Fighting Back - Snap #212

Real stories about real people who decided they were sick and tired and weren’t going to take it anymore.

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Yakuza Beatdown

Glynn learns that you don't get in between the notorious Yakuza when they are handing out a beatdown.

Producer: Stephanie Foo

To Catch a Thief

Someone stole Karen Lodrick’s identity: her name, her money, her credit score. Life was a living hell, until one day she came face to face with the thief.

Check out Karen’s website,, to learn more about her story and get tips on identity theft protection. You can also visit if you or someone you know has experienced cybercrime.

Producer: Mitzi Mock


In 1969, serving alcohol to a known homosexual was against the law. But the Stonewall bar in New York City was run by the mob and would sell to anyone. The police raided it on a hot summer night, causing riots that changed the gay rights movement forever. Matthew Levine was there and told his account of the night to Story Corps.

Producer: Stephanie Foo

Escape from Dubai

A former French spy, Herve Jaubert, moves to Dubai to build a submarine factory.  Unfortunately, things turns sour, and Herve needs to make a hasty escape.   

(Naturally, things aren't that easy . . .  )

Check out his book, Escape from Dubai.

Producer: Anna Sussman

I Will Accept the Charges

Poet, actor, playwright, teacher, Chas Jackson is an artist extraordinare.  This is his first Snap Judgment appearance (but we don’t think it’s going to be his last.)

Produced by Mark Ristich and Rita Daniels

Rwanda Sioux

This is the not-for-radio explicit version of Marc Bamuthi Joseph's "Rwanda Sioux." 

National Poetry Slam champion, Broadway veteran, GOLDIE award winner, Marc is also an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship which annually recognizes 50 of the country's "greatest living artists."

In 2007, Smithsonian Magazine named him one of the Top Young Innovators in the Arts and Sciences.  Marc Bamuthi Joseph is a Baaaaadd Man!

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Attack on the Tracks

Alan was minding his own beeswax on the New York subway.  But when a little punk started beating people up in the subway, he just had to intervene.

Producers: Nick van der Kolk, Adrianne Mathiowetz, and Stephanie Foo

La Familia

In a gang-infested neighborhood, a young girl seeks the wrong kind of family.

Producers: Anna Sussman and Pat Mesiti-Miller

Measured Response

Tanya grew up in the boonies of Oregon, where troublemakers prowled the woods looking to stir things up. But what they didn’t know is that Tanya’s sweet little mother was also  a Vietnam-era drill sergeant who took no nonsense.

Producer: Stephanie Foo

Check out all the songs that we used in the "Fighting Back"  episode right here:

I've been having a rough patch with my mom for the past few days (she has a drinking problem). Today she came over unannounced to continue a fight we had been having;unbeknownst to her I had just listened to this program. Things got a little crazy and for the first time in my life I truly stood up to her.

So many thanks to everyone who contributed to this program, the amazing staff at Snap Judgement, and my amazing fiancé for putting it in my head that you can, you should, you must, stand up for yourself.

I love the use of Choklate's track "I'm a Fighter." That was cool. NPR has never had much claim to playing music from artists of color who aren't on major labels, which is one of the biggest reasons I'm so dedicated to community radio [see SoundTap for examples of great community radio music shows] but you are really living up to the hype. Cool episode and good tunes. Caught the DJ Shadow snippet, too. Bravo!

You are awesome. Thanks for listening so closely!!!!