Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment delivers a raw brand of compelling personal stories, mixing tall tales with killer tunes. It’s storytelling… with a beat.

Recent Episodes

Snap #627 - Spooked VI: The Awakening

STORIES


The Seer


Glynn encounters a mysterious woman with a mystical aura.


Producer: Pat Mesiti-Miller


 


Myrtle's Plantation


A successful software engineer from Silicon valley buys an old plantation house in Louisiana. What she doesn’t know is that the plantation, known as the Myrtles Plantation, is known as of America’s most haunted houses. Find out more about Frances Kermeen and the Myrtles Plantation here.



Producer: Anna Sussman

El Payaso Zombie


When a carnival in Mexico turns dark, young Oscar Mendoza finds out why  he should not have laughed at the clowns...


This story first appeared on the podcast and website Real Ghost Stories Online. Check them out at www.realghoststoriesonline.com

Producer: Ana Adlerstein
Original Score: Leon Morimoto

Mountain Jane Doe


In 1969, the body of an unidentified girl was found in the woods of Harlan, Kentucky. 30 years later her ghost comes to haunt Darla Jackson’s family. Using clues from beyond, Darla sets out to solve the murder of a girl they call Mountain Jane Doe.


This story comes to us from the award winning radio show and podcast Reveal.  Check out their new documentary "The Dead Unknown" at revealnews.org.   Reveal also created a web tool to search the missing and the unknown dead, and their amazing documentary on Mountain Jane Doe.


 


Produced by Mark Ristich and Eliza Smith


Original Reporting: G.W. Schultz


Voiceover: Michael Schiller


Voice of Uncle James: Michael Phillips


Original Score:   Leon Morimoto

Snap #524 - Mystery Man

On the next Snap, "Mystery Man." People think they know who they're dealing with, but on the next Snap Judgment -- we throw them for a loop.


STORIES


Waiting For The Man


When the knock on the door comes, Glynn's deepest darkest fears come to life.

Producer: Pat Mesiti-Miller


Zodiac Signs


Gary Stewart grew up with a fairy tale notion of his father. So when he set out to search for him, the last thing he ever expected was to find himself in the middle of one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of all time.

Check out Gary's book, "The Most Dangerous Animal Of All."

Producer: Nancy Lopez
Sound Design: Leon Morimoto and Pat Mesiti-Miller


Genius Sperm


What do you do when you find out that you are most definitely the offspring of the world's elite genius pool?

Big thanks to David Plotz, author of "The Genius Factory, The Curious History of The Nobel Prize Sperm Bank."

Producer: Ana Adlerstein
Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio


 

Snap #626 - The Proxy

It's an all-NEW Snap..."The Proxy." What if you could be you without all of the responsibility, the guilt, and the self-loathing? Too good to be true? ...Maybe not.


 


STORIES


Liar Liar


Glynn must settle a mock lawsuit with his partner to pass his class. His tactics are ruthless.

Producer: Mark Ristich


Marwencol


When Mark Hogencamp woke up in the hospital he had no idea who he was or where he was. He was beat up so badly that he couldn’t walk, talk or speak. When his therapies are cut off by Medicaid, Mark has to make his own treatment, and in the process he makes some most unusual friends.


Once you’ve listened, we know you want to see the photos. And lucky for you you can find them all in one book. Welcome to Marwencol comes out November 3rd. Do not miss it. Go to the website to get yourself a copy. You can find the documentary on which this story was based, Marwencol, there too. HUGE thank you to Jeff Malberg, the director of the documentary, for sharing his tape with us for this story.



Producer: Julia DeWitt


 


Friday Night Lights


Your dad loves football. You hate football. How do you quit? Play football.


Check out Harrison’s memoir -- The World Largest Man


Producer: Davey Kim
Sound Designer: Renzo Gorrio


 


Just Another Fish Story


20 Years ago, a whale washed up on a beach in Lubec, Maine, but it’s death was just the beginning of it’s story.  

This piece was produced by Molly Menschel when she was a student at the Salt Institute in Portland Maine.  Salt Institute is the one place that trained budding radio producers nation-wide, and is currently in danger of closing.    To find out more about efforts to keep the school open, you can visit savesalt.org and join Save Salt’s facebook page.

The Music on this story is played with the jew's harp by Tapani Varis, if you like to hear more go to www.tapanivaris.com.

Producer: Molly Menschel

Snap #625 - Sleeping Girl

What if you could live forever--but you had to be asleep the whole time? Would you want to live your life… in a dream?


This story was commissioned by Serendipity, an audio fiction podcast produced by Ann Heppermann and Martin Johnson from Sarah Lawrence College. "Sleeping Girl" was inspired by The Sarah Awards' Very, Very, Short Short Stories Contest. Learn more at thesarahawards.com. There you can listen to inspiring works, learn how to take part in the audio fiction revolution.


 


Actors


Sleeping Girl - Katie Mingle


Her Partner - Eliza Smith


 


Producer: Eliza Smith


Written By Eliza Smith and Mark Ristich


Sound Design: Leon Morimoto

Snap #625 - Rose Colored Glasses

It's an all-NEW Snap, "Rose Colored Glasses." Some people go through life with a smile on their faces...do they know something we don't?


STORIES


Above The Rim

Glynn was almost a globetrotter….almost.

Producer: Pat Mesiti-Miller

Low Blow

Rodney Hyden was a hardworking family man. He liked to end his week surrounded by good friends, a bonfire, and an old fella by the name of Julian who liked to spin a tall tale involving buried cocaine off the shores of Puerto Rico. But it was just a story, right?

The story was created as part of a collaboration between Snap Judgment and GQ magazine. It was produced by Nancy López along with Daniel Riley, who first reported Rodney’s story, The Great Cocaine Treasure Hunt, for GQ.

Producer: Nancy Lopez
Sound Design: Leon Morimoto

The Pinetar Game

Every baseball fan has heard of the superstar hitter George Brett and his infamous Pine Tar Game…but have you heard of the bat boy’s version?


For more info, check out Daniel Barbarisi’s story in the Wall Street Journal.

Producer: Davey Kim
Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio

Sleeping Girl

What if you could live forever--but you had to be asleep the whole time? Would you want to live your life… in a dream?

This story was commissioned by Serendipity, an audio fiction podcast produced by Ann Heppermann and Martin Johnson from Sarah Lawrence College. "Sleeping Girl" was inspired by The Sarah Awards' Very, Very, Short Short Stories Contest. Learn more at thesarahawards.com. There you can listen to inspiring works, learn how to take part in the audio fiction revolution.

Actors
Katie Mingle
Eliza Smith

Producer: Eliza Smith
Sound Design: Leon Morimoto