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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.
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Shame

Shame

2020-09-1754:14

What’s keeping you from feeling proud today? We’re exploring that question with a special Snap two-for-one: SHAMEBOOTH, a traveling art installation, hotline, and podcast featuring the voices of real people sharing their shame, and “Quiet Is Best,” a story from Julie Lindahl about her shocking discovery of a secret -- and shameful -- family legacy. Content advisory: These stories detail substances, violence/graphic images of Nazi Germany, and sexual assault. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. STORIES: SHAMEBOOTH Recordings SHAMEBOOTH explores the science & psychology behind one of the most intense and isolating emotions a person can feel by capturing the voices of real people who step into a refurbished phone booth to speak their truths. It has become an art installation, podcast, hotline, live event space, and movement to help people get proud. A very big thank you to all of the brave people who stepped into the SHAMEBOOTH, baring their souls. For more, head on over to SHAMEBOOTH and subscribe to the podcast! SHAMEBOOTH’s creator and host is Paula Williams. The podcast is produced by the fine folks at SOUND MADE PUBLIC: Tania Ketenjian, Philip Wood, and Katie McCutcheon. Production assistance was by Snap’s Regina Bediako. “Quiet is Best” - Snap Classic 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. Thank you, Julie, for sharing your story with Snap! A version of this story was originally produced for the podcast Kind World. For more, please make sure to check out Julie Lindahl’s book, The Pendulum: A Granddaughther’s Search for Her Family’s Forbidden Nazi Past. Produced by Erika Lantz, original score by Leon Morimoto with production assistance by Liz Mak Season 11 - Episode 28
The Golden Lure

The Golden Lure

2020-08-2755:571

A fisherman down on his luck finds gold at the bottom of the sea. It’s only after his treasure hunt is underway that he discovers what is truly valuable deep down. BIG thanks to Joe Pennisi for sharing your story with Snap. This story would not have been possible if not for the amazing, on the ground reporting work of Tara Duggan, Jason Fagone, and Santiago Mejia who first told this incredible story for the San Francisco Chronicle. Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 11 - Episode 27
Campfire Tales VII

Campfire Tales VII

2020-08-1452:433

The last embers of the season. The final wander through the woods. The chill not yet hitting the air. That’s when you know it’s time… This week, experience the dark magic of Spooked on Snap. We proudly present, “Campfire Tales VII.” STORIES Kapu If the sign at the mouth of the cave says “kapu,” forbidden, you better take heed. Don’t go searching for trouble. Thank you, Joe, for sharing your story with Spooked! Produced by Greta Weber and Annie Nguyen, original score by Lauryn Newson Route 666 Michael Kilpatrick is coming home from the venue, celebrating a great show. He’s taking a familiar road. But tonight, the conditions are bad: hard wind, rain, and… frogs? Thanks, Michael, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Leon Morimoto Widow’s Walk Howling wind. Swirling fog. What lurks in the mist? To whom is the wind calling? Thank you, Bubba, for sharing your terrifying tale with us. Produced by Greta Weber & Gaylen Koch, original score by Clay Xavier Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 5 of Spooked drops 8/21/20 & will have 22 brand new episodes, each released weekly on Mondays & Fridays. Select episodes will be available across streaming platforms, but you can find ALL the new episodes only on Luminary. Visit LuminaryPodcasts.com to start listening! Season 11 - Episode 26
Gotcha

Gotcha

2020-08-0601:12:531

A rowdy radio show. A sick listener. A Radio DJ who gets in way, way too deep. This story is a co-production between Snap Judgment Studios, Hi-Phi Nation with Barry Lamb, and our dear friends over at Love and Radio.  Listen & subscribe to Hi-Phi Nation with Barry Lamb, the best story-driven philosophy podcast in the universe! Love and Radio also rules and comes to you from the incredible Luminary family. You can hear the original version of Gotcha from Love and Radio here.  Learn more about Radio DJ Amber Petty and pre-order her new book, “This Is Not A Love Song” This story was produced by Barry Lam, Steven Jackson, Nick van der Kolk, Phil Dmochowski, Julia DeWitt, and John Fecile This story includes the voices of Amber Petty, Cory Kimm, Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello, and Sarah  The actors featured in this story are Aliya Pabani, Corey Layton, Robin Luckwaldt-Ross Special thanks to Diane Wu, Antimo Ianella, Ira Glass Artwork by John Garrison For a full list of music featured in this episode, visit the Snap site. Season 11 - Episode 25
Outbreak at San Quentin

Outbreak at San Quentin

2020-07-2350:231

Team Snap brings you the story of the devastating COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison, as told by people on the inside.  STORIES Outbreak at San Quentin As the Coronavirus outbreak overwhelms San Quentin State Prison, one incarcerated person, Chanthon Bun, is awaiting his release on parole. Bun tries to protect himself from the virus, while incarcerated first responders and cleaning crews attempt to treat those who are collapsing and stop the spread of COVID-19. In this episode, we hear first-hand accounts from incarcerated people inside San Quentin trying to survive the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. This story contains graphic content, listener discretion is advised. At the time of this recording, 13 people from San Quentin have died due to coronavirus, bringing the total number of lives lost in California prisons to 40. Our hearts go out to them and theirs, sincerely. Find out how you can support people on the inside with care packages and more at Prison University Project.  Chanthon Bun is a producer now living on the outside. Greg Eskridge and Thanh Tran are both multimedia journalists currently incarcerated at San Quentin. Checkout Uncuffed and First Watch for more of their work. Rasheed Lockheart, who narrated this piece, works with Planting Justice, a food and social justice organization empowering those impacted by incarceration. Many thanks to Ant, Eric Phillips, and Alex Simon for sharing their stories from the inside as well.  Special thanks to James King from the Ella Baker Center and Adnan Khan from Restore Justice.  Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller and Ninna Gaensler-Debs Original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller Artwork by Teo Ducot Letters from Uncuffed While people inside San Quentin and other detention facilities across the country are faced with the threat of coronavirus, it is not just them who are affected. This piece is made up of a collection of letters from people on the outside trying to reach their loved ones currently behind bars.  Big thanks to everyone who shared their letters, Rasheed Lockheart, Shelly Ammons, Dario Abramskiehn, Jovina Vejar. The letters came to us from Uncuffed, a storytelling project made by people behind bars, from inside San Quentin State Prison and Solano State Prison, in collaboration with KALW. Listen & subscribe on your favorite podcast player! Produced by Ninna Gaensler-Debs, Gabe Grabin, Angela Johnston, and Eli Wirtschafter.  San Quentin Mixtapes Vol. 1 – “Same Prison As My Grandfather” The San Quentin Mixtape is a music project recorded, produced, and performed by incarcerated people inside San Quentin State Prison.  The song featured in this episode is “Same Prison As My Grandfather” by Dinero G. Thank you Dinero G and David Jassy for sharing your music with us!  This song comes from the album San Quentin Mixtapes, Vol. 1. It was produced by the now formerly incarcerated, David Jassy, who has since been released and is now living in his home country of Sweden.   Season 11 – Episode 24
The Happening

The Happening

2020-07-0955:066

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
Chasing Thunder

Chasing Thunder

2020-07-0249:205

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
The Gift

The Gift

2020-06-2420:541

A young boy in a migrant worker farm camp gets a surprise present from his father. But the gift comes with certain expectations. Season 11 - Episode 21
Radio 77

Radio 77

2020-06-1831:43

A DJ hosts a radio show from a garden shed in his backyard. For over forty years… he had an audience of one. Season 11 - Episode 20
Team Snap brings you voices from four amazing people - some looking to the future, some looking at the past, and those who never emerged.  Season 11 - Episode 19
The Country Doctor

The Country Doctor

2020-05-2159:082

A Muslim doctor moves his family to a small, rural, Midwestern town. To his surprise, they fit right in... and then came the 2016 presidential election. Season 11 - Episode 18
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
After Glow

After Glow

2020-05-0131:311

V grew up hearing about her parent’s love story... but she never knew about the song behind it. Season 11 - Episode 13
While most of the world continues to shelter-in-place, Team Snap brings you the third installment of, "Letters from Lockdown.”  STORIES Jericho 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.  Rwanda 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.  Brooklyn 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 pitches@snapjudgment.org  The beat doesn’t happen without YOU. Support Snap storytelling... stories you won't hear anywhere else.
Team Snap proudly presents the second installment of, "Letters from Lockdown," featuring stories from people around the world who have experienced lockdown before. Season 11 - Episode 11
Buds

Buds

2020-04-1738:301

Weed brownies, firefighting, and friendship. It’s a 4/20 Snap Special! Amazing stories by friends, about the friend you did not expect. Season 11 - Episode 10
These people from all around the world share a common thread… this isn’t their first lockdown. During quarantine, Team Snap is bringing you pieces of wisdom, hope, and defiance. Season 11 - Episode 9
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Pixie

The second story was amazing.

Sep 11th
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Mishayl Winder

Where's part 1?

Sep 11th
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Sarah Smith

My ears were glued. Madness!

Sep 2nd
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bob caygeon

it's actually quite difficult to get a prison sentence. Don't feel any sorrow for these convicts, feel sorrow for their victims and their families. For a lifetime of pain, recurring trauma and everlasting suffering at the hands of these violent, evil thugs.

Aug 30th
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Jason Netherton

I'm pretty sure the cave dwelling humanoid was just lonely and depressed. He just wanted to hang out with some new friends, but the guys ran away and ostrichsized him. Can't they fathom the lonliness of living in a dark place with no one to talk to? Shame on them.

Aug 27th
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Sarah Carp

I'm sorry- why did they not call the police after seeing 2 overturned vehicles and not hearing any response from inside? Someone could have been dead or unconscious.

Aug 21st
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BC

Oh no the poor frogs

Aug 21st
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BC

the ending of the first story makes a lot of sense

Aug 21st
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Katie Westfall

I was NOT paying attention during the intro so this was more riveting. Good story!

Aug 7th
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hwithoutsound

yeah, go Lakers!

Aug 7th
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Vusal Karim

how come police didnt arrest dad for being irresponsible...

Jul 21st
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Vusal Karim

such a moron dad he is givinh his children guns instead of books!

Jul 21st
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Katie Westfall

wow, there is even video of this near collision on the Sea Shepard YouTube page!

Jul 16th
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Katie Westfall

What a sad story. I do hope they get the closure and exhoneration he deserves.

Jul 16th
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Mae Lee Arant

heroes!! no Chilean sea bass!! watch your consumption and know the true cost of your choices

Jul 6th
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jay b

it's not the role of non-whites to teach whites about racism. smh. people vote for their own interest. not neighbors or someone halfway around the world

Jun 27th
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Katie Westfall

I need more episodes faster lol

Jun 23rd
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Gbade Gabriel

"This b*tch took that redwood like a fu*cking champ." Michael Scott snorts. That's what she said....

Jun 22nd
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Prestina Debraux

Country Doctor episode: You just got a SAMPLE of racism in USA. Imagine if you were born a Black Man here as a doctor? Did you ask your fellow African American Doctor Colleagues (some same complexion as you, or lighter or darker ) what they go through on a daily basis? Count yourself lucky. You only got a wake-up call to A BIT of really what is happening everyday to Black people IN ANY occupation.

Jun 13th
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Angela Hopkins

Sad, in some cases a matter of life and death, yet ignorance still prevails

Jun 12th
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