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
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
Spooked Season III is upon us! It’s bigger, badder, and scarier than ever. We’ve got new episodes with terrifying tales to keep you up at night... The first episode drops next week, Thursday, 8/22/19. Don't listen alone... All 26 episodes will be available on Luminary. Download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com
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 ge...more
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 l...more
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 enter...more
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 Trut...more
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 ...more
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 Gorri...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
When Josh Healey learns some unexpected news from his girlfriend, his first thought...is of Grandma Barbara and Grandma Henrietta. Season 7 Episode 3
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
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
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
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
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
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 Season 10 Episode 11
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
Two women, a tiny boat, the wide open ocean...and kismet. Season 8 Episode 28
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
It was both a tragedy and a punchline. The story behind a cult that changed the world. Season 10 Episode 3
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
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.
Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. A very special presentation of the day the world almost ended. Season 10 Episode 1
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
When you feel the walls coming closer and closer, where do you go? Where do you hide?
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
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. Season 9 Episode 35
The story of a young man sent out alone on a dark and deadly mission to save the world. Season 9 Episode 34
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
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
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. Season 9 Episode 9
Legendary "Snap LIVE! in NYC" at RadioLoveFest featuring Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter from The Roots and The Tonight Show, comedian Jen Kober, and Snap favorite Josh Healey. Season 7 Episode 3
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. Season 9 Episode 31
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. Season 9 Episode 30
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. Season 9 Episode 29
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. Season 9 Episode 28
How do you imagine falling in love when you know you might never get the chance to? A story from inside the walls of Guantanamo Bay Prison. Season 9 Episode 27
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. Season 9 Episode 26
Sometimes the only word you hear is "No." But what if you always said "Yes"? Snap Judgment proudly presents "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". 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. Season 7 Episode 23
What if you could be you without all of the responsibility, the guilt, and the self-loathing? Too good to be true? ...Maybe not. 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, Maine, but it...more
When you’re a safari guide on the Zambezi River, you always know that things could go horribly wrong. Season 9 Episode 25
Featuring a new story from the "Real Black Klansman" Detective Ron Stallworth...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.”
"Mirror Touch" Neurologist Joel Salinas on mirror-touch synesthesia. "What Accent?" Ellen Spencer with Foreign Accent Syndrome. "The Bat Boy and the Pine Tar Game" Merrit Riley and his hero George Brett. Season 9 Episode 24
After a salesman at Oakland’s Lake Merritt disappears, journalist Tammerlin Drummond investigates what happened to him. Season 9 Episode 23
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. Season 9 Episode 22
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.”
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. Season 9 Episode 21
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. Season 9 Episode 19
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? 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 her rethink everything Season 9 Episode 18
What if you don't have a heart? 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 Face You’v...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. Season 9 Episode 17
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
Hear how one of Yugoslavia’s top basketball players attempts to escape the Siege of Sarajevo and don't miss The Nocturnists late night meltdown at the morgue. "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 m...more
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 Season 9 Episode 15
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. Season 9 Episode 14
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. Season 9 Episode 13
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 Season 9 Episode 12
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. Season 6 Episode 12
Stories of young people using every trick in their little arsenal to win praise and love, only to find themselves alone in the end. Season 9 Episode 11
Paul Berczeller examines the case of Takako Konishi, who died in a frozen forest on the North Dakota/Minnesota border looking for the treasure from the Coen Brother’s film Fargo. Producer: Joe Rosenberg
KC was a rising star, improving Detroit’s most troubled public schools. But to do that, she cut some legal corners that put her in prison. Season 9 Episode 10
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. Season 9 Episode 9
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 Season 9 Episode 8
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 Season 9 Episode 7
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 Season 9 Episode 6
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
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 Season 9 Episode 4
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 Season 9 Episode 3
What happens when boy meets girl and… fungus? Season 9 Episode 2
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”. Season 9 Episode 1
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. Season 8 Episode 33
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. Season 8 Episode 32
Let Moss Hills take you on sea cruise… 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 Season 8 Episode 31
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. Season 8 Episode 30
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...performed LIVE! at San Francisco's Nourse Theater. Season 5 Episode 21
"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. Season 8 Episode 29
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 Season 8 Episode 28
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 Gorrio Producer: 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 Season 8 Episode 26
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. Season 8 Episode 25
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
The story of two men who come face to face one night in the canyon lands of southern Utah. Producer: Joe Rosenberg Original Score and Sound Design: Leon Morimoto Season 8 Episode 23
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 in the ...more
When an immovable object meets an unstoppable force, what is left standing? Season 7 Episode 14
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. Season 8 Episode 21
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 Season 8 Episode 20
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 Design: Leon Morimoto Gina Gold - The Lu...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!
BOO! Get the NEW Spooked Podcast now at SpookedPodcast.org. 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 websi...more
Promises. 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. Season 7 Episode 7
Amazing people wrestling with tough opponents and big decisions. Featuring Anthony Robles, the grappler that could take you down with one leg, and the Von Erich wrestling family whose glitz and fame was riddled with pain and sacrifice. Season 8 Episode 18
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. Season 7 Episode 1
Amazing stories from people pushing the limits of their own mortality. Featuring the story of a skeptical journalist turned mountain climber. Season 8 Episode 17
Fantastic stories from people paid to do our dirty work. Season 5 Episode 6
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.
Remarkable stories from real people battling a digital future. Season 5 Episode 1
You take the pills, you exercise regularly, and yet, still something or perhaps someone is wrong... Season 8 Episode 16
The world has a natural order that we all abide...except when we don't. Season 7 Episode 8
When all hope is lost, the only people left are the true believers. Season 8 Episode 15
You give the big speech, lead the big charge, but can you take them down? Season 6 Episode 8
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 Recorded Music permission given by Daniel ...more
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. Season 7 Episode 5
What if you do everything just right to the letter but you discover the exact way they asked you to do it ...is wrong? Season 8 Episode 13
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
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
Who are you going to turn to when the dust settles and someone's gotta take the blame? Season 6 Episode 32
You will never know your true power until you know your radio voice. Featuring the amazing story of Radio Mosul. Season 8 Episode 11
Amazing stories about those on the bottom talking to those in the middle who report to those on top. Season 4 Episode 18
We all have our better sides, but what if your better side of yourself...is someone else? Season 6 Episode 31
You get up every morning and go through the motions, but do you ever stop to wonder what you're leaving behind? Season 8 Episode 10
Our 4/20 Snap Special...when life goes up in smoke, inhale deep.
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. Season 8 Episode 9
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.
When you feel the walls coming closer and closer, where do you go? Where do you hide? Season 8 Episode 8
It's intriguing, tempting, and dangerous, but somehow you can't resist... Support Snap Judgment storytelling at SnapJudgment.org.
We throw down a four of a kind in front of a full house...LIVE!
You can argue, laugh, and cry but you can never change who you came from. Support Snap Judgment storytelling at snapjudgment.org
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? Season 8 Episode 7
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.
Reach out and touch faith. Amazing stories of people searching for their own salvation. Season 8 Episode 6
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. Season 7 Episode 2
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. Season 8 Episode 5
There is lots of stuff that is never supposed to happen, but once in a while, something slips through the cracks. Season 8 Episode 4
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. Season 6 Episode 30
You can walk, amble, stride, but if you really want something...you better run. Season 8 Episode 3
Sometimes you gotta go around the carousel a few times to get the prize. Season 6 Episode 24
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
You can run and hide from just about everyone, except yourself. Season 8 Episode 2
Lead, follow or get out of the way. It's amazing stories that will not be denied. Season 6 Episode 23
Before you can begin to understand the story, you gotta hear the backstory. Season 8 Episode 1
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... Season 6 Episode 19
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. Season 7 Episode 32
Luck is nice, good fortune fantastic, but sometimes you have to show what you are made of. Season 7 Episode 31
You don't want it, you didn't create it, but it's all yours. Season 6 Episode 28
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.
It's always that person you can't stand who pushes you to be better. Season 7 Episode 30
Some people go through life with a smile on their faces...do they know something we don't? Season 6 Episode 25
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.
Even after the rain, there are still rainbows. Season 7 Episode 25
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. Season 7 Episode 29
What if you could be you without all of the responsibility, the guilt, and the self-loathing? Too good to be true? ...Maybe not. Season 6 Episode 26
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 . . . "Pitch Black" Spooked VII Season 7 Episode 28
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 . . . "Sight Unseen" a Snap Spooked Special
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 . . . "Hounds of Hell" a Snap Spooked Special.
Sometimes the most innocent things...are the scariest. Part of Snap's terrifying "Spooked Week" of haunting, true-life stories. Be afraid . . . "Welcome To The Dollhouse" a Snap Spooked Special
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 . . .
There are two kinds of people, those who try to survive...and those who dance as the water rises. Are you going to go "Down With The Ship"? Season 7 Episode 26
What if you were born without a heart? Featuring stories about the DMZ, face blindness, and psychopaths. Snap presents, "Tin Man." Season 6 Episode 17
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
We all want a world where what we imagine comes to pass, but sometimes, you can't escape reality. Snap presents, "End Of The Rainbow". Season 7 Episode 24
Storytellers Don Reed, J.W. Taylor, and James Judd perform live in San Francisco for the "Breakout Special." Snap presents, "Breakout" Season 6 Episode 20
Sometimes the only word you hear is "No." But what if you always said "Yes"? "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" Season 7 Episode 23
Riveting stories from people who pushed it to the limit. On the next Snap..."Crash and Burn" Season 6 Episode 21