Snap Judgment

Storytelling. With a Beat.

Snap Judgment is produced with generous
support from CPB and is co-distributed
by PRX and NPR.

Snap Judgment tells stories about extraordinary and defining events in people's lives.

Hosted by Public Radio Talent Quest winner Glynn Washington, Snap Judgment's raw, intimate, and musical brand of storytelling dares listeners to see a sliver of the world through another's eyes.

Snap Judgment is available weekly on PRX and NPR. Learn more about the show.

About the Show

Snap Judgment is about the decisions people make that change everything.

Host Glynn Washington takes listeners on a narrative journey — leaping from one person's frying pan into another person's fire. Deejay-driven musical delivery, paired with lush sound design, drops listeners into the very heart of what matters.

Snap Judgment's fast-paced (sometimes dark, sometimes playful) narrative highlights people from across the globe who put everything on the line.

Glynn Washington explains, "It's storytelling...with a beat."

"It's the Robert Frost thing: the roads diverge, and you have to make a choice," Washington says. "You always wonder what your life would have been if you'd gone the other way."

The dynamic site supports the radio broadcast by encouraging listeners to share their own stories through audio, video, photos, text — whichever medium they choose. They can then post their stories (and other people's) via Facebook, Twitter or any other social media directly from "But of course," Washington notes, "People can always just pick up a phone and call me at the Snap Judgment hotline, 1-888-304-SNAP."


Available free to NPR stations — others with permission. More details.

Snap Judgment is available weekly. Get the latest episodes here!

Glynn with producers Mark Ristich
and Rebecca Hertz

About Host Glynn Washington

Glynn entered his idea for Snap Judgment during the Public Radio Talent Quest in 2007, moved on as a finalist, and became one of PRX's two winners along with Al Letson.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, Glynn worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, United Nations advisor, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot stomper before leaping into storytelling.

Glynn has composed music for Kunst Stoff dance performances in San Francisco, performed live spoken word poetry in Detroit, joined a band in Indonesia, wrote several screenplays, painted a daring series of self portraits, and once upon a time released a blues album.

Airing Snap Judgment

Broadcast Rights

Snap Judgment is available for free to NPR member stations. If you're not an NPR member station, but would like to air Snap Judgment, contact

Do you run or watch things play out? Episode 104

The broadcast window is April 12-July 14, 2010. The specials can be played in any order stations wish and repeat airings within the broadcast window are welcome.

Snap Judgment will begin regular weekly feeds on Thursday, July 15. A fundraising show and materials will be ready for fall 2010.

The programs may be streamed live on station websites but not archived. Excerpting is permitted for promotional purposes only.


Each 54:00 show includes a billboard, room for a five-minute news hole, and two floating 59-second breaks with music beds.

Carriage Confirmation

Carriage reporting is not only key to Snap Judgment's success, they'd like to tell all their friends across the country when and where they can listen. Please confirm carriage of Snap Judgment by contacting Steve Martin (SFM Consulting) at 703-715-0827.