Snap Judgment Dramatic tales, killer beats and the edgiest new talent in storytelling come together for a weekly radio hour hosted by Glynn Washington.
Snap Judgment

Snap Judgment

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Dramatic tales, killer beats and the edgiest new talent in storytelling come together for a weekly radio hour hosted by Glynn Washington.

Most Recent Episodes

Power

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. STORIES 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. A Sense of Quietness' was originally produced for Lights Out, a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4. 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

Money Truck - Snap Classic

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

My Mother Made Me from Radiotopia Presents

Isabell is Jason's mother. She raised him to be ambitious and selfless, which means she's also raised him to be... overwhelmed. With life. But not to worry, Jason's mom also knows exactly what to say to pull him out of a rut, which she does every Sunday, when Jason rolls up to her house for their weekly visit. Thank you Jason, Isabell, and our Radiotopia Presents fam for sharing this story with the Snap! This is Episode 1, "I Can Do Anything," from, My Mother Made Me, a four-part series from Radiotopia Presents where writer Jason Reynolds and his mother, Isabell, explore their shared history, how she raised him, and what they're teaching each other. It's a love letter to their connection, an homage to parent-child friendship, and a testament to how growth can be perpetual, despite age or circumstance. Across four episodes, Jason and Isabell go deep – into birth, death and spirituality... but they also keep it light: pushing a cart through Costco, birthday lunches, and hitting the casino together. That's just how they do. My Mother Made Me is written and narrated by Jason Reynolds with his mother, Isabell Reynolds. The series is produced by Mark Pagán and edited by Julie Shapiro, with production support from Yooree Losordo. Julie Shapiro and Audrey Mardavich are Executive Producers for Radiotopia Presents. Special thanks to Levar Burton. Cover art by Jason Griffin. Theme song by Christian Reynolds. Mixing, sound design and additional original music is by Ian Coss. This episode was recorded at Snap Power Station, WAMU. Radiotopia Presents debuts limited-run, artist-owned series, from new and original voices. Learn more and access transcripts at radiotopiapresents.fm and discover more shows from across the Radiotopia network at radiotopia.fm. Snap Spotlight - Season 13 - Episode 35

No Angel

An undercover ATF agent is going full throttle on a highway to hell as he tries to infiltrate the most notorious motorcycle club on the planet. This story contains police violence, descriptions of violence, and graphic imagery. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. BIG thanks to Jay Dobyns for sharing his story with Snap. There is so much that we were not able to share with you about Jay's experience. To find out more check out his memoirs "No Angel" and "Catching Hell." Special thanks to George Christie. The Hells Angels Motorcycle Club did not respond to requests for comment on this story. Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 34

Unseen & Unheard

When Swiyyah and Dederick got married, her schizophrenia was a challenge they thought was under control. Until it wasn't. And Glynn tells a story at Snap LIVE in Brooklyn about searching for his lost friend in Las Vegas. STORIES Swiyyah and Dederick When Swiyyah and Dederick got married, her schizophrenia was a challenge they thought was under control. Until it wasn't. Listen as they share their story of facing life's many challenges with love, faith, and each other. This story comes to us from the amazing Unseen & Unheard podcast. This show aims to change the way we see schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder by revealing the untold stories of those actually living with these illnesses. Hear from adults in the US going through life with these conditions. The hardships. The humanity. But also, the hope. Learn more at www.UnseenUnheardPodcast.com. This story was produced by PRX productions, Jocelyn Gonzales, Ian Fox, with writing by Sarah Lilley, and engineering by Tommy Bazarian with assistance from Marisa Dodge. It is sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Leaving Las Vegas Glynn tells a story at Snap LIVE in Brooklyn about searching for his lost friend in Las Vegas. Music by Bells Atlas. Engineering by Pat Mesiti-Miller. This story contains some strong language. Sensitive listeners please be advised. Artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 33

Mother Nature

What's rich, buttery, and tastes like opportunity? Callo de Hacha. The shellfish delicacy that gave one Sinaloan town... "White Gold Fever." And "Escape From Mammoth Pool," the harrowing rescue of 242 people and 16 dogs from the blazing fast "Creek" wildfire. STORIES White Gold Fever What's rich, buttery, and tastes like opportunity? Callo de Hacha. The shellfish delicacy that gave one Sinaloan town... "White Gold Fever. Thank you, Belen, and to everyone in Teacapan for sharing this story with us! This story was produced in collaboration with Fern: the Food & Environment Reporting Network, a nonprofit investigative journalism outlet. BIG thanks to Brent Cunningham and Sam Fromartz at Fern. Our friends at Fern have a new podcast called Hot Farm. Over four episodes, host Eve Abrams talks to farmers across the Midwest about the reality of climate change and what they are doing — or could be doing — to fight it. Find Hot Farm wherever you get your podcasts. Produced and reported by Esther Honig Edited by Nancy López with production support from John Fecile Original score by Renzo Gorrio Voice acting by Leonel Garza Escape From Mammoth Pool We like to think of time as a constant, as steady, unfluctuating, and infallible. But in some situations—like if you think you're about to be overtaken by a raging wildfire—time can bend and flex. This week, Snap spotlights Escape From Mammoth Pool, a podcast about the harrowing rescue of 242 people and 16 dogs from one of the fastest-moving wildfires in California's recorded history. Produced out of KVPR in Fresno, California, by reporter/producer Kerry Klein. Edited by Alice Daniel, engineering and sound design by Kerry Klein, web support from Alex Burke, music by Kevin MacLeod (songs: Acid Trumpet, Beauty Flow, Half Mystery, Rising Tide, Unanswered Questions, Winter Reflections), and sound effects by FreeSound. Episode art by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 32

Raft of Passion - Snap Classic

Mary needed to get away from her husband. A handsome stranger offered her a way out. All she had to do was participate in the strangest group experiment of all time. This story contains scenes of domestic abuse as well as sexual situations. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. Thank you, Mary Gidley, for sharing your story with Snap. Mary just released a memoir titled Point to Point. You can learn more about the Acali experiment in the incredible documentary The Raft. Hear from Mary and other participants as they relive the experiment on a life-size recreation of the raft. The Raft opened in theaters in the U.S. in 2019 and begins streaming on digital platforms in the U.S. on May 19, 2020. Special thanks to director Marcus Lindeen. Produced by John Fecile, original score by Leon Morimoto Artwork by: Sanaa Khan The beat doesn't happen without YOU. Support Snap storytelling... stories you won't hear anywhere else. Snap Classic - Season 13 - Episode 31

The Divine Feminine

Yonis, vaginas, and sex were ALL forbidden language for Ashley and her conservative church-going Liberian mom. But when adult life got too big and too real those family secrets would be the one thing bringing them together. This story uses strong language, discusses sex and genitalia, and briefly mentions molestation. Sensitive listeners, please be advised. BIG thanks to Ashley Asatu and Janice Kennedy for sharing your story with us! Learn more about The Yoni Day Spa + check it out on Instagram. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Sandra Lawson-Ndu, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 30

The Birth Dream - Snap Classic

Andy Marra is on a mission to Korea in search of the mother she never knew with a secret she absolutely has to tell. Thank you, Andy, for sharing your story with Snap! Find out more about her advocacy work here. Produced by Regina Bediako, original score by Renzo Gorrio, artwork by Teo Ducot Snap Classic - Season 13 – Episode 29

Roommate Wanted

Brian's desperate for cash, until a random ghost writer answers his Craigslist ad for a roommate. Now, he's about to get more drama than he ever imagined. BIG thanks to Brian Boucher for sharing his story with Snap! Brian wrote about this experience in New York Magazine titled "My Roommate, The Diamond Thief." Read more about it. Produced by Bo Walsh, original score by Dirk Schwarzhoff, artwork by Teo Ducot Season 13 - Episode 28