public radio en Snap Judgment brings 'storytelling with a beat' to Ann Arbor <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Saturday night, Michigan Radio and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival welcome </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Snap Judgment</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to the Power Center. </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Snap Judgment</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is one of the newer additions to the public radio lineup and its creator calls it storytelling with a beat.</span></p><p>“I’m a big, big public radio head from a long time ago,” said Glynn Washington, the creator, executive producer, and host of the show. “But sometimes public radio can get a little bit boring. And I was trying to come up with an idea to get rid of the boring stuff and leave everything that I loved. What we try to do at <em>Snap </em>is get rid of the exposition, drop people right into the heart of the story, and the way that we do that is through soundscaping.”</p><p>Many of Washington’s personal stories and experiences have made it onto the show, sometimes even stories his family members have never heard. His mother often appears as a character in his stories.</p><p>"Sometimes Mommy doesn’t appreciate it too much," he confessed.&nbsp;</p><p>Washington explained that while it has been difficult to maintain such a level of transparency on the air, it has also been very rewarding.</p><p>“It’s been interesting getting used to sort of bleeding into the microphone every week, but I do find it very, very cathartic in the end. I find that storytelling is kind of the way that I process my own issues. And, you know, stories have a beginning, middle, and end, but life doesn’t really have an end, and so putting these stops on things is helpful for me at least.”</p><p>The show on Saturday will feature some of the world’s best storytellers, and they have all been asked to tell a tale that will move the audience. Accompanying the storytellers is a live band directed by Alex Mandel. Washington expects that everyone who attends will not be disappointed.</p><p>“It’s a duet between the storytellers and the musician that really creates a new art form, and I’m really excited for everyone to hear it. You’re going to be blown away.”</p><p>Recently, <em>The Atlantic</em>&nbsp;wrote an <a href="">article</a> about Washington hailing him as “NPR’s Great Black Hope.” Washington said that while he loved the article, he felt that it was an unfortunate headline.</p><p>“I see what they were doing. ‘Let’s get the most clicks we can for our headline, let’s put something provocative out there.’ And I understand because I do it myself all the time,” he said. “I think what they were trying to say was that what <em>Snap Judgment</em> is doing is reaching out to audiences that public radio has traditionally left behind. If I wanted to be provocative, I would have called it This New American Life, but Ira would really be upset if I did so.”</p><p>Glynn Washington and <em>Snap Judgment</em> will be here Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Power Center. Tickets are on sale now.&nbsp;</p><p><i>-Michelle Nelson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</i></p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:12:50 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13303 at Snap Judgment brings 'storytelling with a beat' to Ann Arbor Were the auto bailouts worth it? (poll) <p>It&#39;s your turn to chime in on the auto bailouts - online or on-air.</p><p>Today, in the second hour of the public radio call-in program <a href=""><em>Talk of the Nation</em></a>, host Neal Conan will ask the question &quot;was the auto industry bail out worth it?&quot;</p><p>It will air on Michigan Radio today at 3 p.m.</p><p>Here&#39;s how the show&#39;s producers phrase the question:</p><blockquote><p>When taxpayers bailed out GM and Chrysler, many complained it was waste of money, and not the right role of government. Now, Chrysler pays off the last of its $10 billion loan with interest. After GM paid down billions that it borrowed from the US treasury. The auto industry bail out-- was it worth it? Next Talk of the Nation from NPR News.</p></blockquote><p>You can call the program at <strong>(800) 989-8255 </strong>- and here&#39;s the <a href="">inside scoop</a> on how best to get on the air. You can also send the show&#39;s producers <a href="">comments or questions online</a>.</p><p><a href="">Michigan Radio&#39;s</a> Sarah Hulett reported that U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently said the&nbsp;the government will most likely lose money on its investment in the domestic auto industry, but making money on the investments was never the main goal - Geithner said they had two objectives:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;One is to get these companies back in private hands as quickly as we can, it makes no sense for the government to be in there a day longer than is necessary, but we also want to recover as much of the taxpayers&rsquo; money as possible.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>So what do you think? Were the bailouts worth it?</p><p><script language="JavaScript" src=""></script><script language="JavaScript">stLight.options({ publisher:'18355ba4-a04c-4a33-a76f-847aadfc0f80', onhover:false });</script><script language="JavaScript" src=""></script><!-- END MICROPOLL JAVASCRIPT CODE --></p><p> Wed, 25 May 2011 16:36:37 +0000 Mark Brush 2641 at Were the auto bailouts worth it? (poll) Ann Arbor known for its "cheese cubes"?? <p>On the public radio program <a href="">Here &amp; Now</a>, host Robin Young was interviewing Gabrielle Hamilton, the chef and owner of the New York City restaurant &ldquo;Prune.&rdquo; She wrote a memoir called &ldquo;<a href="">Blood, Bones &amp; Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef</a>,&rdquo; (which chef Anthony Bourdain called &ldquo;simply the best memoir by a chef - ever.&rdquo;).</p><p>During the interview Young asked Hamilton about her time in Ann Arbor, Michigan.</p><p>Young says, <strong><em>&quot;like a lot of Americans, you thought, &#39;Ann Arbor, Michigan&hellip; cheese cubes.&#39;&quot;</em></strong></p><p>You can hear Young&#39;s comment in the audio <a href=";url=;title=%26%238216%3BBlood%2C+Bones+And+Butter%26%238217%3B+Tells+Story+Of+A+Chef%26%238217%3Bs+Life&amp;segment=hamilton-prune-chef&amp;pubdate=2011-03-09">here</a>. It&#39;s at the 6 minute mark.</p><p>That comment sparked one listener to write in. Phillip wrote:</p><blockquote><p>I do hope that someone from your Michigan network of stations will &nbsp;contact the host of Here and Now about her &nbsp;comment yesterday &nbsp;regarding Ann Arbor; specifically, in an interview with the chef/ author of Prune, the host<br /> remarked something to the effect that &quot;When &nbsp;most of us think of Ann Arbor, we think of cheese cubes...&quot; &nbsp;Give me a &nbsp;break!</p></blockquote><p>Well, we did share that comment with the producers at Here &amp; Now and host Robin Young wrote back:</p><blockquote><p>Dear Phillip<br /><br /> OY YI YI!!!!<br /><br /> The cheese cube kerfuffle!!</p><p>We&#39;re going to address on a letters segment on air, but I&#39;ve been writing the (many!) people who&#39;ve written.<br /><br /> Just to clarify.. what I said was, &quot;YOU&quot; (meaning the author) thought Michigan meant cheese cubes. This is what she writes in the book! Then I went on to say, but you found otherwise.<br /><br /> I buy from Zingermans!! I don&#39;t think Ann Arbor means cheese cubes!</p><p>SO sorry for leaving that impression,<br /><br /> Best<br /> Robin Young<br /> Here and Now Thu, 10 Mar 2011 18:30:25 +0000 Mark Brush 1592 at Ann Arbor known for its "cheese cubes"?? Alec Baldwin's mission: kill public radio <p>You may have heard <a href="">Alec Baldwin&#39;s</a> plea during recent public radio pledge drives. He has a simple message for listeners:</p><p></p> Mon, 25 Oct 2010 19:47:36 +0000 Mark Brush 187 at Alec Baldwin's mission: kill public radio