Glynn Washington

Host of WNYC & NPR's Snap Judgment℠ podcast

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON October 15, 2015

Discussion

Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
Before creating the hit WNYC / NPR show "Snap Judgment" (Storytelling, with a BEAT) I worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot stomper. I composed music for the Kunst Stoff dance performances in San Francisco, rocked live spoken word poetry in Detroit, joined a band in Indonesia, wrote several screenplays, painted a daring series of self portraits, released a blues album. My stories are best served with cocktails. ;) Happy to be here, ask away!
Jacqueline von Tesmar@jacqvon · Community at Product Hunt ⚡️
Wow Glynn! What an intro 🙌 Makes me wonder: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@jacqvon I really have a hankering to go to North Africa. Maybe Morocco. The writer Tahir Shah (who has been featured on Snap) has a restored a Caliphate home near a shantytown on the outskirts of Casablanca. I have to find a way to get there!
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
What are your thoughts on the future of podcasts? What do you think is currently most broken? What are you excited to see improve?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@alexcartaz We are are the very beginning of the Golden Age of audio. The vitaltiy of the podcast space is inviting so many new and talented storytellers to the medium, it's super exciting to watch. But the archetecture of podcasting is broken. Their is still no universal app that let's people share and comment socially, and provides the two-way between the podcaster and the audience.
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@alexcartaz Organizing and optimizing this space from both a listener perspective and a creator perspective is key. Someone's gonna crack that nut, and it's gonna be awesome.
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
Hi Glynn, thanks for joining us today! What story featured in Snap Judgement have you found the most interesting or moving over the entire history of the show?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@alexcartaz Alex, that's like asking me "what is your favorite child?" But here are a few that really stick with me: J Dilla's Lost Scrolls / http://snapjudgment.org/j-dilla%... Get Right With Your God: http://snapjudgment.org/get-righ... The Girl in the Hallway:
Insidious:
Alex Carter@alexcartaz · Operations @ 60dB. Ex-PH Podcasts 😻
What are your favorite podcasts?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@alexcartaz So many! 99 Percent Invisible, The Heart, Benjamin Walker's Theory of Everything, Another Round, Escape Pod, Strangers, the Moth, The Church of What's Happening, Death Sex, and Money, etc
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@alexcartaz Radiolab, This American Life, This Week In Blackness . . .
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
@glynnwashington thanks for joining us today! 🙌what has been the most surprising moment working on Snap Judgement?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@ems_hodge The good news is that I'm surprised often. Mostly by the incredible kindness and humanity of the people that share their stories with us. Don't be fooled -- there are good people left in the world.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
You mentioned cocktails. What's your favorite beverage, Glynn? 😊
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@rrhoover I love a Bombay Sapphire and tonic, yo! But I am very open to suggestion as far as my alcohol consumption.
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
What's the most challenging thing about being a podcast host?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@melissajoykong The business of podcast / radio / audio is by far the most challenging thing. It took a tremendous amount of energy, luck, and planning, love, tears, and elbow grease to start Snap. It has always been hard keeping the lights on at a small arts organization. We have had a real roller coaster from a sustainability perspective.
Jeff Umbro@jeffumbro · CEO of The podglomerate
What's your favorite WNYC show outside of your own?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@jeffumbro I'm new to WNYC, and I haven't heard everything yet. But what a roster! On the Media, Death Sex & Money, Note to Self, Radiolab, Only Human -- shoot -- can't wait to dive in . . .
Sam Vance@samanthaavance · Account Executive, Edelman
@glynnwashington Hi Glynn! Super fan here!! I have tried many storytelling podcasts, but none seem to fill me the way Snap does. Why is Snap's storytelling format important/relevant, and do you think (hope) the stories influence public opinion on sensitive issues like healthcare, racial profiling, disaster relief etc.?
Harry Stebbings@harrystebbings · Podcast Host @ The Twenty Minute VC
Thanks for joining us. What are your favourite questions to ask in an interview and what would you advise someone starting out in the interview industry?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@harrystebbings Listen to everything and everybody. And not just interview. Listen to storytellers, comics, and everybody else. And you may not believe it, but one of the very best interviewers in the world is Howard Stern. He gets stuff out of people that no one does. Take notes on Howard . . .
Lejla Bajgoric@lejlahunts · Intern, Product Hunt
Glynn, thanks for being here! How has being from a city with as much history as Detroit informed your time as a diplomat/activist? And along that line, how do you feel about present "revitalization" efforts in Detroit and the effects of gentrification on the city? #DetroitVsEverybody <3 Thanks!
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@lejlahunts Detroit, of course, comes with me everywhere I go. But being absent for so long, aspects have become alien enough, so that I don't feel armed to analyze the current revitalization efforts.
Adam Muller@muller_adam · Co-founder ADHD Collective, MullerCast
Glynn, thank you for all the stories! What are reading right now? And what book(s) have you gifted the most?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@muller_adam My list of favorite books changes day by day, hour by hour, perhaps even minute by minute. But right now, as I write this, here are my current list of favorite books. All of these are fiction except for "Between The World and Me", which recently left me trembling. (And yes, of course I know what a tremendous ass Orson Scott Card is -- but the Ender Wiggin Series is still brilliant. Please borrow it from someone so that he doesn't get paid from the sweat of your brow. ) My Favorite Books Today: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Ender's Shadow, by Orson Scott Card The Golden Compass Series, by Philip Pullman Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coats The Great Brain, by John D. Fitzgerald American Gods, by Neil Gaiman The Gone Away World, by Nick Harkaway Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides White Teeth, Zadie Smith Shantaram, by Gregory David Roberts A Spell for Chameleon, Piers Anthony
Adam Muller@muller_adam · Co-founder ADHD Collective, MullerCast
@snapjudgment Wow. Helluva list. Thank you!
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
@glynnwashington Hey! what would the you of 2 years ago think of yourself today?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@bentossell The me of two years ago would tell me to stop screwing around and get to work.
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Community and Marketing, Product Hunt
@glynnwashington what has been your proudest moment?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
My proudest moment always have to do with these kids I get to raise. The moment you think you have their limits figured out -- they blow you out of the water. And even though I have almost nothing to do with their successes, my chest still swells with pride regardless.
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
@glynnwashington Hi Glynn! How often do you listen back to your old shows? How do you keep improving? 😃
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@mscccc My "reflection" of an episode generally happens immediately after we air it. I sit down, listen, and think of everything we could have done better, or differently. The issue, of course, is that with a weekly show -- we're never gonna hit anything close to perfection. And sometimes it hurts me to hear old episodes. But we have an amazing team -- and they are hell bent on improving every aspect of the program.
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
Glynn, great to have you here! What's the riskiest professional or personal decision you've ever made that you're really glad you did?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@melissajoykong The riskiest decision I ever made was moving to Japan when I was 19. It was a tremendously positive experience, but it strained a romantic relationship past the breaking point. I also noticed that people go on with their lives when you are not there . . .
Michael Crosby@miketcrosby
I always love your opening stories, are any of those actually real life for you?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@miketcrosby All of my personal stories are true -- unless they are presented as obvious fantasy (Pinochio, Superman, etc.) It's nuts, but I usually have to simplify the stories -- cause folk would never believe the full craziness . . .
Michael Crosby@miketcrosby
@snapjudgment @miketcrosby amazing! Well, please keep them coming. I look forward to Friday's because of snap.
Simon Tschinkel@simontnyc
You were/are a "fist shaker" according to your little bio. How does one make money doing that? Is it like being a mean old man? And, if so, does this mean that me and my friends I can't play on your lawn?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
I was in politics! There's lots of ways to make money there. And lots of fist shaking that happens . . .
Melissa Joy Kong@melissajoykong · Content, Product Hunt
What do you most want to accomplish in the next 10 years? And how are you planning on getting there?
Glynn Washington@glynnwashington · Host / Executive Producer, Snap Judgment
@melissajoykong I can't wait to keep pushing different platforms through Snap storytelling. Films, books, movies -- they are all different sides of the same storytelling coin, and every one delights in a different way.