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.
The Census Powwow
Cheyenne Brady knew next to nothing about the US census when she was given the job of counting everyone on her reservation. Writer Julian Brave Noisecat follows her through the ups and downs of the 2020 census, culminating in the first-ever Census Powwow.
This story features descriptions of genocide and historical trauma, sensitive listeners please be advised.
A big, big thank you to everyone on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Especially Cheyenne Brady and her family: Novi Runs Above, Holy Rope, Tayvin, Poncho, Tookie, Uncle Thomas, and Grandma Florence.
Thank you also to Charlie Moran, Tavares Fimbres, Gabrielle Wilkinson, and Braedyn Taft. Thanks to our friends at KMHA radio: Anne Morsette, Will Maguire, Ricky Raine, and Shelley Krueger for administering a rapid COVID test.
And big thanks to the whole Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
Sincerest thanks to Dr. Cheryl Ann Kary, Cheryl Keepseagle, Logan Davis, Barb Anguino, D’Vera Cohn, Byard Duncan, David Rodriguez, and Lycia Ortega Mattocks.
The original score was by Cheflee and Pat Mesiti-Miller
This story was produced and reported by Julian Brave NoiseCat and John Fecile
It was written by Julian Brave NoiseCat
Season 12 - Episode 24
Cowboy Bob - Criminal Spotlight
In May 1991, a bank robber walked into a bank in Irving, Texas, and without speaking handed the teller a note that read, “This is a bank robbery. Give me your money. No marked bills or dye packs.” Witnesses reported that the robber was wearing a cowboy hat and a brown leather jacket. And then it happened again. And again. But when FBI agents finally got a lead, they discovered that the robber wasn’t who they expected at all…
This week, Snap proudly presents, Criminal, from PRX’s Radiotopia!
This award-winning podcast, hosted by Phoebe Judge, was one of the first, if not the first, true-crime podcast. They tell incredible stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
They’ve got 165 stories like this one just waiting for you -- each one more surprising than the next! Listen to Criminal wherever you get your podcasts and to learn more, visit their site.
Artwork by: Julienne Alexander
“Highride Chrome” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Cat’s Eye” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Desmontes” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Soothe” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Highway 430” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Inamorata” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Lobo Lobo” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Night Light” by Blue Dot Sessions
“Gentle Son” by Blue Dot Sessions
Season 12 - Episode 23 - Snap Spotlight
Turncoat - Snap Classic
An Israeli soldier’s decision to speak out against his own violent actions comes back to haunt him. And a little girl in Brooklyn devotes herself to becoming a nun… or does she?
Crimes, Lies, and Videotape
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.
This story contains images of war and violence, sensitive listeners please be advised.
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.
Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller.
The Flying Nun
A little girl in Brooklyn can help her whole community if she just devotes herself to becoming a nun but what if she doesn’t want to?
A big thanks to Eileen for sharing your story with us. Read more of Eileen O’Toole’s story in her book, At Sister Anna’s Feet.
Produced by Anna Sussman
Season 12 - Episode 22 - Snap Classic
Uncuffed - Snap Spotlight
It's been almost a year since friends and family have been able to visit their loved ones in prison, due to the pandemic. Letters to the inside are always a lifeline. This year, more than ever.
Today, from Uncuffed, we hear from Adamu Chan, who was recently released from San Quentin State Prison, while his friend Edmond Richardson, is still on the inside.
Uncuffed is a storytelling project made by people behind bars, from inside California prisons, in collaboration with KALW. To hear the full version of this story, visit Uncuffed and make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
Produced by Adamu Chan, Ninna Gaensler-Debs, Angela Johnston, Pat Mesiti-Miller & Eli Wirtschafter
Season 12 - Episode 21
The Birth Dream
Andy Marra’s job has just offered her the chance of a lifetime: she’s going to Korea. But she’s got a secret plan for the trip that has nothing to do with work.
Thank you, Andy, for sharing your story with Snap! Find out more about her advocacy work here.
Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 12 - Episode 20
Hot Trash - Snap Spotlights “Ear Hustle”
Snap Judgment presents, “Hot Trash,” a special spotlight on the Ear Hustle podcast, from PRX’s Radiotopia.
Visiting a loved one in prison is both emotionally intense and constrained by countless rules — from how much PDA is too much PDA, to what kind of candy you can eat inside. One year after California prison authorities suspended in-person visits due to COVID-19, hear stories from and about visiting rooms… and how families are adjusting to video “visits.
This episode contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised.
Heard on this episode: Nicola Christopher Bucci and Frank Jernigan, Sgt. Cuevas, Helen Theresa Guion, Michael Hatch, Vesta, and Ruben. Inside San Quentin: Hamisi Spears, Lacedrick Johnson, Elton Spencer, Michael Marler, Kim Puckett, Anthony Ammons, Bashar Aremu, Floyd Collins, Brandon Browner, and Nephew.
Thanks also to Alesha Monteiro, Michelle Garcia, Michelle Tran, and all the women who shared stories about their video visits.
This episode was scored with music by Antwan Williams, David Jassy, Gregg Sayers, and Rhashiyd Zinnamon.
As always, big thanks to Lt. Sam Robinson and Acting Warden Ron Broomfield for their support of the show.
Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. This incredible team is in their 7th Season of the show and it is packed with incredible stories. Go on over to their website to subscribe, see pictures, and learn more about all things Ear Hustle!
Artwork by Antwan Williams
Snap Spotlight - Season 12 - Episode 19
Almost every episode gives me reaffirmations of our shared humanity. Guaranteed to tear up or break down in the most cathartic way. Love the stories, love the beats. Thanks!
The Census Bureau
I wish I could give this episode a minus 5. Omg. I love this show, but this episode was obnoxious. Are you kidding me me that the host of the show, a member of one of the Indian nations, the reporter of this episode, DIDN’T FILL OUT THE CENSUS?! I was listening on a long run about tripped over myself. How dare he?! I was horrified. Cheyenne handled it well. I would have lost it. His credibility went out the window. What a jackass.
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