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Snap Judgment

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

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

 

#258

The Final Reckoning - Spooked

Jen starts 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] (https://spookedpodcast.org/) . 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 the Luminary channel on [Apple Podcasts] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/snap-judgment-presents-spooked/id1279361017?ign-itscg=30200&ign-itsct=luminary_podcasts) . 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 ... Read more

21 Oct 2021

47 MINS

47:00

21 Oct 2021


#257

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] (https://www.johnnystreasurequest.com/) and [Facebook.] (http://facebook.com/johnnystreasurequest) Produced by [Will McCarthy,] (https://willmccarthy.net/) original score by Derek Barber Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 41 ... Read more

14 Oct 2021

49 MINS

49:31

14 Oct 2021


#256

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.] (https://www.amazon.com/Fort-Nine-Towers-Afghan-Family/dp/1250043654) Produced by Anna Sussman, sound design by Renzo Gorrio Nellie’s Pond When [Peter Aguero] (https://www.instagram.com/potteraguero/?hl=en) 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] (https://tellitbrooklyn.com/) . Learn all about her on [her blog.] (http://southerndiscomforts.com/) Produced by Ana Adlerstein, sound design by Pat Mesiti Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 12 - Episode 40 ... Read more

07 Oct 2021

50 MINS

50:30

07 Oct 2021


#255

“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] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/) from [PRX’s ] (https://www.prx.org/) [Radiotopia. ] (https://www.radiotopia.fm/) 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.] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/episodes/2021/9/8/august-21-1971) BIG love and thanks to all our friends over at [Ear Hustle] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/) . 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] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/challenge) 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] (https://sites.prh.com/thisisearhustle) . 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] (https://www.earhustlesq.com/) to hear more stories, see pictures from episodes, and follow everything Ear Hustle. Spotlight - Season 12 - Episode 39 ... Read more

30 Sep 2021

55 MINS

55:20

30 Sep 2021


#254

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] (http://www.dinoarchie.com/) , [Shannon Cason] (https://www.shannoncason.com/) , [Dr. Ray Christian] (https://drraychristian.com/) , [Joyce Lee] (https://www.facebook.com/justjoycelee) , and [Don Reed] (https://twitter.com/donreedwow) 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 ... Read more

23 Sep 2021

48 MINS

48:26

23 Sep 2021


#253

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.] (https://elenameg.com/) 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 ... Read more

16 Sep 2021

49 MINS

49:50

16 Sep 2021


#252

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] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/snap-judgment-presents-spooked/id1279361017?mt=2&id=1279361017&ign-itsct=luminary_podcasts&ign-itscg=30200) 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] (http://apple.co/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. ] (http://apple.co/spooked) Season 12 - Episode 36 ... Read more

10 Sep 2021

49 MINS

49:18

10 Sep 2021


#251

“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] (https://crooked.com/) , we’re sharing the first episode of [This Land] (https://crooked.com/podcast-series/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] (https://crooked.com/podcast-series/this-land/) wherever you get your podcasts. Snap Spotlight - Season 12 - Episode 35 ... Read more

02 Sep 2021

42 MINS

42:47

02 Sep 2021


#250

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.] (https://www.houseofrestchurch.com/) 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 ... Read more

26 Aug 2021

49 MINS

49:22

26 Aug 2021


#249

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] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/forever-is-a-long-time/id1570813696) , [Spotify] (https://open.spotify.com/show/4JNRQWCZI3PRn5rH87zbmS) , [Stitcher] (https://www.stitcher.com/show/forever-is-a-long-time) , 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.] (https://miniaturewife.tumblr.com/) 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 ... Read more

19 Aug 2021

48 MINS

48:52

19 Aug 2021


#248

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] (http://jeffemtman.com/)  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] (http://hbmpodcast.com/)  ( [HBM146: ] (http://bit.ly/HBM146) [Theodora] (http://bit.ly/HBM146) ). Music by James Li, of  [Liance] (https://liance.bandcamp.com/album/this-painting-doesnt-dry) .  Album:  [This Painting Doesn't Dry] (https://open.spotify.com/album/24DRWu288zPVewjzUHtb4t) Theodora's also a Twitterbot. Read her latest meanderings on Twitter at  [@hypo_inspo] (https://twitter.com/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.] (https://www.genevaskeen.com/) Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio, sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 32 ... Read more

12 Aug 2021

46 MINS

46:54

12 Aug 2021


#247

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] (http://www.heidishin.com/) . Listen to Heidi’s full story for PRI,  [Diving with the last generation of Korea’s Mermaids] (https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-06-10/diving-last-generation-korea-s-mermaids) . Produced by Heidi Shin and Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 31 ... Read more

05 Aug 2021

34 MINS

34:43

05 Aug 2021


#246

The Turning from Rococo Punch & iHeartRadio

The podcast [The Turning] (http://podcasts.iheartradio.com/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] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004J4WKIS/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1) . Listen to [The Turning] (http://podcasts.iheartradio.com/turning) wherever you get podcasts. Find more information and pictures on Instagram [@RococoPunch] (https://www.instagram.com/rococopunch/?hl=en) . Season 12 - Episode 30 ... Read more

29 Jul 2021

49 MINS

49:09

29 Jul 2021


#245

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] (https://www.facebook.com/Lucidige) . 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] (https://www.estherhonig.me/) , 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.] (https://www.amazon.com/Three-Christs-Ypsilanti-Review-Classics/dp/1590173848) Produced by Stephanie Foo, original score by Leon Morimoto Season 12 - Episode 29 ... Read more

22 Jul 2021

48 MINS

48:36

22 Jul 2021


#244

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 ... Read more

15 Jul 2021

34 MINS

34:14

15 Jul 2021


#243

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 ... Read more

08 Jul 2021

52 MINS

52:50

08 Jul 2021


#242

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] (http://daveykim.com) Producer and Sound Design by Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 12 - Episode 26 ... Read more

01 Jul 2021

50 MINS

50:40

01 Jul 2021


#241

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] (https://www.kqed.org/podcasts/onourwatch) , 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] (https://www.kqed.org/podcasts/onourwatch) 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] (https://www.kqed.org/podcasts/onourwatch) [ at KQED.org] (https://www.kqed.org/podcasts/onourwatch) . Listen & subscribe now! On Our Watch is produced as part of the [California Reporting Project] (https://projects.scpr.org/california-reporting-project/) , a coalition of news organizations in California. Artwork by Nicole Xu for NPR Season 12 - Episode 25 ... Read more

24 Jun 2021

49 MINS

49:44

24 Jun 2021