September 22, 2022
There are sounds you long to hear, smells you can’t unsmell, and tastes you forget about entirely when you’re in prison. Five San Quentin residents go deep in the SEASON 10 PREMIERE of Ear Hustle. And what does it mean to be found “Suitable?” Who is, who isn't and why the hell not? Nate McKinney and his family at the Uncuffed podcast get together for an award-winning send-off.
The Five Senses from Ear Hustle
Life in prison can mess with your senses. There are smells you can’t unsmell, and sounds you long to hear. Some tastes you forget about entirely, and some forms of touch are almost too evocative to bear. Five San Quentin residents reflect on the sights, tastes, touch, smells, and sounds of prison life.
Voices heard on this episode: David Ditto, Andrew “Boots” Hardy, Ryan Pagan, Kevin Arbuckle, and Reggie Thorpe, and Tony de Trinidad
Scored with music by: Lee Jaspar, Antwan Williams, Rhashiyd Zinnamon, Fernando Arruda, and David Jassy
This story comes from our friends at Ear Hustle - BIG thanks to their whole team for sharing this story with us!
Ear Hustle is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. This incredible team just kicked off their 10th Season and it is packed with amazing stories!!! Go on over to their website to subscribe, see pictures, and learn more about all things Ear Hustle!
Nate’s Going Home from Uncuffed
After over 20 years of incarceration, Uncuffed producer Nate McKinney is going home. Like other lifers in the system, he could have been incarcerated for life. But recently, the Board of Parole Hearings found him suitable to re-enter society. In today's episode, stories of facing the board — and wishes for a friend heading back into the big wide world.
Uncuffed is a show made by people behind bars in California prisons. They share intimate stories of struggles and triumphs, and of the heartache and forgiveness taking place within prison walls. Uncuffed is vulnerable and personal. Listen now!
URGENT: Uncuffed suddenly lost their funding. Donate NOW so the program can survive.
Artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 13 - Episode 45
September 15, 2022
An underwater photographer sets out on a quest to document harp seals and experiences a moment that becomes a part of her forever. And everyone in the city of Pumpkintown is hunting for Sasquatch, including the only man who knows exactly where Bigfoot lives.
An underwater photographer sets out on a quest to document harp seals and experiences a moment that becomes a part of her forever.
This story contains descriptions of animal death in the wild. Sensitive listeners, please be advised
Thank you, Jennifer Hayes, for sharing your story with us! Special thanks to Jennifer’s guide Mario Cyr and her husband David Doubilet.
Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot
The Sasquatch of Pumpkintown
Everyone in Pumpkintown is hunting for Sasquatch… except Ben Becker. He knows exactly where Bigfoot lives.
This episode does contain strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised.
This story originally aired on the Here Be Monsters podcast hosted by Jeff Emtman. Listen and subscribe for more awesome stories!
Produced by Jeff Emtman
Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 44
September 9, 2022
When the biggest baddest bird in the wild is on the brink of death, one couple will do anything to bring her back home. Snap presents, “Birdzilla.” A Canadian love story.
This episode discusses the subject of death and contains strong language, sensitive listeners please be advised.
Thank you, Murdo Messer, for sharing your story with us! And all of us here at Snap are thinking fondly of the late Dr. Helene Van Doninck, wherever you are, thank you.
Produced by Nikka Singh, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 13 - Episode 43
September 2, 2022
Producer, Ruby Schwartz, pitched us a story. We said yes. But then Ruby had a new problem: how do you turn a 320-page memoir into a radio story?
This feature pulls back the curtain on how this week’s Snap episode, “The Wedding Guest” was made.
Looking for ways to learn about storytelling and how to podcast? Subscribe to the Sound School Podcast (formerly known as HowSound). It’s still from PRX. It’s still from Transom. Just a new name. Find it all places you subscribe to podcasts!
Interested in reading the memoir featured in this episode? Check out The Lost Boy: Tales of a Child Soldier by Ayik Chut Deng.
Artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 13 - Episode 42
August 30, 2022
After years of fighting battles as a child soldier, a Sudanese man finds himself a refugee in Australia. As he struggles to overcome his past, he comes face-to-face with his childhood tormentor on a TV show.
This episode recounts real events that happened to a child soldier, including graphic scenes inside a prison camp, listener discretion is advised.
Thank you, Ayik, for sharing your incredible story with us! To learn more about Ayik’s life, check out his memoir, The Lost Boy. You can also catch Ayik on Harrow, a crime drama now airing on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Produced by Ruby Schwartz, edited by Nancy López. Special thanks to Wendy Love
Original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot
This week’s music spotlight features the song “Rocketeer” from our very own Renzo Gorrio! Renzo scores so many stories on Snap (like this one!) and he produces under the name Hydroplane. Listen to “Rocketeer” from his album “Rockets” available on cassette, vinyl, and digitally on Bandcamp.
Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 41
August 25, 2022
Spooked’s own Annie Nguyen shares her family’s ghost story. When her father got the call from his siblings and cousins back in Vietnam, asking him to help them find their ancestors’ missing caskets, he got on the first plane out of California. But when he got there, he realized they needed to call on higher powers to help them locate the long-lost grave sites.
Oh yes… it’s Part Two of “Campfire Tales.” Featuring supernatural stories from our sister podcast, Spooked, a Luminary Original.
BIG love and thanks to Poppa Nguyen, for sharing your story with us!
Produced by Annie Nguyen, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot
Translation by George Q. Nguyen - please note the translation was condensed for clarity.
All-new episodes of Spooked return to Luminary September 9th! To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary: https://luminary.link/spooked
Season 13 - Episode 40
August 24, 2022
There are some places, deep in the woods, far away from civilization, that are magical. Chuck is hiking deep in the Appalachian woods when he stumbles upon one of these places: Dismal Falls. But Dismal Falls isn’t all fairies and rainbows. It’s a place of dark magic.
At last… it’s that time of year where we bring you our traditional, “Campfire Tales.” Stories crafted in the dark of night from our sister podcast, Spooked, a Luminary Original. Be afraid.
Thanks, Chuck, for sharing your story!
Produced by Greta Weber, original score by Clay Xavier, artwork by Teo Ducot
All-new episodes of Spooked return to Luminary in early September. To listen to all episodes of Spooked as they’re released regularly through next Spring, subscribe to the Luminary Channel on Apple Podcasts, or directly on Luminary: https://luminary.link/spooked
Season 13 - Episode 39
August 18, 2022
Mirza is a young Afghan military commander and Deven is his counterpart in the U.S. Marines. Their troops work together "shona b'shona" side-by-side in Taliban territory in a tenuous trust. When the US pulls out of Afghanistan the depth of their friendship is put to the test.
This story contains graphic imagery, sensitive listeners please be advised.
Many thanks to Deven Ravel, and Mirza for sharing their stories!
Special thanks to Mary Mathis, Sarah Delia, and Nikka Singh.
Produced by Shaina Shealy, original score by Renzo Gorrio
Artwork by Teo Ducot
Season 13 - Episode 38
August 11, 2022
Starting on live TV at a beauty pageant, we follow four women across two referendums to explore the consequences of talking about abortion and discover the quiet power and hidden dangers of speech itself. And when a young Josh Healy learns some unexpected news from his girlfriend, his first thought is of his grandmothers.
Lights Out: A Sense of Quietness
This story follows a line of connection through four women across two referendums to explore the unexpected consequences of talking about abortion. Starting on live television at a beauty pageant, we hear from a journalist, a radio producer, the founder of a woman's clinic and a woman traveling from Ireland to the UK - and discover the quiet power and hidden dangers of speech itself.
This story contains threats of sexual assault and discusses abortion. Please take care while listening.
It was produced by Eleanor McDowall and features Brianna Parkins, Siobhan McHugh and Anne Connolly, as well as the anonymous woman who traveled. With additional recordings courtesy of Zoë Comyns and Regan Hutchins.
To hear more documentaries from the Lights Out series, everything is freely available on the Falling Tree website.
Barbara & Esther
When Josh Healey learns some unexpected news from his girlfriend, his first thought… is of Grandma Barbara and Grandma Henrietta
This story was told at SNAP LIVE in New York. Watch Josh’s live performance!
The original music was composed by Alex Mandel, and performed by Alex and the Snap Judgment Playaz — Tim Frick and David Brandt. It was recorded and mixed by Pat Mesiti-Miller.
Artwork by Teo Ducot
Special thanks to Yera, Annie Ngyuen, and Richard Bowie for collecting tape out on the streets for this episode.
Season 13 - Episode 37
August 4, 2022
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
Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 36