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January 27, 2023
A woman arrives in India only to discover that the baby she’s there to adopt has just been rescued from an orphanage tied to a child trafficking ring. Listen to Part Two of this amazing journey.
BIG thanks to Danielle and Annaporva Green for sharing your story with Snap. Read more incredible stories from Danielle in her book, A Magnificent Obsession.
Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio
Snap Classic - Season 14 Episode 3
January 20, 2023
When 14-year-old Annaporva finally decides to ask her mother about her biological family a story so unexpected unravels – there’s kingpins, death threats, and Maneka Gandhi.
A HUGE thank you to Danielle and Annaporva Green for sharing your story with Snap. For more stories from Danielle, check out her book, A Magnificent Obsession.
Produced by Nancy López, original score by Renzo Gorrio
Be sure to listen to next week’s Snap episode to hear Part Two of this story.
Snap Classic - Season 14 Episode 2
January 12, 2023
Toying with criminals is a dangerous game. This week, Marketplace brings Snap a chain-smoking internet detective who plays to win.
A version of this story originally aired on Marketplace’s This Is Uncomfortable, a show about life and how money messes with it. If you want to hear more, check out This Is Uncomfortable wherever you get podcasts.
BIG thanks to the This Is Uncomfortable team: Reema Khrais, Zoe Saunders, Karen Duffin, Alice Wilder, Marque Greene, Drew Jostad and Kunal Patel.
Produced by Peter Balonon-Rosen, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 14 - Episode 2
January 5, 2023
Lawrence “Binkey” Tolefree gets a phone call about a huge opportunity. But it’s the next call from his mom that leads to the most surprising performance of his career. And Nygel Turner shares what it’s like to live with Gynecomastia (aka Man Boobs).
This episode contains adult language & a scene with graphic imagery. Sensitive listeners, please be advised.
The Looking Glass
Glynn looks at an old picture of himself and reflects…
Produced by Pat Mesiti-Miller
Have You Seen Her
Lawrence “Binkey” Tolefree Jr. was born with a mic in his hands. He never met a stage he wouldn’t try to grace with his presence. And at 33, he thinks he’s finally gotten his big break. But when he calls his mom to tell her the good news, he sets into motion a journey that ushers in the most unexpected performance of his career.
Go on and get more Binkey Tolefree in your life! Check out his show every Friday on South Side Radio.
The piece featured “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, and “Have You Seen Her” by The Chi-Lites, which was written in part by Binky’s grandmother the great Barbara Acklin.
Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Pat Mesiti-Miller
The Amazing T*tty Man
How far will you hurt yourself before you start loving yourself? Nygel Turner shares what it’s like to live with Gynecomastia (aka Man Boobs).
This story was produced by YR Media‘s Adult ISH podcast. Adult ISH is a culture, advice, and storytelling show about #adulting, that is produced entirely by folks who are “almost adults”. The show is distributed by PRX’s Radiotopia. Be sure to subscribe and listen here!
Produced by Nygel Turner and Davey Kim, sound design by Oluwafemi and Davey Kim
Artwork by Teo Ducot
Snap Classic - Season 14 – Episode 1
December 29, 2022
A centuries old tradition. A history of racism. What’s it take to get a little love in the City of Brotherly Love?
This episode contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised.
Thank you to the Mummers Parade and everyone who was in this story!
Produced by David Exumé and John Fecile. Additional field production by Daisylove James. Original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot.
And a very very Happy New Year to you all from Snap Judgment!
Season 13 - Episode 43
December 23, 2022
A prison librarian thought he just had to keep track of books until he started reading between the lines. And a young girl in San Francisco discovers something about her mother that turns a secret she's keeping into a burden.
It’s time to Look Back before we move forward. Happy Holidays to all you Snappas! We are so grateful for you.
Secrets in the Stacks
When Avi Steinberg became a prison librarian, he thought his job would be to keep track of the books. Then he started reading between the lines.
To learn more about Avi’s time behind bars -- and between the stacks -- be sure to check out his books: Running The Books and The Lost Book of Mormon, which was nominated for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Produced by Joe Rosenberg
At school, Alia Volz was a weird kid without a lot of friends. She had a secret… after school, she’d go home and help her mom make and sell weed brownies all over San Francisco. But one day, Alia discovered something about her mom’s business that turned her secret into a burden that was far more painful than she could have imagined.
This story contains the mention of drug use, sensitive listeners please be advised.
Thank you, Alia, for sharing your story with Snap! See more of Alia’s work.
Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Doug Stuart
Season 13 - Episode 42
December 15, 2022
Scott Lechner is the king of Christmas trees in Manhattan, nicknamed the “Pontiff of Soho.” But when his business runs afoul of the mob, he gets an offer that he can’t refuse. And a covert operative is assigned to extract a high-level target from Russia, and it’s about to ruin his holiday plans.
The Christmas Tree Mafia
Scott Lechner is the king of Christmas trees in Manhattan, nicknamed the “Pontiff of Soho.” But when his business runs afoul of the mob, he gets an offer that he can’t refuse. The crazy true story of the New York Christmas tree industry, full of turf wars, karate fights, and the mafia.
This story contains explicit language, sensitive listeners please be advised.
This story is dedicated to the memory of Scott Lechner, the pontiff of Soho and the emperor of New York city treemen. Thanks as well to Russ and Little Scott.
Produced by Ilana Strauss, John Fecile & Annie Nguyen. Original score by Renzo Gorrio.
Secrets in Siberia
Mike Ramsdell is a covert operative for the federal government. He’s assigned to capture and extract a high-level target from Russia, but the mission goes horribly wrong.
Find Mike’s book here.
Produced by Anna Sussman, original score by Renzo Gorrio.
Season 13 – Episode 41
December 8, 2022
“I kept seeing pieces with this name at the top… I wasn’t looking for him, he was almost looking for me.” This week on Snap, Nicholas McCarthy immerses himself in left-hand only piano compositions and gets lost in the world of Wittgenstein.
Huge thanks to, Nicholas McCarthy, for sharing his story with Snap!
Nicholas is the first and only left-hand alone pianist to have graduated from London’s Royal College of Music in it’s 140 year history. He’s since gone on to tour internationally and has recorded two studio albums. Learn more about his career and music on his website or follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
This story was a collaboration with our friends Ilena Peng and Brendan Spiegel at Narratively. You can find more amazing storytelling celebrating the diversity of humanity at narratively.com
This piece featured home and studio recordings by Nicholas McCarthy, as well as additional scoring by Dirk Schwarzhoff.
It was produced by David Exumé and Bo Walsh. Engineering and additional music by Doug Stuart. Artwork by Teo Ducot.
Season 13 - Episode 40
December 2, 2022
This week on Snap, we drop into the world of a hostage negotiator as he attempts to free an American journalist being held captive.
Big thanks, Mickey Bergman, for sharing this story! Mickey’s book about his negotiations will be published by Hachette’s Center Street soon.
This story comes to us from our friends at The Negotiators. The Negotiators is hosted by Jenn Williams, and is a partnership between Doha Debates and Foreign Policy.
Yes, there are more stories on The Negotiators podcast. Each episode features the story of a dramatic negotiation! If you like this episode, find The Negotiators on your favorite podcast app.
Dan Ephron, Executive Editor of Podcasts at Foreign Policy, produced this episode. Laura Rosbrow-Telem is the show's senior producer. The Negotiators' team includes Japhet Weeks, Rob Sachs, Rosie Julin, Claudia Teti, Jigar Mehta, and Amjad Atallah. Thanks to Nelufar Hedayat, Govinda Clayton and James Wolley for helping create the show with Doha Debates.
Original music by Dirk Schwarzhoff. Snap Editorial support from Nancy Lopez. Artwork by Teo Ducot.
Season 13 - Episode 59
November 24, 2022
It’s time people. We all need to push the chair back from the supper table, look around and remember who we are grateful for. This week on Snap, when a pillar of the community goes missing, the people rally to show their love. But maybe our hero... is still alive?
We are grateful to tell stories and we are deeply thankful for you Snap Nation! For all the love and support you have shown our Snap Fam, thank you. We’re sending good vibes to you and yours!
Thanks to, Tammerlin Drummond, for helping tell Willie’s story. Rest in Power Willie!
Produced by Adizah Eghan, additional tape from Bo Walsh
Original score by Renzo Gorrio, additional music from Doug Stuart
Video used in story provided by user ritchhazel on YouTube.
Season 13 - Episode 58