Scott Sanders arrived in Shenzhen on a business trip, and checked into a five-star hotel.  Scott had a great time exploring his new neighborhood...until he found himself tied to a cross in an empty apartment building.  Scott’s captors wanted information, and they wanted it NOW.

Scott submitted his story to us via the Snap Judgment website.  Submit your own story and rate others’ right here.

Produced by Stephanie Foo.

Chaos and bloodshed engulfed Iraq between 2006-2007.  Jamie Tarabay served as NPR’s Baghdad Bureau Chief during those years, reporting on the horrific tragedies that occured around her.  But disaster hit home when kidnappers seized a member of her colleague’s family.

Jamie’s original piece, produced by herself and Dianna Douglas, can be found here.
Thanks so much to the Third Coast Audio Festival for letting us use tape of Jamie at their last conference.

Produced by Stephanie Foo.


Southern hospitality pays off for a Texas oil worker kidnapped in Nigeria.

Produced by Anna Sussman.

While on a cross-country hitchhiking trip, Snap Judgment regular contributor Jeff Greenwald learned that the kindness of strangers sometimes comes with a price.

Produced by Glynn Washington and Stephanie Foo.

Listen to the full episode of "One of Our Own."

A young couple waits by the phone, hoping their social services agency has good news about a child placement.  When they do get the call, it’s even more than they bargained for.

Produced by Mark Ristich and Glynn Washington

Carol and Joel are about to meet.  They don’t know anything about each other and have never spoken, but they share the most intimate of bonds.

Produced by Shea Shackelford and Virginia Millington.

Kim de Blecourt and her husband Jahn thought it might be nice if their daughter had a sibling.  After a few unsuccessful domestic attempts at adoption, the de Blecourts extended their search, internationally.  

They considered various places and finally decided to work with a country Kim had traveled to as a missionary.


Produced by Mark Ristich and Glynn Washington

When a mixed race baby is adopted in rural Vermont in the 1960’s, questions about her background take on a new gravity.

Produced by Anna Sussman.

During El Salvador’s long civil war, thousands of babies were adopted by American families. Now those children are using DNA samples to help them find their biological families in the wake of the conflict. Angela Fillingham had no idea where her cheek swab would lead .

Produced by Anna Sussman. 

Find out more about DNA matching for El Salvador’s disappeared here.


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