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The smoking-hot new public radio show that straps audiences into an audio rollercoaster. Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, Glynn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.

The smoking-hot new public radio show that straps audiences into an audio rollercoaster. Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, Glynn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.
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The smoking-hot new public radio show that straps audiences into an audio rollercoaster. Winner of the Public Radio Talent Quest, Glynn Washington delivers a raw, musical brand of storytelling, daring listeners to see the world through the eyes of another.





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Snap #828 - Kismet

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, You can learn more about Elena and Meg’s journey at their other website, Producer: Liz Mak Original Score: Leon Morimoto Gloomy Sunday Hungarian composer Rezső Seress dreamed of changing the world with his...


Snap #1004 - The Border Hacker

A computer hacker tries to make his way home through two countries, a dense jungle and a seemingly endless string of technical challenges.


Snap #1003 - Heaven's Gate

A Snap Judgment special presentation of "Heaven's Gate." The story of the cult that left 39 dead in a quest for spiritual salvation.


Snap #1002 - One Wrong Lie

Nick Yarris says he was a junkie, a thief, and a liar. So when he was imprisoned on a false charge, no one believed in his innocence. Then he found his only way out. Thank you so much to Nick Yarris. Check out his books, including his latest, “Monsters & Madmen: A Death Row Experiment.” Learn more at Thank you also to the Wolfgram Memorial Library at Widener University, and its Reference Librarian & University Archivist Jill M. Borin for her help. And lastly, thank you...


Snap Classic - The North Pond Hermit

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. To learn more about Chris Knight’s story, be sure to check out journalist’s Mike Finkel’s book, The Stranger In The Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit. Producer: Joe Rosenberg Original Score: Renzo Gorrio and Andrew Vicars


Snap #1001 - This Is Not A Drill

On January 13th 2018, at exactly 8:07 in the morning, one text message turned the state of Hawaii into a state of emergency. From panic and fear to acceptance and joy, Snap Judgment explores the 38 minutes when the people of Hawaii faced an incoming ballistic missile threat. Lead Producer: Jazmin Aguilera Editor: Anna Sussman Producers: Eliza Smith, Erika Lantz, John Fecile Additional production assistance: Nancy Lopez Original score and Sound design: Renzo Gorrio and Leon Morimoto


Snap #938 - The Other Secret Weapon

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. Content Advisory: This story details a war situation involving both people and animals, Listener Discretion Is Advised.


Snap #808 - Boxed In

When you feel the walls coming closer and closer, where do you go? Where do you hide?


Snap #937 - The Look Back Special

Stories Wonderboy In 1979, a four-seater cessna 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. To learn more about Norman’s story, check out his book -- Crazy for the Storm. Be sure to also check out his latest thriller, French Girl With Mother. Producer and Original Score: Davey Kim The Blue Bicycle Hasan is just a kid who just wants to pop a wheelie on a bad ass BMX bike. Is that too...


Snap Spotlight - Ear Hustle: The Big No No

Snap Judgment spotlights the amazing podcast Ear Hustle: The Big No No. In this episode we look for love in one of the most difficult places to forge a relationship, San Quentin State Prison.


Snap #934 - 48 Hours In Syria

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 them, and starved them. That’s when Kassem decided to fight back. Thank you so much to Kassem Eid for sharing his story with us. Kassem was recently accepted into Columbia University. You can check out his new book, “My Country,” out now. Find...


Snap #934 - One Way Mission

When Jack Boyles signed up for the Navy in the early 1960s he was excited to work aboard the USS Shangri-La. As the ship’s only yeoman he had access to top secret information so he knew before most people why the ship was docked off of Cuba. But little did he know what was in store for him. Producer: Nancy López Original Score: Leon Morimoto


Snap #933 - The 2018 Gratitude Special

STORIES THE BEST LITTLE SWIMMER Terry Galloway is ten years old and absolutely hot for summer camp. The only problem is, her family can’t afford it. But after she fails a hearing test at school, Terry learns that she is deaf -- and also eligible to attend The Lions Camp for Crippled Children, a summer camp that is free to kids with disabilities. The summer of 1960, just got way more exciting. Terry Galloway is a writer, director, and performer for stage, radio, and film. For more about...


Snap #932 - The Cut

"Bad Hair Cut" - 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. Producer: Shaina Shealy Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio


The Fire Tapes Special

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 Festival in San Francisco. Producers: Sukey Lewis, Mark Ristich and Jeremy Siegel.


Snap #909 - Counted: An Oakland Story

Counted: An Oakland Story is the story of the people lost to Oakland’s violence last year. During 2017, a team of Snap Judgment producers, learned about Oakland’s homicide victims, their families and communities. Visit for more interviews, photos and illustrations. Producer: Adizah Eghan, Anna Sussman, Shaina Shealy, Jonathan Jones, Pat Mesiti-Miller, Nancy Lopez, Jazmin Aguilera, Eliza Smith, and Pendarvis Harshaw. Score: Leon Morimoto, Pat Mesiti-Miller, Renzo Gorrio,...


Snap #703 - Snap LIVE! in NYC

Glynn Washington - Friday Night Lockdown Glynn's father has a strict rule for Friday nights...the Second Coming. Performed live by Glynn Washington at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Jen Kober - Girl Scout Cookies As a littler 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 all together. Performed Live by Jen Kober at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Josh Healey -...


Snap #931 - Spooked IX: Creepy Crawly

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. Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Leon Morimoto The Taxidermist: When Tracey started doing taxidermy, she assumed all her subjects would be dead. Until she met a squirrel who didn't seem quite right. Producer: Jazmin Aguilera Original Score: Leon Morimoto The Visage: A man is hired to do remodel work on a...


Snap #930 - Spooked IX: Trapped

It's that time of year again. Snap Judgment proudly presents "Spooked IX: Trapped." THE IRON GATE An American sniper shooter takes over an empty house in Baghdad and encounters the one threat he is powerless against. 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 a message for them: Get. Out. Producer: Anna Sussman Original Score: Leon Morimoto Get 13 all-new...


Snap #929 - Back To The Wall

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. Check out more about Jason “Singer” Smith at his website And be sure to check out Tommy Caldwell’s book “The Push” available now as well as the movie The Dawn Wall. For more details on the kidnapping read Greg Child’s book “Over...