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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Dramatic tales, killer beats and the edgiest new talent in storytelling come together for a weekly radio hour hosted by Glynn Washington.
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Snap #926 - Beyond Faces of Death

In the mid-70s, Conan was hired to direct and produce a nature documentary. But he wanted to do something more ambitious. The film he made became one of the most infamous movies ever, but his success came with deadly consequences. Special thanks to our...
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Snap #723 - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

 Sometimes the only word you hear is "No." But what if you always said "Yes"? Snap Judgment proudly presents "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy". Stories Forbidden Fruit An aspiring priest decides to experience all that the world has to offer.   The F...
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Snap #626 - The Proxy

What if you could be you without all of the responsibility, the guilt, and the self-loathing? Too good to be true? ...Maybe not. Stories Marwencol - When Mark Hogancamp woke up in the hospital he had no idea who he was or where he was. He was beat up s...
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Snap #925 - Belly Of The Beast

When you’re a safari guide on the Zambezi River, you always know that things could go horribly wrong. You can find Paul Templer’s memoir here. Producer: Erika Lantz Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
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Snap #809 - The Real Black Klansman

One man infiltrated undercover, the other got invited inside. Featuring a new story from the "Real Black Klansman" Detective Ron Stallworth. On the next Snap...we're going face to face with "The Klan." Includes a bonus Snap Classic story from boogie-wo...
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Snap #924 - All Eyes On Me

Featuring:   "Mirror Touch" - As a  medical school student, Joel Salinas was obsessed with the human brain. But as soon as he got to work, his own senses began to turn on him. Joel Salinas is a neurologist at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusett...
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Snap #923 - Talk Of The Town

After a salesman at Oakland’s Lake Merritt disappears, journalist Tammerlin Drummond investigates what happened to him. Video used in story provided by user ritchhazel on YouTube. Producer: Adizah Eghan Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
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Spooked Season II - Sneak Peek

It's here... listen to the first story from Spooked Season II now available at
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Spooked Season II Trailer

It's coming. It's bigger and badder and all-new... Spooked Season II. From Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios, host Glynn Washington pushes back the veil to bring you stories from real people battling the forces of the night. Subscribe now to get a new Spo...
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Snap Classic - My Private Utopia

Dylan Evans had hit a wall. Life was becoming too routine, too mundane. So he did something very few of us would do to change that. For more check out Dylan Evan’s book: The Utopia Experiment Producer: Nancy Lopez Sound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller
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Snap # 922 - Return To Kuku Island

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 di...
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Snap Classic - Suitcase Of Love And Shame

In 2009, Jane Gillooly came across an item on Ebay that piqued her imagination.  The picture was of a suitcase filled with old audiotapes. The listing’s title was “Suitcase of Love and Shame.” You can purchase Jane’s feature-length documentary film, Su...
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Snap #921 - Night At The Mirage

The story of The Mirage, the famous undercover Chicago Tribune bar, as told by two reporters posing as bartenders.  Pam Zekman currently works as an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. You can find Zay Smith’s book about The Mirage, his humor col...
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Snap #920 - Campfire Tales V

An all new season of Spooked, the podcast, is dropping early August. In this episode, we’re featuring some of our favorite stories from Spooked, season one.
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Snap #919 - Fight Club

The first rule about fight club is you do not talk about fight club.  Ray Christian breaks that rule. You can hear more of Ray on his podcast What's Ray Saying. Producer:  Mark Ristich Original Score: Renzo Gorrio
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Snap Special - Ear Hustle's "Thick Glass"

Snap Judgment joins the podcast Ear Hustle for a look at parenting from inside San Quentin State Prison. In this episode incarcerated fathers share their stories of striving to be present in their children's lives. One inmate reconnects with his son af...
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Snap Classic - 06 Female

In 2006, a wolf was born in Yellowstone who would become a legend in her own time. For more about the 06 Female and the debate surrounding wolves in Yellowstone, be sure to check out Jeff Hull's article in Outside Magazine and Nate Rott's special repor...
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Snap #918 - Beyond Belief

What do you do when someone tells you something you know to be false, and can just tell they're telling the truth? On the next all-NEW Snap..."Beyond Belief." STORIES Chaotic Good Malaclypse was part of a dangerous anarchist group. They stole...
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Snap Classic - Tin Man

What if you don't have a heart? On an all-new Snap, we proudly present "The Tin Man."
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Snap #917 - Shrapnel

When the fight is over we still have to deal with the pieces of the battle that remain inside.  Featuring The Warrior Box and Soul of a Soldier.
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Snap Classic - 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 between the lines. To learn more about Avi’s time behind bars -- and between the stacks -- be sure to check out his memoir, R...
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Snap #916 - Lucky

Hear how one of Yugoslavia’s top basketball players attempts to escape the Siege of Sarajevo and don't miss The Nocturnists late night meltdown at the morgue. STORIES "The Choice" from the Lucky Podcast Nada Rothbart thought she’d have plenty of time t...
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Snap Classic - Where No One Should Go

In the desert of northern South Africa you come across a little puddle.  If you dive down into that puddle, at the bottom there is a slot.  This is the entrance to third largest freshwater cave in the world. This is where the adventure begins.   Produc...
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Snap #915 - The Iron Curtain

At the height of the Cold War, Ulrike Poppe just might have been the most surveilled woman in the world. But it was only after the wall fell that things got really interesting. Be sure to check out Luisa Beck’s reporting on all things Germany at The Wa...
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Snap #914 - The Badlands

For two years, Isis fought to take over the city of Mosul, killing 40,000 civilians. This is a story about a group of men and women, from around the world, who packed up their bags flew into Iraq, and made their way to Mosul, to try their hand at fight...
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Snap #913 - Running Man

When a rising high school track star in  Eritrea, East Africa, is arrested under the military dictatorship, he realizes he might have a way For more information about issues facing African migrants in Israel and resources on how to help, vi...
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Snap #912 - 26 Lives On Atlas Peak

On Atlas Peak there is one way in and one way out.  When wildfire threatened their homes, the only escape route...was up. Sukey Lewis is an investigative reporter for KQED public radio out of San Francisco. The Atlas Peak fire was just one of a series ...
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Snap #612 - Unforgiven

On the next Snap..."Unforgiven." There is a line, draw it in the sand, shake on it, mark it in blood, but if you cross it... there is no going back. Hijacker's Letter What do you do when you receive a letter from your husband’s killer? For more informa...
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Snap #911 - Breakfast Of Champions

On the next all-NEW Snap..."Breakfast Of Champions." Stories of young people using every trick in their little arsenal to win praise and love, only to find themselves alone in the end.   The Best Little Swimmer Terry Galloway is ten years old and absol...
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Snap Classic - Fargo

Documentarian Paul Berczeller examines the case of Takako Konishi, who died in a frozen forest on the North Dakota/Minnesota border looking for the fictional treasure from the Coen Brother’s film Fargo.  Be sure to check out Paul’s documentary about ...
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Snap #910 - The Trouble With Shannon Cason

Snap proudly presents "The Trouble With Shannon Cason." KC Wilbourn was a rising star in education, turning around some of Detroit’s most troubled public schools. But in order to do that, she cut some legal corners that put her in prison. Do the ends j...
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Snap #909 - Counted: An Oakland Story

Counted: An Oakland Story is a yearlong look at the people lost to Oakland’s violence. During 2017, a team of Snap Judgment producers learned about Oakland’s homicide victims, their families and communities. Visit for more interviews,...
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Snap Classic - Big Girls Don't Cry

Been There Better Than That Glynn witnesses a lady show what real class looks like. Producer: Mark Ristich 12 Pageant Queens, 1000 Snakes One Beauty Pageant. 12 contestants. 1000 rattlesnakes. Producer: Anna Sussman A Hard Knock Life Sharon Skolnick w...
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Snap #908 - Lifted

Airlifted out of Baghdad into Israel, Avraham was about to get a new life in a new land… Avraham’s story was included in a 12-part Hebrew webseries called Neviim: Operation Amram by Elad Ben Elul (@Eladbenelul) and Yossi Brauman. Read hundreds more tes...
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Snap #907 - Quake City Hero

In 1989, an enormous earthquake struck the Bay Area. One of Oakland’s major arteries, the Cypress Freeway, collapsed. And one man named Raven, a local Oaklander, left his home, and dove into the wreckage to save lives. This story is produced by Liam O...
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Snap Classic - The Spelling Bee

When Snap Judgment producer Davey Kim was in eighth grade, he went to the regional level spelling bee with his best friend...and took R-E-V-E-N-G-E. Producer: Davey Kim
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Snap #906 - Monk Of Mokha

The story of how Mokhtar Akhanshali braved a civil war to bring Yemeni coffee to the world.   To buy Port of Mokha coffee visit, and to learn more about how they're using coffee as a vehicle to improve conditions in Yemen, visit Mokhaf...
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Snap #905 - Ear Hustle Special: Left Behind

Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist....
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Snap #904 - Senior Year Mixtape

Snap spends a year with three Mission High School seniors Brantin, Damaris, and Alex as they try to make sense of adulthood in a rapidly changing San Francisco. A very special thank you to our heroes: Brantin, Damaris and Alex. Thank you also to Missio...
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Snap #903 - Soundtrack Of Silence

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. A version of this story aired on KQED's Q'ed up Podca...
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Snap #902 - Linda, Loretta, and Me

Linda, Loretta, and Me What happens when boy meets girl and… fungus? This is a story about love and spores, from one of our favorite podcasts, Love Me. You can find more episodes of Love Me at or whenever you listen to podcasts. Be sure t...
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Snap #901 - How Estee Got Her Zumba Back

What if you were born to twerk it, but you didn't know how to work it? Estee Rose grew up in a tight-knit Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn. Find out how she reclaims her faith after she loses it in a tumultuous series of events. To channel Estee...
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Snap Classic - Tonya For Hire

What if one day you found out you look like one of the most famous people in the country -- who everybody hates? Lynn Harris is an author, commentator, award-winning journalist and mostly-retired comedian. She has a new business, teaching comedy to tee...
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Snap #833 - Stoopid

There are big stories with weight, little stories with heart, and then the stories that are just STOOPID. Date With The Devil When he was younger, Greg Stone was always a good boyfriend. Or, he tried to be. Producer: Liz MakOriginal Score: Leon Morimo...
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Snap Special - Zim Heavy: Rock and Revolution in Zimbabwe

Before there was Zimbabwe, there was the “Heavy” scene. In the 1970’s, Rock music rang out from the black townships in Rhodesia. One band, Wells Fargo, became the voice of the people. Founding members Ebba Chitambo and Never Mpofu tell their story of m...
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Snap #832 - Snap Holiday Special 2017

The Snap Judgment Holiday Special features two good Santas in "Miracle on 22nd Street," a misguided angel in "Preaching to the Choir," and Snap story makers as they look back on their favorite stories of 2017.
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Snap Classic - Down With The Ship: The Sinking Of The Oceanos

Let Moss Hills take you on sea cruise … To learn more about the sinking of the Oceanos, be sure to check out: And you like that, you definitely won’t want to miss the video of the ship’s final moments:
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Snap #831 - Finding Rebecca

In 1962, in a very small, very white suburb of Chicago, a young couple set out to adopt a baby girl. This story was produced in collaboration with The New York Times.  Check out Amy Roost's website: Producers: Amy Roost and Anna Sussman Or...
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Snap #830 - Dadbot

James Vlahos wanted to keep his dad around for as long as possible, so he saved the best part about him in the best way he knew how. Vlahos is also working on a book, Talk To Me, about the quest to create conversation-making A.I.s. Check out his articl...
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Snap Classic - Jay J. Armes: Private Eye

Jay J. Armes was a real life superhero ... until real life intruded.   Also be sure to check out Gary Cartwright’s original 1976 article on Jay J. Armes for Texas Monthly. Producer: Vanessa Rancano Sound Design: Leon Morimoto
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