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Snap Judgment

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

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

 

#415

My Elephant Friend

Carol dreamt of being the best elephant trainer in the world. When Carol met Tarra, a baby Asian elephant, she fell in love and wanted to teach her everything. As their friendship grew, Tarra became Carol's most important teacher. BIG thanks to Carol for sharing her story with us! Carol bought a piece of land and created a refuge for Tarra -- [The Elephant Refuge North America,] (https://elephantaidinternational.org/projects/elephant-refuge-north-america/) in Attapulgus, Georgia.  Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 27  ... Read more

20 Jun 2024

38 MINS

38:00

20 Jun 2024


#414

The Secret Adventures of Black People - Snap Classic

A woman recounts her Aunt’s fairytale love story while searching for her own Modern Romance. An African princess learns she is truly beautiful. And a precocious eight-year-old finds himself on the brink of a revolution. STORIES Modern Romance In the second half of her life, Stephanie found her classic Hollywood romance. Now she attempts to understand the strange and confusing world of dating apps to help her niece – and the show’s host Nichole – find her happily ever after. This story comes to us from The Secret Adventures of Black People, hosted by Nichole Hill. This incredible podcast tells the stories of Black people holding it down across space and time. Be sure to check out the show and subscribe to the podcast at [TheSecretAdventuresOfBlackPeople.com] (http://thesecretadventuresofblackpeople.com/) Stay in touch by joining the [newsletter] (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScpu51VEoWLtKijAo3aeIEiQXIok9EwzQ3vtp-osKTL555UDQ/viewform) , following their [Instagram] (https://www.instagram.com/secretadventuresofblackpeople/) , or by sending an email to secretadventuresofblackpeople@gmail.com Modern Romance was written and produced by Nichole Hill with production assistance by Shonte Hill, and story editing assistance by Talia Bender. Special thanks to Stephanie Camolli! Music: [Epidemic Sound] (https://www.epidemicsound.com/sound-effects/search/) Beautiful – Sonya Renee Taylor An African princess learns she is truly beautiful. This story was performed by [Sonya Renee Taylor] (https://www.sonyareneetaylor.com/) at Snap LIVE in DC. Sonya Renee Taylor is an internationally acclaimed performance poet, actress, educator, and activist. The LIVE score was composed by amazing Alex Mandel & performed by Alex Mandel, David Brandt, and Tim Frick. Watch Sonya’s [Snap LIVE performance.] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCcMXfrb8Iw) Liberation – Latif Doman When Latif Doman is growing up in Philly, he takes his schoolwork seriously… which is unfortunate for the parents in his neighborhood. Many thanks to Latif and [Story District] (https://www.storydistrict.org/) for bringing us this story! Snap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 26 ... Read more

13 Jun 2024

35 MINS

35:09

13 Jun 2024


#413

Hair Battle - Snap Classic

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

06 Jun 2024

49 MINS

49:06

06 Jun 2024


#412

Stuck in the Middle

Drama Club is the happy, safe space for Lee and Parker until their school play becomes a homophobic middle school meltdown. The lights get turned up to 10, the adults are in a media frenzy, and the kids are just trying to figure it all out. STORIES Don't Say Gay Dads Drama Club is the happy, safe space for Lee and Parker until their school play becomes a homophobic middle school meltdown. The lights get turned up to 10, the adults are in a media frenzy, and the kids are just trying to figure it all out. This story contains descriptions of abuse directed at gay persons. Please take care while listening. A very big thank you to Lee and Parker—who are best friends to this day.  Thanks as well to Jamie McGonnigal. Produced by Mark Betancourt, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff Playground Bullies and Dark Secrets  In middle school, Mike has a secret. But no one has ever seen “it.”  This was performed at [Snap LIVE ] (https://youtu.be/xr0CioyLFqg) in Los Angeles. “Mighty” Mike McGee is an international spoken word artist, writer, performer, speaker, slam poet and comic. McGee is the first slam poet to win both the American National Poetry Slam Individual Grand Championship and the Individual World Poetry Slam Championship.  Original score composed and performed by Alex Mandel, Tim Frick, and David Brandt. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 24 ... Read more

30 May 2024

50 MINS

50:50

30 May 2024


#411

The Road to Boito - Snap Classic

Two sisters, Magi and Memo, track down an American man accused of sexual abuse at a children’s home in Kenya. It’s a story spanning two continents… following those who give everything to make things right. This episode is a 2024 Gracie Award Winner. This story, while not graphic, does involve child abuse, including sexual abuse, and the death of a child. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you so much to everyone in this story. To Magi and Memo, for sharing your lives with us over the past two years. Magi has started a [GoFundMe] (https://www.gofundme.com/f/Boitosurvivors?utm_campaign=p_lico+share-sheet&utm_medium=social&utm_source=whatsapp) to raise money for the survivors of the Dow Children’s Home. To Janice and especially to Joy — Kongoi for your courage and your strength. Kongoi as well to Geoffrey Ng’tich, Beatrice Korir, and Joshua Abudoh. Translation by Caroline Chebet Recording engineers: Josh Wilcox, Ryan Geesaman, and Coconut Original score by Renzo Gorrio Produced and reported by Halima Gikandi and John Fecile Artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 22 ... Read more

23 May 2024

53 MINS

53:00

23 May 2024


#410

Call of Booty

Raymond Christian is back with a story that gives whole new meaning to the phrase “rear infantry.” Thanks, Ray, for sharing this story! Listen to Ray's show “ [What’s Ray Saying] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-ray-saying/id1097310592) ” wherever you get your podcasts. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 22 ... Read more

21 May 2024

14 MINS

14:32

21 May 2024


#409

Mother of Invention

It’s the 70’s, two young girls are caught up in the allure of smoking, and the whole scene is about to blow. And a veteran clown knows one thing… don’t bleed in front of the children. STORIES Smoke Rings Back in the 70s, smoking was cool. Angie was not. Thank you to Angie and her mom Marita for sharing this story. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff Charles the Clown When it's time to put on a good face... sometimes you just gotta improvise. A huge thank you to the one and only [Charles the Clown] (https://www.charlestheclown.com/aboutcharles/) for sharing his experience with the Snap. Charles Kraus has been a children’s entertainer for more than 40 years. Check out his [videos] (https://www.charlestheclown.com/moreabouttheshow/videosamples.php) , [songs] (https://www.charlestheclown.com/moreabouttheshow/videosamples.php) , [magic tricks] (https://www.charlestheclown.com/justforkids/magictricks.php) , and [puppet routines] (https://www.charlestheclown.com/justforkids/puppets.php) ! You can even [book Charles] (https://www.charlestheclown.com/booking/) for your next event in Seattle and now in the San Francisco Bay Area . Produced by Bo Walsh , original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 21 ... Read more

16 May 2024

36 MINS

36:49

16 May 2024


#408

Tau = 10.8 from This is Love

When twin rovers named Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars twenty years ago, they were only supposed to last 90 Martian days. But years passed, they were still alive, and engineers kept taking care of them... We proudly present a This is Love Spotlight — a story from out of this world, about two robots on Mars who just would not die. And the people whose job it was to check on them every day, who started to think about them as family. This story [Tau = 10.8,] (https://thisislovepodcast.com/episode-81-tau-10-8/) is from the podcast [This is Love] (https://thisislovepodcast.com/) , part of the [Vox Media Podcast Network] (https://podcasts.voxmedia.com/) .  This is Love, hosted by Phoebe Judge is a show that tells stories about a lot of different kinds of love — sometimes love between people, sometimes not. It’s made by the same team that makes what was one of the first true crime podcasts out there — a show called [Criminal] (https://thisiscriminal.com/) .  They have dozens more stories like this available wherever you get your podcasts! Their website is [thisislovepodcast.com] (http://thisislovepodcast.com/) .  Artwork by Julienne Alexander  MUSIC --- [“Spindash” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Oriel” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Line Exchange” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Stickle” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Idle Ways” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Vernouillet_Swing Swing” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“The Gran Dias” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“The Longshoreman” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Borough_Alternate Opening” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Awash” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Parissi” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Pxl Htra” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Trailmaker” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Bundt” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Pall Canyon” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Etude 3 Chessanta_Alt Arp” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) --- [“Town Market_Guitar” by Blue Dot Sessions] (https://www.sessions.blue/) Season 15 - Episode 20  ... Read more

09 May 2024

47 MINS

47:06

09 May 2024


#407

Vote for El Hottie

In sweet home Alabama, from the heart of Libya, comes a renegade candidate with a boombox and a head scarf. The cheerleaders, the geeks, the dweebs and the freaks are about to send a message the country needs right after 9/11. A very big thank you to Yasmin! Yasmin is a comedian and storyteller. You can follow her on Instagram @yasminelhahahady or TikTok @yasmin_elhady. She first told a version of [this story] (https://vimeo.com/515798993) at Story District in Washington, DC.   Produced by Justin Kramon, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 19 ... Read more

02 May 2024

45 MINS

45:22

02 May 2024


#406

Winning Colors - Snap Classic

She’s stunning grey, sleek as a race car, and stronger than all the boys. Her name is Winning Colors and for Dino and Miami she’s the long shot of a lifetime. This story contains strong language and includes descriptions of gambling, sensitive listeners please be advised. If gambling has become a problem for you or for someone you know, you can call 1-800-GAMBLER (426-2537) to seek free, confidential, 24/7 problem gambling assistance. A huge thank you to [Mark “Miami” Paul ] (https://markpaulauthor.com/) for sharing his story with Snap! Wondering what happened to Winning Colors? After her 1988 Kentucky Derby crown the big grey filly retired the following year with eight career wins. In 2000, she was inducted into the U.S. [National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Museum_of_Racing_and_Hall_of_Fame) . In 2008, at the age of 23 Winning Colors was [laid to rest ] (https://nypost.com/2008/02/19/winning-colors-dead-at-23/) in Lexington, Kentucky. To find out more about Miami and Winning Colors’ story – check out Miami’s book, [“The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told” ] (https://www.amazon.com/Greatest-Gambling-Story-Ever-Told-ebook/dp/B083LD7T7L/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=The+Greatest+Gambling+Story+Ever+Told:+A+True+Tale+of+Three+Gamblers,+The+Kentucky+Derby,+and+the+Mexican+Cartel&amp&qid=1582844253&amp&sr=8-1) Original score by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Bo Walsh, artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 18 ... Read more

25 Apr 2024

49 MINS

49:35

25 Apr 2024


#405

Hounded from Spooked

Some roads are long and some roads wind. Some roads show you things you’d never think you’d find… This week we’re featuring stories from our evil twin podcast [Spooked] (https://spookedpodcast.org/) ! You can listen to Spooked for free on any podcast platform. Be afraid. STORIES Demon Dog A mysterious wolf creature hunts Chuck and his family on winding mountain roads. Chuck can hardly believe it was real, until he finds an old legend that confirms it. Thank you, Chuck, for sharing your story! Produced by Greta Weber and Chris Hambrick, original score by Yari Bundy Deception Pass When Shirley gets sent out on a trucking job two weeks before Christmas, she thinks the biggest thing she has to fear is winter weather. But she’s about to learn, there are scarier things than storms out on the road. Thanks, Shirley, for sharing your story with Spooked! Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Doug Stuart Night Watch When Dave took on the graveyard shift at the station, he saw all kinds of stuff. But he never saw anything quite like this. Thanks, Dave, for sharing your story with us. Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Davey Kim Artwork by Teo Ducot  Season 15 - Episode 17 ... Read more

18 Apr 2024

48 MINS

48:40

18 Apr 2024


#404

The Trials of Lt. McFadden

Melissa McFadden always saw police officers as protectors. But when she became an officer, she found herself with almost no one to protect her. This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised.  Thank you, Lt. McFadden for sharing your story with us! Check out McFadden’s book: [Walking the Thin Black Line] (https://www.walkingthethinblackline.com) Funding for this episode was provided by UC Berkeley's [Greater Good Science Center] (https://url.us.m.mimecastprotect.com/s/0XcAC3197PS2Lw59ig9Thg?domain=ggsc.berkeley.edu) , as part of its " [Expanding Awareness of the Science of Intellectual Humility] (https://url.us.m.mimecastprotect.com/s/z3joC4x9gPslLyp9uxOSRs?domain=ggsc.berkeley.edu) " initiative, supported by the [John Templeton Foundation] (https://url.us.m.mimecastprotect.com/s/Dm8qC5yWjXS6qoVpHy74ri?domain=templeton.org) .  Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 16  ... Read more

11 Apr 2024

49 MINS

49:16

11 Apr 2024


#403

Belly of the Beast - Snap Classic

Things go horribly wrong for a safari guide on the Zambezi River when he comes face-to-face with a rogue hippo. And Dr. Ray Christian breaks the first rule about Fight Club and tells us all about it.  This episode contains graphic imagery. Please take care while listening. STORIES  Belly of the Beast Things go horribly wrong for a safari guide on the Zambezi River when he comes face-to-face with a rogue hippo. Thank you, Paul, for sharing your story with Snap! Check out Paul Templer’s memoir, [What’s Left of Me] (https://paultempler.com/pauls-book/) . Produced by Erika Lantz, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Fight Club The first rule about fight club is you do not talk about fight club. Dr. Ray Christian breaks that rule. You can hear more of Ray on his podcast: [What's Ray Saying?] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/whats-ray-saying/id1097310592) Produced by Mark Ristich, original score by Renzo Gorrio Snap Classic - Season 15 - Episode 15 ... Read more

04 Apr 2024

44 MINS

44:30

04 Apr 2024


#402

Transcendent - Snap Classic

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

28 Mar 2024

49 MINS

49:00

28 Mar 2024


#401

The Cannonball Run

Three fanboys and a dead-sexy wax Burt Reynolds are on a mission. They are Eastbound and Down on a road trip from Cali to Florida State and the troopers… are hot on their heels. A huge thank you to Mike Carano, Matt Leuthe, and Steve Millunzi for sharing their experience! Mike originally told a version of [this story] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5zOvqehNIs) in conversation with Christine Blackburn on the [Storyworthy podcast] (https://www.storyworthypodcast.com/) . Check out their collection of amazing stories! Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 15 - Episode 13 ... Read more

21 Mar 2024

51 MINS

51:18

21 Mar 2024