Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment
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. WNYC Studios is a list

The Country Doctor
May 21 • 58 min
A Muslim doctor moves his family to a small, rural, Midwestern town. To his surprise, they fit right in… and then came the 2016 presidential election. Season 11 - Episode 18
Lucky Penny - Snap Spotlights “The Truth”
May 15 • 32 min
A son tries to make contact with his dad, who’s deteriorating in the throes of dementia. He makes new connections and discoveries, and as he says goodbye to his father, he is granted a long-awaited wish. Snap Judgment presents, “Lucky Penny,” a special…
Letters from Lockdown - Philippines, Greece, Michigan, Libya
May 13 • 17 min
Some stories that seem the furthest away hit closest to home. Team Snap presents more lockdown advice from around the world, even from the places you least expect. Listen to the fifth installment of “Letters from Lockdown.” Season 11 - Episode 16
Modern Family - Mother’s Day Special
May 8 • 37 min
When a little girl goes missing in the desert, one woman is driven to find her, no matter what. And a mother makes her own Ebola suit - MacGyver style - to save her son’s life. Happy Mother’s Day to all you Snap Moms!
Letters from Lockdown - Liberia, Columbus, Chicago
May 6 • 11 min
Who better to seek advice from than a mother? This week, Team Snap brings you the fourth installment of, “Letters from Lockdown,” featuring moms around the world. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Snap Moms out there! Season 11 - Episode 14
After Glow
May 1 • 30 min
V grew up hearing about her parent’s love story… but she never knew about the song behind it. Season 11 - Episode 13
Letters from Lockdown - Jericho, Rwanda, Brooklyn
Apr 29 • 13 min
While most of the world continues to shelter-in-place, Team Snap brings you the third installment of, “Letters from Lockdown.” STORIES Jericho Osama Iliwat spent days in solitary confinement inside an Israeli prison during the First and Second Palestinian…
Letters from Lockdown - Guantánamo, Utah, and On the Run
Apr 24 • 12 min
Team Snap proudly presents the second installment of, “Letters from Lockdown,” featuring stories from people around the world who have experienced lockdown before. Season 11 - Episode 11
The Enlightenment Trap - Snap Classic
Apr 22 • 29 min
A skeptical journalist fights freezing temperatures alongside a fitness guru to test the limits of his own mortality. Snap Classic: Season 8 - Episode 17
Apr 17 • 37 min
Weed brownies, firefighting, and friendship. It’s a 4/20 Snap Special! Amazing stories by friends, about the friend you did not expect. Season 11 - Episode 10
Letters from Lockdown - Gaza, Myanmar, and at Sea
Apr 15 • 12 min
These people from all around the world share a common thread… this isn’t their first lockdown. During quarantine, Team Snap is bringing you pieces of wisdom, hope, and defiance. Season 11 - Episode 9
Apr 9 • 35 min
A woman visits a faraway island to meet the last generation of Korea’s mermaids. She comes away with an unexpected discovery about motherhood and about herself. Season 11 - Episode 8
Spooked - The Fog
Apr 3 • 26 min
Blair can’t see his hands in front of his face. He can’t see the ground beneath his feet. He’s not in the dark: he’s in a thick cloud of fog. And then, a voice emerges from the mist. This story comes to us from Australia, the original Upside Down. Select…
The Writing is on the Wall - Snap Classic
Apr 1 • 30 min
When the scariest man in town is arrested for murder, only one lawyer is willing to represent him. Snap Classic: Season 6 - Episode 30
Borders Between Us
Mar 26 • 40 min
Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. had a complicated relationship with his mother. But after she passed, he traveled across the world to try and make things better. This story comes from and was produced by Saidu Tejan-Thomas Jr. and Jay Allison…
Zoo Nebraska
Mar 19 • 50 min
The story of a chimpanzee and a man whose dream brought disaster to a small American town. This story details violence against animals. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Season 11 - Episode 6
Spooked - Isabelle
Mar 17 • 34 min
Betsy keeps seeing a young girl at night in her room. She stands at the end of Betsy’s bed and stares at her. She comes back, over and over: night after night; year after year. Betsy knows she wants something, but she has to figure out what. Snap Judgment…
A Grenfell Story - Snap Spotlights “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?”
Mar 11 • 31 min
A young teacher’s daily struggles provide the backdrop for a poetic re-imagining of a public tragedy in London. Snap spotlights the amazing “Have You Heard George’s Podcast?” from BBC Sounds. Season 11, Episode 5
The Real Black Klansman - Snap Classic
Mar 5 • 40 min
A black detective in Colorado Springs infiltrates the KKK and finds himself face-to-face with David Duke, the Grand Wizard. And Daryl Davis is a boogie-woogie pianist who’s played with Bill Clinton, Bruce Hornsby and Chuck Berry. But we wanted to talk to…
Spooked Season IV Trailer
Feb 28 • 0 min
A whole new season of Spooked returns Friday the 13th of March. Expect all sorts of scary. And if you haven’t learned by now… please, don’t turn out the lights! Season IV’s episodes will be available on Luminary. Download the Luminary mobile app or go to…
Watching Over Mountain Village
Feb 27 • 49 min
Mountain Village is an Alaska Native town in the middle of nowhere. One woman is the town’s only police officer and she alone is responsible for the safety of everyone there. Her track record is perfect until one day when she responds to a call that…
Senior Year Mixtape - Snap Classic
Feb 20 • 52 min
It’s Senior Year and Alex, Damaris, and Brantin have been waiting for the day they get to leave Mission High and enter adulthood. Snap follows the three students for a whole year as their dreams turn into reality. Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 4
The Pink Palace
Feb 13 • 48 min
When your plane crashes in the Amazon Jungle on your honeymoon, do you take a raft down a river to continue on… or turn back? This epic romance turns into the ultimate test of survival. Season 11 - Episode 3
Raft of Passion
Feb 6 • 36 min
Mary needed to get away from her husband. A handsome stranger offered her a way out. All she had to do was participate in the strangest group experiment of all time. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Leon Morimoto. Season 11 - Episode 2
Night at The Mirage - Snap Classic
Jan 30 • 35 min
A Chicago newspaper establishes an undercover bar to catch officials in the act of corruption. They soon acquire a cast of characters looking for more than just a drink. Snap Classic - Season 9 Episode 21
Space Rocks
Jan 23 • 41 min
One night, an explosion in the night sky of western Colorado draws townspeople out to search for something more. Something bigger. Something… out of this world. Season 11 - Episode 1
The Performers - Snap Classic
Jan 16 • 51 min
An openly gay luchador full of talent faces an uphill battle to get the crowd and the press on his side. A woman takes on superhero duty, serving as a heroine of the streets. And Chapelle’s other half rocks three mics. Snap Judgment presents, “The…
Tell Christy I Love Her - Snap Spotlights “Ear Hustle”
Jan 9 • 48 min
Tom was a cop. Jason was a teenager in a gang. The two men tell the story of the one night in 1997 that changed who they both are now. Snap Spotlights Radiotopia’s “Ear Hustle.”
Notorious - Snap Classic
Jan 2 • 49 min
A loan shark crusades against the dark side of the payday industry, after running a risky business. A student discovers a kid named Hitler at college orientation, leading to a search for more Hitler’s. And a survivor of criminalization and state violence…
The 2019 Look Back Special
Dec 26, 2019 • 49 min
A poet delivers a devastating portrait of the relationship that made him who he is today. Two men come face to face one night in the dark canyon-lands of southern Utah. And a dangerous anarchist steals, kills, and escapes, until one day when he can run no…
Under Pressure
Dec 23, 2019 • 20 min
After traumatic experiences underwater, a diver falls in love with the ocean again by building a secret kingdom for seahorses. Season 10 Episode 36
Pt 2: The Search for No Name Aporva
Dec 19, 2019 • 29 min
A woman arrives in India only to discover that the baby she’s there to adopt has just been rescued from an orphanage tied to a child trafficking ring. Listen to Part Two of this amazing journey.
Pt 1: The Search for No Name Aporva
Dec 12, 2019 • 49 min
When 14-year-old Annaporva finally decides to ask her mother about her biological family a story so unexpected unravels - there’s kingpins, death threats, and Maneka Gandhi. Listen next week for Part Two of this story. Season 10 Episode 34
Leap of Faith - Snap Classic
Dec 5, 2019 • 50 min
An aid worker is held hostage in Iraq, a detective’s toughest case turns out to be an investigation into his own past, and a hauntingly beautiful story of a simple piece of fruit. Snap Classic - Season 7 Episode 18
The 2019 Gratitude Special
Nov 28, 2019 • 49 min
A headless chicken proves sometimes urban legends are true, playground bullies expose dark secrets during a “pantsing” epidemic, and a young man comes out to his parents. We are grateful to tell stories and we are so so thankful for you Snappas! For all…
Diamonds in the Sky
Nov 21, 2019 • 34 min
Fans and journalists embark on a seven-show tour with Rihanna… in seven countries, over seven days, on a Boeing 777, to celebrate her seventh album in seven years. Did we mention this is the seventh anniversary of the tour?
Return To Kuku Island - Snap Classic
Nov 14, 2019 • 50 min
A woman revisits remote Indonesian islands where she and thousands of other Vietnamese refugees were once stranded without food, water, or shelter. She returns to this tiny place on the edge of the world… one last time.
The Lamb, the Lion, and the Fox
Nov 7, 2019 • 44 min
A former journalist turned CIA agent goes undercover to flip an international arms dealer and stop a terrorist bombing.
Godsend - Snap Classic
Oct 31, 2019 • 49 min
A woman’s voice changes forever, following a stroke-like episode. A man living in Alaska continues to hear rumors about the elusive blue bear. When he goes out searching for one, he ends up finding… something much different. And a girl gains magical…
Spooked - Sharp Tooth Boy
Oct 29, 2019 • 30 min
Bonnie Blagg and her two friends call for Bloody Mary in the mirror on her dresser during a middle school sleepover. Bonnie thinks nothing of it until a ghost boy with long, sharp, bloody teeth appears in her bedroom every single night after that.
Spooked - Santi
Oct 24, 2019 • 30 min
When Maribel loses her little brother Santi, her very best friend in the world, she learns that love is sometimes stronger than death. We travel to Mexico for this very special Spooked tale.
Spooked - The Banshees
Oct 22, 2019 • 28 min
We’re bringing you Spooked tales about ladies who lurk, haunt and aren’t messing around. Be afraid.
Spooked - Mrs. Hagstrom
Oct 17, 2019 • 28 min
It’s Spooked Season! When supernatural forces come for her kids, Curtis’s mom stands strong. Mrs. Hagstrom may be one of the meanest ghosts yet. Be afraid.
Oct 10, 2019 • 36 min
An Israeli Defense solider decides to speak out about his violent actions from the past and they come back to haunt him. Season 10 Episode 26
The Other Hand - Love + Radio
Oct 3, 2019 • 23 min
A mentor to a disabled little boy loses a piece of himself and discovers what is gained.
Sep 26, 2019 • 27 min
A teen’s dad surprises him by taking him on his first slave plantation tour. And a girl realizes the computer version of herself, acts more like her than she does. Season 10 Episode 25
I Sing the Body Electric
Sep 19, 2019 • 34 min
A man tries to cheat death with homemade technological body enhancements, but the world isn’t ready for his kind of lifestyle.
The Spy’s Son - Snap Classic
Sep 15, 2019 • 24 min
The story of a lifetime falls into a reporter’s lap when he receives a tip about father-son co-conspirators who sell national secrets to Russia.
1865 “Sic Semper Tyrannis”
Sep 12, 2019 • 23 min
President Lincoln is mortally wounded. The nation is under attack. Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton takes control and tries to protect Vice President Andrew Johnson. This story comes to us from 1865.
The Inventor and The Thief - Snap Classic
Sep 5, 2019 • 28 min
When a brilliant inventor was robbed of his life’s work, his son did the only reasonable thing: he became a robber. Snap Classic: Season 8 Episode 10
Head Games
Aug 29, 2019 • 49 min
The human mind can play tricks on you… A father of five and devout Mormon is dragged into a world that upends everything he knows to be true. And a young man comes to terms with his mother’s profound mental illness. STORIES “Tracy: My Ride-or-Die” When…
Campfire Tales VI - The Thin Place
Aug 22, 2019 • 31 min
Martin is a paramedic. He has a gift for saving people’s lives. He also has another, darker, gift—one that he doesn’t want to use. Produced by: Eliza Smith Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Artwork by: Sanaa Khan Season III is ALIVE!! There are 26 new episodes…
The Badlands - Snap Classic
Aug 15, 2019 • 50 min
For two years, ISIS fought to take over the city of Mosul, killing 40,000 civilians. A mix of missionaries, mercenaries, and misfits from around the world pack their bags, fly to Iraq and voluntarily run into the line of fire to fight back. Producer: Anna…
Spooked Season III Trailer
Aug 14, 2019 • 1 min
Spooked Season III is upon us! It’s bigger, badder, and scarier than ever. We’ve got new episodes with terrifying tales to keep you up at night… The first episode drops next week, Thursday, 8/22/19. Don’t listen alone… All 26 episodes will be available on…
Aug 8, 2019 • 47 min
A man inspired by joy writes a song, then he discovers it’s become a weapon. And a boy beat down by life learns to fight back, with the help of an upper-cut and milkshakes. STORIES Life On Easy Street A musician writes a song so catchy, it takes over the…
Shangri-La - Snap Classic
Aug 1, 2019 • 49 min
Glynn unearths paradise. A geoscientist journeys deep into the Amazon Jungle, where rivers rage and legends come true. And a revolutionary living in exile does the unexpected. Snap presents a classic, “Shangri-La.” STORIES “The Perfect Spot” Backpackers…
Kissing the Concrete - Snap Spotlights “Ear Hustle”
Jul 25, 2019 • 49 min
Snap leaves San Quentin State Prison with the Ear Hustle Podcast and then goes back inside to hear stories from Prison Reception. Content Advisory: This episode contains graphic descriptions of violence. Listener discretion is advised. STORIES Kissing the…
The Body Genius - Snap Spotlights “The Truth”
Jul 18, 2019 • 29 min
In a dark and fictional world, we meet the best Hollywood trainer money can buy. A trainer who specializes in the human body, but one body in his gym… isn’t breathing. Snap spotlights ”The Truth” podcast. We’re proud to present Part one from their…
Jul 11, 2019 • 49 min
A teenage hacker inspired by “Mr. Robot” takes on his high school and gets personal with his principal’s Twitter account. And night-shift doctor, Joe Sills, shares a story of life after death. STORIES Code Yellow A teenage hacker inspired by “Mr. Robot”…
On The Mat - Snap Classic
Jul 4, 2019 • 31 min
A one-legged high schooler wrestles with his identity and his weight class. A story featuring tough opponents and big decisions. The Wrestler With The Missing Leg Anthony Robles was born with one leg, but that didn’t stop him from joining the wrestling…
Operation Little Flower
Jun 27, 2019 • 26 min
In a small Croatian town of Vukovar, some 200 people went missing. Years later, a group of investigators with The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia set out on an impossible task to find out who was responsible for these missing…
Quick Fix - Snap Classic
Jun 20, 2019 • 49 min
Mouth Of The Dragon When a small child is lost, it’s up to Glynn to face the dragon. As The World Burns What happens when the world around you starts to burn? A Little White Lie Think your dating life is tough? Try being an Arab, Muslim man after 9/11 in…
Snap LIVE! The Social Experiment
Jun 13, 2019 • 49 min
THE LEGEND OF SWEETFOOT Comedian Dino Archie gets into a bar fight that blossoms into a bromance. The bond with his soulmate ripens over crab trapping, bankruptcy, and the Ghost of Christmas Future. CAMP EXORCIST Comedian James Judd dreams of being…
Bloodsport - Snap Classic
Jun 6, 2019 • 24 min
Point guard Alex Owumi has just landed in North Africa to play basketball for his childhood hero. For more information, check out Alex’s book — Qaddafi’s Point Guard. Producer: Davey Kim and Anna Sussman Season 6 Episode 8
The Boy On The Beach
May 30, 2019 • 22 min
Hear the story behind the influential photo of the Syrian boy who drowned while attempting to reach Europe. Read more in Tima Kurdi’s book, The Boy on the Beach. Producer: Anna Sussman Season 10 - Episode 15
The Family Name
May 23, 2019 • 48 min
Quiet is Best When Julie Lindahl discovered that her grandfather had been an active member of the German SS, she decided to return to the scene of his crimes. But her grandmother made things difficult. Producer: Erika Lantz Like A House On Fire Young…
“The Choice” Josh Healey Live at BAM - Snap Classic
May 22, 2019 • 14 min
When Josh Healey learns some unexpected news from his girlfriend, his first thought…is of Grandma Barbara and Grandma Henrietta. Season 7 Episode 3
A Wives’ Tale - Snap Classic
May 17, 2019 • 29 min
Five women, one husband and one goal in life… to get to the Celestial Kingdom. Producer: Tyler Measom & Adizah Eghan Original Score and Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio Season 8 Episode 15
Who’s Your Mama? Pt 2 “Nose Job”
May 12, 2019 • 23 min
When Roderick turns 18, he gets a special gift from his mom… for the one thing about him, she does not love. Sound Design & Score: Leon Morimoto Produced: Shaina Shealy, Mark Oppenheimer and the team at Unorthodox. Season 10 Episode 14
Who’s Your Mama - Pt 1 “#Waffle Woke”
May 9, 2019 • 30 min
Comic Jen Kober tells the story of the mother she never expected to find, on a journey she never expected to take. Performed live at The Paramount in Oakland. Music composed by Bells Atlas. Season 10 Episode 13
Tricknology - Snap Classic
May 2, 2019 • 50 min
When you’re struggling and living in the margins, the powers that be want to keep you … exactly where you are. Season 8 Episode 12
No One Calls Me Shooter
Apr 25, 2019 • 54 min
When one couple learns that their teenage son has been identified as a potential school shooter, they do everything they can to prove that he’s not. Bethany Barnes originally reported this story for The Oregonian - Targeted: A Family and the Quest to Stop…
Good Morning, Mosul - Snap Classic
Apr 18, 2019 • 28 min
A tiny, pirate radio station broadcasts to the thousands of families trapped in ISIS-controlled Mosul. When listeners start calling in, something remarkable happens. Producer: Anna Sussman
Snap LIVE! At The Paramount
Apr 12, 2019 • 54 min
Snap LIVE! At The Paramount featuring Glynn Washington, Don Reed and Joyce Lee telling stories about subjects that are taboo, bizarre and humorous. Live Music by Bell’s Atlas Season 10 Episode 11
The Promised Land
Apr 5, 2019 • 44 min
The story of a small Christian hill town in Palestine, and the 18 cows that kind of, almost, but never really, changed the course of its future. Season 10 Episode 10
Don Reed “Cardboard Boxes” at Snap LIVE! in Brooklyn
Apr 2, 2019 • 34 min
Snap Favorite Don Reed takes the stage with a heartfelt homage to his father’s dreams for his son. Performed live by Don Reed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Music composed and performed by Bells Atlas Season 10 Episode 9
Jen Kober “Skydiving” at Snap LIVE! in Brooklyn
Mar 29, 2019 • 18 min
Snap comedy queen Jen Kober thought having an adventurous date meant trying a new restaurant… little did she know she would be free falling into a pretty crappy situation. Original Music by Bells Atlas Performed Live at Brooklyn Academy of Music Get the…
Texas Ranger - Snap Classic
Mar 22, 2019 • 19 min
Back in the 1970’s Bob Favor signed up to be a Texas Ranger. He helped local police solve some of their toughest cases. But there was one case that kept getting away from him.
Love Me’s “Meet Cute”
Mar 15, 2019 • 24 min
John Cotrocois is obsessed with meet-cutes, but he always falls for the wrong men. Will his dream of a fairy-tale romance come true? Season 10 Episode 7
Peace Of Mind with Bhi Bhiman - Snap Spotlight
Mar 8, 2019 • 31 min
Snap spotlights “Peace of Mind” with Bhi Bhiman. In the inaugural episode, Bhi interviews Glynn Washington, bestselling author Dave Eggers, and renowned psychologist Lee Ross.
Reckonings - Snap Spotlight
Mar 1, 2019 • 27 min
After a college party, Anwen* and Sameer* went back to a dorm room. What happened that night was confusing and horrible. But in this story we get the rare opportunity to hear both of them grapple with what happened in a way that is both surprising and…
I’m Your Man
Feb 22, 2019 • 49 min
The voicemail message says someone from your past needs your help. Would you respond, if it meant getting involved in a murder trial? Season 10 Episode 5
Feb 15, 2019 • 50 min
Two women, a tiny boat, the wide open ocean…and kismet. Season 8 Episode 28
The Border Hacker
Feb 8, 2019 • 50 min
A computer hacker tries to make his way home through two countries, a dense jungle and a seemingly endless string of technical challenges. Season 10 Episode 4
Heaven’s Gate
Feb 1, 2019 • 36 min
It was both a tragedy and a punchline. The story behind a cult that changed the world. Season 10 Episode 3
One Wrong Lie
Jan 25, 2019 • 27 min
When a man is falsely accused of kidnapping a police officer, he tells a lie to set himself free. But that lie comes at an enormous cost. Season 10 Episode 2
The North Pond Hermit - Snap Classic
Jan 18, 2019 • 37 min
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.
This Is Not A Drill
Jan 11, 2019 • 35 min
Ballistic missile threat inbound to Hawaii. Seek immediate shelter. A very special presentation of the day the world almost ended. Season 10 Episode 1
The Other Secret Weapon
Jan 4, 2019 • 23 min
A young man has the chance to work on a very secret, very powerful weapon that could put an end to world war II. The project involves no toxins, no chemicals, no shrapnel and no bullets. Instead, the project involves lots and lots of flying mammals. Lots.…
Boxed In
Dec 28, 2018 • 50 min
When you feel the walls coming closer and closer, where do you go? Where do you hide?
The Look Back Special
Dec 20, 2018 • 49 min
A special presentation just for you… “Look Back 2018.” Coming to terms with events that have happened, but that you don’t want to believe. Featuring some favorite Snap stories from the vault. Season 9 Episode 37
Ear Hustle’s The Big No No - Snap Spotlight
Dec 14, 2018 • 39 min
Snap Judgment spotlights the amazing podcast Ear Hustle: The Big No No, stories from San Quentin State Prison.
48 Hours In Syria
Dec 6, 2018 • 32 min
Kassem Eid had spent two years living in a city under siege. After he and his neighbors took part in the protests during the Arab Spring in 2011, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad began to punish towns like Kassem’s. His forces bombed them, surrounded…
One Way Mission
Nov 29, 2018 • 30 min
The story of a young man sent out alone on a dark and deadly mission to save the world. Season 9 Episode 34
The 2018 Gratitude Special
Nov 22, 2018 • 50 min
Heroes come in all shapes and sizes: little girls, traveling dogs and men who save strangers from disaster… on the Snap Judgment 2018 Gratitude Special. Season 9 Episode 33
The Cut
Nov 16, 2018 • 40 min
When the man in charge of a small, insular northern Ohio town wreaks havoc on his followers, a young Amish boy with a passion for good hair tries to clean up the mess. Season 9 Episode 32
The Fire Tapes Special
Nov 13, 2018 • 13 min
What do you do when you are trying to give birth… in the middle of a wildfire? Nicole Veum is interviewed live by producer April Demobosky for “The Fire Tapes” The Fire Tapes is a collaboration between KQED’s “The Bay” and Snap Judgment for the Coal + Ice…
Counted: An Oakland Story
Nov 9, 2018 • 60 min
Counted: An Oakland Story is the story of the people lost to Oakland’s violence. During 2017, a team of Snap Judgment producers, learned about Oakland’s homicide victims, their families and communities. Visit for more interviews, photos…
Snap LIVE! in NYC
Nov 2, 2018 • 50 min
Legendary “Snap LIVE! in NYC” at RadioLoveFest featuring Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter from The Roots and The Tonight Show, comedian Jen Kober, and Snap favorite Josh Healey. Season 7 Episode 3
Creepy Crawly - Spooked IX
Oct 25, 2018 • 49 min
The Birds: As a little boy in Richmond Virginia, raising pigeons, Ray Christian made a friend with the same hobby. But there was something mysterious about Ray’s new pal. The Taxidermist: When Tracey started doing taxidermy, she assumed all her subjects…
Trapped - Spooked IX
Oct 19, 2018 • 31 min
Get 13 all-new episodes of Spooked Season 2 at THE IRON GATE When Dallas Sanchez was stationed in Iraq, he saw danger every single day. But one night on patrol, when his small kill team took over a house in Baghdad, an unseen force had…
Back To The Wall
Oct 12, 2018 • 29 min
Pro rock climbers Jason Smith and Tommy Caldwell know a thing or two about dangerous even life threatening adventures, but when they go on an expedition to the famous Yellow Wall in Kyrgyzstan, their lives were threatened in a whole new way. Season 9…
Two Brains
Oct 5, 2018 • 19 min
What if you had two choices. Either risk death, or start over in a completely new life. Now imagine you had to make that decision for your child. Season 9 Episode 28
Love Lessons
Sep 28, 2018 • 48 min
How do you imagine falling in love when you know you might never get the chance to? A story from inside the walls of Guantanamo Bay Prison. Season 9 Episode 27
Beyond Faces of Death
Sep 21, 2018 • 38 min
In the mid-70s, Conan was hired to direct and produce a nature documentary. But he wanted to do something more ambitious. The film he made “Faces of Death” became one of the most infamous movies ever, but his success came with deadly consequences. Season…
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Sep 14, 2018 • 51 min
Sometimes the only word you hear is “No.” But what if you always said “Yes”? Snap Judgment proudly presents “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”. Forbidden Fruit An aspiring priest decides to experience all that the world has to offer. The Faith Healer…
The Proxy
Sep 7, 2018 • 50 min
What if you could be you without all of the responsibility, the guilt, and the self-loathing? Too good to be true? …Maybe not. Marwencol When Mark Hogancamp woke up in the hospital he had no idea who he was or where he was. He was beat up so badly that he…
Belly Of The Beast
Aug 30, 2018 • 24 min
When you’re a safari guide on the Zambezi River, you always know that things could go horribly wrong. Season 9 Episode 25
The Real Black Klansman
Aug 24, 2018 • 37 min
Featuring a new story from the “Real Black Klansman” Detective Ron Stallworth…we’re going face to face with “The Klan.” Includes a bonus Snap Classic story from boogie-woogie pianist Daryl Davis, author of “Klan-Destine Relationships.”
All Eyes On Me
Aug 17, 2018 • 50 min
“Mirror Touch” Neurologist Joel Salinas on mirror-touch synesthesia. “What Accent?” Ellen Spencer with Foreign Accent Syndrome. “The Bat Boy and the Pine Tar Game” Merrit Riley and his hero George Brett. Season 9 Episode 24
Talk Of The Town
Aug 9, 2018 • 24 min
After a salesman at Oakland’s Lake Merritt disappears, journalist Tammerlin Drummond investigates what happened to him. Season 9 Episode 23
Spooked Season II - Sneak Peek
Aug 8, 2018 • 8 min
Spooked Season II is now available at or wherever you get your podcasts.
Spooked Season II Trailer
Aug 6, 2018 • 0 min
It’s coming. It’s bigger and badder and all new… Spooked Season II. From Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios, host Glynn Washington pushes back the veil to bring you stories from real people battling the forces of the night. Subscribe now at…
My Private Utopia - Snap Classic
Aug 3, 2018 • 20 min
Dylan Evans had hit a wall. Life was becoming too routine, too mundane. So he did something very few of us would do to change that. For more check out Dylan Evan’s book: The Utopia Experiment Producer: Nancy Lopez Sound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller
Return To Kuku Island
Jul 24, 2018 • 50 min
In the 1970s, thousands of Vietnamese refugees were left on the remote Anambas Islands in Indonesia. They were stranded without food, water, and shelter, forced to survive off the land. Now, almost 40 years later, one woman wants to go back to those…
Suitcase Of Love And Shame - Snap Classic
Jul 19, 2018 • 25 min
In 2009, Jane Gillooly came across an item on Ebay that piqued her imagination. The picture was of a suitcase filled with old audiotapes. The listing’s title was “Suitcase of Love and Shame.”
Night At The Mirage
Jul 12, 2018 • 35 min
The story of The Mirage, the famous undercover Chicago Sun bar, as told by two reporters posing as bartenders. Pam Zekman currently works as an investigative reporter for CBS 2 Chicago. You can find Zay Smith’s book about The Mirage, his humor column and…
Campfire Tales V
Jul 5, 2018 • 51 min
An all new season of Spooked, the podcast, is dropping early August. In this episode, we’re featuring some of our favorite stories from Spooked, season one.
Fight Club
Jun 28, 2018 • 21 min
The first rule about fight club is you do not talk about fight club. Ray Christian breaks that rule. Season 9 Episode 19
Ear Hustle’s “Thick Glass” - Snap Special
Jun 21, 2018 • 50 min
Snap Judgment joins the podcast Ear Hustle for a look at parenting from inside San Quentin State Prison. In this episode incarcerated fathers share their stories of striving to be present in their children’s lives. One inmate reconnects with his son after…
06 Female - Snap Classic
Jun 14, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Beyond Belief
Jun 7, 2018 • 28 min
What do you do when someone tells you something you know to be false, and yet…you can just tell they’re telling the truth? Chaotic Good Malaclypse was part of a dangerous anarchist group. They stole, they killed, they escaped, until one day when…
Tin Man - Snap Classic
May 31, 2018 • 50 min
What if you don’t have a heart? If I Only Had A Heart The sum of the parts cannot equal the hole in your heart. The Scientist And The Psychopath Neuroanatomist Dr. James Fallon studies the most dangerous kind of person: the psychopath. His job is to get…
May 24, 2018 • 50 min
When the fight is over we still have to deal with the pieces of the battle that remain inside. Featuring The Warrior Box and Soul of a Soldier. Season 9 Episode 17
Secrets In The Stacks - Snap Classic
May 17, 2018 • 26 min
When Avi Steinberg became a prison librarian, he thought his job would be to keep track of the books. Then he started reading between the lines. Producer: Joe Rosenberg
May 11, 2018 • 50 min
Hear how one of Yugoslavia’s top basketball players attempts to escape the Siege of Sarajevo and don’t miss The Nocturnists late night meltdown at the morgue. “The Choice” from the Lucky Podcast Nada Rothbart thought she’d have plenty of time to get her…
Where No One Should Go - Snap Classic
May 4, 2018 • 18 min
In the desert of northern South Africa you come across a little puddle. If you dive down into that puddle, at the bottom there is a slot. This is the entrance to third largest freshwater cave in the world. This is where the adventure begins. Producer:…
The Iron Curtain
Apr 26, 2018 • 39 min
At the height of the Cold War, Ulrike Poppe just might have been the most surveilled woman in the world. But it was only after the wall fell that things got really interesting. Producer: Luisa Beck with Production Assistance By Joe Rosenberg Original…
The Badlands
Apr 19, 2018 • 50 min
For two years, ISIS fought to take over the city of Mosul, killing 40,000 civilians. This is a story about a group of men and women from around the world who packed up their bags, flew into Iraq, and made their way to Mosul to try their hand at fighting…
Running Man
Apr 12, 2018 • 27 min
When a rising high school track star in Eritrea, East Africa, is arrested under the military dictatorship, he realizes he might have a way out….run. Season 9 Episode 13
26 Lives On Atlas Peak
Apr 6, 2018 • 13 min
On Atlas Peak there is one way in and one way out. When wildfire threatened their homes, the only escape route…was up. Check out KQED’s fire investigation. Producer: Sukey Lewis Season 9 Episode 12
Mar 29, 2018 • 50 min
There is a line, draw it in the sand, shake on it, mark it in blood, but if you cross it… there is no going back. Season 6 Episode 12
Breakfast Of Champions
Mar 22, 2018 • 49 min
Stories of young people using every trick in their little arsenal to win praise and love, only to find themselves alone in the end. Season 9 Episode 11
Fargo - Snap Classic
Mar 16, 2018 • 19 min
Paul Berczeller examines the case of Takako Konishi, who died in a frozen forest on the North Dakota/Minnesota border looking for the treasure from the Coen Brother’s film Fargo. Producer: Joe Rosenberg
The Trouble With Shannon Cason
Mar 9, 2018 • 50 min
KC was a rising star, improving Detroit’s most troubled public schools. But to do that, she cut some legal corners that put her in prison. Season 9 Episode 10
Counted: An Oakland Story
Mar 1, 2018 • 58 min
Counted: An Oakland Story is a yearlong look at the people lost to Oakland’s violence. During 2017, a team of Snap Judgment producers learned about Oakland’s homicide victims, their families and communities. Visit for more interviews,…
Big Girls Don’t Cry - Snap Classic
Feb 26, 2018 • 51 min
When the going gets tough, the tough make stuff happen. Featuring stories about rattlesnakes pageant queens, Apache orphans, and the legendary Xiao Xiao.
Feb 22, 2018 • 23 min
Avraham’s story was included in a 12-part Hebrew webseries called Neviim: Operation Amram by Elad Ben Elul (@Eladbenelul) and Yossi Brauman. Read hundreds more testimonies like Avraham’s at Amram’s website . The Amram association has collected hundreds of…
Quake City Hero
Feb 15, 2018 • 15 min
In 1989, an enormous earthquake struck the Bay Area. One of Oakland’s major arteries, the Cypress Freeway, collapsed. And one man named Raven left his home and dove into the wreckage to save lives. This story comes from Liam O’Donoghue, host and producer…
The Spelling Bee - Snap Classic
Feb 13, 2018 • 6 min
When Snap Judgment producer Davey Kim was in eighth grade, he went to the regional level spelling bee with his best friend…and took R-E-V-E-N-G-E.
Monk Of Mokha
Feb 8, 2018 • 43 min
The story of how Mokhtar Akhanshali braved a civil war to bring Yemeni coffee to the world. Dave Egger’s biography of Mokhtar, The Monk of Mokha, is available wherever books are sold. And be sure to check out the book’s instagram at @themonkofmokha.…
Ear Hustle Special - Left Behind
Jan 31, 2018 • 40 min
Ear Hustle brings you stories of life inside prison, shared and produced by those living it. The podcast is a partnership between Earlonne Woods and Antwan Williams, currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison, and Nigel Poor, a Bay Area artist.…
Senior Year Mixtape
Jan 25, 2018 • 52 min
Snap spends a year with three Mission High School seniors Brantin, Damaris, and Alex as they try to make sense of adulthood in a rapidly changing San Francisco. Producers: Adizah Eghan, Liz Mak, Eliza Smith, Anna Sussman and Mark Ristich. Original Score:…
Soundtrack Of Silence
Jan 22, 2018 • 33 min
What sounds would you want memorize if you were told you were going to be completely deaf before you turned 28? Producer: April Dembosky Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Sound Design: Leon Morimoto and April Dembosky Season 9 Episode 3
Linda, Loretta, and Me
Jan 18, 2018 • 11 min
What happens when boy meets girl and… fungus? Season 9 Episode 2
How Estee Got Her Zumba Back
Jan 13, 2018 • 32 min
What if you were born to twerk it, but you didn’t know how to work it? Estee Rose grew up in a tight-knit Ultra-Orthodox neighborhood in Brooklyn. Find out how she reclaims her faith after she loses it in a tumultuous series of events. To channel Estee’s…
Tonya For Hire - Snap Classic
Jan 10, 2018 • 11 min
What if one day you found out you look like one of the most famous people in the country — who everybody hates? Lynn Harris is an author, commentator, award-winning journalist and mostly-retired comedian. She has a new business, teaching comedy to teenage…
Jan 5, 2018 • 23 min
There are big stories with weight, little stories with heart, and then the stories that are just STOOPID. Season 8 Episode 33
Snap Special - Zim Heavy: Rock and Revolution in Zimbabwe
Dec 28, 2017 • 31 min
Before there was Zimbabwe, there was the “Heavy” scene. In the 1970’s, Rock music rang out from the black townships in Rhodesia. One band, Wells Fargo, became the voice of the people. Founding members Ebba Chitambo and Never Mpofu tell their story of…
Snap Holiday Special 2017
Dec 22, 2017 • 28 min
The Snap Judgment Holiday Special features two good Santas in “Miracle on 22nd Street,” a misguided angel in “Preaching to the Choir,” and Snap story makers as they look back on their favorite stories of 2017. Season 8 Episode 32
Down With The Ship: The Sinking Of The Oceanos - Snap Classic
Dec 15, 2017 • 22 min
Let Moss Hills take you on sea cruise… Producer: Joe Rosenberg Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio
Finding Rebecca
Dec 7, 2017 • 36 min
In 1962, in a very small, very white suburb of Chicago, a young couple set out to adopt a baby girl. This story was produced in collaboration with The New York Times. Producers: Amy Roost and Anna Sussman Season 8 Episode 31
Dec 1, 2017 • 16 min
James Vlahos wanted to keep his dad around for as long as possible, so he saved the best part about him in the best way he knew how. Season 8 Episode 30
Jay J. Armes: Private Eye - Snap Classic
Nov 28, 2017 • 30 min
Jay J. Armes was a real life superhero … until real life intruded. Also be sure to check out Gary Cartwright’s original 1976 article on Jay J. Armes for Texas Monthly. Producer: Vanessa Rancano Sound Design: Leon Morimoto
Snap LIVE! The Passion
Nov 24, 2017 • 51 min
We’re dropping the story-pocalypse…performed LIVE! at San Francisco’s Nourse Theater. Season 5 Episode 21
The Gratitude Special 2017
Nov 16, 2017 • 51 min
“The Outbreak” - What do you do when a life-threatening disease makes it too dangerous to save the person closest to you. “Grits and Sausages” - When Ray Christian was a young boy, he longed to hear the voice of God. “The Blue Bear” - For Lynn Schooler…
Nov 10, 2017 • 38 min
From Russia With Love Two women, a tiny boat, the wide-open ocean…and kismet. Elena has written a book about their adventure, called Talking to the Moon. You can read the story on the couple’s website. Producer: Liz Mak Original Score: Leon Morimoto…
Nov 2, 2017 • 25 min
Tameer is part of an ethnic minority in northern Israel called Druze. When he is struck on the head as a young boy he inherits an entire new lifetime of memories. Original Score: Renzo Gorrio Producer: Shaina Shealy
Spooked Presents - The Vanishing
Oct 27, 2017 • 29 min
Cowboy Ghost Valerie is lost in a snowstorm in rural Montana. She thinks she might not be able to get out, when she sees two headlights coming to her through the storm. Help is on the way - she hopes. Valerie’s story comes to us from the book Trucker…
Spooked Presents - Sanctify
Oct 24, 2017 • 32 min
Great Aunt Rose When Christina McKenna’s cruel aunt comes back from the grave to make amends—she’s not sure if she can forgive. Read more about Christina’s childhood in Ireland in her book, My Mother Wore A Yellow Dress. Devil’s Water Attempting to dig…
Confessions Of A Baby Snatcher
Oct 20, 2017 • 30 min
Confessions of a Baby Snatcher The ‘work’ of social work is a lot more complicated than Katie Leavitt first thought. Luckily, a little voice helps to guide her. Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score and Sound Design: Leon Morimoto Get The Hook Up!…
The Incident At Poison Spider Mesa
Oct 13, 2017 • 20 min
The story of two men who come face to face one night in the canyon lands of southern Utah. Producer: Joe Rosenberg Original Score and Sound Design: Leon Morimoto Season 8 Episode 23
Lost In Time
Oct 10, 2017 • 35 min
Time Warp Saloon The neon sign blinks at the roadhouse bar. The jukebox plays an old tune as the bartender shouts, ”Last Call.” Just one more. Why not? What could it hurt? This story came to Spooked from Jim Harold’s Campfire Podcast, hosted by Jim…
Man Of Steel
Oct 6, 2017 • 51 min
When an immovable object meets an unstoppable force, what is left standing? Season 7 Episode 14
The Bear, The Goose and The Whale (Part 2)
Sep 29, 2017 • 27 min
Goose Justice Snap storyteller Abdul Kenyatta was taught to be wary of the police. Then one day he found a way to turn the tables. Benjamin and The Bear Back when he was kid, Benjamin was a scrawny outcast with a penchant for tinkering. He liked to go on…
The Bear, The Goose and The Whale (Part 1)
Sep 22, 2017 • 27 min
Luna The Whale In 2004, a lost baby orca named Luna swam towards Vancouver Island and tried to befriend humans. Then the First Nations and the Department of Oceans and Fisheries got involved. To learn more about Luna’s story, check out Michael Parfit and…
The Performer
Sep 15, 2017 • 55 min
The hardest character to play is the character without a script. Magic Lamp Glynn’s good luck charm goes missing. Producer: Mark Ristich Cassandro El Exotico Cassandro is an up-and-coming luchador, a professional Mexican wrestler. He wants to get to the…
Spooked Sneak Peek
Sep 12, 2017 • 22 min
Supernatural Storytelling. Experience Snap’s new haunted podcast, “Spooked!” Featuring “Houdini’s Promise” and “The Night Mother.”
Trailer - Get The Spooked Podcast!
Sep 11, 2017 • 1 min
Get Spooked at From the creators of Snap Judgment and WNYC studios, a new podcast that pushes back the veil. Real stories from real people battling the forces of the night. Subscribe now!
Campfire Tales IV - Primal
Sep 7, 2017 • 52 min
BOO! Get the NEW Spooked Podcast now at Border Bogeyman Rocky Elmore used to work down by the border during long pitch-black nights in the desert. It was so dark you never knew who or what was out there. Rocky’s previous story with…
The Promise
Sep 1, 2017 • 50 min
Promises. Some of them are worthless, and some of them have infinite value, and some you will never know how much they are worth… until you have to cash them in. Season 7 Episode 7
On The Mat
Aug 25, 2017 • 33 min
Amazing people wrestling with tough opponents and big decisions. Featuring Anthony Robles, the grappler that could take you down with one leg, and the Von Erich wrestling family whose glitz and fame was riddled with pain and sacrifice. Season 8 Episode 18
High Crimes and Misdemeanors
Aug 18, 2017 • 50 min
When your back is against the wall and you’re all out of options, you don’t want to break the law…but it wants to break you. Featuring the story of an imprisoned Iranian fiancee and a personal story from the Daily Show’s Hasan Minhaj. Season 7 Episode 1
Aug 11, 2017 • 30 min
Amazing stories from people pushing the limits of their own mortality. Featuring the story of a skeptical journalist turned mountain climber. Season 8 Episode 17
The Mercenary
Aug 4, 2017 • 50 min
Fantastic stories from people paid to do our dirty work. Season 5 Episode 6
The Cadillac Hotel - Snap Special
Jul 28, 2017 • 22 min
At the Cadillac Hotel, an SRO in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District, a resident has gone missing. Her long time lover and best friend won’t rest until she is found.
Artificial Intelligence (A.I.)
Jul 21, 2017 • 50 min
Remarkable stories from real people battling a digital future. Season 5 Episode 1
Bad Medicine
Jul 14, 2017 • 36 min
You take the pills, you exercise regularly, and yet, still something or perhaps someone is wrong… Season 8 Episode 16
Can’t Hold Me Down
Jul 7, 2017 • 50 min
The world has a natural order that we all abide…except when we don’t. Season 7 Episode 8
True Believer
Jun 30, 2017 • 47 min
When all hope is lost, the only people left are the true believers. Season 8 Episode 15
Jun 23, 2017 • 51 min
You give the big speech, lead the big charge, but can you take them down? Season 6 Episode 8
Blink Once For Yes
Jun 16, 2017 • 51 min
One family, one story, three acts. The amazing Fecile family invites us behind closed doors to witness the hardest choice they ever had to make. A special stunning collaboration with Love and Radio… “Blink Once For Yes.” This story comes to us from Nick…
The Patient
Jun 9, 2017 • 50 min
When you’re at your very worst, alone, naked in a thin robe, and on a white table that you realize what you’re really made of. Season 7 Episode 5
By The Book
Jun 2, 2017 • 35 min
What if you do everything just right to the letter but you discover the exact way they asked you to do it …is wrong? Season 8 Episode 13
Palestinian Sperm Smuggling - Snap Special
May 31, 2017 • 16 min
When Yehiya gets thrown in jail for arming the Palestinian resistance, he and his wife, Sameera, have to find a way to keep their family growing. This story comes to us from Shaina Shealy, an American radio producer working out of Jerusalem. You can find…