Absolution - Snap #310

Blame it on the kids, blame it on the president, blame it on the rain. This week, Snap Judgment brings stories about the act of shedding that blame, stories of forgivness.  We proudly present, "Absolution."

Back of the Bus

As a youngster, Glynn has a harsh introduction to a new school -- before he even arrives . . .

Producers: Mark Ristich and Pat Mesiti-Miller

Thao’s Grandma Makes A Statement

When indie rockstar Thao Nguyen isn’t rocking the stage around the globe, she’s listening to public radio. So of course we had to bring her in to tell a tale about her sweet, lovely grandma--who you definitely don’t want to mess with.

Thao composed all the instrumentals in this segment specifically for this story. The other two songs are from her album, We Brave Bee Stings and All. She is currently performing at Radiolab’s live show and is working on a new album.

Producer: Stephanie Foo

Next of Kin

A mortician must come between a mother and her daughter’s lover in a funeral home. Kyle Bowen is a graduate of the San Francisco college of Mortuary Science, and has worked as a mortician for over 15 years. He now writes and performs in Chico, CA.

Producer:  Jamie DeWolf, Anna Sussman, and Renzo Gorrio

Mengele Twin

A young girl survives the holocaust, then the real struggle begins.

Producer: Anna Sussman

Red Sweater

Jack McCarthy comes home to a missing sweatshirt and faces his own irrational anger. A retired working guy from Boston, McCarthy is considered a legend in Spoken Word circles. The Boston Globe has said, “In the poetry world, he’s a rock star.” He’s the author of 5 books of poetry and two CDs. Hear more of his work.

Producers: Jamie DeWolf and Renzo Gorrio

False Testimony

13 years ago, John and Michael Arena were arrested and accused of molesting their 9-year old cousin, Stephanie. But believe it or not, this isn’t a story about a family that wants to hurt each other. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite.

Texas Voices is a nonprofit that is fighting for John and Michael’s case. Check out what you can do to help by checking out their site.

Producer: Stephanie Foo


Judge Joe Pigott served nearly two decades on the bench in Jackson, Miss. But he says no defendant confounded him more than the man nicknamed "Pip"  whose exploits often landed him in Pigott's courtroom.

Producers: Storycorps and Mark Ristich

The blend of music and narrative is inspiring. I enjoyed listening to this podcast to get a better perspective of what drives other people.


Definitely blame it on the president. Nice mix - Absolution.

Justice is the right of everyone, therefore everyone is entitled to equal treatment under the law. Do not be due to differences in status or race becomes an excuse for someone not getting fair treatment.