Making It Work - Snap #406

Tell us it can't be done, and we'll tell you that you simply haven’t thought about it hard enough. Today, on Snap Judgment from PRX and NPR we proudly present, "Making it Work."

Amazing stories from real people who simply would NOT take "no" for an answer.

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Jason Leopold moved to LA to marry his girlfriend, kicked a cocaine addiction and began a career in journalism. But sobriety wasn't the simple fix he was expecting it to be.

Jason is lead investigative reporter for and the author of News Junkie.

This version is just a short excerpt of Jason's amazing life story, which includes lots of glam metal and runs-ins with the mafia. Take a listen to the whole story at Love + Radio.

Producers: Nick van der Kolk, Brendan Baker, Sarah Lu

Seeking Asian Female

What if an older white male started chasing young Asian females?  Is that right?  Is that racist?

Debbie Lum sets out to make a documentary exposing the loathsome "Yellow Fever" phenomenon. She began filming Steven, a 60-year old white man, and Sandy, a 30-year old woman from China.) But when Steven and Sandy need a translator, Debbie uncomfortably finds herself on the other side of the camera.

To see the story unfold with your own eyes, check out Debbie's documentary, Seeking Asian Female. It's truly fascinating, and it premieres on PBS' Independent Lens on May 6, 2013 at 10pm ET.

She also has a fantastic web project discussing sex and race at Check it out. 


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Producer: Stephanie Foo

Homeboy Sandman - Survival of the Freshest

Stones Throw Hip Hop artist Homeboy Sandman remembers when he first decided to take his music full time. When the rhymes don’t cover the rent, the New York emcee finds himself deep in the red and facing eviction.

Homeboy Sandman’s new album, “First of A Living Breed,” is out now on Stones Throw Records. It was listed as one of the top 50 albums of 2012 by NPR. Check it out!
Also, be on the look out for his writing for The Huffington Post.

Producer: Pat Mesiti-Miller

Love and HIV

When a scientist and an artist fall in love on the brink of a major disease outbreak, they each have their own way to cope. Find Daniel’s work here. And check out the remarkable documentary, We Were Here, featuring Daniel Goldstein.

Producer: Anna Sussman
Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio