Snap Judgment

WNYC

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.

Location:

Oakland, CA

Networks:

WNYC

Description:

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.

Language:

English

Contact:

888-304-7627


Episodes

Into the Abyss

2/2/2023
A rookie pilot, a prominent politician, a cop, and a criminal find themselves enduring freezing temperatures in the remote wilderness after their plane crashes in Northern Canada. A huge thank you to Erik Vogel, the late Larry Shaben, and his daughter Carol Shaben for sharing this story with Snap! There is so much more we are not able to share with you about Erik and Larry’s experience. To find out more about what transpired with Wapiti Flight 402, checkout Carol Shaben’s book, “Into the...

Duration:00:45:49

Pt 2: The Search for No Name Aporva - Snap Classic

1/26/2023
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 Snap Classic - Season 14 Episode 3

Duration:00:29:40

Pt 1: The Search for No Name Aporva - Snap Classic

1/19/2023
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. Snap Classic - Season 14...

Duration:00:49:40

This Is Uncomfortable from Marketplace

1/12/2023
Toying with criminals is a dangerous game. This week, Marketplace brings Snap a chain-smoking internet detective who plays to win. A version of this story originally aired on Marketplace’s This Is Uncomfortable, a show about life and how money messes with it. If you want to hear more, check out This Is Uncomfortable wherever you get podcasts. BIG thanks to the This Is Uncomfortable team: Reema Khrais, Zoe Saunders, Karen Duffin, Alice Wilder, Marque Greene, Drew Jostad and Kunal...

Duration:00:44:01

Beautiful - Snap Classic

1/5/2023
Lawrence “Binkey” Tolefree gets a phone call about a huge opportunity. But it’s the next call from his mom that leads to the most surprising performance of his career. And Nygel Turner shares what it’s like to live with Gynecomastia (aka Man Boobs). This episode contains adult language & a scene with graphic imagery. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. STORIES The Looking Glass Glynn looks at an old picture of himself and reflects… Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller Have You Seen...

Duration:00:45:16

Mummers Day

12/29/2022
A centuries old tradition. A history of racism. What’s it take to get a little love in the City of Brotherly Love? This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you to the Mummers Parade and everyone who was in this story! Produced by David Exumé and John Fecile. Additional field production by Daisylove James. Original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot. And a very very Happy New Year to you all from Snap Judgment! Season 13 - Episode 43

Duration:00:45:02

The 2022 Look Back Special

12/22/2022
A prison librarian thought he just had to keep track of books until he started reading between the lines. And a young girl in San Francisco discovers something about her mother that turns a secret she's keeping into a burden. It’s time to Look Back before we move forward. Happy Holidays to all you Snappas! We are so grateful for you. STORIES Secrets in the Stacks When Avi Steinberg became a prison librarian, he thought his job would be to keep track of the books. Then he started reading...

Duration:00:44:24

The Christmas Tree Mafia - Snap Classic

12/15/2022
Scott Lechner is the king of Christmas trees in Manhattan, nicknamed the “Pontiff of Soho.” But when his business runs afoul of the mob, he gets an offer that he can’t refuse. And a covert operative is assigned to extract a high-level target from Russia, and it’s about to ruin his holiday plans. STORIES The Christmas Tree Mafia Scott Lechner is the king of Christmas trees in Manhattan, nicknamed the “Pontiff of Soho.” But when his business runs afoul of the mob, he gets an offer that he...

Duration:00:51:23

The Repertoire

12/8/2022
“I kept seeing pieces with this name at the top… I wasn’t looking for him, he was almost looking for me.” This week on Snap, Nicholas McCarthy immerses himself in left-hand only piano compositions and gets lost in the world of Wittgenstein. Huge thanks to, Nicholas McCarthy, for sharing his story with Snap! Nicholas is the first and only left-hand alone pianist to have graduated from London’s Royal College of Music in it’s 140 year history. He’s since gone on to tour internationally and...

Duration:00:35:37

The Negotiators from Foreign Policy

12/1/2022
This week on Snap, we drop into the world of a hostage negotiator as he attempts to free an American journalist being held captive. Big thanks, Mickey Bergman, for sharing this story! Mickey’s book about his negotiations will be published by Hachette’s Center Street soon. This story comes to us from our friends at The Negotiators. The Negotiators is hosted by Jenn Williams, and is a partnership between Doha Debates and Foreign Policy. Yes, there are more stories on The Negotiators...

Duration:00:40:12

The 2022 Gratitude Special

11/24/2022
It’s time people. We all need to push the chair back from the supper table, look around and remember who we are grateful for. This week on Snap, when a pillar of the community goes missing, the people rally to show their love. But maybe our hero... is still alive? We are grateful to tell stories and we are deeply thankful for you Snap Nation! For all the love and support you have shown our Snap Fam, thank you. We’re sending good vibes to you and yours! Thanks to, Tammerlin Drummond, for...

Duration:00:34:55

Jorge, Gina y Dante

11/17/2022
Dante is just looking for a haircut in Guadalajara and then he meets Jorge. He's always wanted to meet a trans person… older than him. But once they start talking, Dante can't believe his ears. This episode contains sexual references, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, Dante and Jorge, for sharing your story! The Spanish version of this episode is available at CUIR: Historias Disidentes, a non-fiction podcast that showcases stories from the Latinx LGBTQ+ community and from...

Duration:00:51:13

The Soundtrack of Silence - Snap Classic

11/10/2022
When a young man is told is he going deaf, he sets out on a challenge to memorize the songs that defined his life. He had no idea that those songs would come back to him in the most unexpected way. Thank you, Matt Hay, for sharing your story! A version of this story aired on KQED’s Q’ed Up. Produced by April Dembosky Sound Design by April Dembosky, Leon Morimoto & Renzo Gorrio Artwork by Mark Fiore Snap Classic – Season 13 - Episode 56

Duration:00:33:22

The League of Impersonators

11/7/2022
When Umid Isabaev is trapped behind enemy lines, he gets help… from two of the world’s most dangerous men. This story contains some strong language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Umid, for sharing your story with Snap! Thanks to Ethan Herschenfeld who voiced Umid’s words, and to, Mars Lipowski, who was the voice of Steve Poland. BIG thanks as well to our translators for this piece, Muhitdin Ahunhodjaev and Magdalena Balz. Want more from the Kim Jong Un Look-alike?...

Duration:00:27:36

Time Glitch

11/3/2022
Joel Gheen is out of the military, newly married, and in college. His new life is going great… if he could just catch the damn bus. Thank you, Joel, for sharing your story with us! If you’re hungry for more details about Joel’s experience with a real-life glitch in the matrix, check out his website. Joel also has a fun podcast that covers weird topics from a Biblical perspective. Listen to hear all the paranormal stuff that never gets discussed from a traditional church pulpit or Bible...

Duration:00:15:16

The Sinkhole - Spooked

10/30/2022
One day, while out landscaping his yard, Moses reaches into the dirt and pulls out a handful of bones. He wants to find out who they belong to. But that might not be such a good idea. Happy Halloween! We’re celebrating with more Spooked! Be afraid… Thank you, Moses Thompson, for sharing your story with the Spooked! Folks, if you want to know more about Moses and his house, check out this article. Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Yari Bundy, artwork by Teo Ducot Want more...

Duration:00:30:00

Hotel Hell - Spooked

10/27/2022
Kimberly was expecting a luxurious hotel room. Someone in it… was expecting her. It’s Spooky Season and we are bringing you Spooked tales from the other side of the veil! BIG thanks to Kimberly and Colin for sharing your story! Produced by Anne Ford, original score by Doug Stuart, art by Teo Ducot Want more Spooked? Spooked Season 7 has 26 brand NEW episodes this season! To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary...

Duration:00:20:05

Pali Lookout - Spooked

10/25/2022
It’s March 1980, and best friends Lopaka and Sean decide to ditch class and head to the Pali Lookout, a tourist destination just outside of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. They’re hanging out, taking in the sights… but nothing can prepare them for what happens when they decide to venture off the beaten path. It’s Spooked season, Snap Nation! Thank you, Lopaka Kapanui, for lifting back the veil with Spooked! If you want more stories about spirits, legends, and the Mysteries of Hawaii,...

Duration:00:31:25

Dolly - Spooked

10/20/2022
Some dolls are pretty, some dolls are nice, some dolls are waiting for you... in the night. Oh, yes! It's time for Spooked. BIG thanks, Mary, for sharing your story with us! Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Ella June Pierson, artwork by Teo Ducot Interested in more tales of the supernatural, weird, and wonderful? Spooked Season 7 is RISEN!!! There are 26 brand NEW Spooked episodes coming for you this season. To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly...

Duration:00:19:00

The Hired G.U.N. - Snap Classic

10/13/2022
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. This story contains drug references and offensive language, sensitive listeners please be advised. Thank you, David Rocha, for sharing your story with us. Thanks also to Sharon Rocha, Justin Berton & Julia...

Duration:00:49:22