Snap Judgment
Snap Judgment

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 the producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, Note To Self, Here’s The Thing With Alec Baldwin, and more.

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28 min

Spooked - Mrs. Hagstrom

It's Halloween Season and Snap is here to bring you Spooked stories from the dark of night! We proudly present, "Spooked - Mrs. Hagstrom."  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...
36 min

Turncoat

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
23 min

The Other Hand - Love + Radio

A mentor to a disabled little boy loses a piece of himself and discovers what is gained.  Sensitive listeners, please be advised - this story contains graphic content with descriptions of extreme bodily harm.  This story came to us from Nick van der Kolk's Love + Radio from Luminary Media, where you can hear the latest season of Love and Radio on the Luminary app.  A big thank you to Ed Cushman for sharing your story.  Ed's story was produced by Julia DeWitt and Phil Dmochowski, with help from Steven Jackson.  Original music by George Langford Artwork by Katie McBride  Playlist in order of appearance: Marc Barreca – Music Works For Industry – Music Works For IndustryRichard Horowitz – Bandit Nrah Master of Rajasthan – Eros in ArabiaKaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – Closed Circuit – SunergyKaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani – A New Day – SunergyHelado Negro – Calienta – Private EnergyHelado Negro – Tartamundo – Private EnergyMichele Mercure – The Intruder – Eye ChantHelado Negro – Runaround – Private Energy
27 min

Misguided

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
34 min

I Sing the Body Electric

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
24 min

The Spy's Son - Snap Classic

Bryan Denson was a court reporter for The Oregonian newspaper in Portland. It could be mind-numbing work sitting in the cheap seats of the American justice system. But then one day he got a tip about an espionage case coming in. The defendant was 24-year-old Nathan Nicholson. For Bryan, it would turn out to be the story of a lifetime. For Nathan, it was the beginning of the end. To learn more about Nathan’s story, make sure to grab a copy of Bryan Denson’s book: The Spy’s Son. You can check out his other work at bryandenson.com. Bryan also wrote a six-part series of Nathan’s story for The Oregonian.A big thanks to The Oregonian/OregonLive for allowing Snap Judgment to use tape from Bryan Denson’s interview with Nathan Nicholson. Producer: Nancy LópezSound Design: Renzo Gorrio
23 min

1865 "Sic Semper Tyrannis"

April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton takes control, determined to preserve Lincoln’s legacy.  This story comes to us from 1865, an Airship production. Heavily researched, this historical political thriller podcast is an audio drama that explores America’s darkest hours. You will be astonished—and all of it is based on true events.  Starring Jeremy Schwartz as Edwin Stanton. Also featuring: Lindsay Graham, Pam Dougherty, Matthew Gray, Didi Archilla, Montgomery Sutton, Ian Ferguson, Taylor Harris, Michael Tatum, Reed Birney, Jessica Renee Russell, Aaron Roberts, Bruce Elliott, David Coffee Created by Steven Walters and Erik Archilla Written and directed by Steven Walters Executive Producer: Lindsay Graham Co-executive Producers: Erik Archilla, Robert McCollum, and Steven Walters Music and Sound Design by Lindsay Graham To find out more about 1865, go to 1865podcast.com, or check them out on Facebook and Twitter. New episodes air weekly and look for special “Inside the Episode” interviews with the writers and producers of the series to find out more about the real history behind 1865.
28 min

The Inventor and The Thief - Snap Classic

You get up every morning and go through the motions, but do you ever stop to wonder what you're leaving behind?  When a brilliant inventor was robbed of his life’s work, his son did the only reasonable thing: he became a robber. Walter produced a film called The Unknowns: Talent is Colorblind. The film tells the incredible true story of “The Highway,” a group of self-taught African-American painters living in the Jim Crow South who, when no one was looking, invented a whole new style of art. To learn more about the life of Walter Shaw Sr. and his inventions, be sure to check out Walter Jr.’s memoir, License To Steal, and the documentary Genius On-Hold. Producer: Joe Rosenberg Sound Design and Score: Leon Morimoto  Snap Classic: Season 8 Episode 10
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