Rita D was a love child with an elusive, larger than life father.  In an attempt at understanding, she embarks on a quest to visit the Intentional Community her Father lived on at the time of her conception, and to ask him a few burning questions.  

(Like any self-respecting radio producer, Rita Daniels packs a recorder and brings listeners with her.) 

Check out a short video accompaniment to the story here:


Learn more about the Lama Foundation here.

“That’s one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind.”  We know the quote, the perfect capstone for America’s triumphant quest to put a man on the moon.  

But Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong came within inches of tragedy when they landed Apollo 11. This story imagines the moon landing if things had gone a bit differently . . .

Moon Graffiti was produced by Jonathan Mitchell and edited by Hillary Frank for an amazing new storytelling project called “The Truth” (distributed by American Public Media.)  Matt Evans stars as Neil Armstrong, Ed Herbstman as Buzz Aldrin, and John Ottavino as Richard Nixon.

This is the full episode of Quest.

What do you do when an estranged cousin calls out of the blue and asks for a highly illegal favor to save his life?  Hang up the phone?  

Or catch the next airplane to China?

Daniel made his choice, and wrote about his quest in a book called, “Larry’s Kidney.”

Produced by Anna Sussman.


Forty years ago, Alan Sussman went backpacking through India, Afghanistan and Nepal, before climbing his way to a mountaintop temple called Tengboche Monastery, on the trail to Everest Base Camp.  

A few months ago, he asked his daughter, Snap Judgment producer Anna Sussman, to make the same trek with him one last time.

Adoption officials told Fisseha’s new, American family that his family had died.  Upon his return to Ethiopia, Fisseha’s adoptive family learned a far more complicated truth.

Produced by Molly Samuel and Stephanie Foo.

Kathleen answers a personal ad that stands out to her.  Buck is a lonely inmate looking for a reason to care about tomorrow.  The unlikely pair connect, writing letters, talking on the phone, having supervised visits and falling madly in love.  

As good as it is, one significant absence looms over their blossoming relationship .  . .

Listen here, or get the podcast for the whole episode 

Produced by Kaitlin Prest and Anna Sussman

Adam and Meghan fell in love in Seoul, Korea.  After Meghan's battle with cancer, Adam discovers an expression of devotion that honors the most important thing that ever happened to him.

Meghan's blog and Adam's journey can be found right here.

Produced by Nick van der Kolk, Sean Cole and Ashley Ahearn, Nick van der Kolk, with help from Eva Wolchover and Stephanie Foo.

Eleanor Sheposh was a beloved science teacher.

Her final student field trip to Hawaii went awry as her late husband William’s wedding ring slipped from her finger and into the ocean.

Produced by Mark Ristich.

Snap Judgment regular contributor Joshua Walters goes looking for love in all the wrong places.

Produced by Mark Ristich

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