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
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
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. Producer: Shaina ShealyOriginal Score: Leon Morimoto
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
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
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. For more of Bob Favor’s exploits as a Texas Ranger, make sure to grab a copy of his book: My Rangering Days. For more of Luke Quinton’s work check out his website: http://brighttypewriter.tumblr.com Producer: Luke Quinton Sound Design: Leon Morimoto
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?
Snap spotlights the smart new podcast "Peace of Mind" with Bhi Bhiman. In the inaugural episode, Bhi interviews Glynn Washington, bestselling author Dave Eggers, and renowned social psychologist, Lee Ross. The soundtrack to the episode is “Brother, Can You Spare Some Peace of Mind?” Listen + subscribe here: https://fanlink.to/PeaceofMind. And check out peaceofmindpod.com for music and bonus content.
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. This piece was adapted from the podcast, Reckonings, produced by Stephanie Lepp, and found online at www.reckonings.show. Producer: Stephanie Lepp
The voicemail message says someone from your past needs your help. Would you respond, if it meant getting involved in a murder trial?
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, http://www.cadenza.ca/index.php/en/talking-to-the-moon-en/ You can learn more about Elena and Meg’s journey at their other website, anticruise.online. Producer: Liz Mak Original Score: Leon Morimoto Gloomy Sunday Hungarian composer Rezső Seress dreamed of changing the world with his music. H...more
A computer hacker tries to make his way home through two countries, a dense jungle and a seemingly endless string of technical challenges.
It was both a tragedy and a punchline. The story behind a cult that changed the world. Snap Presents "Heaven's Gate".
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.
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 journalist’s Mike Finkel’s book, The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. Producer: Joe Rosenberg Original Score: Renzo Gorrio and Andrew Vicars
Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. On the next all-NEW Snap… “This Is Not A Drill”. A very special presentation of the day the world almost ended.
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.
When you feel the walls coming closer and closer, where do you go? Where do you hide?
On the next Snap...a special presentation: "The Look Back 2018 Special." Coming to terms… with events that have happened, but that you don’t want to believe. Featuring some favorite Snap stories from the vault.
Snap Judgment spotlights the amazing podcast Ear Hustle: The Big No No, stories from San Quentin State Prison.
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.
The story of a young man sent out alone on a dark and deadly mission to save the world.
STORIES THE BEST LITTLE SWIMMER Terry Galloway is ten years old and absolutely hot for 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. THE DOG THAT WENT AROUND THE WORLD The story of the first dog to travel around the world (and refuse a ...more
"Bad Hair 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.
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.
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.
Glynn Washington - Friday Night Lockdown Glynn's father has a strict rule for Friday nights...the Second Coming.Performed live by Glynn Washington at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Jen Kober - Girl Scout Cookies 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. Josh Healey - Barbara and Esther ...more
The Birds: As a little boy in Richmond Virginia, raising pigeons, Ray Christian made a friend with the same hobby. But there was something mysterious about Ray’s new pal. The Taxidermist: When Tracey started doing taxidermy, she assumed all her subjects would be dead. Until she met a squirrel who didn't seem quite right. The Visage: A man is hired to do remodel work on a house with a haunted history. But something inside the house doesn’t want anything to change.
Get 13 all-new episodes of Spooked Season 2 at Spookedpodcast.org. THE IRON GATE When Dallas Sanchez was stationed in Iraq, he saw danger every single day. But one night on patrol, when his small kill team took over a house in Baghdad, an unseen force had a message for them: Get. Out.
Pro rock climbers Jason Smith and Tommy Caldwell know a thing or two about dangerous even life threatening adventures, but when they go on an expedition to the famous Yellow Wall in Kyrgyzstan, their lives were threatened in a whole new way.
What if you had two choices. Either risk death, or start over in a completely new life. Now imagine you had to make that decision for your child.
When Mansoor Adayfi was 19 years old, he was shipped to Guantanamo Bay detention center. He had no idea where he was or why he was there. But he was held there for 14 years. During that time, Mansoor attended informal marriage classes held by a fellow inmate and began writing love letters despite never having been in love. Mansoor is currently writing a memoir about his time at Guantanamo. You can read his writing here. This story was produced and edited by Sarah Geis, Cristal Duhaime and Mira B...more
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 "Faces of Death" became one of the most infamous movies ever, but his success came with deadly consequences.
Sometimes the only word you hear is "No." But what if you always said "Yes"? Snap Judgment proudly presents "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". Stories Forbidden Fruit An aspiring priest decides to experience all that the world has to offer. The Faith Healer Imagine putting your hands on someone, and curing whatever ails them. Charles Monroe Kane knows the feeling. The Insane Million Maker Master Counterfeiter What’s the easiest way to make money? Make Money. And lots of it.
What if you could be you without all of the responsibility, the guilt, and the self-loathing? Too good to be true? ...Maybe not. Stories Marwencol - When Mark Hogancamp woke up in the hospital he had no idea who he was or where he was. He was beat up so badly that he couldn’t walk, talk or speak. His therapy? Marwencol. Friday Night Lights - Your dad loves football. You hate football. How do you quit? Play football. Just Another Fish Story - 20 Years ago, a whale washed up on a beach in Lubec,...more
When you’re a safari guide on the Zambezi River, you always know that things could go horribly wrong. You can find Paul Templer’s memoir here. Producer: Erika Lantz Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
Featuring a new story from the "Real Black Klansman" Detective Ron Stallworth. On the next Snap...we're going face to face with "The Klan." Includes a bonus Snap Classic story from boogie-woogie pianist Daryl Davis, author of “Klan-Destine Relationships.”
Stories: "Mirror Touch" - Neurologist Joel Salinas on mirror-touch synaesthesia. "What Accent?" - Ellen Spencer with Foreign Accent Syndrome. "The Bat Boy and the Pine Tar Game" - Merrit Riley and his hero George Brett.
After a salesman at Oakland’s Lake Merritt disappears, journalist Tammerlin Drummond investigates what happened to him. Video used in story provided by user ritchhazel on YouTube.
Spooked Season II is now available at SpookedPodcast.org or wherever you get your podcasts.
It's coming. It's bigger and badder and all new... Spooked Season II. From Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios, host Glynn Washington pushes back the veil to bring you stories from real people battling the forces of the night. Subscribe now at SpookedPodcast.org to get a new Spooked episode every week leading up to Halloween.
Dylan Evans had hit a wall. Life was becoming too routine, too mundane. So he did something very few of us would do to change that. For more check out Dylan Evan’s book: The Utopia Experiment Producer:Nancy Lopez Sound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller
In the 1970s, thousands of Vietnamese refugees were left on the remote Anambas Islands in Indonesia. They were stranded without food, water, and shelter, forced to survive off the land. Now, almost 40 years later, one woman wants to go back to those distant islands, one last time. This story would not have been possible without their generous support of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
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.” You can purchase Jane’s feature-length documentary film, Suitcase of Love and Shame, on iTunes and learn more about it at Cinemaguild.
The story of The Mirage, the famous undercover Chicago Sun bar, as told by two reporters posing as bartenders. Pam Zekman currently works as an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. You can find Zay Smith’s book about The Mirage, his humor column and a his novel, at zaysmith.com.
An all new season of Spooked, the podcast, is dropping early August. In this episode, we’re featuring some of our favorite stories from Spooked, season one.
The first rule about fight club is you do not talk about fight club. Ray Christian breaks that rule. You can hear more of Ray on his podcast What's Ray Saying. Producer: Mark Ristich Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
Snap Judgment joins the podcast Ear Hustle for a look at parenting from inside San Quentin State Prison. In this episode incarcerated fathers share their stories of striving to be present in their children's lives. One inmate reconnects with his son after 20 years. Another stays very involved through letters and visits. And a third gets the opportunity to give his teenage son a haircut.
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. Producer: Joe Rosenberg
What do you do when someone tells you something you know to be false, and yet...you can just tell they're telling the truth? On the next all-NEW Snap..."Beyond Belief." 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... 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 he...more
What if you don't have a heart? STORIES If I Only Had A Heart The sum of the parts cannot equal the hole in your heart. The Scientist And The Psychopath Neuroanatomist Dr. James Fallon 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. About ...more
When the fight is over we still have to deal with the pieces of the battle that remain inside. Featuring The Warrior Box and Soul of a Soldier.
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. Producer: Joe Rosenberg
STORIES "The Choice" from the Lucky Podcast 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 Lucky podcast, listen to part two of Nada’s story "The Choice" here. "Live At The Morgue" from The Nocturnists Podcast What do you do when the morgue has a total meltdown. Galen Laserson tells her story live at The Nocturnists. Its host and creator is Emily Silverman, MD, its executive producer is Ali Block, MD,...more
On the next Snap Classic, we bring you one of our most beloved stories of all time. In the desert of northern South Africa you come across a little puddle. If you dive down into that puddle, at the bottom there is a slot. This is the entrance to third largest freshwater cave in the world. This is where the adventure begins. Producer: Julia DeWitt
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 got really interesting. Producer: Luisa Beck with Production Assistance By Joe Rosenberg Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
For two years, ISIS fought to take over the city of Mosul, killing 40,000 civilians. This is a story about a group of men and women from around the world who packed up their bags, flew into Iraq, and made their way to Mosul to try their hand at fighting ISIS back. Check out more from the Free Burma Rangers at http://www.freeburmarangers.org/ Also check out the book City of Death due for release October 23rd, 2018.
When a rising high school track star in Eritrea, East Africa, is arrested under the military dictatorship, he realizes he might have a way out....run.
On Atlas Peak there is one way in and one way out. When wildfire threatened their homes, the only escape route...was up. Check out KQED's fire investigation. Producer: Sukey Lewis
On the next Snap..."Unforgiven." There is a line, draw it in the sand, shake on it, mark it in blood, but if you cross it... there is no going back. Stories Hijacker's Letter Cop Out The Silent Twins
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Breakfast Of Champions." Stories of young people using every trick in their little arsenal to win praise and love, only to find themselves alone in the end. 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 c...more
Documentarian Paul Berczeller examines the case of Takako Konishi, who died in a frozen forest on the North Dakota/Minnesota border looking for the fictional treasure from the Coen Brother’s film Fargo. Be sure to check out Paul’s documentary about Takako’s journey, This is A True Story. Also, be sure to check out the feature film by the David and Nathan Zellner inspired by Takako’s story, Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter. It is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and xBox, as...more
Snap proudly presents "The Trouble With Shannon Cason." KC Wilbourn was a rising star in education, turning around some of Detroit’s most troubled public schools. But in order to do that, she cut some legal corners that put her in prison. Do the ends justify the means? Check out the new podcast "The Trouble with Shannon Cason" and connect on Twitter @TheTroublePod
Counted: An Oakland Story is a yearlong look at 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.
When the going gets tough, the tough make stuff happen. Featuring stories about rattlesnakes pageant queens, Apache orphans, and the legendary Xiao Xiao.
Avraham’s story was included in a 12-part Hebrew webseries called Neviim: Operation Amram by Elad Ben Elul (@Eladbenelul) and Yossi Brauman. Read hundreds more testimonies like Avraham’s at Amram’s website . The Amram association has collected hundreds of saliva samples from people who connected to the kidnapping affair. Producer: Shaina Shealy
In 1989, an enormous earthquake struck the Bay Area. One of Oakland’s major arteries, the Cypress Freeway, collapsed. And one man named Raven left his home and dove into the wreckage to save lives. This story comes from Liam O'Donoghue, host and producer of the podcast East Bay Yesterday. Producers: Liam O'Donoghue and Eliza Smith Original Score: Davey Kim
When Snap Judgment producer Davey Kim was in eighth grade, he went to the regional level spelling bee with his best friend...and took R-E-V-E-N-G-E.
The story of how Mokhtar Akhanshali braved a civil war to bring Yemeni coffee to the world. Dave Egger’s biography of Mokhtar, The Monk of Mokha, is available wherever books are sold. And be sure to check out the book’s instagram at @themonkofmokha. Producer: Joe Rosenberg Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist. The team works in San Quentin’s media lab to produce stories that are sometimes difficult, often funny, and always honest, offering a nuanced view of people living within the American prison system. Find out more about Ear Hustle and Subscribe to ...more
Senior Year Mixtape Snap spends a year with three Mission High School seniors Brantin, Damaris, and Alex as they try to make sense of adulthood in a rapidly changing San Francisco. Producers: Adizah Eghan, Liz Mak, Eliza Smith, Anna Sussman and Mark Ristich. Original Score: Pat Mesiti-Miller and Renzo Gorrio Special Thanks: Chandra Shivakumar from Mission High
Soundtrack of Silence What sounds would you want memorize if you were told you were going to be completely deaf before you turned 28? Producer: April Dembosky Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Sound Design: Leon Morimoto and April Dembosky
Linda, Loretta, and Me What happens when boy meets girl and… fungus? This is a story about love and spores, from one of our favorite podcasts, Love Me. You can find more episodes of Love Me at cbc.ca/loveme or whenever you listen to podcasts. Be sure to check out producer Jonathan Zenti’s podcast, Meat. Producer: Mira Burt-Wintonick, Cristal Duhaime, and Jonathan Zenti
What if you were born to twerk it, but you didn't know how to work it? Estee Rose grew up in a tight-knit Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn. Find out how she reclaims her faith after she loses it in a tumultuous series of events. To channel Estee’s tunes, check out producer Shaina Shealy’s Spotify playlist, “Zumba Estee”.
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 new business, teaching comedy to teenage girls. You can find her performing on stage as Tonya Harding here. Producer: Liz Mak
There are big stories with weight, little stories with heart, and then the stories that are just STOOPID. Date With The Devil When he was younger, Greg Stone was always a good boyfriend. Or, he tried to be. Producer: Liz MakOriginal Score: Leon Morimoto 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 Ameri...more
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.Wells Fargo’s new release Watch Out! is available now through Vinyl Me Please.Learn more about the work Matthew Shechmeister and Eothen “Egon” Alapatt are doing to document the Heavy scene...more
The Snap Judgment Holiday Special features two good Santas in "Miracle on 22nd Street," a misguided angel in "Preaching to the Choir," and Snap story makers as they look back on their favorite stories of 2017.
Let Moss Hills take you on sea cruise … To learn more about the sinking of the Oceanos, be sure to check out: www.oceanossinking.com/ And you like that, you definitely won’t want to miss the video of the ship’s final moments: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfIZ6rcySuY Producer: Joe Rosenberg Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio
In 1962, in a very small, very white suburb of Chicago, a young couple set out to adopt a baby girl. This story was produced in collaboration with The New York Times. Producers: Amy Roost and Anna Sussman
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 the quest to create conversation-making A.I.s. Check out his article about dadbot in Wired Magazine. Follow James on Twitter @jamesvlahos Producer: Jazmin AguileraOriginal Score: Renzo Gorrio
Jay J. Armes was a real life superhero ... until real life intruded. Also be sure to check out Gary Cartwright’s original 1976 article on Jay J. Armes for Texas Monthly. Producer: Vanessa Rancano Sound Design: Leon Morimoto
We're dropping the story-pocalypse. Snap proudly presents "The Passion" performed LIVE! at San Francisco's Nourse Theater. STORIES Glynn Washington - Director's Cut Glynn’s a bean counter by day but at night it’s “Lights, Camera, Action!” Original score composed by Alex Mandel, and performed by Alex and the Snap Judgment Playaz (Tim Frick & David Brandt.) Performed at Snap Judgment Live! in San Francisco's Nourse Theater. Recorded and mixed by Pat Mesiti-Miller Josh Healey - JDate Snap Judgm...more
Stories: "The Outbreak" - What do you do when a life-threatening disease makes it too dangerous to save the person closest to you. "Grits and Sausages" - When Ray Christian was a young boy, he longed to hear the voice of God. "The Blue Bear" - For Lynn Schooler grew up in Alaska hearing rumor after rumor about the elusive blue bear.
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, http://www.cadenza.ca/index.php/en/talking-to-the-moon-en/ You can learn more about Elena and Meg’s journey at their other website, anticruise.online. Producer: Liz Mak Original Score: Leon Morimoto
Tameer is part of an ethnic minority in northern Israel called Druze. When he is struck on the head as a young boy he inherits an entire new lifetime of memories. Original Score: Renzo GorrioProducer: Shaina Shealy
"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. Valerie’s story comes to us from the book Trucker Ghost Stories, edited by Annie Wilder. Producer: Eliza Smith "Voice In The Woods" - When the voice says "Stop" you stay perfectly still. And when the voice says "Run!" you had better run. Producer: Eliza Smith
"Great Aunt Rose" – When Christina McKenna’s cruel aunt comes back from the grave to make amends--she’s not sure if she can forgive. Read more about Christina’s childhood in Ireland in her book, My Mother Wore A Yellow Dress. "Devil’s Water" – Attempting to dig the family well in rural Michigan, Glynn's family comes up dry – until Daddy cuts a deal with the Devil.
Confessions of a Baby Snatcher The ‘work’ of social work is a lot more complicated than Katie Leavitt first thought. Luckily, a little voice helps to guide her. Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score and Sound Design: Leon Morimoto Get The Hook Up! Sometimes, you know your big shot when you see it. Ayanna Dookie and Seaton Smith are both comedians living in New York. Producer: Liz Mak Original Score and Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Incident at Poison Spider Mesa." The story of two men who come face to face one night in the canyon lands 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, rangerbrodyyoung.com. Producer: Joe Rosenberg Original Score and Sound Design: Leon Morimoto
"Time Warp Saloon" - The neon sign blinks at the roadhouse bar. The jukebox plays an old tune as the bartender shouts, "Last Call." Just one more. Why not? What could it hurt? This story came to Spooked from Jim Harold’s Campfire Podcast, hosted by Jim Harold, check it out at JimHarold.com. "Love Letters" - Mark Spencer lived in the haunted house with the ghost of Ladell - and we are eternally grateful that he stuck around long enough to bring us his story. Mark Spencer and his family have lived...more
On the next Snap..."Man of Steel." When an immovable object meets an unstoppable force, what is left standing? Sharp Dressed Man Glynn discovers discovers the man behind the man he wants to be.Producer: Pat Mesiti Miller The Price Of Silence How did Ben Holmes disappear and then reappear with a bang?Producer:Davey KimSound Design: Renzo Gorrio Old Time Strong Man What happens when a five-foot-seven, 42-year-old from Queens decides to become a superhero?This story comes from the documentary Bendi...more
Goose Justice Snap storyteller Abdul Kenyatta was taught to be wary of the police. Then one day he found a way to turn the tables. Benjamin and The Bear Back when he was kid, Benjamin was a scrawny outcast with a penchant for tinkering. He liked to go on adventures in the abandoned mining town where he grew up, seeking discarded electronics to repair. One day he goes on an adventure that he will never forget.
Luna The Whale In 2004, a lost baby orca named Luna swam towards Vancouver Island and tried to befriend humans. Then the First Nations and the Department of Oceans and Fisheries got involved. To learn more about Luna's story, check out Michael Parfit and Suzanne Chisholm's documentary. Producer: Davey Kim
On the next Snap Judgment, "The Performer." The hardest character to play is the character without a script. Magic Lamp Glynn's good luck charm goes missing. Producer: Mark Ristich Cassandro El Exotico Cassandro is an up-and-coming luchador, a professional Mexican wrestler. He wants to get to the big arenas. He's got the talent, no doubt. But because he's also one of the only openly gay fighters, he's got an uphill battle to get the crowd and the press on his side. Producer:Eliza SmithSound...more
Supernatural Storytelling. Experience Snap's new haunted podcast, "Spooked!" Featuring "Houdini’s Promise" and "The Night Mother."
Get Spooked at SpookedPodcast.org. From the creators of Snap Judgment and WNYC studios, a new podcast that pushes back the veil. Real stories from real people battling the forces of the night. Subscribe now!
*Get the NEW Spooked Podcast now at SpookedPodcast.org. STORIES Border Bogeyman Rocky Elmore used to work down by the border during long pitch-black nights in the desert. It was so dark you never knew who or what was out there. Rocky’s previous story with Snap Judgment was The Phantom Border Patrol Agent. For more stories of natural and supernatural happenings on the border, be sure to check out Rocky’s book, Out On Foot: Nightly Patrols and Ghostly Tales of A U.S. Border Patrol Agent and his w...more
On the next Snap, "The Promise." Some of them are worthless, and some of them have infinite value, and some you will never know how much they are worth... until you have to cash them in.
On the next Snap Judgment,"On The Mat." Amazing people wrestling with tough opponents and big decisions.
On the next Snap..."High Crimes and Misdemeanors. When your back is against the wall and you're all out of options, you don't want to break the law...but it wants to break you. Featuring the story of an imprisoned Iranian fiancee and a personal story from the Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Transcendent." Amazing stories from people pushing the limits of their own mortality. Featuring the story of a skeptical journalist turned mountain climber.
On the next Snap..."The Mercenary", amazing stories from people paid to do our dirty work.
On the next all-NEW Snap Special..."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.
On the next Snap Judgment, we proudly present "Artificial Intelligence." Amazing stories from real people battling a digital future.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Bad Medicine." You take the pills, you exercise regularly, and yet, still something or perhaps someone is wrong...
On the next Snap, "Can't Hold Me Down." The world has a natural order that we all abide...except when we don't.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."True Believer." When all hope is lost, the only people left are the true believers.
On the next Snap..."Overthrow." You give the big speech, lead the big charge, but can you take them down?
On the next all-NEW Snap Judgment, one family, one story, three acts. The amazing Fecile family invites us behind closed doors to witness the hardest choice they ever had to make. A special stunning collaboration with Love and Radio... “Blink Once For Yes." This story comes to us from Nick van DerKolk's podcast Love and Radio. Produced by John Fecile, Steven Jackson and Lizzie Schiffman Tufano Additional recording by Patrick Tufano Original Music by Pat Mesiti-Miller and Curtis Heath Recorde...more
On the next Snap, "The Patient". When you're at your very worst, alone, naked in a thin robe, and on a white table that you realize what you're really made of.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."By The Book." What if you do everything just right to the letter but you discover the exact way they asked you to do it ...is wrong?
On the next all-NEW Snap Special..."Palestinian Sperm Smuggling." When Yehiya gets thrown in jail for arming the Palestinian resistance, he and his wife, Sameera, have to find a way to keep their family growing. This story comes to us from Shaina Shealy, an American radio producer working out of Jerusalem. You can find her on Twitter @shainashealy. Eliza Smith provided editorial assistance for this piece. Original Score and Sound Design: Leon Morimoto Producer: Shaina Shealy
On the next all-NEW Snap…”Tricknology.” When you’re struggling and living in the margins, the powers that be want to keep you…exactly where you are.
On the next Snap, "The Fall Guy." Who are you going to turn to when the dust settles and someone's gotta take the blame?
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Hey DJ!" You will never know your true power until you know your radio voice. Featuring the amazing story of Radio Mosul.
On the next Snap... "Chain of Command." Amazing stories about those on the bottom talking to those in the middle who report to those on top.
On the next Snap, "Better Half." We all have our better sides, but what if your better side of yourself...is someone else?
On the next all-NEW Snap ..."Legacy." You get up every morning and go through the motions, but do you ever stop to wonder what you're leaving behind?
On the 4/20 Snap Special, "High Stakes." When life goes up in smoke, inhale deep.
On the next Snap..."The Klan." The word instills fear in many, fascination in some, and allegiance in others, and on the next Snap Judgment we're going face to face.
It's an exclusive Snap Special -- Don Reed's "I Miss Toni." The Snap Performer Of The Year reveals a family story of love, betrayal, and pride. Includes a post-story interview with Glynn Washington.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Boxed In." When you feel the walls coming closer and closer, where do you go? Where do you hide?
On the next Snap Special..."Bad Magic." It's intriguing, tempting, and dangerous, but somehow you can't resist... Support Snap Judgment storytelling at SnapJudgment.org.
On the next Snap Special..."Aces Wild". We throw down a four of a kind in front of a full house...LIVE!
On the next podcast only Snap Special..."My Mother's Daughter." You can argue, laugh, and cry but you can never change who you came from. Support Snap Judgment storytelling at snapjudgment.org
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Born Identity." There is the person you were born to be, and then there is the person you're creating. But what happens when both sides battle it out?
On the next Snap Special..."Heart's Desire." You know the feeling, the longing, the passion...you think you can ignore it, but you can never escape it. Support Snap Judgment storytelling at snapjudgment.org.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Personal Jesus." Reach out and touch faith. Amazing stories of people searching for their own salvation.
On the next Snap Judgment…”Full Circle.” It's almost like deja vu. Almost. Except, you remember every single step of the journey. Amazing stories about ending up exactly where you got started.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Notorious." More money, more problems, more stories than you know what to do with. Throw your hands in the air if you're a true player.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."One In A Million." There is lots of stuff that is never supposed to happen, but once in a while, something slips through the cracks.
On the next Snap... "Dirty Work." You know how bad it looks, and it's not gonna get any easier, but you roll up your sleeves and get down to it.
On the next all-NEW Snap "Run For It." You can walk, amble, stride, but if you really want something...you better run.
On the next Snap..."Brass Ring." Sometimes you gotta go around the carousel a few times to get the prize.
What's it like to be pulling the levers, twisting the plot, and making the tough cuts inside the Snap story factory? Snap presents "The Specialist," a podcast about work we don't think about and the people who do it. Hosted by Casey Miner, a project of KALW public radio in San Francisco. www.specialistpodcast.com
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Mirrors." You can run and hide from just about everyone, except yourself.
On the next Snap Judgment... "Man on a Mission." Lead, follow or get out of the way. It's amazing stories that will not be denied.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Backstory." Before you can begin to understand the story, you gotta hear the backstory.
We think we're slick...that nobody knows the difference between the private us and public us. On the next Snap, it's all exposed on "Sex, Lies and Audiotape."
Snap presents a special audio fiction episode featuring Jonathan Mitchell's "The Truth." Can You Help Me Find My Mom? A girl is lost and can't find her mom. Why won't anyone help her? Written by Diana McCorryProduced by Jonathan Mitchell more @ thetruthpodcast.com/story/2015/4/8/can-you-help-me-find-my-mom VISIBLE A blind man gets a Seeing Eye App. Written by Louis Kornfeldwith help from Diana McCorryProduced by Jonathan Mitchell more @ thetruthpodcast.com/story/2016/2/12/visible-drive-straight-...more
Snap Presents a one-hour special, "Homemade Stories: The Struggle is Real." Award-winning storyteller Shannon Cason takes us on a journey that finds hope in struggle.
Go, go, go. Push, push, push. That's all well and good, but every once in a while it's time to kick back and look at what you already did. The Snap Judgment 2016 Look Back Special.
It's an all-new Snap…"Mettle." Luck is nice, good fortune fantastic, but sometimes you have to show what you are made of.
On the next Snap, "Cross To Bear." You don't want it, you didn't create it, but it's all yours.
Bells Atlas, the sultry, soulful, funky Oakland band performing with Snap Live! has put together a mixtape that we know you are gonna dig. It's an early gift for you, from Snap.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Rivals." It's always that person you can't stand who pushes you to be better.
Some people go through life with a smile on their faces...do they know something we don't? On the next Snap, "Rose Colored Glasses."
It's an extra helping of stuffing..."Gratitude 2015" encore presentation. Even now, Snap still has a whole lot to be thankful for. So pass the gravy, and thanks for listening.
On the next Snap Judgment, "Gratitude 2016." Even after the rain, there are still rainbows.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Inside Scoop." The secret handshake, the password, the hidden deals, they can all be elusive...but on the next Snap Judgment we let you in the inner circle.
On the next Snap ..."The Proxy." What if you could be you without all of the responsibility, the guilt, and the self-loathing? Too good to be true? ...Maybe not.
On an all-NEW Snap..."Spooked VII: Pitch Black." There is the dark of night...and then there is darkness so deep you can barely hear yourself scream. The hair-raising finale of Snap's terrifying "Spooked Week" of haunting, true-life stories. Be afraid . . .
On the next Snap Spooked Special..."Sight Unseen." When the lights go dark...how can you be sure you're alone? Part of Snap's terrifying "Spooked Week" of haunting, true-life stories. Be afraid . . .
On the next Snap Spooked Special... "Hounds of Hell." What happens when man's best friend...turns into your worst enemy? Part of Snap's terrifying "Spooked Week" of haunting, true-life stories. Be afraid . . .
On the next Snap Spooked Special...."Welcome To The Dollhouse." Sometimes the most innocent things...are the scariest. Part of Snap's terrifying "Spooked Week" of haunting, true-life stories. Be afraid . . .
When the fire crackles and the shadows dance -- get ready for Snap Judgment's "Campfire Tales." Part of Snap's terrifying "Spooked Week" of haunting, true-life stories. Be afraid . . .
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Down With The Ship." There are two kinds of people, those who try to survive...and those who dance as the water rises
On the next Snap..."Tin Man." What if you were born without a heart? Featuring stories about the DMZ, face blindness, and psychopaths.
Can't wait for Spooked 7? Try this... a classic ghost story with photographic evidence. Two men living outside of Los Angeles encounter a ghost so undeniable, they have to fight back the press and the rest of the world to maintain their sanity. See the pics for yourself: www.seeingthingsthebook.com Also see pics here. Producer: Anna Sussman Sound design: Pat Mesiti-Miller
On the next all-NEW Snap... "End Of The Rainbow." We all want a world where what we imagine comes to pass, but sometimes, you can't escape reality.
On the next Snap..."Breakout." Storytellers Don Reed, J.W. Taylor, and James Judd perform live in San Francisco for the "Breakout Special."
On the next all-NEW Snap..."My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy." Sometimes the only word you hear is "No." But what if you always said "Yes"?
On the next Snap..."Crash and Burn." Riveting stories from people who pushed it to the limit. Snap Judgment, storytelling with a BEAT.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Blood Oath." Some commitments go way beyond words. Amazing stories of friendship and betrayal.
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 Director: Mark Ristich Producer: Eliza Smith Sound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Fortress of Solitude." When the world becomes too much, you need a safe place to regroup.
On the next Snap ... "Weight Of The World." Everyone has a secret. Some secrets are heavier than others.
One mom, one dad, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence? This week on Snap Judgment we get real. From WNYC Studios, Snap proudly presents..."Nuclear Family."
Joe Rowe lived happily in the middle of the West Texas desert - until a stranger named Rick McLaren moved in and started a violent militia group called the Republic of Texas. Things got downright ugly when McLaren sent troops to take Joe hostage in his own home. Check out some behind-the-scenes footage of Joe showing off bullet holes in his home! Right here at Snap Films! Producer: Stephanie Foo
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Big Girls Don't Cry." When the going gets tough, the tough make stuff happen. Featuring stories about rattlesnakes pageant queens, Apache orphans, and the legendary Xiao Xiao.
When the world around you is burning, where do you look for relief? Performed live by Josh Healey at Snap LIVE! Music composed by Alex Mandel and performed by Alex Mandel, Tim Frick, and David Brandt
Glynn Washington tells us what it's like to grow up black in a white supremacist Jesus Cult (the Worldwide Church of God). This interview was produced by Benjamen Walker, the host of the podcast the Theory of Everything.
On the next Snap..."Caught Up." You think you make your own decisions, go your own way, forge your own path, but you look up and realize...you're playing someone else's game.
On the next all-NEW Snap..." Leap of Faith." When you feel disaster looming, but still...you decide to go for it. Snap Judgment, storytelling with a beat.
Storyteller Joel ben Izzy tells the hauntingly beautiful story of a simple piece of fruit.Producer: Stephanie Foo
On the next all-NEW Snap Judgment..."Shake, Rattle, and Roll." What happens when you try to hold your ground, but that same ground crumbles beneath you?
A New York Rabbi has his faith tested when he takes a job in Nebraska. Producer: Anna Sussman
On the next Snap, "Godsend." You may have the wisdom of the ages, but when it really hits the fan...even you might need some help. Featuring tales of rare medical phenomenons, mythical creatures, and mind control.
On an all-NEW Snap..."Voice of Reason". What if you discover your plans aren't working? Do you listen to good advice or do you shoot the messenger? Featuring stories about Jesse Jackson, the voice of God, and more...
On the next Snap..."Unforgiven." There is a line, draw it in the sand, shake on it, mark it in blood, but if you cross it... there is no going back.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Loss for Words." We know what you wanted to say, what you were trying to say, what you should have said. We really, really do.
On the next all-NEW Snap..."Man of Steel." When an immovable object meets an unstoppable force, what is left standing?
Hear the final results of your hard work. Big Love from Team Snap!
3,2,1..."To The Brink." Go to SnapJudgment.org to support Snap Storytelling. We are at the end. Help us get to 5,000 supporters. Thanks!