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September 28, 2023
Your kids love her, your in-laws fear her, but you can't do Friday date night without QANanny. The ice is cracking on Lake Huron... will it break the bond between two ice fishermen? And Dr. Ray Christian gets stuck in the mud at Burning Man. This week on Snap, stories of people trying to escape a mess of their own making.
Your kids love her, your in-laws fear her, but you can't do Friday date night without QANanny.
Thank you, Josh Healy, for sharing your story with Snap!
Produced by David Exumé, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff
No Ice Is Safe Ice
The ice is cracking on Lake Huron... will it break the bond between two ice fishermen?
Thank you Steve, Jeremy, and Telaine for sharing your story with us.
This episode was originally aired on Points North, podcast from Interlochen Public Radio. Go listen now for more stories about land, water, and inhabitants of the Great Lakes!
Produced by Dan Wanschura, original score by Clay Xavier, edited by Nancy Lopez and John Fecile
Dr. Ray Christian gets stuck in the mud… at Burning Man.
Thanks, Ray, for telling us this tale. Go check out Ray’s podcast, What’s Ray Saying, for a deeper view into Black life in America and all things Ray.
Produced by John Fecile, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff
Artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 14 - Episode 41
September 21, 2023
Some commitments go way beyond words.
Glynn discovers the true meaning of friendship.
The Belfast Project
It’s not always easy to deal with the past, especially if it’s a troubled one. Do you hold on to it or do you let it go? For Anthony McIntyre the answer was easy.
Anthony McIntyre is a journalist and you can check out his writings on his website: The Pensive Quill.
Thank you to Ed Moloney for sharing the archival tape of the Brendan Hughes interviews from the Belfast Project that were featured in his book, Voices from the Grave.
Sound design by Renzo Gorrio, Produced by Nancy Lopez
Two best friends have never met in person ... and one of them insists they keep it that way.
That was Allison Williams, and that piece was produced by Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime for CBC's Love Me. You can hear more at cbc.ca/loveme or subscribe on iTunes.
13 Ways To Destroy A Painting
How far would you go to save the person you love? This radio play was adapted from Amber Sparks’s story, 13 Ways of Destroying a Painting, from her short story collection The Unfinished World. You can find more of her work at www.ambernoellesparks.com
Narrator: Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller, produced by Eliza Smith
Season 14 - Episode 40
September 14, 2023
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.
Plus, we have life updates from the students about what they’re doing now.
A very special thank you to our heroes: Brantin, Damaris and Alex. Thank you also to Mission High School Principal Eric Guthertz, everyone in the Wellness Center and our guide Chandra Shivakumar.
Produced by Adizah Eghan, Liz Mak, Eliza Smith, Anna Sussman, and Mark Ristich
Original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller and Renzo Gorrio
Season 14 - Episode 39
September 7, 2023
Chris Lundy always wanted to figure out why his family took him to see a Vodou priest and how this treatment made him better. And a group paratroopers go on a trip with their Sergeant that’s out of this world.
Magic Potion Vodou
Chris Lundy has always wanted to figure out why his family took him to see a Vodou priest and how this treatment made him better.
There is one explicit word in this story. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.
Big thanks to Chris Lundy for sharing your story! Chris is a storyteller who's performed at First Person Arts, RISK!, USA Today's Storytellers Project, and more.
Major thanks to WHYY's The Pulse, who originally aired this story. Their podcast features stories about people and places at the heart of health and science. Check it out!!
This story was produced and reported by Chris Lundy and Justin Kramon. It was edited by Maiken Scott and Lindsay Lazarski. Sound design by Maiken Scott. Engineering by Charlie Kaier. Special thanks to Dieu Nalio Chery for his help on the story.
When morale was low among the paratroopers in his company, Sergeant Ray Christian takes them on a trip.
Thanks Ray for telling us your story! Check out Ray’s podcast, What’s Ray Saying, and follow him on Twitter.
Original score and sound design by Leon Morimoto, produced by Adizah Eghan
Season 14 - Episode 38
August 31, 2023
There are some stories we are afraid to tell. Some truths only happen after dark. And some secrets can only be shared around the fire.
We proudly present, “Campfire Tales X.” An annual tradition featuring supernatural stories from our evil-twin podcast, Spooked.
Smell Ya Later
After Laura’s husband gets a fatal diagnosis, he promises to contact her from beyond the grave. But how will she know it’s really him?
Original score by Leon Morimoto, produced by Anne Ford
Paper Route Premonition
Alyssa is taking over her friend’s paper route for the week. It’s a fun way to make a little money. There’s just this one house that’s freaking her out …
Original score by Yari Bundy, produced by Anne Ford
When Roberta is a little girl, there’s nothing scarier than the thought of being caught out in a big storm. One day, her worst fear comes true … and then someone shows up
Season 14 - Episode 37
August 24, 2023
Did you ever have that one friend that you didn’t want but it turns out you really need? This week on Snap, epic stories about unexpected companionship.
Shut Up Rick
He’s called Shut Up Rick. Let’s hear what he has to say.
Thank you Bucky Sinister and Rick Loddy.
Bucky is a poet, author, and comedian — to learn more about Bucky’s work and what he’s up to now, subscribe to his substack.
Original score by Clay Xavier, produced by Zahra Noorbaksh and John Fecile
Rock Paper Scissors
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
The Kipling Hotel - LIVE
A young, penniless student arrives at UCLA with no place to stay and is forced to improvise.
Performed by Don Reed at Snap LIVE in San Francisco, CA.
Music composed by Alex Mandel, performed by the Snap Judgment Players: Alex Mandel, David Brandt, and Tim Frick
Season 14 – Episode 36
August 17, 2023
A woman takes animal rehabilitation to new heights when she brings over a thousand bats back from the dead. And a Snap producer reveals he owes a lot to one single hairy flying creature. Snap Judgment presents, “Batwoman.” True stories about animals told by humans.
A woman in Texas takes animal rehabilitation to new heights when she brings over a thousand bats back from the dead.
There is an explicit word in this story. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.
Thank you, Mary Warwick, for sharing your story with us!
Big thanks also to The Houston Humane Society, The TWRC Wildlife Center, and the Batworld Sanctuary in Texas – whose staff protect and rehabilitate bats, and provide education and training on the proper treatment of bats to people all over the US.
Original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, produced by Shaina Shealy
Bless the Bat
Snap Producer, John Fecile, tells us how he got where is he today.
Original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, produced by John Fecile
Season 14 - Episode 35
August 11, 2023
Have you ever wanted something so badly you’d do anything to make it happen? Sixteen-year-old Mohamed decides to dig deep in his religion to take the next step with his crush. There’s no love like young love… especially when it’s a secret.
This story contains strong language, discusses sexuality, and mentions corporal punishment. Please take care while listening.
BIG thanks to Mohamed Ali for sharing his story with us! Mohamed is an artist and comedian, he just got back to Canada after spending the last few years working and performing in Southeast Asia. Check out his Instagram!
Special thanks to Zahra Noorbakhsh. Big thanks as well to Zaiba Hasan & her crew from the podcast Mommying While Muslim.
Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot
Snap Music Spotlight: “Honest” by Jada Imani (produced by Dakim)
Jada Imani is an East St. Louis-born, Bay Area-raised Hip-Hop R&B artist and organizer. In addition to a whole bunch of great music, Jada recently launched a new product line called “Good For The Soul”. Be sure to check out her Patreon and follow her on social media!
This song comes to us from the compilation Water For The Town Vol. 4, a project series from SmartBomb created to raise mutual aid and awareness for various organizations and grassroots movements doing vital work right here in Oakland.
The song is produced by Dakim, be sure to check out more of Dakim’s music and follow them on Instagram!
Snap Classic - Season 14 - Episode 34
August 3, 2023
Nelufar grew up with a Muslim upbringing, and she’s about to dig into a ritual that’s at the center of her religion: the daily call to prayer. It’s a practice uniting 1.8 billion Muslims around the world. But, for a lot of reasons, Nelufar never felt completely comfortable responding to that call. So Nelufar, she tries a slightly different approach.
This episode comes to us from our friends at Ritually. It’s Nelufar Hedayat’s new podcast, from Brazen Media. And In each episode, she tries out a new spiritual or wellness ritual to find out if practicing it can actually make you feel better. Want to hear more? Listen to Ritually wherever you get your podcasts!
BIG thanks to the entire Ritually team over there for their work on this beautiful piece: Sarah Kendal, Susie Armitage, Clair Urbahn, Troy Holmes, Bradley Hope, Tom Wright, Mariangel Gonzales, Lucy Woods, Charlotte Cooper, Francesca Gilardi Quadrio Curzio, Nour Abdel Latif, Megan Dean, Ryan Ho, and Julien Pradier.
Ritually’s theme music is by Amaroun. Original music is by Jay Brown. Artwork by Ryan Ho and Julien Pradier
Season 14 - Episode 33
July 27, 2023
Two comic story tellers, Dino Archie and James Judd, bring you love, bromance and a summer camp exorcism with sock puppets. This episode contains explicit language.
The Legend of Sweet Foot
Comedian Dino Archie got into a bar fight that blossomed into a bromance. The bond with his soulmate ripens over crab trapping, bankruptcy, and the Ghost of Christmas Future.
Comedian James Judd dreams of being kidnapped, falling in love with a human hair blanket, and a church camp exorcism…you know, the kind with googly-eyed sock puppets.
Original Music by Bells Atlas
Snap Classic - Season 14 - Episode 32