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.
The night of June 11, 2011, will forever be seared in Roger Stringer’s memory. The night started off with a dinner of boiled shrimp with his two sons. The night ended with his family being torn apart.
This story contains sensitive content and graphic imagery not suitable for young listeners. Listener discretion advised.
A very big BIG thank you to Roger and Zac Stringer for sharing their story with us here at Snap!
As of yet, Zac has not been exonerated. A post-conviction relief appeal to clear his name is stalled in a local circuit court. His civil lawsuit against Remington is currently in limbo. Zac is now 24. He goes to college full time. He's the first-ever convicted felon to be admitted to William Carey University in Mississippi.
Produced by Nancy Lopez, original score by Renzo Gorrio
Artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 11 - Episode 23
For 110 days Peter Hammarstedt and his group of ocean vigilantes hunted the most notorious poacher on the high seas, known as the Thunder. Their journey turns into an epic chase across 10,000 miles, two seas, and three oceans, through massive ice floors, violent clashes, and storms-tossed seas, where only one ship makes it home.
Thank you so much to Peter Hammarstedt for sharing your story with us!
Thanks as well to Ian Urbina. We first heard about this story thanks to his reporting. You can find his book, The Outlaw Ocean: Journeys Across the Last Untamed Frontier, on Knopf, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold. Ian has a great collection of stories and books about the lawless ocean.
Also, BIG thanks to Brick City TV & Mark Benjamin for sharing the audio from their documentary, Ocean Warriors: Chasing the Thunder. You can see a trailer of the film here.
Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio
Season 11 - Episode 22
This weekend we are moving our podcast feed. You will still be able to listen to Snap Judgment on the radio and wherever you get your podcasts, but we want to make sure you don’t miss a beat. Make sure Snap stays in your feed by subscribing. Next week, check to see you have the new epic Snap episode, "Chasing Thunder." If you don't see it in your feed, please refresh or resubscribe!
At the height of the Cold War, Ulrike Poppe just might have been the most surveilled woman in the world. But it was only after the wall fell that things really got interesting. Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 15
A son tries to make contact with his dad, who’s deteriorating in the throes of dementia. He makes new connections and discoveries, and as he says goodbye to his father, he is granted a long-awaited wish. Snap Judgment presents, “Lucky Penny,” a special spotlight on The Truth Podcast, from PRX’s Radiotopia.
Some stories that seem the furthest away hit closest to home. Team Snap presents more lockdown advice from around the world, even from the places you least expect. Listen to the fifth installment of "Letters from Lockdown." Season 11 - Episode 16
When a little girl goes missing in the desert, one woman is driven to find her, no matter what. And a mother makes her own Ebola suit - MacGyver style - to save her son's life. Happy Mother's Day to all you Snap Moms!
Who better to seek advice from than a mother? This week, Team Snap brings you the fourth installment of, "Letters from Lockdown,” featuring moms around the world. Happy Mother's Day to all the Snap Moms out there! Season 11 - Episode 14
While most of the world continues to shelter-in-place, Team Snap brings you the third installment of, "Letters from Lockdown.”
Osama Iliwat spent days in solitary confinement inside an Israeli prison during the First and Second Palestinian Intifadas. Learn how peace reached him in the midst of conflict.
Today, Osama runs a cell phone shop in Jericho, is a peace activist, and leads international tours in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. He advocates for dialogue between Israelis and Palestinians and speaks to international groups with an organization called Combatants for Peace.
In the 90s, Eric Murangwa was the star goalkeeper of Rwanda’s most beloved football team, Rayon Sport. He was also a Tutsi - at the time when death squads were hunting Tutsis. Find out where - and with who - Eric took refuge.
Eric now runs a charity called Ishami Foundation, which brings people together through sport. He’s currently raising money for vulnerable families affected by coronavirus during the genocide commemoration in Rwanda. Help him reach his goal.
Estee grew up in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn where her then-husband isolated her from friends, family, and activities for nearly two decades. Hear how Estee’s spirit could not be contained by four walls.
Today, Estee lives in Jerusalem with her eight children and recently remarried a very kind man. She teaches Zumba Extreme at the Jerusalem YMCA. Hear more of Estee’s story in the Snap archives.
Thank you, Osama, Eric, and Estee for sharing your stories with us!
Produced by Shaina Shealy, Naomi Zeveloff, Liz Mak, and Anna Sussman
Music by Renzo Gorrio, additional production by Pat Mesiti-Miller
Artwork by Sanaa Khan
Digital Producer: Marisa Dodge
Season 11 - Episode 12
Our team is working quickly to put together more pieces of advice from people all over the world - stay tuned for more. And if you have advice from a past lockdown you’d like to share with Snap Nation - reach out to us on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook - or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Blair can’t see his hands in front of his face. He can’t see the ground beneath his feet. He’s not in the dark: he’s in a thick cloud of fog. And then, a voice emerges from the mist. This story comes to us from Australia, the original Upside Down. Select Spooked episodes will be available across streaming platforms but ALL will be exclusively on Luminary. Download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.
Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. had a complicated relationship with his mother. But after she passed, he traveled across the world to try and make things better.
This story comes from Transom.org and was produced by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Jay Allison
Additional production by Pat Mesiti-Miller
Special thanks to Kadijatu Suma, Haja Suma, Fatima Rahman, Alimamy Conteh, Sheri Rickson, Lynn Levy and Gimlet Media. Thomas King, Brima Thomas, and Jartu Tejan-Thomas. Thanks also to Milo, Mason and Melissa Allison, Viki Merrick, Samantha Broun, Sydney Lewis, Rob Rosenthal, and WCAI and Atlantic Public Media in Woods Hole Massachusetts.
Season 11 - Episode 7
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Betsy keeps seeing a young girl at night in her room. She stands at the end of Betsy’s bed and stares at her. She comes back, over and over: night after night; year after year. Betsy knows she wants something, but she has to figure out what. Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked. Be afraid. All of the latest episodes are available only on Luminary. Download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. Season 4 - Episode 1
A young teacher's daily struggles provide the backdrop for a poetic re-imagining of a public tragedy in London. Snap spotlights the amazing "Have You Heard George's Podcast?" from BBC Sounds. Season 11, Episode 5
A black detective in Colorado Springs infiltrates the KKK and finds himself face-to-face with David Duke, the Grand Wizard. And Daryl Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who's played with Bill Clinton, Bruce Hornsby and Chuck Berry. But we wanted to talk to him about another group of his friends. Snap Classic - Season 8 Episode 9
A whole new season of Spooked returns Friday the 13th of March. Expect all sorts of scary. And if you haven't learned by now... please, don't turn out the lights! Season IV's episodes will be available on Luminary. Download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. Be afraid.
Mountain Village is an Alaska Native town in the middle of nowhere. One woman is the town’s only police officer and she alone is responsible for the safety of everyone there. Her track record is perfect until one day when she responds to a call that changes everything. This story discusses suicide and violence. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Season 11 - Episode 4
It’s Senior Year and Alex, Damaris, and Brantin have been waiting for the day they get to leave Mission High and enter adulthood. Snap follows the three students for a whole year as their dreams turn into reality. Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 4
When your plane crashes in the Amazon Jungle on your honeymoon, do you take a raft down a river to continue on… or turn back? This epic romance turns into the ultimate test of survival. Season 11 - Episode 3
Mary needed to get away from her husband. A handsome stranger offered her a way out. All she had to do was participate in the strangest group experiment of all time. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Leon Morimoto. Season 11 - Episode 2
A Chicago newspaper establishes an undercover bar to catch officials in the act of corruption. They soon acquire a cast of characters looking for more than just a drink. Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 21
An openly gay luchador full of talent faces an uphill battle to get the crowd and the press on his side. A woman takes on superhero duty, serving as a heroine of the streets. And Chapelle's other half rocks three mics. Snap Judgment presents, “The Performers.” Exploring the magic behind the stagecraft. Snap Classic - Season 7 Episode 10
A loan shark crusades against the dark side of the payday industry, after running a risky business. A student discovers a kid named Hitler at college orientation, leading to a search for more Hitler’s. And a survivor of criminalization and state violence performs as a means of healing.
A poet delivers a devastating portrait of the relationship that made him who he is today. Two men come face to face one night in the dark canyon-lands of southern Utah. And a dangerous anarchist steals, kills, and escapes, until one day when he can run no further. It’s Snap’s 2019 Look Back Special.. time to look back before we move forward.
When 14-year-old Annaporva finally decides to ask her mother about her biological family a story so unexpected unravels - there’s kingpins, death threats, and Maneka Gandhi. Listen next week for Part Two of this story. Season 10 Episode 34
An aid worker is held hostage in Iraq, a detective’s toughest case turns out to be an investigation into his own past, and a hauntingly beautiful story of a simple piece of fruit. Snap Classic - Season 7 Episode 18
A headless chicken proves sometimes urban legends are true, playground bullies expose dark secrets during a “pantsing” epidemic, and a young man comes out to his parents. We are grateful to tell stories and we are so so thankful for you Snappas! For all the love and support you have shown this crazy ridiculous enterprise that is Snap Judgment, thank you. Season 10 Episode 33
Fans and journalists embark on a seven-show tour with Rihanna... in seven countries, over seven days, on a Boeing 777, to celebrate her seventh album in seven years. Did we mention this is the seventh anniversary of the tour?
A woman revisits remote Indonesian islands where she and thousands of other Vietnamese refugees were once stranded without food, water, or shelter. She returns to this tiny place on the edge of the world... one last time.
A woman’s voice changes forever, following a stroke-like episode. A man living in Alaska continues to hear rumors about the elusive blue bear. When he goes out searching for one, he ends up finding... something much different. And a girl gains magical powers that lead to an irreversible and terrible chain of events.
Bonnie Blagg and her two friends call for Bloody Mary in the mirror on her dresser during a middle school sleepover. Bonnie thinks nothing of it until a ghost boy with long, sharp, bloody teeth appears in her bedroom every single night after that.
The human mind can play tricks on you... A father of five and devout Mormon is dragged into a world that upends everything he knows to be true. And a young man comes to terms with his mother’s profound mental illness.
"Tracy: My Ride-or-Die"
When Adult ISH host Nyge Turner turned 17, he became the caretaker for his ride-or-die: Tracy. His mom.
This story was produced by YR Media's Adult ISH podcast (Mom ISH episode). Adult ISH is a culture, advice, and storytelling show about #adulting, that is produced entirely by folks who are "almost adults." It’s distributed by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to subscribe and listen here!
"A Short Stay In Hell"
A father of five and devout Mormon is dragged into a world that upends everything he knows to be true.
This story comes to us from Believable, a new podcast from Narratively about how our stories define who we are. Each episode dives into a personal, eye-opening story where narratives conflict and different perspectives about the truth collide.
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.
Life On Easy Street
A musician writes a song so catchy, it takes over the world...then he finds out it's become a weapon. "Easy Street" turned into something it was never meant to be.
A big thanks to Joe Sivick & Producer Deena Prichep
Producer: John Fecile
Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
The Little Boxer
After getting beat one time too many, little Gus Lee decides to fight back.
A big thanks to Gus Lee. This story comes from his novel, “China Boy,” based on his childhood.
Producer: Liz Mak
Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
Season 10 Episode 21
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."
"The Perfect Spot"
Backpackers are scouring Southeast Asia looking for the magical spot, but Glynn has the inside tip.
Andres Ruzo tried to track down a legendary he’s heard his grandfather talk about in stories when he was a little boy. He found the stuff of legends, and then was faced with the choices, and burdens of knowing a valuable secret.
Producer: Anna Sussman
"For Love and Revolution"
In the 1970’s Truman Capote interviewed Watani Stiner, a young revolutionary serving time in San Quentin for the death of two Black Panthers. Then... things got interesting.
Producer: Sukey Lewis and Mark Ristich
Season 7 Episode 12
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.
Kissing the Concrete
Snap finds freedom with Ear Hustle. Two men transition from prison back into society and find out who - or what - is waiting for them on the outside.
Excuse Me On The Tier
Snap goes under lock and key with Ear Hustle. Everyone entering the prison system must pass through Reception, to learn the ropes and discover what’s really behind the walls.
A big thanks to Tevin Fournette, aka Cutty, and Ronnie Young for sharing their stories about leaving prison with the team. You can hear more of Cutty’s music here. Thanks as well to John “Yahya” Johnson, David Ditto, Talib Brooks, Louis Brackett, and Jeff Atkins for sharing their experiences inside Prison Reception.
Artwork by: Atwan Williams
Be sure to visit www.EarHustleSq.com to hear more stories, see pictures from episodes, and follow everything Ear Hustle.
Ear Hustle comes to us from PRX’s Radiotopia and is produced by Earlonne Woods, Nigel Poor, Rhasaan “New York” Thomas, John “Yahya” Johnson, Pat Mesiti-Miller, and Bruce Wallace. This episode is scored with music from Antwan Williams and David Jassy. Senior Producer Curtis Fox, Digital Producer Erin Wade, and Executive Producer Julie Shapiro.
In a dark and fictional world, we meet the best Hollywood trainer money can buy. A trainer who specializes in the human body, but one body in his gym... isn't breathing.
Snap spotlights "The Truth" podcast. We're proud to present Part one from their five-part series, “The Body Genius.”
Starring: Chris Cafero as Evan
Written by: Hunter Nelson
Produced by: Jonathan Mitchell & Davy Gardner
Artwork by: Clement Bolla
To hear all five episodes & see the full list of credits, visit "The Truth" podcast.
Season 10 Episode 20
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.
A teenage hacker inspired by “Mr. Robot” takes on his principal, teachers, and the Board of Education.
This piece was adapted from the podcast, Darknet Diaries.
The Lazarus Effect
A night-shift doctor, Joe Sills, shares a story of life after death.
This story comes to us from the podcast, The Nocturnists.
Season 10 Episode 19
A one-legged high schooler wrestles with his identity and his weight class. A story featuring tough opponents and big decisions.
The Wrestler With The Missing Leg
Anthony Robles was born with one leg, but that didn’t stop him from joining the wrestling team. If you want to learn more about Anthony’s story and his career as a motivational speaker, check out his website and be sure to read his memoir, Unstoppable: From Underdog to Undefeated.
Producer: Joe Rosenberg
Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio
Season 8 Episode 18
"On the Mat" - Snap Classic
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.
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 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 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
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
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
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
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