Podcast Perfection: Snap Judgment
I have what some would call an obsession with podcasts. I blame the long hours spent at the microscope (plus a semi-dangerous habit of listening while biking). Regardless of the reason, I can log some serious listening hours, so I've developed a substantial list of go-to programs. I am extremely excited to unveil my top recommendations on this blog, and I'm starting here with a heavy-hitter and one of my absolute favorites: WNYC's Snap Judgment - the ultimate storytelling experience.
Snap Judgment got its start in 2010 after its creator, Glynn Washington*, won a radio talent competition from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. Washington had ideas to shake up public radio, and he combined elements of other hit NPR shows (more on them later) to merge compelling narratives and quality audio production with his own brand of real-world storytelling. The stories that Snap Judgment presents are filled with emotion, hilarity, and poignance, and they breathe some much needed diversity into the NPR scene.
It is not an overstatement to say that Snap Judgment is the gold standard of storytelling. Not only is Washington himself a hella** smart, interesting, and unusual guy (he grew up in a cult for f*ck's sake), but he has assembled a team of producers and editors that I'm convinced can do no wrong. The stories they present are enthralling, the characters well-developed, and the sound and music superb. Couple all this with an ability to consistently transplant listeners into unexpected and eye-opening situations and settings, and you've got an audio experience that just can't be beat (pun intended, since Snap Judgment's tagline is "storytelling with a beat." And now it's not funny because I explained it.)
So go ahead and start your listening binge. Prepare to be dazzled, because Snap Judgment delivers every time. You will laugh, you will cry, you will learn, you will be entertained. If you like story telling as I do, this podcast will not disappoint.
*I'm throwing this out there because it drives some people (including my husband) nuts: Washington has a lisp. I prefer to think of it less as a speech impediment, and more of him continuing the grand tradition of unique radio voices (a la Ira Glass). Either way, I strongly encourage getting past it so you can enjoy all that his show has to offer.
**Seeing as though Snap Judgment is Bay Area based, and a piece of my heart permanently resides in the Yay, the use of the word "hella" was just necessary.
Above photo by Lauren Shipp