July 29, 2021
The podcast The Turning from Rococo Punch and iHeartRadio tells the story of religious sisters who joined Mother Teresa’s order of nuns, but who eventually decided they had to leave. It asks, what is the line between devotion and brainwashing? Can you truly give yourself to God? If you make a lifelong vow, what does it mean to break it?
Produced by Erika Lantz, Elin Lantz Lesser, and Emily Forman. Editing by Rob Rosenthal. Digital production by Andrea Asuaje. Fact checking by Andrea López-Cruzado. Theme music by Matt Reed. Executive producers Jessica Alpert, John Perotti, and Katrina Norvell.
Find Mary Johnson’s memoir An Unquenchable Thirst here.
Season 12 - Episode 30
July 22, 2021
A woman in Veracruz, Mexico receives a map from a pair of anonymous strangers that leads her on a search to solve a mystery that’s haunted her for years. And a psychiatrist brings together three men who believe they are all Jesus Christ, hoping to cure them of their delusions.
Map to the Disappeared
A woman in Veracruz, Mexico receives a map from a pair of anonymous strangers that leads her on a search to solve a mystery that’s haunted her for years.
This story includes descriptions of corpses, graves sites, and a brief mention of torture. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.
Thank you, Griselda Barradas, for sharing your story with us! Special thanks to journalist Felix Marquez for his assistance in producing this story and to actress Norma Yolanda Lopez.
Griselda is still a member of the group, El Solecito. They’ve just begun excavating a second mass grave in Veracruz and have so far found close to 50 bodies. Today there are more than 70 groups of parents across Mexico like El Solecito. Searching for the remains of their missing children while the authorities do little to help. On average, two graves are uncovered each day.
Produced by Esther Honig, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot
The Three Christs Of Ypsilanti
In 1959, psychiatrist Milton Rokeach brought together three schizophrenic men who believed they were Jesus Christ, hoping to cure them of their delusions. But over time, his methods became dangerously amoral.
Thanks to Richard Bonier and Ronald Hoppe for their help. Additional thanks to Peter Shyppert as the voice of Milton Rokeach.
You can buy The Three Christs of Ypsilanti, Rokeach’s book, right here.
Produced by Stephanie Foo, original score by Leon Morimoto
Season 12 - Episode 29
July 15, 2021
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 Classic - Season 12- Episode 28
July 8, 2021
A severed head turns up in a small rural town. While police investigate this as a crime, they look at disturbed graves, search for missing people — suspect a killer. But the forensic artist on the case has a very different theory for how the head ended up in the woods.
This story contains references to forensic material, sensitive listeners please be advised.
Thank you to Michelle Vitali & Mike O’Brien for sharing this story with Snap.
Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 12 - Episode 27
July 1, 2021
A tiny, pirate radio station broadcasts to the thousands of families trapped in ISIS-controlled Mosul. A man’s fingers fly across the keys with ease when he sits down at a piano for the first time. And a young kid learns a lesson in friendship.
Mixed up Mixtape
Glynn tries to front as an angsty mixtape master, and it's got him all mixed up.
Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller
Good Morning Mosul
A tiny, pirate radio station broadcasts to the thousands of families trapped in ISIS-controlled Mosul. When listeners start calling in, something remarkable happens.
This story contains graphic depictions of war, sensitive listeners please be advised.
Produced by Anna Sussman
Original score & sound design by Leon Morimoto & Pat Mesiti-Miller
Although most musicians spend decades honing their craft, musical genius Derek Amato never had to practice a day in his life. One day, he just sat down at the piano and his fingers began to fly across the keys with ease.
As an immediate musical genius, Derek is one of the few people on Earth diagnosed with Acquired Musical Savant Syndrome. Derek takes us into the inner workings of his amazing gift.
Produced by Anna Sussman & Pat Mesiti-Miller
Original score & sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller
DK and DJ
Back when Urkel and Beanie Babies ruled the world, Snap Judgment producer Davey Kim was trying to keep his ‘frenemyship’ with his neighbor afloat.
This story contains a racial slur, sensitive listeners please be advised.
For more of Davey’s radio stories, check out his website -- daveykim.com
Producer and Sound Design by Davey Kim
Artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 12 - Episode 26
June 24, 2021
One officer in Los Angeles used car inspections to hit on women. Three hundred miles away in the San Francisco Bay Area, another woman says an officer used police resources to harass and stalk her.
This episode investigates these two cases of sexual misconduct by California Highway Patrol officers. While the officers were fired, the agency did not refer potential crimes to prosecutors. And the files show some women who came forward were met with suspicion, discouragement, or what one woman saw as intimidation.
Snap presents, “Conduct Unbecoming,” the second episode of On Our Watch, an investigative podcast from NPR & KQED.
This episode contains instances of sexual misconduct but it does not contain sexual assault. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.
Thank you, Sukey Lewis, Sandhya Dirks, Alex Emslie, and the entire On Our Watch team!
On Our Watch is an amazing seven-part podcast series, hosted by Sukey Lewis. It was created after a new police transparency law unsealed scores of internal affairs files. NPR and KQED reporters set out to examine these cases and the shadow world of police discipline. Learn more about On Our Watch at KQED.org. Listen & subscribe now!
On Our Watch is produced as part of the California Reporting Project, a coalition of news organizations in California.
Artwork by Nicole Xu for NPR
Season 12 - Episode 25
June 17, 2021
Cheyenne Brady knew next to nothing about the US census when she was given the job of counting everyone on her reservation. Writer Julian Brave Noisecat follows her through the ups and downs of the 2020 census, culminating in the first-ever Census Powwow.
This story features descriptions of genocide and historical trauma, sensitive listeners please be advised.
A big, big thank you to everyone on the Fort Berthold Reservation. Especially Cheyenne Brady and her family: Novi Runs Above, Holy Rope, Tayvin, Poncho, Tookie, Uncle Thomas, and Grandma Florence.
Thank you also to Charlie Moran, Tavares Fimbres, Gabrielle Wilkinson, and Braedyn Taft, and Jazz Bearstail. Thanks to our friends at KMHA radio: Anne Morsette, Will Maguire, Ricky Raine, and Shelley Krueger for administering a rapid COVID test. And big thanks to the whole Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation.
Sincerest thanks to Dr. Cheryl Ann Kary, Cheryl Keepseagle, Logan Davis, Barb Anguino, D’Vera Cohn, Byard Duncan, David Rodriguez, and Lycia Ortega Maddocks.
This story was produced in partnership with Type Investigations.
The original score was by Cheflee and Pat Mesiti-Miller
This story was produced and reported by Julian Brave NoiseCat and John Fecile
It was written by Julian Brave NoiseCat
Season 12 - Episode 24
June 10, 2021
In May 1991, a bank robber walked into a bank in Irving, Texas, and without speaking handed the teller a note that read, “This is a bank robbery. Give me your money. No marked bills or dye packs.” Witnesses reported that the robber was wearing a cowboy hat and a brown leather jacket. And then it happened again. And again. But when FBI agents finally got a lead, they discovered that the robber wasn’t who they expected at all…
This award-winning podcast, hosted by Phoebe Judge, was one of the first, if not the first, true-crime podcast. They tell incredible stories of people who’ve done wrong, been wronged, or gotten caught somewhere in the middle.
Artwork by: Julienne Alexander
Season 12 - Episode 23 - Snap Spotlight
June 3, 2021
An Israeli soldier’s decision to speak out against his own violent actions comes back to haunt him. And a little girl in Brooklyn devotes herself to becoming a nun… or does she?
Crimes, Lies, and Videotape
When Dean Issacharoff was a commander in the Israeli Defense Forces, he patrolled the Palestinian city of Hebron, and later fought in Gaza. Then, after he got home from the army, Dean’s decision to speak out about his own violent actions came back to haunt him.
This story contains images of war and violence, sensitive listeners please be advised.
Thank you, Dean, for sharing your story with us.
A special thanks to the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, the John Templeton Foundation and Templeton Religion Trust, and KALW’s Spiritual Edge podcast – this story would not have been possible without their support. Opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of these organizations.
Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller.
The Flying Nun
A little girl in Brooklyn can help her whole community if she just devotes herself to becoming a nun but what if she doesn’t want to?
A big thanks to Eileen for sharing your story with us. Read more of Eileen O’Toole’s story in her book, At Sister Anna’s Feet.
Produced by Anna Sussman
Season 12 - Episode 22 - Snap Classic
June 1, 2021
It's been almost a year since friends and family have been able to visit their loved ones in prison, due to the pandemic. Letters to the inside are always a lifeline. This year, more than ever.
Today, from Uncuffed, we hear from Adamu Chan, who was recently released from San Quentin State Prison, while his friend Edmond Richardson, is still on the inside.
Uncuffed is a storytelling project made by people behind bars, from inside California prisons, in collaboration with KALW. To hear the full version of this story, visit Uncuffed and make sure to subscribe wherever you get your podcasts!
Produced by Adamu Chan, Ninna Gaensler-Debs, Angela Johnston, Pat Mesiti-Miller & Eli Wirtschafter
Season 12 - Episode 21