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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.
WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Nancy, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin, and many others.
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Space Rocks

Space Rocks

2020-01-2300:41:426

There’s something special about the small town of Montrose, surrounded by the majestic mountains and quiet mesas of western Colorado. One night, an explosion in the night sky draws townspeople out to search for something more. Something bigger. Something… out of this world.  Special thanks to Brendan Borrell for his original reporting in Montrose and Delta, Colorado. You can read more about the continuing fall out between Steve Curry and Blaine Reed in his article in The Verge.  Additional thanks to Blaine and his brother Blake Reed, Ryan Brown, Zillamay at Mountain of the West, Paul Paladino, Dave Lehman, and Duane Renfrow. Produced by Shaina Shealy and Jazmín Aguilera, original score by Renzo Gorrio Season 11 - Episode 1  The beat doesn’t happen without YOU. Support Snap storytelling... stories you won't hear anywhere else. 
The 2019 Look Back Special

The 2019 Look Back Special

2019-12-2600:51:4113

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. Happy Holidays to all!  STORIES A Little Time  Glynn and his son stumble upon an incredible creature in the woods.  Produced by Lauryn Newson My Best Friend  In his first appearance on the Snap Judgment stage, Ise Lyfe delivers a devastating portrait of the relationship that made him who he is today. Performed at Snap LIVE. Original Music by Alex Mandel, music performed by Alex Mandel and the Snap Judgment Players (Tim Frick and David Brandt), re-recording mix by Pat Mesiti-Miller Produced by Glynn Washington and Mark Ristich The Incident At Poison Spider Mesa The story of two men who come face to face one night in the canyonlands of southern Utah. Brody Young is a Utah State Park Ranger and motivational speaker, helping other people figure out how to survive the unsurvivable.  To find out more about his story, be sure to check out his website. Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Leon Morimoto 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... Dan has been playing and organizing LARPs for 20 years. He posts bad LARP advice on Twitter at LarpTips. Produced by Jazmin Aguilera, original score by Renzo Gorrio  Season 10 Episode 37
Under Pressure

Under Pressure

2019-12-2300:20:2410

After traumatic experiences underwater, a diver falls in love with the ocean again by building a secret kingdom for seahorses. BIG thanks to Roger Hanson. Roger’s writing a children’s book, called “A Seahorse of a Different Color,” about a unique seahorse who was born different. It comes out in June. Roger has previously been covered by the LA Times and Spectrum Channel 1, which called him the “world’s foremost expert on the Pacific Seahorse.” Seahorse Update: In September, pregnant Deep Blue stopped showing up. Roger thinks he was eaten by an octopus. He’s moved any remaining octopuses in the area and resettled them elsewhere.  Produced by Liz Mak, original score by Leon Moriomoto  Season 10 Episode 36
A woman arrives in India only to discover that the baby she’s there to adopt has just been rescued from an orphanage tied to a child trafficking ring. Listen to Part Two of this amazing journey.  BIG thanks to Danielle and Annaporva Green for sharing your story with Snap. Read more incredible stories from Danielle in her book, A Magnificent Obsession. Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio  Season 10 Episode 35  
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.  A HUGE thank you to Danielle and Annaporva Green for sharing your story with Snap. For more stories from Danielle, check out her book, A Magnificent Obsession. Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio  Be sure to listen to next week's Snap episode to hear Part Two of this story. Season 10 Episode 34
The 2019 Gratitude Special

The 2019 Gratitude Special

2019-11-2800:52:1015

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. Snap Judgment presents, “The 2019 Gratitude Special."  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. STORIES Anti-Traditions Glynn has an amazing Thanksgiving tradition... and it happens after Thanksgiving. The Headless Chicken Some schoolyard stories are true… For more information about Mike The Headless Chicken, including Fruita, Colorado’s annual Mike The Headless Chicken Festival, be sure to check out miketheheadlesschicken.org.Produced by, Joe Rosenberg, original score by Renzo Gorrio with additional instrumentation by Andrew Vickers Playground Bullies and Dark Secrets (Snap LIVE in Los Angeles) In middle school, Mike has a secret. But no one has ever seen "it." Until a dreaded epidemic strikes his school… "pantsing." "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 SlamChampionship. Watch the Snap LIVE performance!  Original Score composed and performed by Alex Mandel and the Snap Judgment Playaz (Tim Frick and David Brandt). When Are You Going to Get Married? For Ben Nakamura, coming out gay to his parents was not exactly like ripping off a band-aid... Produced by Liz Jones, original score by Renzo Gorrio Season 10 Episode 33  
Diamonds in the Sky

Diamonds in the Sky

2019-11-2100:35:3418

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? Fasten your seat belts, it’s time for liftoff...  Special thanks to Kristen Gwynne, Lawrence Bull, and Elizabeth Nakano. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio #rihannaplane Season 10 Episode 32   
Amaryllis was fast on track to become an established journalist when her mentor was kidnapped and killed by a terrorist group. She decided she had to give up the transparency of journalism if she wanted to truly help curb terror, and instead joined the shadow world of the CIA. But the shadow world had its own cost.  Snap presents, "The Lamb, the Lion, and the Fox." A big thanks to Amaryllis Fox. You can buy her book on Knopf, Amazon, or anywhere books are sold.  Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Leon Morimoto Season 10, Episode 31  
Spooked - Sharp Tooth Boy

Spooked - Sharp Tooth Boy

2019-10-2900:32:147

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. Happy Halloween week! Enjoy this Spooked tale... and don't turn out the lights. Produced by Chris Hambrick Original score by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Sanaa Khan Want more Spooked? There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. 
Spooked - Santi

Spooked - Santi

2019-10-2400:32:0310

When Maribel loses her little brother Santi, her very best friend in the world, she learns that love is sometimes stronger than death. We travel to Mexico for this very special Spooked tale.  Thank you, Maribel Placencia, from the bottom of our hearts, for sharing your extraordinary story. Big love to you and your family. This story comes to us from our Spooked correspondent, Erick Yañez. Produced by Nancy Lopéz Original Score by Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Sanaa Khan A Spanish-language version of this story will be available soon. Want more Spooked? There are 26 new episodes of Spooked being released this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.
Spooked - The Banshees

Spooked - The Banshees

2019-10-2200:30:1510

We're bringing you Spooked tales about ladies who lurk, haunt and aren't messing around. Be afraid.  STORIES Barbara Nichols Pond Ever since a little girl died a watery death, the kids in Johnston County steer clear of the pond. Years later, Todd thinks that she might just be avenging her untimely end. Thank you, Todd Narron for being our tour guide in the mysterious American South. Todd’s memoir is Country Stories of Ghosts and Bad Men. Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio Room 324 A film producer visits one of the most iconic haunted places in the world: The Stanley Hotel. He doesn’t believe in ghosts at all. But he’s about to question reality.  A big thanks to Daniel Noah for sharing this story with us. Daniel is the cohost of SpectreVision's Visitations Podcast, a Shudder Original. Produced by Eliza Smith, original score by Davey Kim Artwork by: Teo Ducot  Snap Season 10 Episode 28 Want more Spooked? There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. And remember, don't turn out the lights...
Spooked - Mrs. Hagstrom

Spooked - Mrs. Hagstrom

2019-10-1700:29:4210

It's Halloween Season and Snap is here to bring you Spooked stories from the dark of night!  When supernatural forces come for her kids, Curtis’s mom stands strong. Mrs. Hagstrom may be one of the meanest ghosts yet. Be afraid.  Curtis’s memoir is Shadow of Fear.  Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Leon Morimoto Artwork by Sanaa Khan Snap Season 10 Episode 27 Want more Spooked? There are 26 new episodes of Spooked coming this season each week through Halloween and into a spooky November. To listen to them all, download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. And remember, don't turn out the lights...
Turncoat

Turncoat

2019-10-1000:38:0716

When Dean Issacharoff was a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, he patrolled the Palestinian city of Hebron, and later fought in Gaza. Then, after he got home from the army, Dean’s decision to speak out about his own violent actions came back to haunt him in a twisted turn of events. Sensitive listeners - please be advised this story contains images of war and violence. Thank you, Dean, for sharing your story with us. A special thanks to the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust, and KALW’s Spiritual Edge podcast - this story would not have been possible without their support. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of these organizations. This story was produced by Shaina Shealy and the original score was by Pat Mesiti-Miller. Season 10 Episode 26
Misguided

Misguided

2019-09-2600:28:3715

A dad surprises his son by taking him on his first slave plantation tour. And a girl realizes the computer version of herself, acts more like her than she does. STORIES: "My First Slave Plantation Tour" Back in 2013, when Adult ISH host Nyge Turner was in his late teens, his dad surprised him by taking him on his first slave plantation tour. To make matters worse, apart from the bus driver and a single employee on the plantation, there was not a single black person in sight. This story was produced by YR Media's Adult ISH podcast. 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!  Produced by: Nyge Turner and Davey Kim Sound Design: Clay Xavier and Stanley Ipkuss "Sim Stephanie" Stephanie Foo had a love-hate relationship with that old computer game the Sims. But when she steps foot into the latest version of the game, the AI is so good, her new Sim acts more like Stephanie than Stephanie does.Producer: Stephanie Foo Sound Design: Leon MorimotoSeason 10 Episode 25
I Sing the Body Electric

I Sing the Body Electric

2019-09-1900:36:0417

When the thought of his own mortality becomes too much to bear, a father of two living in Utah decides to upgrade his own body, one piece at a time. Sensitive listeners should note - this episode contains extremely graphic scenes of bodily harm and visceral scenes of live surgery.  Thank you to Rich Lee for sharing your story with Snap. Hear more work from producer Lawrence Bull on his podcast Sound of Mind. Thanks to filmmakers Leeor Kaufman and Joe Egender for their assistance. Look out for their biohacking documentary on Netflix. Producer: Lawrence Bull with assistance from Anna Sussman Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Season 10 Episode 24
Head Games

Head Games

2019-08-2900:50:2522

This week on Snap Judgment...two stories about the human mind and how it 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. STORIES "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. Sound Designer: DJ Clay Xavier "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. Steve Peck works at Brigham Young University and tells this story to a microbiology class every year. Check out his novel, “A Short Stay in Hell” which inspired this story. Listen and subscribe to Believable wherever you get your podcasts. Producer: Ash SandersLead Producer & Sound Designer: Ryan SweikertHost & Executive Producer, Narratively Podcasts: Noah RosenbergProduction Assistant: Emily RostekStory Consultant: Brendan SpiegelArt Direction: Vinnie NeubergBelievable Episode Art: Zoe Van DijkAdditional Support: Ula Kulpa and Russell GraggSpecial Thanks: Made in New York Media Center and Brigham Young University "Head Games" episode artwork: Teo Ducot  Season 10 Episode 23
Martin is a paramedic. He has a gift for saving peoples' lives. He also has another, darker, gift--one that he doesn’t want to use.  Thank you, Martin Moseley, for sharing your story with us. Martin is a longtime Spooked listener.  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, download the Luminary mobile app or go to LuminaryPodcasts.com. And remember, don't turn out the lights... Season 10 Episode 22
Gambit

Gambit

2019-08-0800:49:0123

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. This story contains explicit language, sensitive listeners are advised. A big thanks to Joe Sivick & producer Deena Prichep Listen to the Easy Street (Redux) single by The Occupy ICE PDX Alliance on Apple Music or iTunes. Producer: John Fecile Original Score: Renzo Gorrio  The Little Boxer It's the 1950s in San Francisco. 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. Lee is a courage-based leadership trainer and consultant. He’s now completing his eighth book, "Courage Is a Verb." Producer: Liz Mak Original Score: Renzo Gorrio  Season 10 Episode 21   
Respawn

Respawn

2019-07-1100:50:4220

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. Listen to the full story, called Finn. Produced by: Jack Rhysider with assistance from Nancy Lopez  Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio  The Lazarus Effect  A night-shift doctor shares a story of life after death.  This story comes to us from the podcast, The Nocturnists and was performed live in San Francisco in 2018. You can listen to the full story, called The Lazarus Effect.  Special thanks to:Emily Silverman, Ana Adlerstein, Ali Block, Adelaide Papazolou, Marina Poole, Kirk Klocke, and the storyteller, Joe Sills "Respawn" Season 10 Episode 19 
Operation Little Flower

Operation Little Flower

2019-06-2700:28:3514

In the 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. Go undercover with us in "Operation Little Flower". For more about finding justice in the Balkans check out:  The Investigator by Vladimir Dzuro The Butcher’s Trial by Julian Borger  Produced by: Shaina Shealy, Liz Mak, Adizah Eghan Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Season 10 Episode 18  
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MrSLY DS

wow, just the thought of eliminating any of your limbs deliberately is over the top but to actually do it is just out of this world lol. No judging here tho, we are who we are and we live different lives obviously but dude that is crazy

Jan 24th
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David

You cannot get an electric shock from peeing on electrified things. Fences, third rails, transformers, none of it. Your pee is not a continuous stream of water. It's a loosely gathered discombobulated collection of droplets.

Jan 8th
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Ricky St. Louis

stop having the reptilian nararate stories please.

Jan 8th
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Brian C

great show

Jan 4th
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Ricky St. Louis

Joe Rosenberg, go away.

Dec 6th
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Ricky St. Louis

j r, use a voice changer If your going to nararate. Thanks.

Dec 6th
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April All Year

Ben Washington I am sorry for your loss. Sending love from Memphis TN

Dec 5th
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Ricky St. Louis

stop having Joe Rosenberg nararate stories. his voice makes me sick. just give him credit and have someone else nararate, that shit is the worst.

Dec 5th
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Ricky St. Louis

please stop having Joe Rosenberg nararate stories. his voice makes me nautious. I'd really appreciate it. thanks

Nov 30th
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L K

kids story

Nov 29th
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Crystal Powers-Yelle

t3

Nov 15th
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Mexi Shrimp

this family is full of shit, they should all be charged with life or the death penalty for espionage and conspiracy...especially the sister and son. they're lying sacks of shit, only cooperating to free themselves...

Nov 12th
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Teresa Johnson

Why are all but 4 or so of the Spooked episodes for purchase only? That really sucks.

Nov 7th
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Techno Tard

OMG!

Nov 6th
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Charles Matthew Miller

just found this podcast and was really excited to lis.... oh.. Shit... Luminary... strikes again...

Oct 27th
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Ricky St. Louis

please stop having the lizard voice narrating episodes please. it was a funny joke at first, but it's getting really old. thanks!

Oct 23rd
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Mae Lee Arant

amazing bravery to speak up.

Oct 11th
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ABR

While I think it's pretty ridiculous to not allow your kids to attend church just because you're an atheist, that's hardly a reason to deny 50:50 custody. The outcome of this case and the faulty reasoning behind it is extremely disturbing. The judge revealed an infuriating lack of understanding of atheism/agnosticism. Please tell me Lee and his legal team are appealing this decision.

Oct 10th
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TheRealMrPink

fuck that judge. I believe and am religous and in no way shape or form is it right what judge did. is it possible to sue that mother fucking judge?

Oct 6th
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Victor Manuel Cervantes Jr.

where do I go to watch the video? I'm on a podcast app that's only audio.

Oct 3rd
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