196 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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    • Performing Arts
    • 4.7 • 9.1K 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.

    Brass Ring - Snap Classic

    Brass Ring - Snap Classic

    A fortune hunter searches for buried treasure in an Arizona silver mine but finds something he never expected. And a young boy learns how to hustle and survive in Brooklyn during a time when the mob ran the streets.


    Silver Mine

    W.C. Jameson has searched for a recovered buried treasure across the world. But on a search in Arizona, he found something he never expected.

    Find out more about W.C. Jameson’s work and adventures at his website.

    Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Leon Morimoto

    Number One Boy

    In Brooklyn, before it was hip, back in the days when Williamsburg was still rough and the mob ran Red Hook, this is where Lou Diaz learned how to hustle as a young boy. It was on these same streets that this hustle would be particularly handy in a totally different way than he ever expected.

    Check out Lou’s book, Dancing with the Devil: Confessions of an Undercover Agent.

    Produced by Julia Dewitt, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    • 40 min
    The 2020 Gratitude Special

    The 2020 Gratitude Special

    Glynn gets a new friend. A wolf in Yellowstone becomes a legend in her own time. And a woman’s life changes forever when a hurricane heads towards her house full of birds. Snap Judgment presents, “The 2020 Gratitude Special.”

    We are grateful to lift voices up, to tell stories, and we are so SO thankful for you Snap Nation! We appreciate each and every one of you Snappas… for all of the love and support you’ve shown us, thank you.



    Everyone needs a scratch behind the ears sometimes.

    Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    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 report for NPR.

    Produced by Joe Rosenberg, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    The Birds

    With a houseful of her favorite birds and a hurricane on the way, Nikki's whole life is about to be upturned.

    Find out more about Nikki's life story on her website, and in her book, "The Bird Market of Paris."

    Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    • 41 min
    The Badder, The Better: Bobby Shmurda - “Louder Than A Riot” from NPR 

    The Badder, The Better: Bobby Shmurda - “Louder Than A Riot” from NPR 

    Rhyme and punishment go hand in hand in America. This week, we are featuring Louder Than A Riot, an incredible new podcast from NPR Music. It reveals the interconnected rise of hip-hop and mass incarceration. From Bobby Shmurda to Nipsey Hussle, each episode explores an artist's story to examine a different aspect of the criminal justice system that disproportionately impacts Black America.


    The Badder, The Better: Bobby Shmurda (Pt 1)

    Just like his legendary disappearing hat, Brooklyn rapper Bobby Shmurda's career was on the rise in 2014. But so was the evidence in a murder case against his crew, GS9. In the first of three episodes exploring Bobby's story, we look at his come-up through the eyes of former Epic Records exec Sha Money XL, who guided Bobby on his tightrope walk from the streets to superstardom. What happens when the industry capitalizes on a criminal persona? And do record execs have the juice to back Bobby up when things get too hot?

    Content Advisory: This story contains strong language and the mention of drug use and guns. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.

    Be sure to visit Louder Than A Riot to hear Part 2 and 3 of Bobby Shmurda’s story and listen to more incredible episodes. Follow the show on Twitter @LouderThanARiot and subscribe!

    To hear the music in this episode, check out the Louder Than A Riot playlists on Apple Music & Spotify.

    Louder Than A Riot is hosted by NPR Music's Rodney Carmichael and Sidney Madden, this podcast is invested in power from all angles — the power the music industry wields over artists, the power of institutional forces that marginalize communities of color, the power of the prison industrial complex and the power dynamics deep-rooted in the rap game.

    Illustration by Dale Edwin Murray for NPR

    ©2020 National Public Radio, Inc.

    • 51 min
    Greetings, Prophet!

    Greetings, Prophet!

    A mild-mannered theater professor attempts to stage a controversial play in a small East Texas town.

    This episode discusses drug use, sex, homophobia, and contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.

    Thank you to Joseph Magee, Justin Adams, Jennifer Ann Handy, and the rest of the cast and crew of Angels in America Kilgore College, 1999.

    BIG love and thanks to Raymond Caldwell, who just retired after 54 years of teaching theater.

    This story was based on the Texas Monthly magazine article “When Angels in America Came to East Texas” by Wes Ferguson.

    Special thanks also to the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Matthew Simpson, Helena de Groot, Kyle Henry, and Katie Song.

    Produced by John Fecile, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 11 - Episode 36

    • 50 min
    The Choice - Snap Classic

    The Choice - Snap Classic

    Nada Rothbart thought she’d have plenty of time to get her family out of Sarajevo. Suddenly, it was too late.

    This story originally aired on the Lucky podcast, listen to part two of Nada’s story “The Choice” here.

    Produced by Briana Breen

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 16

    • 34 min
    Spooked - Cat Bone Curse

    Spooked - Cat Bone Curse

    Todd’s uncle was one mean son of a biscuit. But long after he’s dead and gone, his descendants worry that his meanness might rub off on them. Snap presents a story crafted in the dark of night by Spooked.

    Thank you, Todd, for sharing your story with us!

    Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Artwork by Sanaa Khan

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    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9.1K Ratings

9.1K Ratings

Kumf ,

Glynn Washington never disappoints

I started listening to SJ on the radio on NPR and since finding the podcast, I’ve become hooked. If you’re a fan of This American Life, you will love Snap Judgement. The host, Glynn Washington, is a masterful storyteller and always has a super engaging intro to the show. From the second he begins to speak, he draws you in, entices you to listen. He invokes that sense of urgency you feel when you know you’re about to hear some really juicy gossip.

Maeve28 ,

Knocks my socks off

Birbiglia is so thoughtful and funny and generous. This podcast is a gift during these times - incredibly soothing. Amazing guests who Mike draws out of their shells and directs towards subjects way more interesting than typical podcast fare. Jaqueline Novak’s episode, who I didn’t know very well prior, absolutely knocked my socks off.

october cranmore ,

Best show ever !!!!

Love this show , came across it one year ago since then I have been hooked , thanks for the great story telling especially in these times we all need a good story , 🙏🏽🙏🏽

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