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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.

  • 49 minutes 34 seconds
    No Angel - Snap Classic

    An undercover ATF agent is going full throttle on a highway to hell as he tries to infiltrate the most notorious motorcycle club on the planet.

    This story contains police violence, descriptions of violence, and graphic imagery. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.

    BIG thanks to Jay Dobyns for sharing his story with Snap. There is so much that we were not able to share with you about Jay’s experience. To find out more check out his memoirs “No Angel” and “Catching Hell.”

    Special thanks to George Christie.

    The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

    Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Snap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 32

    18 July 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 48 minutes 39 seconds
    Chasing the Rainbow

    Your daddy is a bank robber, the world is on fire, and grandma’s last dress is in stitches. There’s got to be some way out of this... Chasing the Rainbow.

    STORIES

    Salmon Daddy 

    After being fed up with life in rural Virginia, 15-year-old Deni Béchard calls his estranged father with one request: “I want to go live with you.” His dad, he found out, was a bank robber and Deni wanted a life right out of a crime novel. But when he finally gets to Vancouver, he finds out his dad doesn’t quite live up to the legend.

    Thanks, Deni, for sharing your story with Snap! Check out all of Deni's books and see what he's up to on his website. You can also follow him on Instagram or X.

    Produced by David Exumé. Original Score by Renzo Gorrio.

    As the World Burns 

    What happens when the world around you starts to burn? 

    Performed by Josh Healey at Snap Judgment LIVE! at San Francisco's Nourse Theater.

    Music composed by Alex Mandel and performed by Alex Mandel, Tim Frick, and David Brandt.

    The Funeral Dress

    Paul Valdez loved making dresses with his grandmother at her bridal shop in Santa Fe, but one particular dress he didn’t want to make… 

    Thanks, Paul, for sharing your story!

    Produced by Jazmin Aguilera. Sound Design by Renzo Gorrio.

    Season 15 - Episode 31

    11 July 2024, 7:48 pm
  • 50 minutes 6 seconds
    Run For It - Snap Classic

    A woman’s life changes forever when she decides to tell a secret that she’s kept for 23 years. The first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East is forced to find the center of gravity on and off the track. And a young boy makes waves in his family.

    STORIES

    Racing Harold

    Glynn races a rival for the ultimate prize.

    Score and Sound Design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    The Secret Life of Katherine Ann Power

    What happens when you decide to keep a secret for a really long time...And then, you decide to tell.

    To learn more about Katherine’s experience, check out her book Doing Time: Papers from Framingham Prison

    Produced by Adizah Eghan, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Speed Sisters

    Marah is the best racer on the Speed Sisters team--the first all-female racing collective in the Arab world. That is, until Betty joins the team.

    This story is a collaboration with Amber Fares, director of the documentary Speed Sisters

    Produced by Eliza Smith, sound production by Leon Morimoto

    Translation and voice over: Amber Fares, as Marah. Jazmin Aguilera, as Betty. Avery Trufelman, as Maysoon. Mark Ristich, as Marah’s dad. Pat Mesiti-Miller, as Khaled.

    The Boy Who Made Waves

    Joe Blair is a pipe fitter in Iowa who writes in his spare time. He is the father of four, including one autistic son—Michael--who has been both a source of joy and a source of stress.

    This story was brought to us by Modern Love: the Podcast, a collaboration between The New York Times and WBUR Boston. It takes essays from the paper’s popular Sunday column and matches them with top talent from the stage and screen. Mykelti Williamson, who played "Bubba" in Forrest Gump and most recently Gabriel in the Oscar-nominated film "Fences" reads Joe Blair's essay "For The Boy Who Makes Waves."

    For more incredible stories of modern Love, go visit the Modern Love website and subscribe to their podcast.

    Then check out Joe Blair’s memoir, By The Iowa Sea, about the joys and sorrows of life on the great plains. And if you haven't already, go see Mykelti Williamson in Fences, directed by Denzel Washington. 

    Original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Episode artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 30

    4 July 2024, 8:23 pm
  • 47 minutes 10 seconds
    The Final Reckoning

    Jen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum… it’s built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the original owners of these two old homes are long gone–or are they? And a night nurse dedicated to his job loves to help people. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, he’s not sure if he can care for them.

    We proudly present supernatural stories our evil-twin podcast, Spooked. Spooked features stories told by people that can barely believe it happened themselves. Be afraid. Listen on any podcast platform! 

    STORIES

    Fright at the Museum

    Jen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum… it’s built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the original owners of these two old homes are long gone — or are they?

    Thank you, Jen, for sharing your story with Spooked.

    Produced by Zoe Ferrigno, original score by Leon Morimoto

    Night Nurse

    Dennis is a nurse, a helper. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, he’s not sure if he can care for them.

    Produced by Chris Hambrick, original score by Dakim

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 29

    27 June 2024, 4:42 pm
  • 13 minutes 20 seconds
    Hole in the Heart from Uncuffed

    Do you remember the moment you saw your first love? Rodney Hines sure does. He was 13 years old, and it was the 4th of July. His parents took him to their friends’ house where he saw Shani Browning. For the next two decades, their lives each resembled a rollercoaster ride with dramatic ups and downs.

    One day on the yard at Solano State Prison, Hines was recounting the details of how the relationship with his childhood crush transformed into a tragic love affair. Uncuffed producer Anthony Ivy realized he needed to get Hines into the studio to tell his story.

    Produced by Anthony Ivy with help from Andrew Stelzer, Sonia Paul, Kathy Novak, Angela Johnston, Ninna Gaensler-Debs, and sound designer Eric 'Maserati-E 'Abercrombie.

    This story, Hole In The Heart: A Love Stronger Than Prison Walls originally aired on Uncuffed. Uncuffed is KALW's award-winning radio training program and podcast in California prisons. Listen on any podcast platform! 

    Season 15 - Episode 28

    25 June 2024, 1:00 pm
  • 38 minutes
    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, in Attapulgus, Georgia. 

    Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 27 

    20 June 2024, 9:48 pm
  • 35 minutes 9 seconds
    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

    Stay in touch by joining the newsletter, following their Instagram, or by sending an email to [email protected]

    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

    Beautiful – Sonya Renee Taylor

    An African princess learns she is truly beautiful.

    This story was performed by Sonya Renee Taylor 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.

    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 for bringing us this story!

    Snap Classic - Season 15 – Episode 26

    13 June 2024, 8:29 pm
  • 49 minutes 6 seconds
    Hair Battle - Snap Classic

    Four hairstylists compete to win the Bronner Bros Hair Battle, 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, the bob queen, moved her salon to a new location, a private, appointment-only, suite. She suffered some health blows and started a gofundme to help pay for a liver transplant.

    Check out Tammie B’s work! Que Barnes is still at the helm of her salon in Atlanta. Terrence Davidson, the king of hair, started selling hair products online called Kingz N Queenz.

    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

    6 June 2024, 9:21 pm
  • 50 minutes 50 seconds
    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 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

    30 May 2024, 10:00 pm
  • 53 minutes
    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 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

    23 May 2024, 7:52 pm
  • 14 minutes 32 seconds
    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” wherever you get your podcasts.

    Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 22

    21 May 2024, 3:00 pm
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