discovers what is truly valuable deep down. BIG thanks to Joe Pennisi for sharing your story with Snap. This story would not have been possible if not for the amazing, on-the-ground reporting work of Tara Duggan, Jason Fagone, and Santiago Mejia who first told this incredible story for the San Francisco Chronicle. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 12 – Episode 52
30/12/2153m 48s

The Don't Look Back! Special

Two stories from the mountains full of holiday spirit(s). It's the Nightmare before New Year's with a very Spooky episode from Snap… where guardian angels don't get snow days. Snap Judgment presents, “The Don’t Look Back! Special.” Amazing stories of the unexplained from our evil-twin podcast, Spooked. Spooked, features supernatural stories told by people that can barely believe it happened themselves. Want more Spooked? Season 6 is streaming now, rolling out new episodes through Spring, 2022. You can hear the newest episodes by subscribing to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary. STORIES Cliffhanger Bill is home from college, on his way to meet his girlfriend, when his car swerves off the road. This story contains one brief scene of graphic material. Big thanks to Bill Love for sharing your story with us! Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Leon Morimoto Cowboy Ghost Valerie is lost in a snowstorm in rural Montana. She thinks she might not be able to get out, when she sees two headlights coming to her through the storm. Help is on the way - she hopes. Thank you Valerie for sharing your story. Valerie’s story comes to us from the book “Trucker Ghost Stories” edited by Annie Wilder. Produced by Eliza Smith, original score by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 51
23/12/2145m 19s

The Christmas Tree Mafia

Scott Lechner is the king of Christmas trees in Manhattan, nicknamed the “Pontiff of Soho.” But when his business runs afoul of the mob, he gets an offer that he can’t refuse. And a covert operative is assigned to extract a high-level target from Russia, and it's about to ruin his holiday plans. STORIES The Christmas Tree Mafia Scott Lechner is the king of Christmas trees in Manhattan, nicknamed the “Pontiff of Soho.” But when his business runs afoul of the mob, he gets an offer that he can’t refuse. The crazy true story of the New York Christmas tree industry, full of turf wars, karate fights, and the mafia. This story contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised. This story is dedicated to the memory of Scott Lechner, the pontiff of Soho and the emperor of New York city treemen. Thanks as well to Russ and Little Scott. Produced by Ilana Strauss, John Fecile & Annie Nguyen Original score by Renzo Gorrio Secrets in Siberia Mike Ramsdell is a covert operative for the federal government. He’s assigned to capture and extract a high level target from Russia, but the mission goes horribly wrong. Find Mike’s book here. Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 50
16/12/2150m 0s

The Line

It’s 1972 and Singer Nobuko “JoAnne” Miyamoto and her partner Chris Ijima get “the call.” It’s Yoko Ono and John Lennon inviting them to sing on national TV. What happens next is musical history. And a young massage therapist in Miami Beach gets the business offer of a lifetime. So he shakes hands with the devil and hopes for the best. STORIES We Are Not Yellow Pearl It’s 1972 and Singer Nobuko “JoAnne” Miyamoto and her partner Chris Ijima get “the call.” It’s Yoko Ono and John Lennon inviting them to sing on national TV. What happens next is musical history. This story contains strong language and references to Japanese Internment and racism against Asians and Asian Americans. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Nobuko, for sharing your story with Snap! After their first and last TV performance, Nobuko and Chris recorded “Yellow Pearl,” “We Are The Children,” and other songs on their 1973 album A Grain of Sand: Music for the Struggle by Asians in America. And while Chris, unfortunately, passed away in 2005, Nobuko is still making music to this day. For more, check out Noboku’s recently released memoir: Not Yo’ Butterfly: My Long Song of Relocation, Race, Love, and Revolution. And go to Noboku’s website to see what she’s working on next! Produced by David Exumé, original score by Daniel Riera The Accidental Arms Dealer A young massage therapist in Miami Beach gets the business offer of a lifetime. So he shakes hands with the devil and hopes for the best. Big thanks to David Packouz for sharing your story. If you want to find out the dirty, dirty, gritty, gritty behind this piece, check out the book written by Guy Lawson; it's called "Arms and the Dudes." Produced by Anna Sussman & Julia DeWitt in collaboration with Guy Lawson. Original score by Renzo Gorrio. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 49
09/12/2150m 8s

The Feast

When men living in Muskegon prison watch the breaking news of George Floyd’s murder on TV, they decide to host a one-of-a-kind celebration of life. This story is a tribute to Robert “Silk” Cannon Junior. This episode contains strong language and references to police violence. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Special thanks to William Welch and Dee Dee Kirkwood who helped make the bagel sandwich a reality for the men in Muskegon. Additional shout-outs to Catherine Nouhan, Stephen Carmody, and Delores Ingram. And major thanks to Tana Ganeva, a criminal justice reporter who has written extensively about Michael Thompson’s incarceration and petitions for clemency. You can read more about the George Floyd celebration of life in her article in The Counter. Tana is currently working on a book about Cold War escapees. Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 48
02/12/2142m 30s

In Search of a Black Utopia from VICE News Reports

This past year Adizah Eghan noticed an interesting trend on social media: everyone seemed to be living it up in Tulum, Mexico. Some were flocking there to have a good time, while others were seeking something much deeper: they wanted to escape racism and seek refuge with like-minded people. Adizah traveled to Mexico to experience the vibes of Tulum for herself -- and also dig into why Black people are seeking refuge in a small fishing town south of Cancun. This piece comes to us from our friends at VICE News Reports. VICE has so many amazing stories, make sure you subscribe to their podcast asap! This episode contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Special thanks to Nubia Younge, Patricia Talley, and all those in Tulum! This episode was produced by Adizah Eghan and edited by Kate Osborn and James T. Green with help from Annie Aviles and Stephanie Kariuki. The original score is by Kyle Murdock. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 47
25/11/2149m 30s

The 2021 Gratitude Special

We’re reflecting back on stories that give thanks for a monster-fighting grandfather, growing up with same-sex parents, and stuffing your face with Girl Scout Cookies…  LIVE. Even in another tough year, we’ve got a lot to be grateful for. Snap Nation, every year we make a Gratitude Special and every year we grow increasingly grateful for YOU. Thank you for listening. Commenting. Laughing. Crying. Thank you… for supporting us. This episode contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. STORIES Turn on the Lights - Shane Koyczan The monsters of Shane's night terrors tremble in fear of Shane's grandfather... until his powers fail. Watch Shane perform this heartfelt story LIVE. The Last Mile - Noah St. John 15-year-old storyteller Noah St. John describes the trials and tribulations of growing up the son of same-sex parents. Watch Noah perform this breathtaking story LIVE. Mad Love - Joyce Lee Do not get on Joyce Lee’s bad side. Just don't do it. You did it? Oh, no. Back of the Bus - Glynn Washington Glynn has an unfortunate initiation on his first day of school. Watch Glynn perform this incredible story LIVE. Girl Scout Cookies - Jen Kober As a little girl, Jen Kober discovered the allure of being a brownie scout: the Girl Scout Cookie. Holding out for Girl Scout Cookie release day...was another struggle altogether. Watch Jen perform this hilarious story LIVE. All music in this episode was performed live by Alex Mandel, David Brandt, and Tim Frick. Original Music by Alex Mandel. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 46
18/11/2150m 12s

Con Man Daddy

You’re young, fun, and on the run from the law. One kid’s journey across the Deep South leads to a big confrontation with the man who inspired it all… Con Man Daddy. BIG thanks to Jason Russel Waller as well as his brothers, Randy and Kel, for sharing your story with Snap! Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 45
12/11/2128m 38s

Double Trouble

A rock climber hits the jackpot in Yosemite and Moss Hills saves the day with his music on a sea cruise. Two stories… double the trouble. STORIES Lake Chronicopia Dale Bard was a young rock climber in Yosemite in the '70s. Back then, rock climbing was an obscure, expensive passion. And he came across the most unbelievable cash cow you've ever heard of. Thank you, Cisco DeVries, Papa Tom DeVries, all the climbers that helped us, and a big huge thanks to the filmmakers Greg Laut and Nicholas Rosen from Sender Films. Check out our link to their amazing documentary on this very story, "Valley Uprising." Produced by Anna Sussman & Julia Dewitt, original score by Leon Morimoto The Sinking of the Cruise Ship Oceanos Moss Hills takes us on a sea cruise and saves the day with his music. Love this story? Learn more about the sinking of the Oceanos or watch a video of the ship’s final moments! Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Renzo Gorrio Snap Classic - Season 12 - Episode 44
04/11/2141m 19s

The Torment - Spooked

When a man starts having night terrors his family thinks it’s just nightmares. Only it’s not just bad dreams — there is an actual demon plaguing him. And two family members know their house is haunted but they don’t want to share that secret… even with each other. To celebrate Halloween week, we’re bringing you more Spooked stories! Our evil-twin podcast, Spooked, features supernatural stories told by people that can barely believe it happened themselves. To listen to all #Spooked episodes as they’re released, subscribe to Luminary directly, or to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts. Either way, just go to: luminary.link/spooked STORIES Green Demon When Austin’s dad starts having night terrors, the family thinks it’s just nightmares -- but Austin thinks something else is going on. He soon discovers that there is an actual demon plaguing his father… and Austin must confront it. Thank you, Austin, for sharing your story with Spooked! Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Leon Morimoto Libby Jennifer and her daughter Taylor both know their family home is haunted… but they don’t want to share that secret, even with each other. Thank you, Jennifer & Taylor, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Eliza Smith, original score by Bells Atlas Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 43
28/10/2149m 44s

The Final Reckoning - Spooked

Jen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum... it’s built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the original owners of these two old homes are long gone--or are they? And a night nurse dedicated to his job loves to help people. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, he’s not sure if he can care for them. ‘Tis the season of the shadow! Snap Judgment proudly presents our evil-twin podcast, Spooked. Spooked features supernatural stories told by people that can barely believe it happened themselves. To listen to all #Spooked episodes as they’re released, subscribe to Luminary directly, or to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts. Either way, just go to: luminary.link/spooked Be afraid. STORIES Fright at the Museum Jen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum… it’s built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the original owners of these two old homes are long gone -- or are they? Thank you, Jen, for sharing your story with the Spooked! Produced by Zoe Ferrigno, original score by Leon Morimoto Night Nurse Dennis is a nurse, a helper. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, he’s not sure if he can care for them. Produced by Chris Hambrick, original score by Dakim Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 42
21/10/2147m 0s

The King's Ransom

Amateur treasure hunters race to uncover $100,000 in gold and silver after a man buries his entire jewelry store around the state of Michigan. Hunters are given clues and left to explore the woods. This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG thanks to Johnny & everyone out on the hunt for sharing your story with us! Learn more about Johnny and his treasure quest on his website and Facebook. Produced by Will McCarthy, original score by Derek Barber Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 41
14/10/2149m 31s

The Fall Guy - Snap Classic

An Afghan man is asked the unexpected by one of the most notorious Talibs in his neighborhood. A boy is picked on at school but it isn’t the other kids he has to worry about. Glynn flies too close to the sun. And not even death can keep true friends apart. STORIES Extremist Makeover A young boy in Afghanistan was approached by one of the most notorious Talibs in his neighborhood. He never expected the request the Talib made. Find out more about Qais Akbar Omar’s journey during Afghanistan’s long wars in his book, Fort of Nine Towers. Produced by Anna Sussman, sound design by Renzo Gorrio Nellie’s Pond When Peter Aguero got picked on as a kid, it wasn’t the other kids he had to worry about. Produced by Ana Adlerstein & Joe Rosenberg, sound design by Leon Morimoto Icarus How close can Glynn get to the sun? Produced by Pat Mesiti Miller Cece’s Ghost Not even death can keep true friends apart. Susan Kent is a Brooklyn-based writer and performer who curates the storytelling show, Tell It: Brooklyn. Learn all about her on her blog. Produced by Ana Adlerstein, sound design by Pat Mesiti Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 12 - Episode 40
07/10/2150m 30s

“August 21, 1971” from Ear Hustle

August 21, 1971, was the deadliest day in San Quentin history, and it’s still a painful topic, both inside the prison and out. At the center of the story was a Black revolutionary named George Jackson. Who was he, and what makes him so controversial, even today? Snap Judgment presents, “August 21, 1971," a special spotlight on Ear Hustle from PRX’s Radiotopia. This episode contains strong language and mentions violence and suicide. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. To learn more about George Jackson and the events of August 21, 1971, check out the resources listed at the bottom of this page. BIG love and thanks to all our friends over at Ear Hustle. Want to hear more stories from Ear Hustle? They just dropped Season 8! And they're keeping busy with other projects too: One of their episodes this season is a participation challenge. For 30 days, Ear Hustle team members on the outside will attempt to eat and work out the same way their team members on the inside do. They are inviting listeners to join them in this exploration of constraint. And Nigel and Earlonne’s book, This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life will be out 10/19/21. You can pre-order it here. This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, and David Jassy. Artwork by Antwan Williams Be sure to visit www.EarHustleSq.com to hear more stories, see pictures from episodes, and follow everything Ear Hustle. Spotlight - Season 12 - Episode 39
30/09/2155m 20s

Backstage II

You know we had to go for Round 2! We’ve brought your favorite Snap storytellers from around the world Backstage again, sharing the real stories that bubble up when the stage lights go down. Dino Archie, Shannon Cason, Dr. Ray Christian, Joyce Lee, and Don Reed join Glynn to spar about problematic side dishes, code-switching, and skin-lightening cream. Big thanks and love to the whole crew! This episode contains some adult language. Produced by Nikka Singh & Regina Bediako, original score & sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 38
23/09/2148m 26s

Kismet - Snap Classic

Two women set sail on a tiny boat, embarking on a journey to freedom that takes them across the globe. And a Hungarian composer dreams of changing the world… he did. STORIES From Russia With Love Two women, a tiny boat, the wide-open ocean… and kismet. Elena has written a book about their adventure, called Talking to the Moon. You can read the story on the couple’s website. This story contains scenes of violence against a same-sex couple, sensitive listeners please be advised. Produced by Liz Mak, original score by Leon Morimoto Gloomy Sunday Hungarian composer Rezso Seress dreamed of changing the world with his music… he did. This story discusses suicide, sensitive listeners please be advised. Produced and scored by Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 8 Episode 28
16/09/2149m 50s

Campfire Tales VIII

It’s when the last glow of amber fades from the sky. When you can’t quite tell who approaches you on the dark path. When everyone starts to speak with lowered voices. That when you know… it’s time for Campfire Tales. This week, Spooked stories that will keep you up at night! A policeman experiences a sinister omen with deadly consequences. Crows set out to send a man warnings in Santa Fe. And it’s confirmed… all dogs do go to heaven. STORIES The Head We all know the old wives’ tales: don’t walk under a ladder or you’ll have bad luck; don’t step on the crack or you’ll break your mama’s back. Dan is about to discover another, more sinister omen… with deadly consequences. This story does contain graphic content, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thanks, Dan, for sharing your story with Spooked! Produced by Anne Ford, original score by Maryam Qudus A Murder of Crows Mike is pretty sure he’s going crazy. Every time he sees a crow, it seems like it’s trying to tell him something: to watch out, to beware. What are they trying to warn him of? Thank you, Mike, for sharing your story with Spooked! Produced by Alyia Yates, original score by Lauryn Newson All Dogs go to Heaven Sometimes, spirits reach out and ask us for help. And sometimes, they reach out to give us what we need, too. BIG thanks to, Kristin Kent, for sharing her story with Spooked! Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Moyses Nunez Artwork by Teo Ducot Do you need more stories that pass beyond the veil? Do you need more journeys through the Shadowland? Be afraid, because more Spooked storytelling awaits. Season 6 is out NOW! To hear 26 brand new episodes of #Spooked as they are released, subscribe to the Luminary channel on Apple Podcasts. Season 12 - Episode 36
10/09/2149m 18s

“Solomon’s Sword” from This Land

ALM – as referred to in court documents – is a Navajo and Cherokee toddler. When he was a baby, a white couple from the suburbs of Dallas wanted to adopt him, but a federal law said they couldn’t. So they sued. Today, the lawsuit doesn’t just impact the future of one child, or even the future of one law. It threatens the entire legal structure defending Native American rights. Today, from Crooked Media, we’re sharing the first episode of This Land Season 2. This episode touches on different kinds of trauma. Please take care of yourself while you listen. To hear the full series, subscribe now to This Land wherever you get your podcasts. Snap Spotlight - Season 12 - Episode 35
02/09/2142m 47s

The Hired G.U.N.

Sir Dyno is the Chicano Eazy-E, the king of lowrider car shows, an up-and-coming gangsta rapper straight outta Northern California. But when he gets the money to finance his next CD, he has no idea that the same music that made him a legend will also lead to his downfall. Thank you, David Rocha, for sharing your story with us! Thanks also to Sharon Rocha, Justin Berton & Julia Reynolds. David Rocha left prison in June 2009. He became a pastor and started a church in Modesto called House of Rest. This story featured the music of David Rocha, the original score is by Renzo Gorrio Produced by John Fecile Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 34
26/08/2149m 22s

Forever is a Long Time

When Ian Coss decided to get married, every living member of his family who had ever been married had also been divorced. He wonders: are we doomed to recycle the patterns of behavior we get from our ancestors? And a fictional tale of marital mayhem! STORIES Forever is a Long Time When Ian Coss decided to get married, every living member of his family who had ever been married had also gotten divorced: parents, grandparents, and all his aunts and uncles on both sides — some of them twice. Seven years later, he’s still married, but has questions: What is the value of a lifetime commitment? Are we doomed to recycle the patterns of behavior we get from our ancestors? Are we all just better off alone? Forever is a Long Time is a five-episode series that weaves reflection and original music through Ian’s conversations with his wife and divorced family members — a look at love with people who have made mistakes. The full series is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Forever is a Long Time is created by Ian Coss and edited by Lacy Roberts. The music is co-produced by Alex Chakour, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East. The artwork is by Kelsey Tyssowski. Miniature Wife What happens when you shrink your wife… literally? Writer Manuel Gonzales brings us a fictional tale of marital mayhem. Check out more of Manuel’s writing. Thank you, to our VO Actors: Narrator: Thao Nguyen Husband: Sam Fischmann Wife: Eliza Smith Produced by Eliza Smith, sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Season 12 - Episode 33
19/08/2148m 52s

The Ridiculous, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Idea

A computer learns to speak with emotion and conviction but lacks the ability to distinguish good ideas from absolute madness. And a man has a chance to work on a secret project involving millions of flying mammals that could put an end to World War II. STORIES Theodora Making sense of the world is always a struggle.  And that's why, as far back as time has existed, some people have chosen to stand up in front of others and tells stories and share ideas that make sense of the chaos around us. We call them "orators" or "the ones who speak"  They turn the chaos into meaning and inspiration. But there's a bad side of orators too—it's the snake oil salesmen....the buzzword charlatans...the intellectual xenomorphs who prey upon those who just want to find some deeper truths. Producer Jeff Emtman is particularly sensitive to this dual nature of public speaking...he's got some of those darker traits himself.  So he developed a simple robot named Theodora who could speak to him about the highly porous barrier that separates inspiration and madness. This piece comes to us from the podcast Here Be Monsters (HBM146: Theodora). Music by James Li, of Liance.  Album: This Painting Doesn't Dry Theodora's also a Twitterbot. Read her latest meanderings on Twitter at @hypo_inspo. The Other Secret Weapon A young man has the chance to work on a very secret, very powerful weapon that could put an end to World War II. The project involves no toxins, no chemicals, no shrapnel and no bullets. Instead, the project involves lots and lots of flying mammals. Lots. This story details a war situation involving both people and animals, sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG thanks to Jack Couffer, who is now 97, and BIG love to the entire Couffer family. Special thanks to producer Elizabeth Nakano & to Doctor Peter Kuznick from the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University. The bat recordings were made for us by artist & composer Geneva Skeen. Learn more about Geneva’s work. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio, sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 32
12/08/2146m 54s

Haenyeo - Snap Classic

When Heidi Shin had her first baby, she took an entire year to care for her daughter full-time. For the most part, she loved it. But she also felt like she was losing part of herself to motherhood. So she decides to take a work trip to an island off the coast of South Korea. She comes away with an unexpected discovery about motherhood and herself. Check out more of Heidi’s work. Listen to Heidi’s full story for PRI, Diving with the last generation of Korea’s Mermaids. Produced by Heidi Shin and Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 31
05/08/2134m 43s

The Turning from Rococo Punch & iHeartRadio

The podcast The Turning from Rococo Punch and iHeartRadio tells the story of religious sisters who joined Mother Teresa’s order of nuns, but who eventually decided they had to leave. It asks, what is the line between devotion and brainwashing? Can you truly give yourself to God? If you make a lifelong vow, what does it mean to break it? Produced by Erika Lantz, Elin Lantz Lesser, and Emily Forman. Editing by Rob Rosenthal. Digital production by Andrea Asuaje. Fact checking by Andrea López-Cruzado. Theme music by Matt Reed. Executive producers Jessica Alpert, John Perotti, and Katrina Norvell. Find Mary Johnson’s memoir An Unquenchable Thirst here. Listen to The Turning wherever you get podcasts. Find more information and pictures on Instagram @RococoPunch. Season 12 - Episode 30
29/07/2149m 9s

Map to the Disappeared

A woman in Veracruz, Mexico receives a map from a pair of anonymous strangers that leads her on a search to solve a mystery that’s haunted her for years. And a psychiatrist brings together three men who believe they are all Jesus Christ, hoping to cure them of their delusions. STORIES Map to the Disappeared A woman in Veracruz, Mexico receives a map from a pair of anonymous strangers that leads her on a search to solve a mystery that’s haunted her for years. This story includes descriptions of corpses, graves sites, and a brief mention of torture. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Griselda Barradas, for sharing your story with us! Special thanks to journalist Felix Marquez for his assistance in producing this story and to actress Norma Yolanda Lopez. Griselda is still a member of the group, El Solecito. They’ve just begun excavating a second mass grave in Veracruz and have so far found close to 50 bodies. Today there are more than 70 groups of parents across Mexico like El Solecito. Searching for the remains of their missing children while the authorities do little to help. On average, two graves are uncovered each day. Produced by Esther Honig, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot The Three Christs Of Ypsilanti In 1959, psychiatrist Milton Rokeach brought together three schizophrenic men who believed they were Jesus Christ, hoping to cure them of their delusions. But over time, his methods became dangerously amoral. Thanks to Richard Bonier and Ronald Hoppe for their help.  Additional thanks to Peter Shyppert as the voice of Milton Rokeach. You can buy The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, Rokeach’s book, right here. Produced by Stephanie Foo, original score by Leon Morimoto Season 12 - Episode 29
22/07/2148m 36s

This Is Not A Drill - Snap Classic

On January 13th, 2018, at exactly 8:07 in the morning, one text message turned the state of Hawaii into a state of emergency. From panic and fear to acceptance and joy, Snap Judgment explores the 38 minutes when the people of Hawaii faced an incoming ballistic missile threat. Lead Producer: Jazmin Aguilera Editor: Anna Sussman Producers: Eliza Smith, Erika Lantz, John Fecile Additional production assistance: Nancy Lopez Original score and sound design: Renzo Gorrio and Leon Morimoto Snap Classic - Season 12- Episode 28
15/07/2134m 14s

The Bone Reader

A severed head turns up in a small rural town. While police investigate this as a crime, they look at disturbed graves, search for missing people — suspect a killer. But the forensic artist on the case has a very different theory for how the head ended up in the woods. This story contains references to forensic material, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you to Michelle Vitali & Mike O’Brien for sharing this story with Snap. Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 27
08/07/2152m 50s

Hey DJ! - Snap Classic

A tiny, pirate radio station broadcasts to the thousands of families trapped in ISIS-controlled Mosul. A man’s fingers fly across the keys with ease when he sits down at a piano for the first time. And a young kid learns a lesson in friendship. STORIES Mixed up Mixtape Glynn tries to front as an angsty mixtape master, and it's got him all mixed up. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller Good Morning Mosul A tiny, pirate radio station broadcasts to the thousands of families trapped in ISIS-controlled Mosul. When listeners start calling in, something remarkable happens. This story contains graphic depictions of war, sensitive listeners please be advised.  Produced by Anna Sussman Original score & sound design by Leon Morimoto & Pat Mesiti-Miller Sudden Savant Although most musicians spend decades honing their craft, musical genius Derek Amato never had to practice a day in his life. One day, he just sat down at the piano and his fingers began to fly across the keys with ease. As an immediate musical genius, Derek is one of the few people on Earth diagnosed with Acquired Musical Savant Syndrome. Derek takes us into the inner workings of his amazing gift. Produced by Anna Sussman &  Pat Mesiti-Miller Original score & sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller DK and DJ Back when Urkel and Beanie Babies ruled the world, Snap Judgment producer Davey Kim was trying to keep his ‘frenemyship’ with his neighbor afloat. This story contains a racial slur, sensitive listeners please be advised. For more of Davey’s radio stories, check out his website -- daveykim.com Producer and Sound Design by Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 26
01/07/2150m 40s

On Our Watch from NPR & KQED

One officer in Los Angeles used car inspections to hit on women. Three hundred miles away in the San Francisco Bay Area, another woman says an officer used police resources to harass and stalk her. This episode investigates these two cases of sexual misconduct by California Highway Patrol officers. While the officers were fired, the agency did not refer potential crimes to prosecutors. And the files show some women who came forward were met with suspicion, discouragement, or what one woman saw as intimidation. Snap presents, “Conduct Unbecoming,” the second episode of On Our Watch, an investigative podcast from NPR & KQED. This episode contains instances of sexual misconduct but it does not contain sexual assault. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Sukey Lewis, Sandhya Dirks, Alex Emslie, and the entire On Our Watch team! On Our Watch is an amazing seven-part podcast series, hosted by Sukey Lewis. It was created after a new police transparency law unsealed scores of internal affairs files. NPR and KQED reporters set out to examine these cases and the shadow world of police discipline. Learn more about On Our Watch at KQED.org. Listen & subscribe now! On Our Watch is produced as part of the California Reporting Project, a coalition of news organizations in California. Artwork by Nicole Xu for NPR Season 12 - Episode 25
24/06/2149m 44s

The Census Powwow

Cheyenne Brady knew next to nothing about the US census when she was given the job of counting everyone on her reservation. Writer Julian Brave Noisecat follows her through the ups and downs of the 2020 census, culminating in the first-ever Census Powwow. This story features descriptions of genocide and historical trauma, sensitive listeners please be advised. A big, big thank you to everyone on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Especially Cheyenne Brady and her family: Novi Runs Above, Holy Rope, Tayvin, Poncho, Tookie, Uncle Thomas, and Grandma Florence. Thank you also to Charlie Moran, Tavares Fimbres, Gabrielle Wilkinson, and Braedyn Taft, and Jazz Bearstail. Thanks to our friends at KMHA radio: Anne Morsette, Will Maguire, Ricky Raine, and Shelley Krueger for administering a rapid COVID test. And big thanks to the whole Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation. Sincerest thanks to Dr. Cheryl Ann Kary, Cheryl Keepseagle, Logan Davis, Barb Anguino, D’Vera Cohn, Byard Duncan, David Rodriguez, and Lycia Ortega Maddocks. This story was produced in partnership with Type Investigations. The original score was by Cheflee and Pat Mesiti-Miller This story was produced and reported by Julian Brave NoiseCat and John Fecile It was written by Julian Brave NoiseCat Season 12 - Episode 24
17/06/211h 3m

Cowboy Bob - Criminal Spotlight

In May 1991, a bank robber walked into a bank in Irving, Texas, and without speaking handed the teller a note that read, “This is a bank robbery. Give me your money. No marked bills or dye packs.” Witnesses reported that the robber was wearing a cowboy hat and a brown leather jacket. And then it happened again. And again. But when FBI agents finally got a lead, they discovered that the robber wasn’t who they expected at all… This week, Snap proudly presents, Criminal, from PRX’s Radiotopia! This award-winning podcast, hosted by Phoebe Judge, was one of the first, if not the first, true-crime podcast. They tell incredible stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle. They’ve got 165 stories like this one just waiting for you -- each one more surprising than the next! Listen to Criminal wherever you get your podcasts and to learn more, visit their site. Artwork by: Julienne Alexander Music: “Highride Chrome” by Blue Dot Sessions “Cat’s Eye” by Blue Dot Sessions “Desmontes” by Blue Dot Sessions “Soothe” by Blue Dot Sessions “Highway 430” by Blue Dot Sessions “Inamorata” by Blue Dot Sessions “Lobo Lobo” by Blue Dot Sessions “Night Light” by Blue Dot Sessions “Gentle Son” by Blue Dot Sessions Season 12 - Episode 23 - Snap Spotlight
10/06/2133m 14s

Turncoat - Snap Classic

An Israeli soldier’s decision to speak out against his own violent actions comes back to haunt him. And a little girl in Brooklyn devotes herself to becoming a nun… or does she? STORIES Crimes, Lies, and Videotape When Dean Issacharoff was a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, he patrolled the Palestinian city of Hebron, and later fought in Gaza. Then, after he got home from the army, Dean’s decision to speak out about his own violent actions came back to haunt him. This story contains images of war and violence, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Dean, for sharing your story with us. A special thanks to the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust, and KALW’s Spiritual Edge podcast – this story would not have been possible without their support. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of these organizations. Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller. The Flying Nun A little girl in Brooklyn can help her whole community if she just devotes herself to becoming a nun but what if she doesn’t want to? A big thanks to Eileen for sharing your story with us. Read more of Eileen O’Toole’s story in her book, At Sister Anna’s Feet. Produced by Anna Sussman Season 12 - Episode 22 - Snap Classic
03/06/2149m 12s

Uncuffed - Snap Spotlight

It's been almost a year since friends and family have been able to visit their loved ones in prison, due to the pandemic. Letters to the inside are always a lifeline. This year, more than ever. Today, from Uncuffed, we hear from Adamu Chan, who was recently released from San Quentin State Prison, while his friend Edmond Richardson, is still on the inside. Uncuffed is a storytelling project made by people behind bars, from inside California prisons, in collaboration with KALW. To hear the full version of this story, visit Uncuffed and make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! Produced by Adamu Chan, Ninna Gaensler-Debs, Angela Johnston, Pat Mesiti-Miller & Eli Wirtschafter Season 12  - Episode 21
01/06/2112m 28s

The Birth Dream

Andy Marra’s job has just offered her the chance of a lifetime: she’s going to Korea. But she’s got a secret plan for the trip that has nothing to do with work. Thank you, Andy, for sharing your story with Snap! Find out more about her advocacy work here. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 20
27/05/2135m 36s

Hot Trash - Snap Spotlights “Ear Hustle”

Snap Judgment presents, “Hot Trash,” a special spotlight on the Ear Hustle podcast, from PRX’s Radiotopia. Visiting a loved one in prison is both emotionally intense and constrained by countless rules — from how much PDA is too much PDA, to what kind of candy you can eat inside. One year after California prison authorities suspended in-person visits due to COVID-19, hear stories from and about visiting rooms… and how families are adjusting to video “visits. This episode contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Heard on this episode: Nicola Christopher Bucci and Frank Jernigan, Sgt. Cuevas, Helen Theresa Guion, Michael Hatch, Vesta, and Ruben. Inside San Quentin: Hamisi Spears, Lacedrick Johnson, Elton Spencer, Michael Marler, Kim Puckett, Anthony Ammons, Bashar Aremu, Floyd Collins, Brandon Browner, and Nephew. Thanks also to Alesha Monteiro, Michelle Garcia, Michelle Tran, and all the women who shared stories about their video visits. This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy, Gregg Sayers, and Rhashiyd Zinnamon. As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show. Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. This incredible team is in their 7th Season of the show and it is packed with incredible stories. Go on over to their website to subscribe, see pictures, and learn more about all things Ear Hustle! Artwork by Antwan Williams Snap Spotlight - Season 12 - Episode 19
20/05/2153m 0s

Rock Paper Scissors - Snap Classic

When the two greatest auction houses in the world - Christie’s and Sotheby’s - vied for the privilege of auctioning off $20 million worth of art in 2004, little did they know that they would be forced to engage in an ancient form of ritualized combat known as... rock paper scissors. Be sure to check out Carol Vogel’s original New York Times article. Produced by Joe Rosenberg, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 18 - Snap Classic
13/05/2116m 24s

The Wedding Guest

After years of fighting battles as a child soldier, a Sudanese man finds himself a refugee in Australia. As he struggles to overcome his past, he comes face-to-face with his childhood tormentor on a TV show. This episode recounts real events that happened to a child soldier, including graphic scenes inside a prison camp, listener discretion is advised. Thank you, Ayik, for sharing your incredible story with us! To learn more about Ayik’s life, check out his memoir, The Lost Boy. You can also catch Ayik on Harrow, a crime drama now airing on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Produced by Ruby Schwartz, edited by Nancy López. Special thanks to Wendy Love. Original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot This week’s music spotlight features the song “Rocketeer” from our very own Renzo Gorrio! Renzo scores so many stories on Snap (just like this one!) and he produces under the name Hydroplane. Listen to “Rocketeer” from his new album Rockets out NOW! Cassette, vinyl, and digital versions are available on Bandcamp. Season 12 - Episode 17
06/05/2149m 19s

Mettle - Snap Classic

When a four-seater plane violently crashes onto the top of an 8,000-foot mountain, an 11-year-old fights to survive. A white boy discovers he's black. And history calls on an Oglala Lakota Headsman in South Dakota to stand up for his people. Snap Judgment presents, “Mettle.” STORIES Electric Fence As a country boy, Glynn puts his family pride on the line when his neighbor challenges him to the ultimate test of manhood. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller Wonderboy In 1979, a four-seater Cessna plane carrying Norman Ollestad, his dad, and his dad’s girlfriend violently crashed onto the top of an 8,000-foot mountain. He was just 11 years old. This story does contain graphic elements. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. To learn more about Norman’s story, check out his book, Crazy for the Storm. Be sure to also check out his thriller, French Girl With Mother. Produced & scored by Davey Kim One Drop For 10-year-old Greg Williams, life was good...until the day his mom left. To learn more about Greg’s story, check out his book Life on the Color Line. Produced by Adizah Eghan, original score & sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Third King What happens when history calls on you to step up? We go to Standing Rock to find out. Lance King is an Oglala Lakota Headsman from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. For more information on his grandfather, Matthew H. King, check out “Noble Red Man: Lakota Wisdomkeeper Matthew King.” Produced by Liz Mak, original score & sound design by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 16
29/04/2149m 30s

Hair Battle

We follow four hairstylists who compete in the 2019 Bronner Brothers Salon vs. Salon Hair Battle - the only hair competition of its kind. As one contestant puts it, "It's a platform that every stylist that I know would absolutely love and kill for." Come for the big personalities and stay for the ultimate hair show. Find out who wears it best... BIG thanks & love to all the stylists who shared their stories with us! Ashley Payne, the bob queen, moved her salon to a new location, a private, appointment-only, suite. She is observing COVID safety protocols but has unfortunately suffered some health blows. Ashley has started a gofundme to help pay for a liver transplant. Check out Tammie B’s work! Que Barnes is still at the helm of her salon in Atlanta. Terrence Davidson, the king of hair, started selling hair products online called Kingz N Queenz. Produced by Chris Hambrick & Nancy Lopez, with assistance from Shaina Shealy Original score by Marco Prestige, sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 15
22/04/2149m 6s

Bloodlines

When Adreanna Rodriguez was a kid, she was given a choice about whether or not she wanted to stay in her home state of California. It was a choice she’s reckoned with for her entire life. Today, over a decade after she made that choice -  Adreanna takes us with her to North Dakota to find out… what could have been. STORIES Mulatto Glynn’s brother wants him to take a DNA test but Glynn already knows he’s one part Luna and one part Midnight. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller, original score by Cheflee Bloodlines When Adreanna Rodriguez was a kid, she was given a choice about whether or not she wanted to stay in her home state of California. It was a choice she’s reckoned with for her entire life. Today, over a decade after she made that choice -  Adreanna takes us with her to North Dakota to find out… what could have been. This story was supported by the USC Center for Health Journalism, which helps journalists investigate health challenges and solutions in their communities – reporting that serves as a catalyst for change. BIG love to Adreanna’s mom, Sylvia, and her kid sister, Maudy. Produced by Adreanna Rodriquez and Shaina Shealy Original score by Renzo Gorrio You can also hear this story on a new podcast from VICE Audio called Strongman. It’s a six-part series of intimate stories about power and control at every level... all over the world. It’s out now… subscribe & listen wherever you get your podcasts! Special thanks to the incredible VICE squad: Adizah Eghan, Annie Aviles, Stephanie Kariuki, Joaqlin Estus, Karen Brown, Ivan MacDonald, and Catherine Stifter. Full Episode This episode features music from Cheflee, check out more of Cheflees’s music at cheflee.bandcamp.com! Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 14
15/04/2139m 36s

Tin Man - Snap Classic

A scientist studying the minds of psychopaths gets dangerously close. A father’s inability to recognize faces tests his relationships. And a brother is reunited with his North Korean sister for the first time in over five decades. You can look human and you can sound human... but what happens when you take a good hard look inside and realize... you're missing something? STORIES If I Only Had a Heart Glynn knows… sometimes the sum of the parts does not equal the hole. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller The Scientist and the Psychopath Neuroanatomist James Fallon, Ph.D. studies the most dangerous kind of person: the psychopath. His job is to get up close and personal with the mind of the psychopath so that we can better understand what makes them tick. He treats their brains with the cold calculation of a scientist at work. But in the process, things get mighty personal. James Fallon, Ph.D. is a neuroanatomist and geneticist at UC-Irvine. For more about his work and his own life, check out his book: The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain. Produced by Julia DeWitt About Face You’ve heard the saying, right? You can’t see the forest for the trees. Well, imagine if your whole life all you could do, all you knew how to do, was see the trees, the details, the minutiae of the world. What would you miss out on? Let’s take a walk in Tom Conces’ shoes and find out. Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio Across the DMZ What happens when you are reunited with your North Korean sister for the first time in over five decades? Thank you to our voice actors, Yongnam and Mikyung Kim! Produced and scored by Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Season 12 - Episode 13
08/04/2150m 50s

Cloak of Good Fortune

Sieu is a young boy living in the big city of Phnom Penh, but he misses his old life in the Cambodian countryside. The air, the farms, but mostly… the animals.  When the Khmer Rouge promises a return to the land, Sieu has no idea how far he and his family will have to go. This story recounts aspects of the Khmer Rouge civil war including scenes of torture and death. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. BIG thanks to Sieu Do for sharing your story with us! There is so much that we were not able to share with you about Sieu and his family’s incredible journey. To find out more check out his book, A Cloak of Good Fortune. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 12
01/04/2149m 28s

Snap Judgment Trailer

Hosted by Glynn Washington, Snap Judgment brings new voices to public radio and podcasting... voices that did not know the world of public media, and many voices that did not know they belonged. We build Snap Judgment’s signature sound around immersive audio, incredible first-person storytelling, and original scoring for each and every experience. Snap’s musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another. This is storytelling… with a BEAT! Snap first aired on public radio stations nationwide in July 2010. Today, Snap Judgment airs on over 400 NPR & CBC stations and is brought to the airwaves by PRX. Don’t miss a beat! Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller
30/03/212m 56s

The North Pond Hermit - Snap Classic

There was a legend in central Maine, about a hermit who had lived in the woods, unseen, for 30 years. Then, in 2013, the police arrested a man named Christopher Knight. To learn more about Chris Knight’s story, be sure to check out Mike Finkel’s book, The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit.  Check out The North Pond Hermit Song by Stan Keach. Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Renzo Gorrio & Andrew Vickers Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 11
25/03/2139m 0s

Spartan Hall - Snap Classic

Glynn finds a cheap place to spend the summer… at a halfway house. This story was performed at Snap LIVE in Los Angeles and was presented by KPCC. Original Music by Alex Mandel, performed by Alex Mandel and the Snap Players (David Brand and Tim Frick). Watch the live performance! Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 10
23/03/218m 36s

Marshmallow Day

Katie falls hard for Barys during a whirlwind trip to Belarus. But there’s a giant red flag she can’t ignore any longer. And two people who have the same name, live in the same city, and have the same professional interests soon find out what else they have in common. STORIES Real Love Boston-based writer Katie Simon is on assignment in Belarus when she meets and falls hard for Barys in less than a week. When she’s back home, her friends alert her to a giant red flag she can no longer afford to ignore. This story briefly mentions sex, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Katie, for sharing this story with Snap! Keep up with her latest work, including an upcoming book about falling in love and generational storytelling here. Learn more about Katie on her Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio Ovrkast “Love Somebody” - Music Spotlight This week’s Snap Music Spotlight features Oakland artist Ovrkast with the song, "Love Somebody" watch the video here! Listen to Ovrkast's latest album, Try Again (DELUXE) out now!! To stay up to date with all things Ovrkast, be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram. Katie vs. Katie When Katie Crouch learned there was another Katie Crouch who lived in the same city and apparently had the same professional interests as her she thought, huh, what else do we have in common? She would soon find out. This story was done in collaboration with Ozy.com, the online magazine that published both Katies’ essays: The Other Me and Doppelgangers Unite? Katie Crouch continues to virtually cross paths with her name twin from her new city of Chicago, where she works for an educational publisher, raises a toddler on her own, and writes a blog. Katie Crouch is a New York Times best-selling novelist. Her books include Girls in Trucks and Abroad, among others. Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 9
18/03/2148m 48s

The Medicine Game

A group of all-native girls with a lot to prove take on the future of their high school lacrosse team. And an ENT doctor learns to be comfortable outside her comfort zone. STORIES The Medicine Game A group of all-native girls with a lot to prove, take on the future of their high school lacrosse team. This story contains racially insensitive language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Jacelyn, for sharing your story with us! Jacelyn now plays lacrosse for Virginia Tech. We first heard about Jacelyn’s story from the film, Keepers of the Game, which follows the Salmon River Girls lacrosse team during the 2015 season. Big thanks and love to “The Halluci Nation” formerly known as “A Tribe Called Red” for letting us use their song “Stadium Pow Wow” in this story. Also special thanks to the film’s director Judd Ehrlich. Some of the audio in this story comes from the Keepers of the Game documentary and was aired courtesy of the Dicks Sporting Goods Foundation. Produced by Shaina Shealy, special thanks to Regina Bediako Original score by Leon Morimoto Rhino Rocket Otolaryngologist Tina Munjal tells a story about learning to be comfortable outside of her comfort zone. This story was told live at The Nocturnists' live show Out of the Comfort Zone, at the Grey Area Theater in San Francisco on October 18, 2019. Original theme music by Yosef Munro, additional music from Blue Dot Sessions This story comes to us from The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based medical storytelling live show, and podcast where healthcare workers share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. It was created and hosted by physician Emily Silverman. For more stories from the world of medicine, check out The Nocturnists wherever you get your podcasts or visit their website. Listen and subscribe right now! Season 12 - Episode 8 Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot
11/03/2150m 30s

Suave - Spotlight

This week, Snap is proud to spotlight Suave! This podcast captures the true story of a teenager sentenced to life in prison without parole & what happens when, decades later, he suddenly gets a second chance at freedom. It’s the story of thousands of juveniles sentenced to die in U.S. prisons told through one man’s journey of incarceration and redemption and his near 30-year friendship with journalist, Maria Hinojosa. This episode contains strong language and descriptions of violence and sexual assault, listener discretion is advised. Suave is an amazing podcast from Futuro Studios and PRX. Suave is available wherever you listen to podcasts and at www.suavepodcast.org. New episodes drop every Tuesday... listen and subscribe! Artwork by Virgilio Tzaj #Suavepodcast Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Snap Spotlight - Season 12 - Episode 7
09/03/2135m 24s

Beyond Faces of Death - Snap Classic

In the mid-70s, Conan was hired to direct and produce a nature documentary. But he wanted to do something more ambitious. The film he made became one of the most infamous movies ever, but his success came with deadly consequences... This episode contains a content advisory for graphic imagery and strong language. It describes scenes of both human and animal death. This story is not for children and sensitive listeners, please be advised. Special thanks to our film consultants, Spencer Parsons and Todd Wieneke. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic
04/03/2138m 0s

Thin Ice

An underwater photographer sets out on a quest to document harp seals and experiences a moment that becomes a part of her forever. This story contains descriptions of animal death in the wild. Sensitive listeners, please be advised Thank you, Jennifer Hayes, for sharing your story with us! Special thanks to Jennifer’s guide Mario Cyr and her husband David Doubilet. You can find Jennifer and David’s stunning photographs of harp seals in National Geographic Magazine, on their website, or on Jennifer’s Instagram. Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 5
26/02/2136m 16s

The Sasquatch of Pumpkintown - Snap Classic

Everyone in Pumpkintown is hunting for Sasquatch... except Ben Becker. He knows exactly where Bigfoot lives. This episode does contain strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. This story originally aired on the Here Be Monsters podcast hosted by Jeff Emtman. They just dropped a new season… listen and subscribe for more awesome stories! Produced by Jeff Emtman Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 5 - Episode 12
24/02/2112m 38s

Diamonds in the Sky - Snap Classic

Fans and journalists embark on a seven-show tour with Rihanna… in seven countries, over seven days, on a Boeing 777, to celebrate her seventh album in seven years. Fasten your seat belts, it’s time for liftoff… This episode contains strong language and descriptions of a ‘rockstar lifestyle,’ sensitive listeners please be advised. Special thanks to Kristen Gwynne, Lawrence Bull, and Elizabeth Nakano. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot #rihannaplane Snap Classic - Season 10 - Episode 32
18/02/2134m 27s

Birdzilla

When the biggest baddest bird in the wild is on the brink of death, one couple will do anything to bring her back home. Snap presents, “Birdzilla.” A Canadian love story. This episode discusses the subject of death and contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Murdo Messer, for sharing your story with us! And all of us here at Snap are thinking fondly of the late Dr. Helene Van Doninck, wherever you are, thank you. Learn more about the Cobequid Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre! Check out photos and videos of animals on their Facebook and Twitter. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 4
11/02/2149m 14s

Jinho's Journey

A hip hop artist from Oakland leaves his mic behind to join the police force and fight for justice from the inside. This story includes scenes of police violence and strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Jinho Ferreira, for sharing your story with us! Listen to “I Can’t Breathe” from Jinho’s hip hop group, Flipsyde. This story was adapted from the piece originally produced for WorldAffairs, an incredible weekly podcast and radio show. Special thanks to Jarrod Sport and Joanne Elgart Jennings, who originally edited and co-produced this story. If you liked Jinho’s story, check out the WorldAffairs podcast. The world is shifting beneath our feet and if you want help making sense of it, WorldAffairs will break it down! Listen and subscribe to WorldAffiars wherever you get your podcasts. Reported & produced by Teresa Cotsirilos, edited by Nikka Singh Original Score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 3
04/02/2136m 42s

The Secret Adventures of Black People

A woman recounts her Aunt’s fairytale love story and searches for her own Modern Romance. An African princess learns she is truly beautiful. And a precocious eight-year-old finds himself on the brink of a revolution when he applies lessons learned from a homework assignment to other areas of his life. STORIES Modern Romance In the second half of her life, Stephanie found her classic Hollywood romance. Now she attempts to understand the strange and confusing world of dating apps to help her niece - and the show's host Nichole - find her happily ever after. This story comes to us from The Secret Adventures of Black People, hosted by Nichole Hill. This incredible podcast tells the stories of Black people holding it down across space and time. Be sure to check out the show and subscribe to the podcast at TheSecretAdventuresOfBlackPeople.com Stay in touch by joining the newsletter, following their Instagram, or by sending an email to secretadventuresofblackpeople@gmail.com Modern Romance was written and produced by Nichole Hill with production assistance by Shonte Hill, and story editing assistance by Talia Bender. Special thanks to Stephanie Camolli! Music: Epidemic Sound Beautiful - Sonya Renee Taylor An African princess learns she is truly beautiful. This story was performed by Sonya Renee Taylor at Snap LIVE in DC. Sonya Renee Taylor is an internationally acclaimed performance poet, actress, educator, and activist. The LIVE score was composed by amazing Alex Mandel & performed by Alex Mandel, David Brandt, and Tim Frick. Watch Sonya’s Snap LIVE performance. Liberation - Latif Doman When Latif Doman is growing up in Philly, he takes his schoolwork seriously… which is unfortunate for the parents in his neighborhood. Many thanks to Latif and Story District for bringing us this story! Full episode Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 2
28/01/2138m 22s

Heaven's Gate - Spotlight

In 1997, thirty-nine people took their own lives in an apparent mass suicide. The events captivated the media and had people across the planet asking the same question... ‘Why?’ 20 years later, those who lost loved ones and those who still believe - tell their story. Snap Judgment presents a special spotlight on Heaven’s Gate. Find out the story behind the cult that changed the world. Heaven’s Gate is produced by Stitcher in collaboration with Pineapple Street Media and is hosted by Snap’s very own Glynn Washington. You can listen to Heaven’s Gate wherever you get your pods. Go on… subscribe right now and listen to all the episodes! Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Spotlight
21/01/2149m 0s

Money Truck

Six people, six different times and places, but they all find themselves in the same predicament, asking the same question, should they stop or should they go? BIG thanks to Tyler Estep, who first reported Philip Dean’s story for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Thanks also to Cole Richards and Randy Scott Carroll for recording assistance. Thank you to everyone interviewed for this story: Troy Stokes, Philip Dean, Betsy Richards, Delrish Moss, Carol Steele, and the Lucky Guy. Big love and thanks to Shannon Cason, who narrated this piece. Check out Shannon's podcast 'Homemade Stories' to hear more from him. Produced by Anna Sussman, John Fecile & Nancy López Original score by Renzo Gorrio, sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 1
14/01/2134m 56s

A Person Who Has Never Even Been Married... - Appearances Spotlight

An Iranian American examines herself and her life in a one-woman audio show that straddles the line between fiction and truth. Snap Judgment presents, “A Person Who Has Never Even Been Married...” a special spotlight on the Appearances podcast. This episode contains strong language, scenes of domestic turmoil, and mentions sex. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. From Mermaid Palace and Radiotopia, Sharon Mashihi brings you Appearances. This podcast brings to life an Iranian American family and community through the real and fantastical mental machinations of Melanie Barzadeh. Melanie is in her mid 30’s and desires nothing more than to become a mother. The difficulty of finding the right partner seems to be directly connected to the struggles witnessed in her home throughout her entire childhood. As Sharon Mashihi voice-acts all the characters in one family, the depth of the love, pain, and struggle is felt with visceral, profound compassion at every turn. This is episode 2 of a 9 episode audio mind trip. Go on… go listen to all the episodes and subscribe to this amazing podcast! The roles of Melanie, her family members, and all the wedding guests were performed by Sharon Mashihi.  The role of Ponch was performed by Thatcher Keats. This episode also featured clips from an interview with Rabbi Tarlan Rabizadeh. The story consultant was Sunita Prasad.  The associate producer of pre-production was Monique Laborde.  The associate producer was Ariel Mejia. The mix engineer was Harry Knazen. Kaitlin Prest is the executive producer and editor of Appearances. The show was made with support from New York State Council on the Arts, Madowell, the Ragdale Foundation, Union Docs, and IFP. Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Snap Season 11 - Episode 42
08/01/2133m 48s

Monaea, a 2020 Diary - Snap Spotlights "VICE News Reports"

2020 has been a YEAR, and Monaea Upton has a lot to say about it. This week we bring you an episode from the podcast Vice News Reports. Vice sent 17-year-old Monaea Upton a recorder and she’s been keeping an audio diary of her senior year of high school in North Minneapolis — during online school, the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, and a spike in neighborhood gun violence. We take you inside her world. This story does contain strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG BIG love and special thanks to Monaea Upton, for letting us into her world! Thanks to her Mother, Rochelle Upton, as well. This episode was produced by Vice News Reports, a new weekly podcast hosted by Arielle Duhaime Ross. Go on… check it out! This incredible podcast brings you to the news so you can hear it for yourself. VICE News reporters and producers take you along as they travel across the globe to where life is happening, right up to the frontline as a story is unfolding. Listen and subscribe wherever you get your podcasts! You can also check out VICE News on their website, Twitter, or Instagram. VICE News Reports is produced by Jesse Alejandro Cottrell, Jen Kinney, Janice Llamoca, and Julia Nutter. Senior producers are Ashley Cleek and Adizah Eghan. Associate producers are Adreanna Rodriguez, Sam Egan, and Sophie Kazis. Sound Design and music composition by Steve Bone and Kyle Murdock. The executive producer and VP of Vice Audio is Kate Osborn. Janet Lee is Senior Production Manager for VICE Audio. Production coordination by Steph Brown. Fact-Checking by Samir Ferdowsi. Special thanks to Mauri Milander Friestleben, Charles Adams, Sam Wilbur, Courtland Pickens, Azhae’la Hanson, Samir Ferdowsi, and Alex Baumhardt. Photograph by Foluso Famuyide Jr, illustration by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 41
31/12/2049m 26s

Upended - The 2020 Look Back Special

What if after the craziest year on record somebody asked you… “what happened?” The Snap team spoke to some of the people that changed our world in 2020 to see if their stories have a part II. BIG thanks to all of the storytellers who let us take a little peek back into their lives for this special episode: Patti Ragan from “Zoo Nebraska” Naandar from “Letters from Lockdown - Gaza, Myanmar, and at Sea” Jacoby Cochran from “Time Traveler” Gregory from “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to America” Dr. Ayaz Virji & Doug Peterson from “The Country Doctor” Chanthon Bun from “Outbreak at San Quentin” Mary Gidley from “Raft of Passion” After an insane year, there is still so much to be thankful for. We are exceptionally grateful for you Snap Nation! The best people in all the world listen to this show. Happy Holidays from our family to yours… and cheers to the new year ahead. Produced by Anna Sussman, Nancy Lopez, John Fecile, Shaina Shealy, Regina Bediako, & Pat Mesiti-Miller Original score & sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 40
24/12/2050m 22s

The Crossroad

A good samaritan pulls over to the side of the road to help a family in distress. A few weeks later, he realizes something is wrong. This episode contains some graphic imagery and strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG love and thanks so much to Dr. Ray Christian for sharing his story with us. If you loved his story he’s got plenty more on his podcast “What’s Ray Saying.” Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Lauryn Newson Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 39
17/12/2017m 52s

The Lamb, the Lion, and the Fox - Snap Classic

Amaryllis was fast on track to become an established journalist when her mentor was kidnapped and killed by a terrorist group. She decided she had to give up the transparency of journalism if she wanted to truly help curb terror, and instead joined the shadow world of the CIA. But the shadow world had its own cost. A big thanks to Amaryllis Fox for sharing her story with us. You can buy her book on Knopf, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Leon Morimoto Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 10, Episode 31
15/12/2044m 56s

No One Calls Me Shooter - Snap Classic

School shootings and their tragic aftermath have become an all too common story. But here’s one side of it that you probably haven’t heard. This story takes place at a high school in Portland, Oregon, where officials fear the next school shooter might be a teenage boy in their midst. This story does contain strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Bethany Barnes originally reported this story for The Oregonian - Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter. She is now an investigative reporter for the Tampa Bay Times. Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 10 Episode 12
10/12/2051m 8s

Beautiful

Lawrence “Binkey” Tolefree gets a phone call about a huge opportunity. But it’s the next call from his mom that leads to the most surprising performance of his career. And Nygel Turner shares what it's like to live with Gynecomastia (aka Man Boobs). This episode contains adult language & a scene with graphic imagery. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. STORIES The Looking Glass Glynn looks at an old picture of himself and reflects... Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller Have You Seen Her Lawrence “Binkey” Tolefree Jr. was born with a mic in his hands. He never met a stage he wouldn’t try to grace with his presence. And at 33, he thinks he’s finally gotten his big break. But when he calls his mom to tell her the good news, he sets into motion a journey that ushers in the most unexpected performance of his career. Go on and get more Binkey Tolefree in your life! Check out his show every Friday on South Side Radio. The piece featured “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, and “Have You Seen Her” by The Chi-Lites, which was written in part by Binky’s grandmother the great Barbara Acklin. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller The Amazing T*tty Man How far will you hurt yourself before you start loving yourself? Nygel Turner shares what it's like to live with Gynecomastia (aka Man Boobs). This story was produced by YR Media's Adult ISH podcast. Adult ISH is a culture, advice, and storytelling show about #adulting, that is produced entirely by folks who are "almost adults". The show is distributed by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to subscribe and listen here! Produced by Nygel Turner and Davey Kim, sound design by Oluwafemi and Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Episode sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Season 11 - Episode 38
03/12/2044m 36s

Brass Ring - Snap Classic

A fortune hunter searches for buried treasure in an Arizona silver mine but finds something he never expected. And a young boy learns how to hustle and survive in Brooklyn during a time when the mob ran the streets. STORIES Silver Mine W.C. Jameson has searched for a recovered buried treasure across the world. But on a search in Arizona, he found something he never expected. Find out more about W.C. Jameson’s work and adventures at his website. Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Leon Morimoto Number One Boy In Brooklyn, before it was hip, back in the days when Williamsburg was still rough and the mob ran Red Hook, this is where Lou Diaz learned how to hustle as a young boy. It was on these same streets that this hustle would be particularly handy in a totally different way than he ever expected. Check out Lou’s book, Dancing with the Devil: Confessions of an Undercover Agent. Produced by Julia Dewitt, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller
26/11/2040m 48s

The 2020 Gratitude Special

Glynn gets a new friend. A wolf in Yellowstone becomes a legend in her own time. And a woman’s life changes forever when a hurricane heads towards her house full of birds. Snap Judgment presents, “The 2020 Gratitude Special.” We are grateful to lift voices up, to tell stories, and we are so SO thankful for you Snap Nation! We appreciate each and every one of you Snappas… for all of the love and support you’ve shown us, thank you. STORIES Bardot Everyone needs a scratch behind the ears sometimes. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller 06 Female In 2006, a wolf was born in Yellowstone who would become a legend in her own time. For more about the 06 Female and the debate surrounding wolves in Yellowstone, be sure to check out Jeff Hull's article in Outside Magazine and Nate Rott's special report for NPR. Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Renzo Gorrio The Birds With a houseful of her favorite birds and a hurricane on the way, Nikki's whole life is about to be upturned. Find out more about Nikki's life story on her website, and in her book, "The Bird Market of Paris." Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller
20/11/2041m 5s

The Badder, The Better: Bobby Shmurda - “Louder Than A Riot” from NPR

Rhyme and punishment go hand in hand in America. This week, we are featuring Louder Than A Riot, an incredible new podcast from NPR Music. It reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. From Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, each episode explores an artist's story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts Black America. STORY The Badder, The Better: Bobby Shmurda (Pt 1) Just like his legendary disappearing hat, Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda's career was on the rise in 2014. But so was the evidence in a murder case against his crew, GS9. In the first of three episodes exploring Bobby's story, we look at his come-up through the eyes of former Epic Records exec Sha Money XL, who guided Bobby on his tightrope walk from the streets to superstardom. What happens when the industry capitalizes on a criminal persona? And do record execs have the juice to back Bobby up when things get too hot? Content Advisory: This story contains strong language and the mention of drug use and guns. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Be sure to visit Louder Than A Riot to hear Part 2 and 3 of Bobby Shmurda’s story and listen to more incredible episodes. Follow the show on Twitter @LouderThanARiot and subscribe! To hear the music in this episode, check out the Louder Than A Riot playlists on Apple Music & Spotify. Louder Than A Riot is hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden, this podcast is invested in power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game. Illustration by Dale Edwin Murray for NPR ©2020 National Public Radio, Inc.
18/11/2051m 7s

Greetings, Prophet!

A mild-mannered theater professor attempts to stage a controversial play in a small East Texas town. This episode discusses drug use, sex, homophobia, and contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you to Joseph Magee, Justin Adams, Jennifer Ann Handy, and the rest of the cast and crew of Angels in America Kilgore College, 1999. BIG love and thanks to Raymond Caldwell, who just retired after 54 years of teaching theater. This story was based on the Texas Monthly magazine article “When Angels in America Came to East Texas” by Wes Ferguson. Special thanks also to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Matthew Simpson, Helena de Groot, Kyle Henry, and Katie Song. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 36
13/11/2050m 49s

The Choice - Snap Classic

Nada Rothbart thought she’d have plenty of time to get her family out of Sarajevo. Suddenly, it was too late. This story originally aired on the Lucky podcast, listen to part two of Nada’s story “The Choice” here. Produced by Briana Breen Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 16
05/11/2034m 30s

Spooked - Cat Bone Curse

Todd’s uncle was one mean son of a biscuit. But long after he’s dead and gone, his descendants worry that his meanness might rub off on them. Snap presents a story crafted in the dark of night by Spooked. Thank you, Todd, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Sanaa Khan Listen to Spooked on Luminary! Spooked season 5 has 22 all-new episodes to keep you up at night. You can get a Luminary subscription for as little as $2.99 a month with their annual plan, plus a 7-day free trial to get started. Not available in all markets. Terms apply. Visit luminarypodcasts.com to learn more.
30/10/2016m 27s

Spooked - Don't Wanna Fright No More

When singer/songwriter and former frontwoman of the Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard, comes up against a hostile spirit in her home, she has to decide: who’s going to get to stay? Brittany... or the ghost? Snap proudly presents an amazing Spooked tale! Big thanks and big love to Brittany for sharing her story with us. Produced by Chris Hambrick, original score by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Sanaa Khan Listen to Spooked on Luminary! Spooked season 5 has 22 all-new episodes to keep you up at night. You can get a Luminary subscription for as little as $2.99 a month with their annual plan, plus a 7-day free trial to get started. Not available in all markets. Terms apply. Visit luminarypodcasts.com to learn more.
27/10/2040m 40s

Spooked - Teacher's Pet

Kristen Cortez is a new teacher in beautiful Los Gatos, California. From her classroom window, she can see rolling, golden hills. Redwood trees. The sun is almost always shining. And yet… something lurks. Snap proudly presents a story crafted in the dark of night by Spooked. Thank you, Kristen, for telling us your terrifying tale! Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Richard Haig Artwork by Teo Ducot Listen to Spooked on Luminary! Spooked season 5 has 22 all-new episodes to keep you up at night. You can get a Luminary subscription for as little as $2.99 a month with their annual plan, plus a 7-day free trial to get started. Not available in all markets. Terms apply. Visit luminarypodcasts.com to learn more.
22/10/2026m 58s

Spooked - Skinwalker

Lee’s great grandfather, his grandfather, and his father have all seen him: the shapeshifter. They know this man has the power to curse them, to hurt them. Lee wonders: is this man coming for him too? Snap proudly presents a terrifying tale from Spooked. BIG thanks to, Lee, and his entire family for sharing their story with us! Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Teo Ducot Listen to Spooked on Luminary! Spooked season 5 has 22 all-new episodes to keep you up at night. You can get a Luminary subscription for as little as $2.99 a month with their annual plan, plus a 7-day free trial to get started. Not available in all markets. Terms apply. Visit luminarypodcasts.com to learn more.
20/10/2039m 3s

Backstage

Some of the best stories are told when the show’s over… Join us for our first-ever Snap Backstage! We bring together incredible storytellers from all over the country for a roundtable of stories about second-rate first class tickets, a racist dog, and baggy pants. This episode does contain strong language and the mention of drug use, sensitive listeners please be advised. BIG thanks to Dino Archie, Shannon Cason, Dr. Ray Christian, Joyce Lee, and Don Reed for spending some time with us Backstage! Special thanks to Snap’s Flo Wiley for her help with this episode. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score & sounds design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 31
15/10/2051m 19s

Texas Ranger - Snap Classic

Back in the 1970s, Bob Favor signed up to be a Texas Ranger. He proudly helped local police solve some of their toughest cases. But there was one case that kept getting away from him. For more of Bob Favor’s exploits as a Texas Ranger, check out his book: My Rangering Days. Produced by Luke Quinton, original score by Leon Morimoto Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Snap Classic - Season 7 - Episode 8
08/10/2019m 46s

Time Traveler

Just a few weeks ago, writer and performer Jacoby Cochran walked through a Chicago neighborhood and into a time machine. That’s where the story begins… Sensitive listeners, please note this story contains explicit language and references racial violence. Thank you, Jacoby, for sharing your story with us! For more of Jacoby’s work, please head on over to jacobycochran.com. Produced by Regina Bediako & Anna Sussman, original score by Clay Xavier Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 30
01/10/2018m 18s

The Hitchhiker's Guide to America

A man walks off the side of a California highway, deep into the patchy grassland, to build a life away from the rest of the world. Sensitive listeners should know that this piece does contain a description of a car accident. Thank you, Gregory, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Tessa Paoli, original score by Derek Barber Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 29
29/09/2028m 52s

Hold That Space - Snap Spotlights "Ear Hustle"

Four women share their stories of loving incarcerated men, and the challenges they face in maintaining their relationships, staying hopeful about an eventual reunion, and carrying on with their lives on the outside. We also hear from a man sentenced to Life without the possibility of parole. Snap Judgment presents, “Hold That Space,” a special spotlight on the Ear Hustle Podcast, from PRX’s Radiotopia. Content Advisory: This episode discusses sex and contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thanks to Erica Olson, Loraine Serrano, Darlene Burke, Annette Shields, Raven Campbell, Raylene Ruiz, Theresa, Sutina Green, and Steven Green for sharing your stories for this episode. And BIG thanks + so much love to the entire Ear Hustle family! Be sure to visit www.EarHustleSq.com to hear more stories, see pictures from episodes, and follow everything Ear Hustle. They just dropped a new season! Ear Hustle comes to us from PRX’s Radiotopia, this episode is produced by Earlonne Woods, Nigel Poor, Rhasaan “New York” Thomas, John “Yahya” Johnson, Pat Mesiti-Miller, and Bruce Wallace. This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, and David Jassy. Artwork by Antwan Williams 
24/09/2040m 48s

Shame

What’s keeping you from feeling proud today? We’re exploring that question with a special Snap two-for-one: SHAMEBOOTH, a traveling art installation, hotline, and podcast featuring the voices of real people sharing their shame, and “Quiet Is Best,” a story from Julie Lindahl about her shocking discovery of a secret -- and shameful -- family legacy. Content advisory: These stories detail substances, violence/graphic images of Nazi Germany, and sexual assault. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. STORIES: SHAMEBOOTH Recordings SHAMEBOOTH explores the science & psychology behind one of the most intense and isolating emotions a person can feel by capturing the voices of real people who step into a refurbished phone booth to speak their truths. It has become an art installation, podcast, hotline, live event space, and movement to help people get proud. A very big thank you to all of the brave people who stepped into the SHAMEBOOTH, baring their souls. For more, head on over to SHAMEBOOTH and subscribe to the podcast! SHAMEBOOTH’s creator and host is Paula Williams. The podcast is produced by the fine folks at SOUND MADE PUBLIC: Tania Ketenjian, Philip Wood, and Katie McCutcheon. Production assistance was by Snap’s Regina Bediako. “Quiet is Best” - Snap Classic When Julie Lindahl discovered that her grandfather had been an active member of the German SS, she decided to return to the scene of his crimes. But her grandmother made things difficult. Thank you, Julie, for sharing your story with Snap! A version of this story was originally produced for the podcast Kind World. For more, please make sure to check out Julie Lindahl’s book, The Pendulum: A Granddaughther’s Search for Her Family’s Forbidden Nazi Past. Produced by Erika Lantz, original score by Leon Morimoto with production assistance by Liz Mak Artwork by Teo Ducot Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Season 11 - Episode 28
17/09/2053m 30s

Respawn - Snap Classic

A teenager ends up with more than he bargained for when he hacks his principal’s Twitter account. And a night-shift doctor shares a story of life after death. STORIES Code Yellow A teenage hacker inspired by “Mr. Robot” takes on his principal, teachers, and the Board of Education. This piece was adapted from the podcast, Darknet Diaries. Listen to the full story, called Finn. Produced by Jack Rhysider with assistance from Nancy Lopez, original score by Renzo Gorrio The Lazarus Effect A night-shift doctor shares a story of life after death. This story comes to us from the podcast, The Nocturnists, and was performed live in San Francisco in 2018. You can listen to the full story, called The Lazarus Effect. Special thanks to Emily Silverman, Ana Adlerstein, Ali Block, Adelaide Papazolou, Marina Poole, Kirk Klocke, and the storyteller, Joe Sills Snap Classic - Season 10 Episode 19 Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot
10/09/2049m 4s

Bad Hair Cut - Snap Classic

When the man in charge of a small, insular northern Ohio town wreaks havoc on his followers, a young boy with a passion for good hair tries to clean up the mess. Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Leon Morimoto Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Snap Classic - Season 9 - Episode 32
03/09/2040m 46s

The Golden Lure

A fisherman down on his luck finds gold at the bottom of the sea. It’s only after his treasure hunt is underway that he discovers what is truly valuable deep down. BIG thanks to Joe Pennisi for sharing your story with Snap. This story would not have been possible if not for the amazing, on the ground reporting work of Tara Duggan, Jason Fagone, and Santiago Mejia who first told this incredible story for the San Francisco Chronicle. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 27
27/08/2053m 48s

Soundtrack of Silence - Snap Classic

When a young man is told is he going deaf, he sets out on a challenge to memorize the songs that defined his life. He had no idea that those songs would come back to him in the most unexpected way. A version of this story aired on KQED's Q'ed Up. Produced by April Dembosky, Original Score by Renzo Gorrio Sound Design by Leon Morimoto & April Dembosky Artwork by Mark Fiore Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 3
20/08/2038m 10s

Campfire Tales VII

The last embers of the season. The final wander through the woods. The chill not yet hitting the air. That’s when you know it’s time… This week, experience the dark magic of Spooked on Snap. We proudly present, “Campfire Tales VII.” STORIES Kapu If the sign at the mouth of the cave says “kapu,” forbidden, you better take heed. Don’t go searching for trouble. Thank you, Joe, for sharing your story with Spooked! Produced by Greta Weber and Annie Nguyen, original score by Lauryn Newson Route 666 Michael Kilpatrick is coming home from the venue, celebrating a great show. He’s taking a familiar road. But tonight, the conditions are bad: hard wind, rain, and… frogs? Thanks, Michael, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Leon Morimoto Widow’s Walk Howling wind. Swirling fog. What lurks in the mist? To whom is the wind calling? Thank you, Bubba, for sharing your terrifying tale with us. Produced by Greta Weber & Gaylen Koch, original score by Clay Xavier Artwork by Teo Ducot Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Season 5 of Spooked drops 8/21/20 & will have 22 brand new episodes, each released weekly on Mondays & Fridays. Select episodes will be available across streaming platforms, but you can find ALL the new episodes only on Luminary. Visit LuminaryPodcasts.com to start listening! Season 11 - Episode 26
14/08/2050m 33s

Gotcha

A rowdy radio show. A sick listener. A Radio DJ who gets in way, way too deep. This story is a co-production between Snap Judgment Studios, Hi-Phi Nation with Barry Lamb, and our dear friends over at Love and Radio. Listen & subscribe to Hi-Phi Nation with Barry Lamb, the best story-driven philosophy podcast in the universe! Love and Radio also rules and comes to you from the incredible Luminary family. You can hear the original version of Gotcha from Love and Radio here. Learn more about Radio DJ Amber Petty and pre-order her new book, “This Is Not A Love Song” This story was produced by Barry Lam, Steven Jackson, Nick van der Kolk, Phil Dmochowski, Julia DeWitt, and John Fecile This story includes the voices of Amber Petty, Cory Kimm, Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello, and Sarah The actors featured in this story are Aliya Pabani, Corey Layton, Robin Luckwaldt-Ross Special thanks to Diane Wu, Antimo Ianella, Ira Glass Artwork by John Garrison For a full list of music featured in this episode, visit the Snap site. Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Season 11 - Episode 25
06/08/201h 7m

Easy Street - Snap Classic

A musician writes a song so catchy, it takes over the world…then he finds out it’s become a weapon on the streets of Portland. “Easy Street” turned into something it was never meant to be. This story contains explicit language, sensitive listeners are advised. A big thanks to Joe Sivick & Deena Prichep. Easy Street (Redux) single by The Occupy ICE PDX Alliance on Apple Music or iTunes. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot
30/07/2024m 26s

Outbreak at San Quentin

Team Snap brings you the story of the devastating COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison, as told by people on the inside. STORIES Outbreak at San Quentin As the Coronavirus outbreak overwhelms San Quentin State Prison, one incarcerated person, Chanthon Bun, is awaiting his release on parole. Bun tries to protect himself from the virus, while incarcerated first responders and cleaning crews attempt to treat those who are collapsing and stop the spread of COVID-19. In this episode, we hear first-hand accounts from incarcerated people inside San Quentin trying to survive the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. This story contains graphic content, listener discretion is advised. At the time of this recording, 13 people from San Quentin have died due to coronavirus, bringing the total number of lives lost in California prisons to 40. Our hearts go out to them and theirs, sincerely. Find out how you can support people on the inside with care packages and more at Prison University Project. Chanthon Bun is a producer now living on the outside. Greg Eskridge and Thanh Tran are both multimedia journalists currently incarcerated at San Quentin. Checkout Uncuffed and First Watch for more of their work. Rasheed Lockheart, who narrated this piece, works with Planting Justice, a food and social justice organization empowering those impacted by incarceration. Many thanks to Ant, Eric Phillips, and Alex Simon for sharing their stories from the inside as well. Special thanks to James King from the Ella Baker Center and Adnan Khan from Restore Justice. Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller and Ninna Gaensler-Debs Original score & sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Letters from Uncuffed While people inside San Quentin and other detention facilities across the country are faced with the threat of coronavirus, it is not just them who are affected. This piece is made up of a collection of letters from people on the outside trying to reach their loved ones currently behind bars. Big thanks to everyone who shared their letters, Rasheed Lockheart, Shelly Ammons, Dario Abramskiehn, Jovina Vejar. The letters came to us from Uncuffed, a storytelling project made by people behind bars, from inside San Quentin State Prison and Solano State Prison, in collaboration with KALW. Listen & subscribe on your favorite podcast player! Produced by Ninna Gaensler-Debs, Gabe Grabin, Angela Johnston, and Eli Wirtschafter. San Quentin Mixtapes Vol. 1 – “Same Prison As My Grandfather” The San Quentin Mixtape is a music project recorded, produced, and performed by incarcerated people inside San Quentin State Prison. The song featured in this episode is “Same Prison As My Grandfather” by Dinero G. Thank you Dinero G and David Jassy for sharing your music with us! This song comes from the album San Quentin Mixtapes, Vol. 1. It was produced by the now formerly incarcerated, David Jassy, who has since been released and is now living in his home country of Sweden. Season 11 – Episode 24
23/07/2047m 10s

Belly of the Beast - Snap Classic

Things go horribly wrong for a safari guide on the Zambezi River when he comes face-to-face with a rogue hippo. Thank you, Paul, for sharing your story with Snap! Check out Paul Templer’s memoir, What’s Left of Me. Produced by Erika Lantz, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 9 - Episode 25
14/07/2024m 48s

The Happening

The night of June 11, 2011, will forever be seared in Roger Stringer’s memory. The night started off with a dinner of boiled shrimp with his two sons. The night ended with his family being torn apart. This story contains sensitive content and graphic imagery not suitable for young listeners. Listener discretion advised. A very big BIG thank you to Roger and Zac Stringer for sharing their story with us here at Snap! As of yet, Zac has not been exonerated. A post-conviction relief appeal to clear his name is stalled in a local circuit court. His civil lawsuit against Remington is currently in limbo. Zac is now 24. He goes to college full time. He's the first-ever convicted felon to be admitted to William Carey University in Mississippi. Produced by Nancy Lopez, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 23
09/07/2054m 38s

Chasing Thunder

For 110 days Peter Hammarstedt and his group of ocean vigilantes hunted the most notorious poacher on the high seas, known as the Thunder. Their journey turns into an epic chase across 10,000 miles, two seas, and three oceans, through massive ice floors, violent clashes, and storms-tossed seas, where only one ship makes it home. Thank you so much to Peter Hammarstedt for sharing your story with us! Thanks as well to Ian Urbina. We first heard about this story thanks to his reporting. You can find his book, The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier, on Knopf, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Ian has a great collection of stories and books about the lawless ocean. Also, BIG thanks to Brick City TV & Mark Benjamin for sharing the audio from their documentary, Ocean Warriors: Chasing the Thunder. You can see a trailer of the film here. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Season 11 - Episode 22
02/07/2049m 10s

Snap is Moving

This weekend we are moving our podcast feed. You will still be able to listen to Snap Judgment on the radio and wherever you get your podcasts, but we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Make sure Snap stays in your feed by subscribing. Next week, check to see you have the new epic Snap episode, "Chasing Thunder." If you don't see it in your feed, please refresh or resubscribe!
26/06/201m 0s

The Gift

A young boy in a migrant worker farm camp in California’s Central valley gets a surprise present from his father. But the gift comes with certain expectations. Thank you, Jaime, for sharing your story with Snap! Jaime Cortez is a writer and visual artist based in Northern California. His upcoming book of humorous semi-autobiographical short stories will be released in 2021 by Grove Atlantic Press. Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Clay Xavier Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot
24/06/2020m 33s

Radio 77

A DJ hosts a radio show from a garden shed in his backyard. For over forty years… he had an audience of one. Season 11 - Episode 20
18/06/2031m 20s

Letters from Lockdown - Sarajevo, Yangon, New Orleans, San Francisco

Team Snap brings you voices from four amazing people - some looking to the future, some looking at the past, and those who never emerged.  Season 11 - Episode 19
15/06/2018m 30s

The Border Hacker - Snap Classic

A computer hacker tries to make his way home through two countries, dense jungle, and a seemingly endless string of technical challenges. Snap Classic - Season 10 Episode 4
11/06/2049m 55s

Thick Blue Line

Police shootings, mistaken arrests, and growing up Black / Brown in America. Snap presents amazing stories from people facing our nation’s original sin. 
03/06/2048m 54s

The Iron Curtain - Snap Classic

At the height of the Cold War, Ulrike Poppe just might have been the most surveilled woman in the world. But it was only after the wall fell that things really got interesting. Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 15
28/05/2038m 20s

The Country Doctor

A Muslim doctor moves his family to a small, rural, Midwestern town. To his surprise, they fit right in... and then came the 2016 presidential election. Season 11 - Episode 18
21/05/2058m 28s

Lucky Penny - Snap Spotlights "The Truth"

A son tries to make contact with his dad, who’s deteriorating in the throes of dementia. He makes new connections and discoveries, and as he says goodbye to his father, he is granted a long-awaited wish. Snap Judgment presents, “Lucky Penny,” a special spotlight on The Truth Podcast, from PRX’s Radiotopia.
15/05/2032m 6s

Letters from Lockdown - Philippines, Greece, Michigan, Libya

Some stories that seem the furthest away hit closest to home. Team Snap presents more lockdown advice from around the world, even from the places you least expect. Listen to the fifth installment of "Letters from Lockdown." Season 11 - Episode 16
13/05/2017m 49s

Modern Family - Mother's Day Special

When a little girl goes missing in the desert, one woman is driven to find her, no matter what. And a mother makes her own Ebola suit - MacGyver style - to save her son's life. Happy Mother's Day to all you Snap Moms! 
08/05/2037m 54s

Letters from Lockdown - Liberia, Columbus, Chicago

Who better to seek advice from than a mother? This week, Team Snap brings you the fourth installment of, "Letters from Lockdown,” featuring moms around the world. Happy Mother's Day to all the Snap Moms out there! Season 11 - Episode 14
06/05/2011m 2s

After Glow

V grew up hearing about her parent’s love story... but she never knew about the song behind it. Season 11 - Episode 13
01/05/2030m 50s

Letters from Lockdown - Jericho, Rwanda, Brooklyn

While most of the world continues to shelter-in-place, Team Snap brings you the third installment of, "Letters from Lockdown.”  STORIES Jericho Osama Iliwat spent days in solitary confinement inside an Israeli prison during the First and Second Palestinian Intifadas. Learn how peace reached him in the midst of conflict. Today, Osama runs a cell phone shop in Jericho, is a peace activist, and leads international tours in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. He advocates for dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and speaks to international groups with an organization called Combatants for Peace.  Rwanda In the 90s, Eric Murangwa was the star goalkeeper of Rwanda’s most beloved football team, Rayon Sport. He was also a Tutsi - at the time when death squads were hunting Tutsis. Find out where - and with who - Eric took refuge. Eric now runs a charity called Ishami Foundation, which brings people together through sport.  He’s currently raising money for vulnerable families affected by coronavirus during the genocide commemoration in Rwanda. Help him reach his goal.  Brooklyn Estee grew up in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn where her then-husband isolated her from friends, family, and activities for nearly two decades. Hear how Estee’s spirit could not be contained by four walls.  Today, Estee lives in Jerusalem with her eight children and recently remarried a very kind man. She teaches Zumba Extreme at the Jerusalem YMCA. Hear more of Estee’s story in the Snap archives. Thank you, Osama, Eric, and Estee for sharing your stories with us! Produced by Shaina Shealy, Naomi Zeveloff, Liz Mak, and Anna Sussman Music by Renzo Gorrio, additional production by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Sanaa Khan Digital Producer: Marisa Dodge Season 11 - Episode 12 Our team is working quickly to put together more pieces of advice from people all over the world - stay tuned for more. And if you have advice from a past lockdown you’d like to share with Snap Nation - reach out to us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook - or email pitches@snapjudgment.org  The beat doesn’t happen without YOU. Support Snap storytelling... stories you won't hear anywhere else.
29/04/2013m 4s

Letters from Lockdown - Guantánamo, Utah, and On the Run

Team Snap proudly presents the second installment of, "Letters from Lockdown," featuring stories from people around the world who have experienced lockdown before. Season 11 - Episode 11
24/04/2012m 42s

The Enlightenment Trap - Snap Classic

A skeptical journalist fights freezing temperatures alongside a fitness guru to test the limits of his own mortality. Snap Classic: Season 8 - Episode 17
22/04/2029m 44s

Buds

Weed brownies, firefighting, and friendship. It’s a 4/20 Snap Special! Amazing stories by friends, about the friend you did not expect. Season 11 - Episode 10
17/04/2037m 28s

Letters from Lockdown - Gaza, Myanmar, and at Sea

These people from all around the world share a common thread… this isn’t their first lockdown. During quarantine, Team Snap is bringing you pieces of wisdom, hope, and defiance. Season 11 - Episode 9
15/04/2012m 2s

Haenyeo

A woman visits a faraway island to meet the last generation of Korea's mermaids. She comes away with an unexpected discovery about motherhood and about herself. Season 11 - Episode 8
09/04/2035m 3s

Spooked - The Fog

Blair can’t see his hands in front of his face. He can’t see the ground beneath his feet. He’s not in the dark: he’s in a thick cloud of fog. And then, a voice emerges from the mist. This story comes to us from Australia, the original Upside Down. Select Spooked episodes will be available across streaming platforms but ALL will be exclusively on Luminary. Download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. 
03/04/2026m 34s

The Writing is on the Wall - Snap Classic

When the scariest man in town is arrested for murder, only one lawyer is willing to represent him. Snap Classic: Season 6 - Episode 30
01/04/2030m 1s

Borders Between Us

Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. had a complicated relationship with his mother. But after she passed, he traveled across the world to try and make things better. This story comes fromTransom.org and was produced by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Jay Allison Additional production by Pat Mesiti-Miller Special thanks to Kadijatu Suma, Haja Suma, Fatima Rahman, Alimamy Conteh, Sheri Rickson, Lynn Levy and Gimlet Media. Thomas King, Brima Thomas, and Jartu Tejan-Thomas. Thanks also to Milo, Mason and Melissa Allison, Viki Merrick, Samantha Broun, Sydney Lewis, Rob Rosenthal, and WCAI and Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole Massachusetts. Season 11 - Episode 7 The beat doesn’t happen without YOU. Support Snap storytelling... stories you won't hear anywhere else.
26/03/2040m 17s

Zoo Nebraska

The story of a chimpanzee and a man whose dream brought disaster to a small American town. This story details violence against animals. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Season 11 - Episode 6
19/03/2050m 1s

Spooked - Isabelle

Betsy keeps seeing a young girl at night in her room. She stands at the end of Betsy’s bed and stares at her. She comes back, over and over: night after night; year after year. Betsy knows she wants something, but she has to figure out what. Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked. Be afraid. All of the latest episodes are available only on Luminary. Download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. Season 4 - Episode 1
17/03/2034m 4s

A Grenfell Story - Snap Spotlights "Have You Heard George's Podcast?"

A young teacher's daily struggles provide the backdrop for a poetic re-imagining of a public tragedy in London. Snap spotlights the amazing "Have You Heard George's Podcast?" from BBC Sounds.  Season 11, Episode 5
11/03/2031m 49s

The Real Black Klansman - Snap Classic

A black detective in Colorado Springs infiltrates the KKK and finds himself face-to-face with David Duke, the Grand Wizard. And Daryl Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who's played with Bill Clinton, Bruce Hornsby and Chuck Berry. But we wanted to talk to him about another group of his friends. Snap Classic - Season 8 Episode 9 
05/03/2040m 0s

Watching Over Mountain Village

Mountain Village is an Alaska Native town in the middle of nowhere. One woman is the town’s only police officer and she alone is responsible for the safety of everyone there. Her track record is perfect until one day when she responds to a call that changes everything. This story discusses suicide and violence. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Season 11 - Episode 4
27/02/2049m 11s

Senior Year Mixtape - Snap Classic

It’s Senior Year and Alex, Damaris, and Brantin have been waiting for the day they get to leave Mission High and enter adulthood. Snap follows the three students for a whole year as their dreams turn into reality. Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 4
20/02/2052m 8s

The Pink Palace

When your plane crashes in the Amazon Jungle on your honeymoon, do you take a raft down a river to continue on… or turn back? This epic romance turns into the ultimate test of survival. Season 11 - Episode 3
13/02/2048m 31s

Raft of Passion

Mary needed to get away from her husband. A handsome stranger offered her a way out. All she had to do was participate in the strangest group experiment of all time. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Leon Morimoto. Season 11 - Episode 2
06/02/2036m 9s

Night at The Mirage - Snap Classic

A Chicago newspaper establishes an undercover bar to catch officials in the act of corruption. They soon acquire a cast of characters looking for more than just a drink. Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 21
30/01/2035m 45s

Space Rocks

One night, an explosion in the night sky of western Colorado draws townspeople out to search for something more. Something bigger. Something… out of this world. Season 11 - Episode 1
23/01/2041m 3s

The Performers - Snap Classic

An openly gay luchador full of talent faces an uphill battle to get the crowd and the press on his side. A woman takes on superhero duty, serving as a heroine of the streets. And Chapelle's other half rocks three mics. Snap Judgment presents, “The Performers.” Exploring the magic behind the stagecraft. Snap Classic - Season 7 Episode 10
16/01/2051m 13s

Tell Christy I Love Her - Snap Spotlights "Ear Hustle"

Tom was a cop. Jason was a teenager in a gang. The two men tell the story of the one night in 1997 that changed who they both are now. Snap Spotlights Radiotopia's "Ear Hustle." 
09/01/2048m 51s

Notorious - Snap Classic

A loan shark crusades against the dark side of the payday industry, after running a risky business. A student discovers a kid named Hitler at college orientation, leading to a search for more Hitler’s. And a survivor of criminalization and state violence performs as a means of healing.
02/01/2049m 45s

The 2019 Look Back Special

A poet delivers a devastating portrait of the relationship that made him who he is today. Two men come face to face one night in the dark canyon-lands of southern Utah. And a dangerous anarchist steals, kills, and escapes, until one day when he can run no further. It’s Snap’s 2019 Look Back Special.. time to look back before we move forward.
26/12/1949m 27s

Under Pressure

After traumatic experiences underwater, a diver falls in love with the ocean again by building a secret kingdom for seahorses. Season 10 Episode 36
23/12/1920m 5s

Pt 2: The Search for No Name Aporva

A woman arrives in India only to discover that the baby she’s there to adopt has just been rescued from an orphanage tied to a child trafficking ring. Listen to Part Two of this amazing journey. 
19/12/1929m 39s

Pt 1: The Search for No Name Aporva

When 14-year-old Annaporva finally decides to ask her mother about her biological family a story so unexpected unravels - there’s kingpins, death threats, and Maneka Gandhi. Listen next week for Part Two of this story. Season 10 Episode 34 
12/12/1949m 33s

Leap of Faith - Snap Classic

An aid worker is held hostage in Iraq, a detective’s toughest case turns out to be an investigation into his own past, and a hauntingly beautiful story of a simple piece of fruit. Snap Classic - Season 7 Episode 18
05/12/1950m 0s

The 2019 Gratitude Special

A headless chicken proves sometimes urban legends are true, playground bullies expose dark secrets during a “pantsing” epidemic, and a young man comes out to his parents. We are grateful to tell stories and we are so so thankful for you Snappas! For all the love and support you have shown this crazy ridiculous enterprise that is Snap Judgment, thank you. Season 10 Episode 33
28/11/1949m 8s

Diamonds in the Sky

Fans and journalists embark on a seven-show tour with Rihanna... in seven countries, over seven days, on a Boeing 777, to celebrate her seventh album in seven years. Did we mention this is the seventh anniversary of the tour?
21/11/1934m 27s

Return To Kuku Island - Snap Classic

A woman revisits remote Indonesian islands where she and thousands of other Vietnamese refugees were once stranded without food, water, or shelter. She returns to this tiny place on the edge of the world... one last time.
14/11/1950m 14s

The Lamb, the Lion, and the Fox

A former journalist turned CIA agent goes undercover to flip an international arms dealer and stop a terrorist bombing.
07/11/1944m 56s

Godsend - Snap Classic

A woman’s voice changes forever, following a stroke-like episode. A man living in Alaska continues to hear rumors about the elusive blue bear. When he goes out searching for one, he ends up finding... something much different. And a girl gains magical powers that lead to an irreversible and terrible chain of events. 
31/10/1949m 37s

Spooked - Sharp Tooth Boy

Bonnie Blagg and her two friends call for Bloody Mary in the mirror on her dresser during a middle school sleepover. Bonnie thinks nothing of it until a ghost boy with long, sharp, bloody teeth appears in her bedroom every single night after that.
29/10/1930m 14s

Spooked - Santi

When Maribel loses her little brother Santi, her very best friend in the world, she learns that love is sometimes stronger than death. We travel to Mexico for this very special Spooked tale.  
24/10/1930m 9s

Spooked - The Banshees

We're bringing you Spooked tales about ladies who lurk, haunt and aren't messing around. Be afraid. STORIES Barbara Nichols Pond Ever since a little girl died a watery death, the kids in Johnston County steer clear of the pond. Years later, Todd thinks that she might just be avenging her untimely end. Thank you, Todd Narron for being our tour guide in the mysterious American South. If you want more stories from Todd, check out his incredible books: Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men &  Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men: Series 2 - The Dead Ones.  Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio Room 324 A film producer visits one of the most iconic haunted places in the world: The Stanley Hotel. He doesn’t believe in ghosts at all. But he’s about to question reality. A big thanks to Daniel Noah for sharing this story with us. Daniel is the cohost of SpectreVision's Visitations Podcast, a Shudder Original. Produced by Eliza Smith, original score by Davey Kim Artwork by: Teo Ducot Snap Season 10 Episode 28 Want more Spooked? There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. And remember, don't turn out the lights...
22/10/1912m 59s

Spooked - Mrs. Hagstrom

It's Spooked Season! When supernatural forces come for her kids, Curtis’s mom stands strong. Mrs. Hagstrom may be one of the meanest ghosts yet. Be afraid.
17/10/199m 51s

Turncoat

An Israeli Defense solider decides to speak out about his violent actions from the past and they come back to haunt him. Season 10 Episode 26
10/10/1936m 52s

The Other Hand - Love + Radio

A mentor to a disabled little boy loses a piece of himself and discovers what is gained.
03/10/1923m 57s

Misguided

A teen's dad surprises him by taking him on his first slave plantation tour. And a girl realizes the computer version of herself, acts more like her than she does. Season 10 Episode 25
26/09/1927m 10s

I Sing the Body Electric

A man tries to cheat death with homemade technological body enhancements, but the world isn’t ready for his kind of lifestyle.
19/09/1934m 40s

The Spy's Son - Snap Classic

The story of a lifetime falls into a reporter’s lap when he receives a tip about father-son co-conspirators who sell national secrets to Russia.
15/09/1924m 3s

1865 "Sic Semper Tyrannis"

President Lincoln is mortally wounded. The nation is under attack. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton takes control and tries to protect Vice President Andrew Johnson. This story comes to us from 1865.
12/09/1923m 17s

The Inventor and The Thief - Snap Classic

When a brilliant inventor was robbed of his life’s work, his son did the only reasonable thing: he became a robber. Snap Classic: Season 8 Episode 10 
05/09/1928m 4s

Head Games

The human mind can play tricks on you... A father of five and devout Mormon is dragged into a world that upends everything he knows to be true. And a young man comes to terms with his mother’s profound mental illness. STORIES "Tracy: My Ride-or-Die" When Adult ISH host Nyge Turner turned 17, he became the caretaker for his ride-or-die: Tracy. His mom. This story was produced by YR Media's Adult ISH podcast (Mom ISH episode). Adult ISH is a culture, advice, and storytelling show about #adulting, that is produced entirely by folks who are "almost adults." It’s distributed by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to subscribe and listen here! "A Short Stay In Hell" A father of five and devout Mormon is dragged into a world that upends everything he knows to be true. This story comes to us from Believable, a new podcast from Narratively about how our stories define who we are. Each episode dives into a personal, eye-opening story where narratives conflict and different perspectives about the truth collide.
29/08/1949m 4s

Campfire Tales VI - The Thin Place

Martin is a paramedic. He has a gift for saving people’s lives. He also has another, darker, gift--one that he doesn’t want to use. Produced by: Eliza Smith Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Artwork by: Sanaa Khan Season III is ALIVE!! There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all just download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com Season 10 Episode 22
22/08/1930m 44s

The Badlands - Snap Classic

For two years, ISIS fought to take over the city of Mosul, killing 40,000 civilians. A mix of missionaries, mercenaries, and misfits from around the world pack their bags, fly to Iraq and voluntarily run into the line of fire to fight back. Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
15/08/1950m 0s

Gambit

A man inspired by joy writes a song, then he discovers it’s become a weapon. And a boy beat down by life learns to fight back, with the help of an upper-cut and milkshakes. STORIES Life On Easy Street   A musician writes a song so catchy, it takes over the world...then he finds out it's become a weapon. "Easy Street" turned into something it was never meant to be. A big thanks to Joe Sivick & Producer Deena Prichep Producer: John Fecile Original Score: Renzo Gorrio  The Little Boxer After getting beat one time too many, little Gus Lee decides to fight back.  A big thanks to Gus Lee. This story comes from his novel, “China Boy,” based on his childhood.  Producer: Liz Mak Original Score: Renzo Gorrio  Season 10 Episode 21 
08/08/1947m 48s

Shangri-La - Snap Classic

Glynn unearths paradise. A geoscientist journeys deep into the Amazon Jungle, where rivers rage and legends come true. And a revolutionary living in exile does the unexpected. Snap presents a classic, "Shangri-La." STORIES "The Perfect Spot" Backpackers are scouring Southeast Asia looking for the magical spot, but Glynn has the inside tip. "Boiling River" Andres Ruzo tried to track down a legendary he’s heard his grandfather talk about in stories when he was a little boy. He found the stuff of legends, and then was faced with the choices, and burdens of knowing a valuable secret. Producer: Anna Sussman "For Love and Revolution" In the 1970’s Truman Capote interviewed Watani Stiner, a young revolutionary serving time in San Quentin for the death of two Black Panthers. Then... things got interesting. Producer: Sukey Lewis and Mark Ristich Season 7 Episode 12 
01/08/1949m 17s

Kissing the Concrete - Snap Spotlights "Ear Hustle"

Snap leaves San Quentin State Prison with the Ear Hustle Podcast and then goes back inside to hear stories from Prison Reception. Content Advisory: This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence. Listener discretion is advised.  STORIES  Kissing the Concrete Snap finds freedom with Ear Hustle. Two men transition from prison back into society and find out who - or what - is waiting for them on the outside.  Excuse Me On The Tier Snap goes under lock and key with Ear Hustle. Everyone entering the prison system must pass through Reception, to learn the ropes and discover what’s really behind the walls. A big thanks to Tevin Fournette, aka Cutty, and Ronnie Young for sharing their stories about leaving prison with the team. You can hear more of Cutty’s music here. Thanks as well to John “Yahya” Johnson, David Ditto, Talib Brooks, Louis Brackett, and Jeff Atkins for sharing their experiences inside Prison Reception. Artwork by: Atwan Williams  Be sure to visit www.EarHustleSq.com to hear more stories, see pictures from episodes, and follow everything Ear Hustle. Ear Hustle comes to us from PRX’s Radiotopia and is produced by Earlonne Woods, Nigel Poor, Rhasaan “New York” Thomas, John “Yahya” Johnson, Pat Mesiti-Miller, and Bruce Wallace. This episode is scored with music from Antwan Williams and David Jassy. Senior Producer Curtis Fox, Digital Producer Erin Wade, and Executive Producer Julie Shapiro.
25/07/1949m 7s

The Body Genius - Snap Spotlights "The Truth"

In a dark and fictional world, we meet the best Hollywood trainer money can buy.  A trainer who specializes in the human body, but one body in his gym... isn't breathing.  Snap spotlights "The Truth" podcast. We're proud to present Part one from their five-part series, “The Body Genius.”  Starring: Chris Cafero as Evan Written by: Hunter Nelson Produced by: Jonathan Mitchell & Davy Gardner Artwork by: Clement Bolla To hear all five episodes & see the full list of credits, visit "The Truth" podcast. Season 10 Episode 20 
18/07/1929m 27s

Respawn

A teenage hacker inspired by “Mr. Robot” takes on his high school and gets personal with his principal's Twitter account. And night-shift doctor, Joe Sills, shares a story of life after death.  STORIES  Code Yellow  A teenage hacker inspired by “Mr. Robot” takes on his principal, teachers, and the Board of Education. This piece was adapted from the podcast, Darknet Diaries.  The Lazarus Effect  A night-shift doctor, Joe Sills, shares a story of life after death.  This story comes to us from the podcast, The Nocturnists. Season 10 Episode 19 
11/07/1949m 5s

On The Mat - Snap Classic

A one-legged high schooler wrestles with his identity and his weight class. A story featuring tough opponents and big decisions.  The Wrestler With The Missing Leg Anthony Robles was born with one leg, but that didn’t stop him from joining the wrestling team. If you want to learn more about Anthony’s story and his career as a motivational speaker, check out his website and be sure to read his memoir, Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated.  Producer: Joe Rosenberg     Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio Season 8 Episode 18 "On the Mat" - Snap Classic 
04/07/1931m 56s

Operation Little Flower

In a small Croatian town of Vukovar, some 200 people went missing. Years later, a group of investigators with The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia set out on an impossible task to find out who was responsible for these missing people. Season 10 Episode 18
27/06/1926m 56s

Quick Fix - Snap Classic

Mouth Of The Dragon When a small child is lost, it's up to Glynn to face the dragon. As The World Burns What happens when the world around you starts to burn? A Little White Lie Think your dating life is tough? Try being an Arab, Muslim man after 9/11 in New York City. Mortuary Assistant Required The wanted ad said “Mortuary Assistant Required. Prior Experience An Advantage, But Not Essential.” No one bothered to apply, except for Simon... Season 6 Episode 16
20/06/1949m 49s

Snap LIVE! The Social Experiment

THE LEGEND OF SWEETFOOT Comedian Dino Archie gets into a bar fight that blossoms into a bromance. The bond with his soulmate ripens over crab trapping, bankruptcy, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. CAMP EXORCIST Comedian James Judd dreams of being kidnapped, falls in love with a human hair blanket, and performs a church camp exorcism…you know, the kind with googly-eyed sock puppets. Original Music by: Bells Atlas  Season 10 Episode 17
13/06/1949m 7s

Bloodsport - Snap Classic

Point guard Alex Owumi has just landed in North Africa to play basketball for his childhood hero. For more information, check out Alex’s book -- Qaddafi's Point Guard. Producer: Davey Kim and Anna Sussman  Season 6 Episode 8
06/06/1924m 46s

The Boy On The Beach

Hear the story behind the influential photo of the Syrian boy who drowned while attempting to reach Europe. Read more in Tima Kurdi’s book, The Boy on the Beach. Producer: Anna Sussman Season 10 - Episode 15
30/05/1922m 17s

The Family Name

Quiet is Best When Julie Lindahl discovered that her grandfather had been an active member of the German SS, she decided to return to the scene of his crimes. But her grandmother made things difficult. Producer: Erika Lantz Like A House On Fire Young Glynn is trying to keep up appearances at school, despite his family’s hardships. Then his house goes up in flames. Performed live in Portland at Revolution Hall. Music composed and performed: BELL'S ATLAS Season 10 Episode 15
23/05/191h 1m

“The Choice” Josh Healey Live at BAM - Snap Classic

When Josh Healey learns some unexpected news from his girlfriend, his first thought...is of Grandma Barbara and Grandma Henrietta. Season 7 Episode 3
22/05/1914m 36s

A Wives' Tale - Snap Classic

Five women, one husband and one goal in life... to get to the Celestial Kingdom.  Producer: Tyler Measom & Adizah Eghan Original Score and Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio Season 8 Episode 15  
17/05/1929m 40s

Who's Your Mama? Pt 2 "Nose Job"

When Roderick turns 18, he gets a special gift from his mom... for the one thing about him, she does not love. Sound Design & Score: Leon Morimoto Produced: Shaina Shealy, Mark Oppenheimer and the team at Unorthodox. Season 10 Episode 14
12/05/1922m 7s

Who's Your Mama - Pt 1 "#Waffle Woke"

Comic Jen Kober tells the story of the mother she never expected to find, on a journey she never expected to take. Performed live at The Paramount in Oakland.  Music composed by Bells Atlas. Season 10 Episode 13
09/05/1930m 53s

Tricknology - Snap Classic

When you're struggling and living in the margins, the powers that be want to keep you ... exactly where you are. Season 8 Episode 12 
02/05/1950m 43s

No One Calls Me Shooter

When one couple learns that their teenage son has been identified as a potential school shooter, they do everything they can to prove that he’s not. Bethany Barnes originally reported this story for The Oregonian - Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop the Next School Shooter.  Producer: Nancy López Season 10 Episode 12
25/04/1950m 59s

Good Morning, Mosul - Snap Classic

A tiny, pirate radio station broadcasts to the thousands of families trapped in ISIS-controlled Mosul. When listeners start calling in, something remarkable happens. Producer:  Anna Sussman
18/04/1928m 28s

Snap LIVE! At The Paramount

Snap LIVE! At The Paramount featuring Glynn Washington, Don Reed and Joyce Lee telling stories about subjects that are taboo, bizarre and humorous. Live Music by Bell's Atlas Season 10 Episode 11
12/04/1951m 37s

The Promised Land

The story of a small Christian hill town in Palestine, and the 18 cows that kind of, almost, but never really, changed the course of its future. Season 10 Episode 10
05/04/1941m 54s

Don Reed "Cardboard Boxes" at Snap LIVE! in Brooklyn

Snap Favorite Don Reed takes the stage with a heartfelt homage to his father's dreams for his son. Performed live by Don Reed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Music composed and performed by Bells Atlas Season 10 Episode 9
02/04/1932m 44s

Jen Kober "Skydiving" at Snap LIVE! in Brooklyn

Snap comedy queen Jen Kober thought having an adventurous date meant trying a new restaurant... little did she know she would be free falling into a pretty crappy situation. Original Music by Bells Atlas Performed Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music Get the video at snapjudgment.org Season 10 Epsiode 8
29/03/1918m 32s

Texas Ranger - Snap Classic

Back in the 1970's Bob Favor signed up to be a Texas Ranger. He helped local police solve some of their toughest cases. But there was one case that kept getting away from him.
22/03/1919m 43s

Love Me's "Meet Cute"

John Cotrocois is obsessed with meet-cutes, but he always falls for the wrong men. Will his dream of a fairy-tale romance come true? Season 10 Episode 7
15/03/1924m 34s

Peace Of Mind with Bhi Bhiman - Snap Spotlight

Snap spotlights "Peace of Mind" with Bhi Bhiman. In the inaugural episode, Bhi interviews Glynn Washington, bestselling author Dave Eggers, and renowned psychologist Lee Ross.
08/03/1931m 4s

Reckonings - Snap Spotlight

After a college party, Anwen* and Sameer* went back to a dorm room. What happened that night was confusing and horrible. But in this story we get the rare opportunity to hear both of them grapple with what happened in a way that is both surprising and meaningful. Warning, this story contains graphic descriptions of sexual violence. Season 10 Episode 6
01/03/1927m 36s

I'm Your Man

The voicemail message says someone from your past needs your help. Would you respond, if it meant getting involved in a murder trial? Season 10 Episode 5
22/02/1949m 47s

Kismet

Two women, a tiny boat, the wide open ocean...and kismet.   Season 8 Episode 28
15/02/1949m 59s

The Border Hacker

A computer hacker tries to make his way home through two countries, a dense jungle and a seemingly endless string of technical challenges. Season 10 Episode 4
08/02/1949m 50s

Heaven's Gate

It was both a tragedy and a punchline. The story behind a cult that changed the world.  Season 10 Episode 3
01/02/1936m 38s

One Wrong Lie

When a man is falsely accused of kidnapping a police officer, he tells a lie to set himself free. But that lie comes at an enormous cost. Season 10 Episode 2
25/01/1910m 36s

The North Pond Hermit - Snap Classic

There was a legend in central Maine, about a hermit who had lived in the woods, unseen, for 30 years.  Then, in 2013, the police arrested a man named Christopher Knight.
18/01/1937m 4s

This Is Not A Drill

Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter.  A very special presentation of the day the world almost ended. Season 10 Episode 1
11/01/1934m 56s

The Other Secret Weapon

A young man has the chance to work on a very secret, very powerful weapon that could put an end to world war II. The project involves no toxins, no chemicals, no shrapnel and no bullets. Instead, the project involves lots and lots of flying mammals. Lots. Content Advisory:  This story details a war situation involving both people and animals, Listener Discretion Is Advised. Season 9 Episode 38
04/01/1923m 57s

Boxed In

When you feel the walls coming closer and closer, where do you go? Where do you hide?
28/12/1850m 39s

The Look Back Special

A special presentation just for you... "Look Back 2018." Coming to terms with events that have happened, but that you don’t want to believe. Featuring some favorite Snap stories from the vault. Season 9 Episode 37
20/12/1849m 35s

Ear Hustle's The Big No No - Snap Spotlight

Snap Judgment spotlights the amazing podcast Ear Hustle: The Big No No, stories from San Quentin State Prison.
14/12/1828m 14s

48 Hours In Syria

Kassem Eid had spent two years living in a city under siege.  After he and his neighbors took part in the protests during the Arab Spring in 2011, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad began to punish towns like Kassem’s. His forces bombed them, surrounded them, and starved them. That’s when Kassem decided to fight back. Season 9 Episode 35
06/12/1832m 58s

The 2018 Gratitude Special

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes: little girls, traveling dogs and men who save strangers from disaster... on the Snap Judgment 2018 Gratitude Special. Season 9 Episode 33 
22/11/1850m 34s

The Cut

When the man in charge of a small, insular northern Ohio town wreaks havoc on his followers, a young Amish boy with a passion for good hair tries to clean up the mess. Season 9 Episode 32
16/11/1840m 36s

The Fire Tapes Special

What do you do when you are trying to give birth... in the middle of a wildfire? Nicole Veum is interviewed live by producer April Demobosky for "The Fire Tapes" The Fire Tapes is a collaboration between KQED's "The Bay" and Snap Judgment for the Coal + Ice Festival in San Francisco. Producers: Sukey Lewis, Mark Ristich and Jeremy Siegel
13/11/1813m 15s

Counted: An Oakland Story

Counted: An Oakland Story is the story of the people lost to Oakland’s violence. During 2017, a team of Snap Judgment producers, learned about Oakland’s homicide victims, their families and communities. Visit oaklandstory.org for more interviews, photos and illustrations. Season 9 Episode 9
09/11/18