snap judgment http://michiganradio.org en Snap Judgment brings 'storytelling with a beat' to Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/snap-judgment-brings-storytelling-beat-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="http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/07/nprs-great-black-hope/309394/">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 http://michiganradio.org Snap Judgment brings 'storytelling with a beat' to Ann Arbor