#416 Snap Judgement


When we hear a new song, or try a new food, we know in an instant if we like it or not. It happens automatically. Those same snap judgements can apply to people too. But, we have a choice — we can choose to hold onto those judgements, or we can let them evolve by getting to know someone better.

These are stories of people who were judged and dismissed based on the superficial impressions of others. Hear them out.

Plucking a Pear in a Guitar-shaped World by Sepehr Jamshidi Fard

Sepehr plays the setar. Not to be mistaken with the indian sitar. It’s a pear-shaped long-necked lute from Iran. It can be tricky sometimes; learning an instrument 8000 miles away from its place of origin. Over here, everything is shaped like a guitar!

Producer: Sepehr Jamshidi Fard

Supervising Producers: Allison Chan and Ryan Pemberton

Transformation by Bilha Smith

By the time Bilha was six, she knew she was different, but it would be years before she could make the changes to transform her life. 

In the meantime, Bilha discovered a freedom in performance before her move to Darwin where she found a new kind of chemistry.

Image Credit: Aaron Burton

This story was first told at SPUN, a live storytelling night presented by StoryProjects in the Northern Territory.

You can subscribe to the SPUN Stories podcast, and find out more about the SPUN storytelling project by visiting spunstories.net. You can also look for Spun Stories on Facebook and Twitter.

Storyteller: Bilha Smith

Producer: Johanna Bell

All The Best credits:

Executive Producer: Ryan Pemberton

Victorian State Coordinator: Jordan Fennell

Host: Maddy Macquine

Episode mix and compile: Josh McKay

Community Coordinators: Chloe Gillespie and Danni Stewart

SYN Community Coordinator: Lee Robinson

Social Media Producer: Matilda Fay

Photo: Joel via Flickr