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Snap Judgment

By Snap Judgment and WNYC Studios

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Snap Judgment (Storytelling, with a BEAT) mixes real stories with killer beats to produce cinematic, dramatic, kick-ass radio. Snap’s raw, musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see the world through the eyes of another. WNYC studios is the producer of leading podcasts including Radiolab, Freakonomics Radio, Note To Self, Here’s The Thing With Alec Baldwin, and more.

Customer Reviews


My only question is can they keep this up. I laughed, I cried, I hollered, I whooped. Listen when I tell you - this is the best podcast on iTunes. Bar none.

Keeping it real

Finally something new and fresh from NPR! I am looking forward to hearing more from you guys. Keep up the good work!!

The host needs to realize he's not the subject

I wish the host of this show would realize that these stories aren't about him, and take himself out of them unless it is necessary for a given story.

His most annoying way of inserting himself into the story is when he repeats the interviewee's statement verbatim, as if he believes something needs to be said in the most dramatic way possible in order to communicate its importance. For instance, in one story, the interviewee, at the climax of her story says, "Now we've made him angry." Immediately, Washington repeats in an urgent whisper: "Now we've made him ANGRY." The next sentence cuts back to the interviewee telling her story: "And he's going to come for me." Then it cuts back to Washington's urgent whisper: "And he's going to COME for me." Clearly, Washington does not believe in his interviewee's ability to tell her own story. Urgent whisper: Clearly, Washington does not BELIEVE in his interviewee's ability to tell her own story. In fact, the only effect this had was to take me out of a story that was, in fact, being told very effectively by the interviewee.

Nor does Washington trust his listener. He over-explains everything, as if the listener cannot put the facts together. For instance, he says at one point: "That's right. This guy, a danger to himself and others, is out on bail. He's a free man!" Thanks, Washington. We knew that. Perhaps you didn't think our inner thoughts would be voiced dramatically enough.