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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.

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    • 4.7 • 178 Ratings

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.

    Cloak of Good Fortune

    Cloak of Good Fortune

    Sieu is a young boy living in the big city of Phnom Penh, but he misses his old life in the Cambodian countryside. The air, the farms, but mostly… the animals.  When the Khmer Rouge promises a return to the land, Sieu has no idea how far he and his family will have to go.

    This story recounts aspects of the Khmer Rouge civil war including scenes of torture and death. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.

    BIG thanks to Sieu Do for sharing your story with us! There is so much that we were not able to share with you about Sieu and his family’s incredible journey. To find out more check out his book, A Cloak of Good Fortune.

    Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 12

    Snap Judgment Trailer

    Snap Judgment Trailer

    Hosted by Glynn Washington, Snap Judgment brings new voices to public radio and podcasting... voices that did not know the world of public media, and many voices that did not know they belonged.

    We build Snap Judgment’s signature sound around immersive audio, incredible first-person storytelling, and original scoring for each and every experience. Snap’s musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another. This is storytelling… with a BEAT!

    Snap first aired on public radio stations nationwide in July 2010. Today, Snap Judgment airs on over 400 NPR & CBC stations and is brought to the airwaves by PRX.

    Don’t miss a beat! Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    The North Pond Hermit - Snap Classic

    The North Pond Hermit - Snap Classic

    There was a legend in central Maine, about a hermit who had lived in the woods, unseen, for 30 years. Then, in 2013, the police arrested a man named Christopher Knight.

    To learn more about Chris Knight’s story, be sure to check out Mike Finkel’s book, The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. 

    Check out The North Pond Hermit Song by Stan Keach.

    Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Renzo Gorrio & Andrew Vickers

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 11

    Spartan Hall - Snap Classic

    Spartan Hall - Snap Classic

    Glynn finds a cheap place to spend the summer… at a halfway house.

    This story was performed at Snap LIVE in Los Angeles and was presented by KPCC.

    Original Music by Alex Mandel, performed by Alex Mandel and the Snap Players (David Brand and Tim Frick).

    Watch the live performance!

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 10

    Marshmallow Day

    Marshmallow Day

    Katie falls hard for Barys during a whirlwind trip to Belarus. But there’s a giant red flag she can’t ignore any longer. And two people who have the same name, live in the same city, and have the same professional interests soon find out what else they have in common.

    STORIES

    Real Love

    Boston-based writer Katie Simon is on assignment in Belarus when she meets and falls hard for Barys in less than a week. When she’s back home, her friends alert her to a giant red flag she can no longer afford to ignore.

    This story briefly mentions sex, sensitive listeners please be advised.

    Thank you, Katie, for sharing this story with Snap! Keep up with her latest work, including an upcoming book about falling in love and generational storytelling here. Learn more about Katie on her Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

    Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Ovrkast “Love Somebody” - Music Spotlight

    This week’s Snap Music Spotlight features Oakland artist Ovrkast with the song, "Love Somebody" watch the video here!

    Listen to Ovrkast's latest album, Try Again (DELUXE) out now!! To stay up to date with all things Ovrkast, be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram.

    Katie vs. Katie

    When Katie Crouch learned there was another Katie Crouch who lived in the same city and apparently had the same professional interests as her she thought, huh, what else do we have in common? She would soon find out.

    This story was done in collaboration with Ozy.com, the online magazine that published both Katies’ essays: The Other Me and Doppelgangers Unite?

    Katie Crouch continues to virtually cross paths with her name twin from her new city of Chicago, where she works for an educational publisher, raises a toddler on her own, and writes a blog.

    Katie Crouch is a New York Times best-selling novelist. Her books include Girls in Trucks and Abroad, among others.

    Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 9

    The Medicine Game

    The Medicine Game

    A group of all-native girls with a lot to prove take on the future of their high school lacrosse team. And an ENT doctor learns to be comfortable outside her comfort zone.

    STORIES

    The Medicine Game

    A group of all-native girls with a lot to prove, take on the future of their high school lacrosse team.

    This story contains racially insensitive language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.

    Thank you, Jacelyn, for sharing your story with us! Jacelyn now plays lacrosse for Virginia Tech.

    We first heard about Jacelyn’s story from the film, Keepers of the Game, which follows the Salmon River Girls lacrosse team during the 2015 season. Big thanks and love to “The Halluci Nation” formerly known as “A Tribe Called Red” for letting us use their song “Stadium Pow Wow” in this story. Also special thanks to the film’s director Judd Ehrlich.

    Some of the audio in this story comes from the Keepers of the Game documentary and was aired courtesy of the Dicks Sporting Goods Foundation.

    Produced by Shaina Shealy, special thanks to Regina Bediako

    Original score by Leon Morimoto

    Rhino Rocket

    Otolaryngologist Tina Munjal tells a story about learning to be comfortable outside of her comfort zone. This story was told live at The Nocturnists' live show Out of the Comfort Zone, at the Grey Area Theater in San Francisco on October 18, 2019.

    Original theme music by Yosef Munro, additional music from Blue Dot Sessions

    This story comes to us from The Nocturnists, a San Francisco-based medical storytelling live show, and podcast where healthcare workers share stories of joy, sorrow, and self-discovery. It was created and hosted by physician Emily Silverman.

    For more stories from the world of medicine, check out The Nocturnists wherever you get your podcasts or visit their website. Listen and subscribe right now!

    Season 12 - Episode 8

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
178 Ratings

178 Ratings

AbbyNdM ,

Storytelling at its best

So so so good. Such a gem of a podcast. Enjoy :)

J in Sale ,

Wish there had been a trigger warning

I don’t know what was more disturbing - listening to Latif Doman tell the story of animal abuse that he orchestrated, or hearing people laugh about it. My sister’s beloved dog was hit and killed by a car moments after being ‘liberated’ in a similar manner by a neighbor kid. No more Snap for me 😔

deucettepro ,

Favourite Podcast, Consistently Stunning

Some episodes are truly unforgettable and I share with everyone: ‘Monk of Mokha’ and ‘Kismet’.

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