‘Snap Judgment’ blends music and storytelling with killer beats behind each episode

Arts November 19, 2021
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If you’re into captivating podcasts, real-life storytelling, and cool beats, “Snap Judgment” is for you! For listeners of “The Moth,” “Snap Judgment” is a unique listen with different narratives featured each episode, interwoven with music and sound design. Host Glynn Washington sets the scene each episode with a brief intro, then allows the storyteller to take over the microphone. This immersive series “dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another,” one story at a time.

In 2010, “Snap Judgment” first aired on radio stations and became a podcast in addition to its current streaming on NPR’s stations via PRX. Now in its 12th season, “Snap Judgment” stories run the gamut of emotions. When tuning in, brace yourself for surprises, and buckle up for an emotional rollercoaster ride each episode.

You’ll hear about diverse people from all walks of life. Some episodes are crossovers from different podcasts’ stories like “Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked” and “Ear Hustle.”

Listen to a recent episode told by the son of a father/con artist who took his family on the run after his first robbery at the bank he worked for. Hear about the son’s journey, finding his way to acting in California, and a confrontation with his father later in life. In another recent episode, amateur treasure hunters stormed the woods in a race to find the buried jewels first.

On a recent episode of Podsauce, “Was I In a Cult” hosts Tyler Measom and Liz Iacuzzi shared their podcast picks. They selected “Snap Judgment” along with similar non-fiction podcasts like “This American Life,” previously featured on Podsauce.

“Snap Judgment” also created the series, “Snap Judgment Presents: Spooked,” inviting people tell scary and supernatural stories firsthand, also hosted by Glynn. In addition to these podcasts, Glynn has appeared on Pineapple Street Studios’ “Heaven’s Gate” podcast that inspired HBO Max’s series, “Heaven’s Gate: The Cult of Cults.”

Listeners are invited to submit their stories to “Snap Judgment,” and excellent pitch tips are listed on their website. The average length of episodes is 45 minutes. Check out new, weekly episodes of “Snap Judgment” wherever you listen to your podcasts.

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