Episodes

  • Things go horribly wrong for a safari guide on the Zambezi River when he comes face-to-face with a rogue hippo. And Dr. Ray Christian breaks the first rule about Fight Club and tells us all about it.

    This episode contains graphic imagery. Please take care while listening.

    STORIES

    Belly of the Beast

    Things go horribly wrong for a safari guide on the Zambezi River when he comes face-to-face with a rogue hippo.

    Thank you, Paul, for sharing your story with Snap! Check out Paul Templer’s memoir, What’s Left of Me.

    Produced by Erika Lantz, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Fight Club

    The first rule about fight club is you do not talk about fight club. Dr. Ray Christian breaks that rule.

    You can hear more of Ray on his podcast: What's Ray Saying?

    Produced by Mark Ristich, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Snap Classic - Season 15 - Episode 15

  • A man fights freezing temperatures and extreme altitude while ascending Mt. Kilimanjaro, to search for answers to life’s questions. And when a resident of the Cadillac Hotel goes missing, her longtime lover and best friend won’t rest until she is found.

    STORIES

    Rocky’s Best Life

    Glynn remembers the fond memories of a childhood friend, Rocky.

    Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    The Enlightenment Trap

    A skeptical journalist fights freezing temperatures alongside a fitness guru to test his limits.

    Read more about Scott’s adventures with Wim Hof and his ascent up Mt. Kilimanjaro in his book, “What Doesn’t Kill Us.” See what else Scott is up to on his website.

    Produced by Adizah Eghan, original score by David Last

    The Cadillac Hotel

    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.

    Produced by Parker Yesko with assistance from Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Snap Classic: Season 15 - Episode 14

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  • Three fanboys and a dead-sexy wax Burt Reynolds are on a mission. They are Eastbound and Down on a road trip from Cali to Florida State and the troopers… are hot on their heels.

    A huge thank you to Mike Carano, Matt Leuthe, and Steve Millunzi for sharing their experience! Mike originally told a version of this story in conversation with Christine Blackburn on the Storyworthy podcast. Check out their collection of amazing stories!

    Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 13

  • A Chicago newspaper establishes an undercover bar to catch officials in the act of corruption. And a hardcore soccer fan from the crowd is put to the test in a game what happens next made him a legend.

    STORIES

    Night At The Mirage

    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 presents, “Night at The Mirage.” The story of the famous undercover Chicago Sun bar, as told by two reporters posing as bartenders.

    Produced by Joe Rosenburg and Anna Sussman, original score by Leon Morimoto

    The Legend Of Steve Davies

    In one of soccer’s most legendary fairy tales, manager Harry Redknapp once plucked a hardcore fan from the crowd and put him to the test for West Ham United. What happens next made the fan a legend.

    Thank you, Steve Davies, for sharing your story with the Snap. A special thanks to Jeff for bringing us that story.

    Produced by Davey Kim

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Snap Classic – Season 15 Episode 12

  • Cell Double L is the final cell in Oklahoma State Penitentiary. It is the cell you occupy before your execution. We speak to three men and their loved ones as they move through death watch row.

    This episode includes references to penal executions and strong language. Please take care while listening.

    Huge enormous thanks to Bigler Stouffer, Wade Lay, and Donald Grant for sharing your stories. Also major thanks to the loved ones, on the outside, for allowing us inside their lives.

    Produced by Ellie Lightfoot and Gaby Caplan

    Gaby Caplan and Ellie Lightfoot reported this story while participating in the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism’s National Fellowship and the Kristy Hammam Fund for Health Journalism.

    Season 15 - Episode 11

  • We’re going back to college with Ronald Young Jr., where he couldn’t wait to explore a world beyond the watchful gaze of his churchgoing parents. He meets an amazing girl, but their story would not be a love story… because of their weight.

    This story comes to us from Weight For It, a production of Oh It’s Big Ron Studios and is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX. This podcast series was a Tribeca Official Selection. It was also picked by the New York Times as one of the best podcasts of the year. Listen to Weight For It wherever you get your podcasts. Follow Ronald Young Jr. on Twitter, Threads, IG, and TikTok - @ohitsbigron

    Episodes of Weight For It were produced and written by Ronald Young Jr., with editing from Sarah Dealey. The version you heard was edited for Snap by Regina Bediako.

    Sound design and mixing from the Reverend John DeLore of Starlight Diner. Theme music from Jay Redd, with additional music from Mass Potential, the artist DT, and the mysterious Breakmaster Cylinder.

    Special thanks to Caitlin Scanlan, Jessica Taylor Dickin, Myra Mejia, and Dr. Caitlin Gunn. Artwork by Heather Wilder.

    Support Resources

    If you need support for disordered eating or your body image; please check out the links below:

    Crescent Counseling Center

    Intuitive Growth Counseling

    National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated disorders

    Project Heal

    Muti-service eating disorders association

    National Alliance for Eating Disorders

    Eating Recovery Center

    What We Don’t Talk About When We Talk About Fat - Aubrey Gordon

    Heavy - Kiese Laymon

    Belly of the Beast - Da’ Shaun Harrison

    The Body is Not an Apology - Sonya Renee Taylor

    Season 15 - Episode 10

  • Armored trucks spew clouds of cash into the sky and the people who happen upon it are faced with an unexpected moral dilemma. And a kid from Harlem becomes the biggest heroin dealer in upstate New York. He soon learns what it will take for him to turn his back on a mountain of cash.

    STORIES

    Money Truck

    Six people, six different times and places, but they all find themselves in the same predicament, asking the same question, should they stop or should they go?

    This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised.

    BIG thanks to Tyler Estep, who first reported Philip Dean’s story for the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Thanks also to Cole Richards and Randy Scott Carroll for recording assistance.

    Thank you to everyone interviewed for this story: Troy Stokes, Philip Dean, Betsy Richards, Delrish Moss, Carol Steele, and the Lucky Guy.

    Big love and thanks to Shannon Cason, who narrated this piece. Check out Shannon’s podcast ‘Homemade Stories’ to hear more from him.

    Produced by Anna Sussman, John Fecile & Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Whiteboy John and The Seven Saints

    A kid from Harlem becomes the biggest heroin dealer in upstate New York. He soon learns what it will take for him to turn his back on a mountain of cash.

    Abdul-Kenyatta has performed as a workshop facilitator and motivational speaker. He is a poet, storyteller, jazz and blues vocalist, and a novelist.

    He was an actor with the San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Children’s Theater for five years, and a San Francisco State University, Black Studies Department Associate Professor, lecturing on African and African-American History and Literature.

    His novel Five Thousand Urgently Pointless Distractions was published in 2000. He is the 2005 Berkeley Poetry Festival Slam Poetry Champion. He was a member of the Oakland 2004 National Slam Team and the 2006 San Francisco Slam Master, the 2007 Marin County Fair Slam Poetry Champion, and a member of the 2007 San Francisco National Slam Team. He appeared in the Jamie De Wolfe film “SMOKED”.

    Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Snap Classic – Season 15 – Episode 9

  • Two correctional officers pay a high price for exposing corruption and abuse by their fellow officers, in the most dangerous prison in California–New Folsom. This incredible episode is from On Our Watch, an investigative podcast series from our friends at KQED.

    This story touches on intense topics including substance use, state violence, and self harm. Please take care while listening. If you need support, there are resources below.

    On Our Watch is a story about broken promises and unwritten rules. It’s a story about who gets hurt when the system that promises to keep us safe is bent on protecting itself. Host Sukey Lewis and co-reporter Julie Small piece together an explosive narrative through interrogation tapes, 911 audio, prison phone calls, personal audio recordings, and hours of emotional interviews. It includes exclusive analysis of hundreds of previously secret documents—some only unsealed by lawsuits brought by KQED—and sheds light on misconduct and abuse within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

    Listen and follow now.

    RESOURCES

    If you are currently in crisis, you can dial 988 [U.S.] to reach the National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
    SAMHSA National Help Line
    988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
    NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Helpline
    US Health and Human Services
    Warmline Directory

    Season 15 - Episode 8

  • When a reporter’s love story hits a dead end, she turns to a Palestinian couple for answers. A pretty ugly Photoshop project explodes and a man comes out to his mother repeatedly.

    STORIES

    Photo Session

    When a reporter’s love story hits a dead end, she turns to a Palestinian couple for answers.

    Thank you Rayan, Samih, and Anna!

    Two years after their engagement, Rayan and Samih got married and moved to a flat just outside the camp and they still work there as journalists. Our storyteller Anna and her boyfriend got engaged shortly after she moved to Iraq to be with him. Read these two stories and many more in Anna Lekas Miller’s book Love Across Borders.

    Produced by John Fecile. Original score by Clay Xavier. Artwork by Teo Ducot. Translation by Naziha Baassiri. Voice acting by Snap producer John Fecile and his wife Sarah Fecile.

    Make Me Beautiful

    Esther asked 50 Photoshop artists to make her beautiful. Things got pretty ugly.

    Thanks Esther for sharing this story!

    Esther Honig’s photo project still gets re-published to this day. It’s appeared in books for English language learners. The University of Cambridge put it in a textbook chapter about beauty. Her photos have been printed and hung on the walls of the Museum of Tomorrow in Brazil and The National Science and Media Museum in the UK. Check out her TED talk about this project.

    Esther is currently a producer at Storycorps, and has also produced two Snap episodes, “White Gold Fever” and “Map to the Disappeared.”

    Produced by John Fecile. Original score by Dirk Schwartzhoff.s

    When Are You Going To Get Married?

    For Ben Nakamura, coming out gay to his parents was not exactly like ripping off a band-aid…

    Produced by Liz Jones. Sound design by Renzo Gorrio.

    Season 15 - Episode 7

  • From the heart of Waziristan, the legend of Genghis Khan is being rewritten... on the squash court. Maria Toorpakai Wazir was raised as a boy, and took on everyone and everything - neighborhood bullies, Peshawar weightlifters, and all the rules about who should be able to compete.

    This story contains references to violence. Please take care while listening.

    Thank you, Maria Toorpakai Wazir, for sharing your story with Snap.

    In 2011, Maria moved to Toronto to train with Jonathon Power, a world champion in men's squash. Maria writes about this and so much more in her book: A Different Kind of Daughter: The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight. She has also set up the Maria Toorpakai Foundation encouraging families to educate girls and allow them to play sports.

    Produced by Zahra Noorbakhsh & Nancy López, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 6

  • A newlywed couple travels down a South American River into the thick of the Amazon jungle on a raft… alone. Their romantic adventure soon turns into the ultimate test for survival.

    Thank you, Holly Fitzgerald, for sharing your story with us! Read more about Holly’s epic romance in her memoir, Ruthless River.

    Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Snap Classic - Season 15 - Episode 5

  • A small plastic boat bobs helpless in the Aegean Sea, overwhelmed and overloaded. A young father from Mogadishu must take the helm to save everyone on board -- but will he lose his family because of it? And a boy on a top-secret mission tries to win over the most elusive, electrifying student in his 7th-grade class.

    STORIES

    Hanad & Faysa

    A small plastic boat bobs helpless in the Aegean Sea, overwhelmed and overloaded. A young father from Mogadishu must take the helm to save everyone on board -- but will he lose his family because of it?

    Thank you, Hanad and Faysa, for sharing your story with us.

    Reported by Niki Kitsantonis. Produced by John Fecile and Niki Kitsantonis. Original score by Lauryn Newson.

    Hanad’s translation was read by Said Shaiye. Additional recording by Daphne Tolis. Additional translation by Abdi Mohamed.

    Danger 9b

    Richard Hatch is overseas on a top-secret mission… to win over Jill, the most elusive, electrifying student in his 7th-grade class. He isn’t suave or sophisticated, so he’s gonna need help from The Beatles, the Russians, and even the CIA to pull it off.

    Thank you, Richard Hatch aka Danger 9b, for sharing your story with us!

    Rick is back in the US and is putting the finishing touches on a kid-friendly memoir about his travels abroad.

    Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 4

  • Hyphy, the legendary youth culture movement from the Bay. Uptempo music, oversized airbrushed T-shirts, stunna shades and candy painted cars doing donuts in intersections. It was an unbridled, livewire, communal celebration. The people fueled the music, and the music moved the people. But beneath it all? That’s where it gets real.

    Plus, a big story from a little boxer.

    STORIES

    Hyphy Kids Got Trauma from KQED

    This week on Snap, we have a special story to share from our friends at KQED’s Rightnowish podcast– it’s from host Pendarvis Harshaw’s series, Hyphy Kids Got Trauma.

    In 2006, Pen was 18 going on 19, and he had a front row seat to one of the most notable times in Bay Area hip-hop history– a period often referred to as “the hyphy movement”.

    It was an era of uptempo-bass-heavy music, oversized airbrushed white t-shirts, candy painted cars and stunna shades. There was exuberant dancing, extravagant slang, and goofy party antics. While there was a lot of partying and celebration, there was also a lot of pain. That year Oakland saw its second highest annual homicide total ever.

    Pen experienced all the highs and lows back then, but feels like the full story of the culture didn’t get told, until now when he brings us into the real meaning of “hyphy.”

    This story contains explicit language, mention of drug use, and violence. Sensitive listeners please be advised.

    BIG thanks to KQED and the whole Rightnowish team who shared this incredible story with us! Listen to the Hyphy Kids Got Trauma four part series on Rightnowish - wherever you get your podcasts!

    Hosted by Pendarvis Harshaw, produced by Maya Cueva, edited by Chris Hambrick, sound designed and mixed by Trackademics.

    With support from Eric Arnold, Jen Chien, Holly Kernan, Victoria Mauleon, Marisol Medina-Cadena, Gabe Meline, Xorje Olivares, Delency Parham, Cesar Saldaña, Sayre Quevedo, Katie Sprenger, Nastia Voynovskaya, and Ryce Stoughtenborough.

    The Little Boxer

    It's the 1950s in San Francisco. After getting beat one time too many, little Gus Lee decides to fight back.

    A big thanks to Gus Lee. This story comes from his novel, “China Boy,” based on his childhood. Lee is a courage-based leadership trainer and consultant. He’s now completing his eighth book, "Courage Is a Verb."

    Produced by Liz Mak, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Engineering by Pat Mesiti-Miller, illustration by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 3

  • A rock band from Zimbabwe becomes the voice of a revolution. And a New York Rabbi has his faith tested when he takes a job helping a member of the KKK.

    STORIES

    Fault Lines

    Glynn goes on a date...and things get shaky.

    Sound design by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Zim Heavy: Rock and Revolution in Zimbabwe

    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 music and revolution in the face of an oppressive government.

    Listen to Wells Fargo’s release "Watch Out!" Learn more about the work Matthew Shechmeister and Eothen “Egon” Alapatt are doing to document the Heavy scene at Now-Again Records.

    Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller

    Correspondent: Albert Nyathi

    Featuring Music by Wells Fargo courtesy of Now-Again Records

    Rabbi And The KKK

    A New York Rabbi has his faith tested when he takes a job in Nebraska.

    Produced by Anna Sussman, original music by Leon Morimoto

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 15 - Episode 2 - Snap Classic

  • A charming father wins just about everyone over until his criminal ways force his family on a ten-year journey running from the law. A secret artist becomes an art world sensation but unearths a family scandal. And a bank manager who loves to gamble gets into trouble.

    Sometimes the con job hits close to home.

    STORIES

    Con Man Daddy

    You’re young, fun, and on the run from the law. One kid’s journey across the Deep South leads to a big confrontation with the man who inspired it all… Con Man Daddy.

    BIG thanks to Jason Russel Waller as well as his brothers, Randy and Kel, for sharing your story with Snap!

    Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot

    The Art Of The Con

    What if the real story is even better than the fake story they made up? A secret artist, an art world sensation, a family scandal.

    Thanks, Ron, for sharing your story with us!

    Produced by Andrew Stelzer with support from Anna Sussman

    Insidious by Shannon Cason LIVE

    And a bank manager who loves to gamble gets into trouble.

    This story was told live by Shannon Cason at Snap LIVE in Los Angeles. Original music by Alex Mandel and Tim Frick.

    Snap Classic - Season 15 - Episode 1

  • A family leaves their busy life in Southern California to live in a little cabin in the woods, without electricity. But then, strange things start happening… it seems this family aren’t the only occupants of the cabin. And a story about a grandfather who makes monsters tremble. Snap Judgment presents, “The Stormy Night.” Real stories from people fighting for their loved ones.

    STORIES

    Northspur Storm

    Kathy and her kids leave a busy life in Southern California to live in a little cabin in the woods, without electricity. But then, strange things start happening. It seems Kathy and her children aren’t the only occupants of the cabin.

    Thank you, Kathy Bolte, for sharing your story with Spooked!

    Produced by Zoë Ferrigno, original score by Renzo Gorrio

    Shayne Koyczan’s Monsters LIVE

    Night creatures tremble in fear of Shane Koyczan's grandfather, until powers fail.

    This story contains explicit language. Sensitive listeners please be advised.

    This story was told by Shane at Snap LIVE in Los Angeles. Original Music by Alex Mandel, performed by Alex Mandel, Tim Frick, and David Brandt.

    Shane Koyczan is an award winning Canadian Poet, Author and Performer. He is also a TED Talks speaker. Shane's influential, anti-bullying, "To This Day Project" video went viral in early 2013 and currently has over 10 million views and counting.

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 14 - Episode 54

  • This week on Snap, the story of the first dog to travel around the world, a summer camp swimming contest to remember, plus - an earthquake that takes a man straight into the wreckage.

    We are so grateful for you, Snap Nation. Thank you for listening and supporting our show! Cheers to you and yours this holiday season.

    STORIES

    The Best Little Swimmer

    Terry Galloway is ten years old and absolutely in love with the idea of 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 Terry’s childhood in Texas, check out her book Mean Little Deaf Queer.

    Produced by Adizah Eghan, original score by Leon Morimoto

    The Dog That Went Around The World

    The story of the first dog to travel around the world (and refuse a free steak).

    Produced by Joe Rosenberg, sound design by Leon Morimoto

    Quake City Hero

    In 1989, an enormous earthquake struck the Bay Area. One of Oakland’s major arteries, the Cypress Freeway, collapsed. And one man named Raven, a local Oaklander, left his home, and dove into the wreckage to save lives.

    This story contains strong language, violence, and graphic imagery. Please take care while listening.

    This story comes from Liam O'Donoghue, host and producer of the podcast East Bay Yesterday.

    Produced by Liam O'Donoghue and Eliza Smith, original score by Davey Kim

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 14 - Episode 53

  • From the podcast, Movement, we spotlight the story of a self proclaimed “drunk drag queen,” and the music that saved them. Plus, we go on an adventure underwater to visit a secret kingdom for seahorses.

    STORIES

    Movement

    From the podcast, Movement, we spotlight the story of a self proclaimed “drunk drag queen,” and the music that saved them.

    Produced by Meklit Hadero and Ian Coss. The Movement show was co-created by Julie Caine.

    You can find all of San Cha’s music and projects at churchofsancha.com.

    If you want to find more stories at the crossroads of music and migration, search for “Movement with Meklit Hadero,” wherever you listen!

    Movement is supported by The Mellon Foundation and National Geographic Society, and distributed by PRX.

    Under Pressure

    After traumatic experiences underwater, a diver falls in love with the ocean again by building a secret kingdom for seahorses.

    BIG thanks to Roger Hanson. Roger’s writing a children’s book, called “A Seahorse of a Different Color,” about a unique seahorse who was born different. It comes out in June.

    Roger has previously been covered by the LA Times and Spectrum Channel 1, which called him the “world’s foremost expert on the Pacific Seahorse.”

    Seahorse Update: In September, pregnant Deep Blue stopped showing up. Roger thinks he was eaten by an octopus. He’s moved any remaining octopuses in the area and resettled them elsewhere.

    Produced by Liz Mak, original score by Leon Moriomoto

    Artwork by Teo Ducot

    Season 14 Episode 52

  • One beauty pageant. 12 contestants. 1000 rattlesnakes. And a story from a young girl who is confronted with the opportunity every kid at the orphanage dreamed of. Plus, the legendary Xiao Xiao.

    STORIES

    Been There Better Than That

    Glynn witnesses a lady show what real class looks like.

    12 Pageant Queens, 1000 Snakes

    One beauty pageant. 12 contestants. 1000 rattlesnakes.

    Produced by Anna Sussman

    A Hard Knock Life

    Sharon Skolnick was nine years old and an orphan in the Murrow Indian Orphanage, when she was confronted with the opportunity every girl at the orphanage dreamed of. Find out more about artist Sharon Skolnick at here.

    Sound Design by Renzo Gorrio, produced by Anna Sussman

    Xiao Xiao

    When Cindy adopted a four year old girl from China, there was a lot the two didn’t understand about each other.

    Find out about Cindy’s story (and her books) at CindyChampnella.com.

    Sound Design by Pat Mesiti-Miller, produced by Anna Sussman

    Art by Teo Ducot

    Season 14 - Episode 51

  • Two crazy cats and one hard-nosed reporter land in Syria right as it is thrown into turmoil. And a lovesick junior high kid will do anything to win over his crush. Even if that means going “undercover” for the US government.

    STORIES

    Wartime Cats

    Two crazy cats and one hard-nosed reporter land in Syria right as it is thrown into turmoil. Rasha Elass navigates her way through Damascus amidst government crackdowns and whistling missiles in search of the country she loves.

    This story contains graphic imagery and descriptions of wartime violence, sensitive listeners please be advised.

    Thank you, Rasha, for sharing your story with us! Rasha Elass is currently the editorial director at New Lines Magazine, where she first shared this story. She’s also working on a memoir about her childhood and reporting days in Syria. Follow what she’s up to on her website.

    Produced by David Exumé, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot

    Danger 9b

    Richard Hatch is overseas on a top-secret mission… to win over Jill, the most elusive, electrifying student in his 7th-grade class. He isn’t suave or sophisticated, so he’s gonna need help from The Beatles, the Russians, and even the CIA to pull it off.

    Thank you, Richard Hatch aka Danger 9b, for sharing your story with us!

    Rick is back in the US and is putting the finishing touches on a kid-friendly memoir about his travels abroad.

    Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff

    Season 14 – Episode 50