65 EpisodesProduced by Jakob Lewis and Nashville Public Radio

Neighbors is a podcast from Nashville Public Radio by Jakob Lewis. It’s a show about what connects us. We tell surprising stories of the people we pass every day, showing that we have more in common than we might think.

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Back Home On Short Mountain

November 7th, 2018


This is a story about a way of life put on trial. Jeffory Young was a beloved farmer and major landowner in scenic Short Mountain, Tennessee. But …

Dispatches From A Pub In Belfast

October 23rd, 2018


Jakob is traveling for the next two weeks doing some work for the Goethe-Institut about two of Nashville’s Sister Cities—Belfast, Northern Ireland and Magdeburg, Germany.

The Distressed Comedian

October 9th, 2018


The story of how Stephen Spinola got to Nashville is not a typical one. The stand-up comedian posted a tweet on the day of Trump’s inauguration that …

Before I Could Give Her The Ring

September 25th, 2018


A story of Jakob’s is turned into poetry courtesy of the podcast Versify. Fighting wildfires is dangerous work. But to a 20 year old Jakob Lewis the …

Queen Of The Kitchen

September 11th, 2018


An immigrant restaurateur, Elizabeth Martinez, struggles to make it in America, when the person she came to the U.S. with betrays her. After …

Chimes, A Shrine, And a Cabinet Shop: Listener Questions Elicit Surprising Revelations

August 28th, 2018


Jakob breaks from his usual format to sit down with his editor Mack Linebaugh and answer your questions. You’ll find out why he started the podcast, his favorite episode, and what’s up with those windchimes. Also Jakob …

The Dog Trap, Part 2

August 14th, 2018


Joel Rice got the opportunity to ghost-write the memoir of one of his childhood heroes—skateboarding legend Christian Hosoi. But Joel’s experience …

The Dog Trap, Part 1

August 7th, 2018


What happens to someone when the thing they love most in the world — skateboarding— is also the source of their greatest wound? When Joel Rice, a naturally bookish kid was younger he wanted nothing more than to be a pro …

Bonus: Miso And Dejan React

May 22nd, 2018


Jakob gets a rare chance to hear what his guests think of how they're portrayed as Miso and Dejan, the subjects of “Miso’s Brother”, have a drink and …

Red State Mama

May 8th, 2018


Marlo Mack has a young transgender daughter. She met another woman named Debi Jackson who has a very similar parenting story to her own, the only difference is where they live. Marlo lives in a liberal community where …

The Grave of Rosa Mary Dean

September 9th, 2016


On a rainy night in 1949, a young woman arrived by train in Franklin, Tennessee, and walked off into the night. The next morning, her body was found …

The Genius Improviser

May 19th, 2016


Michael Kearney is a genius — he holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to graduate from college, at age 10. Now he's 32, and …

The Tuba Man

March 15th, 2016


It's an odd scene: A man, playing a sousaphone, stands inside a tunnel on a busy Nashville road during rush hour. Is he crazy, divinely inspired or something else entirely? In this episode of Neighbors, we go inside the …

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