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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49 min

The 2019 Gratitude Special

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
34 min

Diamonds in the Sky

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
50 min

Return To Kuku Island - Snap Classic

In the 1970s, thousands of Vietnamese refugees were left on the remote Anambas Islands in Indonesia. They were stranded without food, water, and shelter, forced to survive off the land. Now, almost 40 years later, one woman wants to go back to those distant islands, one last time.Check out the photo gallery from Kuku Island by Liz Mak. You can also listen to Liz's HowSound piece, “Interviewing For Emotions” about how she structured her interviews and asked questions that provided the space for people to open up to her and be vulnerable for this story. Thank you so much to Carina Hoang. Carina is a Special Representative for Australia for UNHCR. Check out her book, “Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1976-1996,” available in both English and Vietnamese. Carina is part of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV series, “The Heights." Be sure to check it out.Our heartfelt thanks to Tony Luu; his mother Truong On, his brother, Daniel, and the rest of the Luu family.Thanks to the Outside Podcast from Outside Magazine, where you can also hear this show. Also, check Public Radio International’s The World for a shorter version of this audio story.This story would not have been possible without the generous support of the International Women’s Media Foundation.
44 min

The Lamb, the Lion, and the Fox

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
49 min

Godsend - Snap Classic

A woman’s voice changes forever, following a stroke-like episode. A man living in Alaska continues to hear rumors about the elusive blue bear. When he goes out searching for one, he ends up finding... something much different. And a girl gains magical powers that lead to an irreversible and terrible chain of events.  Snap Judgment presents a classic, “Godsend.” STORIES The Garbage Man Glynn's first day at a new school is rough... until he meets a girl who knows how to take out the trash. Producer: Pat Mesiti Miller What Accent? When Ellen Spencer was released from the hospital after a mysterious stroke-like episode her voice would never be the same again. Producer: Julia DeWittSound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller The Blue Bear Lynn Schooler grew up in Alaska hearing rumor after rumor about the elusive blue bear. He never gave it much thought until a friend convinced him they go out searching for one. What Lynn ended up finding was, of course, something much different. For more on Lynn Schooler’s work check out this website and his Facebook page. Producer: Nancy LopezSound Design: Renzo Gorrio and Davey Kim With Great Power  What if a harmless little game you used to play in your living room, ended up giving you real magical powers, magical powers led to an irreversible and terrible chain of events? Find more of Katie Lippa’s work on her website www.lippalogic.com.  Check out the life and work of Samantha Smith www.samanthasmith.info/ Producer: Anna SussmanSound Design: Leon Morimoto
30 min

Spooked - Sharp Tooth Boy

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.
30 min

Spooked - Santi

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.
28 min

Spooked - The Banshees

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...
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