225 episodes

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 • 9.5K 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.

    Rock Paper Scissors - Snap Classic

    Rock Paper Scissors - Snap Classic

    When the two greatest auction houses in the world - Christie’s and Sotheby’s - vied for the privilege of auctioning off $20 million worth of art in 2004, little did they know that they would be forced to engage in an ancient form of ritualized combat known as... rock paper scissors.

    Be sure to check out Carol Vogel’s original New York Times article.

    Produced by Joe Rosenberg, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 18 - Snap Classic

    • 16 min
    The Wedding Guest

    The Wedding Guest

    After years of fighting battles as a child soldier, a Sudanese man finds himself a refugee in Australia. As he struggles to overcome his past, he comes face-to-face with his childhood tormentor on a TV show.

    This episode recounts real events that happened to a child soldier, including graphic scenes inside a prison camp, listener discretion is advised.

    Thank you, Ayik, for sharing your incredible story with us! To learn more about Ayik’s life, check out his memoir, The Lost Boy. You can also catch Ayik on Harrow, a crime drama now airing on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

    Produced by Ruby Schwartz, edited by Nancy López. Special thanks to Wendy Love.

    Original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot

    This week’s music spotlight was the song “Rocketeer” from our very own Renzo Gorrio! Renzo scores so many stories on Snap (just like this one!) and produces under the name Hydroplane. Listen to “Rocketeer” from his new album “Rockets” out NOW! Cassette, vinyl, and digital versions are available on Bandcamp.

    Season 12 - Episode 17

    Mettle - Snap Classic

    Mettle - Snap Classic

    When a four-seater plane violently crashes onto the top of an 8,000-foot mountain, an 11-year-old fights to survive. A white boy discovers he's black. And history calls on an Oglala Lakota Headsman in South Dakota to stand up for his people. Snap Judgment presents, “Mettle.”

    STORIES

    Electric Fence

    As a country boy, Glynn puts his family pride on the line when his neighbor challenges him to the ultimate test of manhood.

    Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Wonderboy

    In 1979, a four-seater Cessna plane carrying Norman Ollestad, his dad, and his dad’s girlfriend violently crashed onto the top of an 8,000-foot mountain. He was just 11 years old.

    This story does contain graphic elements. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.

    To learn more about Norman’s story, check out his book, Crazy for the Storm. Be sure to also check out his thriller, French Girl With Mother.

    Produced & scored by Davey Kim

    One Drop

    For 10-year-old Greg Williams, life was good...until the day his mom left.

    To learn more about Greg’s story, check out his book Life on the Color Line.

    Produced by Adizah Eghan, original score & sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller


    Third King

    What happens when history calls on you to step up? We go to Standing Rock to find out.

    Lance King is an Oglala Lakota Headsman from Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. For more information on his grandfather, Matthew H. King, check out “Noble Red Man: Lakota Wisdomkeeper Matthew King.”

    Produced by Liz Mak, original score & sound design by Leon Morimoto

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 16

    • 49 min
    Hair Battle

    Hair Battle

    We follow four hairstylists who compete in the 2019 Bronner Brothers Salon vs. Salon Hair Battle - the only hair competition of its kind. As one contestant puts it, "It's a platform that every stylist that I know would absolutely love and kill for." Come for the big personalities and stay for the ultimate hair show. Find out who wears it best...

    BIG thanks & love to all the stylists who shared their stories with us!

    Ashley Payne, the bob queen, moved her salon to a new location, a private, appointment-only, suite. She is observing COVID safety protocols but has unfortunately suffered some health blows. Ashley has started a gofundme to help pay for a liver transplant.

    Check out Tammie B’s work! Que Barnes is still at the helm of her salon in Atlanta. Terrence Davidson, the king of hair, started selling hair products online called Kingz N Queenz.

    Produced by Chris Hambrick & Nancy Lopez, with assistance from Shaina Shealy

    Original score by Marco Prestige, sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 15

    • 49 min
    Bloodlines

    Bloodlines

    When Adreanna Rodriguez was a kid, she was given a choice about whether or not she wanted to stay in her home state of California. It was a choice she’s reckoned with for her entire life. Today, over a decade after she made that choice -  Adreanna takes us with her to North Dakota to find out… what could have been.

    STORIES

    Mulatto

    Glynn’s brother wants him to take a DNA test but Glynn already knows he’s one part Luna and one part Midnight.

    Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller, original score by Cheflee

    Bloodlines

    When Adreanna Rodriguez was a kid, she was given a choice about whether or not she wanted to stay in her home state of California. It was a choice she’s reckoned with for her entire life. Today, over a decade after she made that choice -  Adreanna takes us with her to North Dakota to find out… what could have been.

    This story was supported by the USC Center for Health Journalism, which helps journalists investigate health challenges and solutions in their communities – reporting that serves as a catalyst for change.

    BIG love to Adreanna’s mom, Sylvia, and her kid sister, Maudy.

    Produced by Adreanna Rodriquez and Shaina Shealy

    Original score by Renzo Gorrio

    You can also hear this story on a new podcast from VICE Audio called Strongman. It’s a six-part series of intimate stories about power and control at every level... all over the world. It’s out now… subscribe & listen wherever you get your podcasts!

    Special thanks to the incredible VICE squad: Adizah Eghan, Annie Aviles, Stephanie Kariuki, Joaqlin Estus, Karen Brown, Ivan MacDonald, and Catherine Stifter.

    Full Episode

    This episode features music from Cheflee, check out more of Cheflees’s music at cheflee.bandcamp.com!

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 14

    • 39 min
    Tin Man - Snap Classic

    Tin Man - Snap Classic

    A scientist studying the minds of psychopaths gets dangerously close. A father’s inability to recognize faces tests his relationships. And a brother is reunited with his North Korean sister for the first time in over five decades.

    You can look human and you can sound human... but what happens when you take a good hard look inside and realize... you're missing something?

    STORIES

    If I Only Had a Heart

    Glynn knows… sometimes the sum of the parts does not equal the hole.

    Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    The Scientist and the Psychopath

    Neuroanatomist James Fallon, Ph.D. studies the most dangerous kind of person: the psychopath. His job is to get up close and personal with the mind of the psychopath so that we can better understand what makes them tick. He treats their brains with the cold calculation of a scientist at work. But in the process, things get mighty personal.

    James Fallon, Ph.D. is a neuroanatomist and geneticist at UC-Irvine. For more about his work and his own life, check out his book: The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist's Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain.

    Produced by Julia DeWitt

    About Face

    You’ve heard the saying, right? You can’t see the forest for the trees. Well, imagine if your whole life all you could do, all you knew how to do, was see the trees, the details, the minutiae of the world. What would you miss out on? Let’s take a walk in Tom Conces’ shoes and find out.

    Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Across the DMZ

    What happens when you are reunited with your North Korean sister for the first time in over five decades?

    Thank you to our voice actors, Yongnam and Mikyung Kim!

    Produced and scored by Davey Kim

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Season 12 - Episode 13

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9.5K Ratings

9.5K Ratings

lidia___011 ,

Love this podcast

I adore this podcast and have been listening for years. It’s nice now the host always has a story to tie into the topics of the episode and I love the diversity of the stores so much.

That said.. I sadly can not listen to episodes narrated by Joe Rosenberg. It’s his voice, it makes me ears want to cry. It’s so beady, absolutely unbearable. It’s sounds exactly like when a mosquito gets close to your ear and the buzzing amplifies and you try to swipe the annoying pesty sound away. I cannot be the only one who thinks this. Literally haunts me😭

ReneeJL ,

Always interesting

I love this pod cast. The stories are unique, entertaining and make you think.

coldkooli ,

Hit yer FOLLOW button!!

So, very, very, good! Gold Standard. I honestly don't know how they manage to produce so many original episodes every year of this quaility! Glynn Washington is something special -- he and the Snap Team have created the most amazing sonic experience, EVER.

Do yourself a favor and subscribe right away.

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