Nuclear Family - Snap #720

One mom, one dad, 2.5 kids and a white picket fence?  This week on Snap Judgment we get real.  From WNYC Studios, Snap proudly presents..."Nuclear Family."


Future Child

What would your children say, before they could even speak?

Sound Design: Pat Mesiti-Miller

Story: Glynn Washington


When Jeannette Quinn first traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2006 she knew it would be an enriching experience. But then she met a little boy named Opiyo Ivan and her life took the most unexpected turn.

Jeannette Quinn has started the Opiyo Ivan Memorial Fund, and proceeds will go to support her organization, AFENDS, which provides services for individuals (and their families) in northern Uganda who suffer from epilepsy or nodding disease/syndrome.

Sound Design: Renzo Gorrio

Producer: Nancy López


Sue was adopted at birth. As an adult, she found her biological family, and when she met her half-brother Mike, her life changed forever.

Sound Design: Leon Morimoto

Producer: Eliza Smith

Radioactive Boy Scout

David was a high school kid who thought that he could change the world by pioneering the development of nuclear energy. But he didn’t want to wait until graduation -- David figured he'd start his nuclear reactor at the age of 15.

Ken Silverstein is an investigative journalist based in D.C.  He wrote the book, The Radioactive Boy Scout, upon which this story is based.  Thanks also to Harper’s Magazine and Emile Klein for this story.

Producer: Stephanie Foo