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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 • 9.8K Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    In Search of a Black Utopia from VICE News Reports

    In Search of a Black Utopia from VICE News Reports

    This past year Adizah Eghan noticed an interesting trend on social media: everyone seemed to be living it up in Tulum, Mexico. Some were flocking there to have a good time, while others were seeking something much deeper: they wanted to escape racism and seek refuge with like-minded people. Adizah traveled to Mexico to experience the vibes of Tulum for herself -- and also dig into why Black people are seeking refuge in a small fishing town south of Cancun.

    This piece comes to us from our friends at VICE News Reports. VICE has so many amazing stories, make sure you subscribe to their podcast asap!

    This episode contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised.

    Special thanks to Nubia Younge, Patricia Talley, and all those in Tulum!

    This episode was produced by Adizah Eghan and edited by Kate Osborn and James T. Green with help from Annie Aviles and Stephanie Kariuki. The original score is by Kyle Murdock.

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 47

    • 49 min
    The 2021 Gratitude Special

    The 2021 Gratitude Special

    We’re reflecting back on stories that give thanks for a monster-fighting grandfather, growing up with same-sex parents, and stuffing your face with Girl Scout Cookies…  LIVE. Even in another tough year, we’ve got a lot to be grateful for.

    Snap Nation, every year we make a Gratitude Special and every year we grow increasingly grateful for YOU. Thank you for listening. Commenting. Laughing. Crying. Thank you… for supporting us.

    This episode contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.

    STORIES

    Turn on the Lights - Shane Koyczan

    The monsters of Shane's night terrors tremble in fear of Shane's grandfather... until his powers fail. Watch Shane perform this heartfelt story LIVE.

    The Last Mile - Noah St. John

    15-year-old storyteller Noah St. John describes the trials and tribulations of growing up the son of same-sex parents. Watch Noah perform this breathtaking story LIVE.

    Mad Love - Joyce Lee

    Do not get on Joyce Lee’s bad side. Just don't do it. You did it? Oh, no.

    Back of the Bus - Glynn Washington

    Glynn has an unfortunate initiation on his first day of school. Watch Glynn perform this incredible story LIVE.

    Girl Scout Cookies - Jen Kober

    As a little girl, Jen Kober discovered the allure of being a brownie scout: the Girl Scout Cookie. Holding out for Girl Scout Cookie release day...was another struggle altogether. Watch Jen perform this hilarious story LIVE.

    All music in this episode was performed live by Alex Mandel, David Brandt, and Tim Frick. Original Music by Alex Mandel.

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 46

    • 50 min
    Con Man Daddy

    Con Man Daddy

    You’re young, fun, and on the run from the law. One kid’s journey across the Deep South leads to a big confrontation with the man who inspired it all… Con Man Daddy.

    BIG thanks to Jason Russel Waller as well as his brothers, Randy and Kel, for sharing your story with Snap!

    Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 45

    • 28 min
    Double Trouble

    Double Trouble

    A rock climber hits the jackpot in Yosemite and Moss Hills saves the day with his music on a sea cruise. Two stories… double the trouble.

    STORIES

    Lake Chronicopia

    Dale Bard was a young rock climber in Yosemite in the '70s. Back then, rock climbing was an obscure, expensive passion. And he came across the most unbelievable cash cow you've ever heard of.

    Thank you, Cisco DeVries, Papa Tom DeVries, all the climbers that helped us, and a big huge thanks to the filmmakers Greg Laut and Nicholas Rosen from Sender Films. Check out our link to their amazing documentary on this very story, "Valley Uprising."

    Produced by Anna Sussman & Julia Dewitt, original score by Leon Morimoto

    The Sinking of the Cruise Ship Oceanos

    Moss Hills takes us on a sea cruise and saves the day with his music.

    Love this story? Learn more about the sinking of the Oceanos or watch a video of the ship’s final moments!

    Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Snap Classic - Season 12 - Episode 44

    • 41 min
    The Torment - Spooked

    The Torment - Spooked

    When a man starts having night terrors his family thinks it’s just nightmares. Only it’s not just bad dreams — there is an actual demon plaguing him. And two family members know their house is haunted but they don’t want to share that secret… even with each other.

    To celebrate Halloween week, we’re bringing you more Spooked stories! Our evil-twin podcast, Spooked, features supernatural stories told by people that can barely believe it happened themselves. To listen to all #Spooked episodes as they’re released, subscribe to Luminary directly, or to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts. Either way, just go to: luminary.link/spooked

    STORIES

    Green Demon

    When Austin’s dad starts having night terrors, the family thinks it’s just nightmares -- but Austin thinks something else is going on. He soon discovers that there is an actual demon plaguing his father… and Austin must confront it.

    Thank you, Austin, for sharing your story with Spooked!

    Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Leon Morimoto

    Libby

    Jennifer and her daughter Taylor both know their family home is haunted… but they don’t want to share that secret, even with each other.

    Thank you, Jennifer & Taylor, for sharing your story with us!

    Produced by Eliza Smith, original score by Bells Atlas

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 43

    • 49 min
    The Final Reckoning - Spooked

    The Final Reckoning - Spooked

    Jen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum... it’s built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the original owners of these two old homes are long gone--or are they? And a night nurse dedicated to his job loves to help people. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, he’s not sure if he can care for them.

    ‘Tis the season of the shadow! Snap Judgment proudly presents our evil-twin podcast, Spooked. Spooked features supernatural stories told by people that can barely believe it happened themselves. To listen to all #Spooked episodes as they’re released, subscribe to Luminary directly, or to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts. Either way, just go to: luminary.link/spooked

    Be afraid.

    STORIES

    Fright at the Museum

    Jen is about to start an internship at a museum. But this isn’t a typical museum… it’s built inside two old, historic mansions. By this time, the original owners of these two old homes are long gone -- or are they?

    Thank you, Jen, for sharing your story with the Spooked!

    Produced by Zoe Ferrigno, original score by Leon Morimoto

    Night Nurse

    Dennis is a nurse, a helper. But when spirits of former patients reach out to him, he’s not sure if he can care for them.

    Produced by Chris Hambrick, original score by Dakim

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 12 - Episode 42

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9.8K Ratings

9.8K Ratings

coldkooli ,

Truly Amazing Storytelling . . .

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

maria_salahori ,

Gold Standard

I love personal stories presented in a way that is deeply immersive, and that’s how I’d sum this up. Topics run the entire gamut of human experience, and episodes are of perfect (and generous) length and don’t kill you with ads. Glynn is a consummate storyteller and I love that he starts each episode with a brief pre-story. The production quality is upper-echelon. It sets the bar for podcasts for me, I queue up multiple episodes at a time and sleep, work and exercise to it.

lidia___011 ,

Political propaganda

I’ve listened to this podcast for years and highly enjoyed it. However, I can’t help notice that over the past year and a half (perhaps a bit longer) the stories themes seem to have shifted. They now seem to be a blatant reflection of the current political atmosphere. More upsetting, these stories seem to side solely with one political point of view. It’s distracting and alarming how much they push certain ideas onto the public through this podcast.
This podcast use to showcase diversity, it was something that could appeal to anyone.. it’s disappointing they’ve shifted their focus.
I’ve noticed similar changes in podcasts including, Selected Shorts and This American Life. All three of these podcasts stem from public radio NPR. Be aware of political propaganda.
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