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The Best Stories Come From Picking at Scabs: ‘Snap Judgment’ Host Glynn Washington on the Art of Storytelling

The public radio show Snap Judgment brings its live tour through Houston on Saturday (Feb. 25, 2017) at Cullen Performance Hall. Listeners will know the show’s mantra of “storytelling with a beat,” led by host and executive producer Glynn Washington. Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talked with Washington and asked him how he became a storyteller. […]

Glynn Washington Snap Judgment MemeThe public radio show Snap Judgment brings its live tour through Houston on Saturday (Feb. 25, 2017) at Cullen Performance Hall. Listeners will know the show’s mantra of “storytelling with a beat,” led by host and executive producer Glynn Washington.

Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talked with Washington and asked him how he became a storyteller. Washington said he learned from the best — the members of an apocalyptic, white supremacist “Jesus cult” his parents belonged to when he was a kid. No kidding.

Washington says he’s not a journalist, and what he does is different from what you hear on This American Life — on purpose. There are not usually reporters or producers helping to tell someone’s story. His goal is to get closer — to let the person tell their story, whether it’s true or not.

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