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A show about what connects us hosted by Jakob Lewis and Cariad Harmon.Call the Neighbors “reverse complaint line” and tell us what you like about your neighbors 615-601-1411.Join “The Neighborhood” on Patreon.

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The Garden

October 7th, 2021


This episode was produced for the Goethe-Institut's Big Ponder project and edited by William Gilcher. 

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The Pen Pal

September 23rd, 2021


This episode was produced for the Goethe-Institut's Big Ponder project and edited by William Gilcher and Rachel Aronoff. 

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Neighbors is a production of Great …

IM GOD Neighbors Presents: Middle Of Everywhere

December 18th, 2020


Today we present a new podcast from WKMS in Murray Kentucky called Middle Of Everywhere—Big stories from the small places we call home. What happens when an atheist stands up for free speech when the government favors …

I Am Not Your Enemy

December 4th, 2020


This episode I do something I have never done in the entire history of the show. I just interview someone. No story. I interview Michael McRay to …

The Coronabride

November 13th, 2020


Coping with the pandemic, the election, really anything in 2020—it can come in waves. Sometimes after a big milestone happens, like getting married, the weight of it all can hit you like a semi truck. Need a good cry to …

The Joy Of Chickens

October 30th, 2020


Cynthia Capers used to be a nurse but she chose to get out of that life and teach herself how to be a farmer. This piece was originally produced as part of the Transom Traveling Workshop in Nashville, TN at WPLN by …

Finding My Parents

October 16th, 2020


Having heard stories about the country he only lived in for the first year of his life, producer Jakob Lewis goes back to Frankfurt to connect with the life his parent's once had.

Story produced by Jakob Lewis, edited …

Finding Stephanie

October 2nd, 2020


One woman searches for a serial panhandler and the answer to what to do when someone asks you for money.

Story produced by Tasha A. F. Lemley, edited by Tony Gonzalez, sound designed and mixed by Jakob Lewis.

You can …

Nashville's Sister City

September 11th, 2020


In the historic city of Magdeburg, Germany, there is a “Johnny Cash”-themed country music festival called Nashville Days – complete with corn dogs and cowboy hats. This is one of the fruits of the sister city …

Leaving The Du Barry

August 28th, 2020


According to a July study from the Pew Research Center, around 3% of Americans have moved because of COVID-19, many of them adults who moved back in …

The Hadley Park Line Dancers

August 14th, 2020


Meet Joann Jones. She's 79 years old, and she loves to dance. So, she helped start a line dancing class for senior citizens at the Hadley Park …

Neighbors presents: Resettled

July 31st, 2020


For this episode Neighbors is presenting an episode from the show Resettled from VPM:

Not a lot of teens are excited about being the “different” kid …

Sunday Night Soul

July 17th, 2020


Nashville, Tenn., aka Music City, has thrown a lot of money at its own tourism industry. But if you walk country music’s famed Broadway Street you will notice that these tourist spaces are overwhelmingly white. But just …

Listening, Learning, Taking Action

June 13th, 2020


A list of resources to learn from this moment so it's not just a moment.

We recommend this course, the 7 Day Anti Racism Challenge that starts June 15th but possibly will repeat again

Podcast recommendations You can find …

The Race Horses Of The Sky

May 22nd, 2020


Today we’re giving you a break from all things Covid and we’re entering into the intriguing and competitive world of pigeon racing. From the pigeons released at the first Olympic Games to the heroic birds of WWI, homing …

How Long Is The Dark?

May 8th, 2020


In August of 2017 Neighbors co-host Jakob and his wife Catherine got to witness a total solar eclipse from inside an orchard owned by a living …

The Tree

April 24th, 2020


When a Nashville man named Robert was young, no one seemed to care that he didn’t know how to read. As he got older, lack of literacy affected his …

The Stuttering Paradox

April 10th, 2020


"The Stuttering Paradox" is the story of a Nashville musician who saw stuttering as his greatest flaw. After trying to "fix" it his entire childhood, he was confronted with the "subway challenge”. By facing his fear JP …

Pay Attention

March 27th, 2020


This episode is an artful exploration of Neighbors' year of hiatus in which host Jakob Lewis had a son and put on a performance art piece about …

Staying Sane And Connected: Calls From Our Neighbors

March 24th, 2020


We put out a call last week to listeners and friends across the globe who are in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. We asked you to share the …

Let's Stay Connected

March 17th, 2020


Hi there! Neighbors Season 7 officially launches March 27th, but we thought everyone could use some connection today.

We want to hear from you and …

Neighbors is coming back! Season 7 trailer

December 5th, 2019


When Jakob signed off of his last episode he said he was taking a hiatus of an undetermined length. The open endedness of that declaration is now …

The Hero's Journey

December 4th, 2018


The town of Harrenheim is mysteriously out of water, yet its reservoir is full. The Heroes’ Guild summons four of its bravest to investigate. These …

My Grandma's A Spy

November 21st, 2018


What happens when you want to learn more about your cultural heritage and find out that your grandma was a spy? 80-year-old Sara McCall grew up in …

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 …

Our Father

April 24th, 2018


Jakob issues himself a challenge to redo the first story he ever made, about Anglican priest Father Thomas McKenzie and his dad. The title of Father …

Miso's Brother

April 12th, 2018


Miso and Dejan are Bosnian refugees who met as children when they were both resettled in the same apartment complex in Nashville, Tenn. After they each turned 30 they made a pilgrimage all the way back to Bosnia to …

The Baker's Son

March 27th, 2018


Sam Tucker is a passionate baker who doesn’t like to compromise on ingredients, but one of them contains a tiny little protein known as gluten, and …

The Sister's Gift

March 13th, 2018


When Katie Cooley found out her brother needed a kidney transplant, she volunteered without hesitation—despite not being super close to him. Hear …

Matt Got Shot: Part 3 or The Fabric We're All In

February 27th, 2018


In the final chapter of the Neighbors mini-series “Matt Got Shot,” we visit Jodi Hays,  the woman whose security camera captured the footage of …

Matt Got Shot: Part 2

February 13th, 2018


In Part 2 of the Neighbors mini-series “Matt Got Shot,” we explore the reality of the trauma of getting shot: first to Matt’s body, then his identity and finally to his mind.

Matt says, “PTSD doesn’t show up with a …

Matt Got Shot: Part 1

January 30th, 2018


It was inauguration day 2017 when Nashville singer-songwriter Matt Lovell was ambushed while sitting in his car — and then shot in the chest. A …

The Manifestor

January 16th, 2018


Everyone seems inspired by fitness instructor Katherine Tisha Wilson. People describe going to her class as "going to church." Her fierceness comes …

Season 5 trailer (launches January 16th)

January 11th, 2018


Hello. I’m Jakob Lewis and Neighbors….is back. January 16th.

I’m on a quest to make sense of the human experience through the lives of my neighbors. There’s something magical about getting an intimate pass into …

The Language Learner

September 19th, 2017


As Myanmar aka Burma is going through a humanitarian crisis Neighbors brings an update to the story of a man who fled the region to come to America …

The Tuba Man

September 6th, 2017


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 …

The Digger

August 15th, 2017


Whit Hill digs up items she finds with a metal detector — Civil War bullets, forgotten toys, old coins. Her treasures, and the songs she writes about …

Shine Service

August 1st, 2017


Robert Person Sr. — Percy, as he’s known — has been shining shoes for 70 years. He started around age 10 and now, at 80, continues to work at Percy’s Shoe Shine Service in Nashville. He’s worn out, stressed out, but …

Childhood's End

July 18th, 2017


Prepare to be embedded into a gaggle of neighborhood kids, playing at the peak of summer. Producer Erica Heilman from the always-delightful podcast …

The Fighter

July 4th, 2017


Wayne cherishes his independence. And having had ALS for 33 years, he has to fight for it everyday. But his disease is only one of the seemingly insurmountable challenges he’s faced.

Credits: Edited by Emily Siner, Mack …

The Role of a Lifetime

June 20th, 2017


When Denice Hicks has to step unexpectedly into the role of King Lear, in some ways, she’s doing what she’s always done: living life like it’s her …

The Party Planners

May 30th, 2017


Eddie and Mary Helen live in Chattanooga, Tenn. — a city, like many in the country, that still feels the effects of segregation. They started examining their hometown through the lens of race and ended up throwing a …

Dave, The Weather Nut

May 16th, 2017


Dave Hayes is a “social media-rologist”. He has no meteorology degree, but posts dense and poetic weather updates on Facebook where he’s grown quite …

The Funeral Director

May 2nd, 2017


Bethany embalmed bodies for a living, but she couldn’t help but empathize with every corpse she worked on, seeing her job as one final gift—one that …

Every Breath Is Precious

April 18th, 2017


Hannah has a rare genetic disorder that causes her to stop breathing when she goes to sleep. She wears a ventilator at night. How does having to constantly monitor a basic human function change how Hannah and her family …

The Oregon Trailblazer

April 4th, 2017


In 2011, Rinker Buck crossed the Oregon Trail — yes, that Oregon Trail — in a covered wagon pulled by a team of mules. He traveled with his brother …

Season 4 Starts April 4, New Episode Every Two Weeks

March 31st, 2017


Hey Everyone, a new season of Neighbors starts Tuesday April 4th. Tell your friends, tell your family, the party starts Tuesday. 

A Musical Recovery

December 27th, 2016


The season 3 finale is a little different. It is a personal story of Jakob’s told by taking a musical journey all around Nashville. Together, you …

The Ordinary Radicals

December 8th, 2016


In 1969, Leroy and Gloria Griffith got married in Chattanooga, Tennessee. It would have been an ordinary event, except that they are believed to be …

The High Five Revisted

November 22nd, 2016


Two men walk over a mile once a week just to give each other a high five. It's a seemingly meaningless act, but one that can take on a powerful …

Barbershop Duet, Part Two - Stephen

November 11th, 2016


Like part one, this is a story of a barber who followed an unlikely path to the grooming profession. Stephen Mason's journey took him from 20 years …

Barbershop Duet, Part One - Ronnie

October 21st, 2016


Ronnie Clardy grew up near the barbershop he owns in Nashville, but the path that led him to his current life is anything but short and straight. He started dealing drugs at 13 and relapsed into a life of crime and …

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 …

Honoring Wishes

August 4th, 2016


We want to do right by the people we care about. But sometimes, honoring someone's wishes can put us at odds with social norms, our own values, or even the law. In this episode of Neighbors, three stories where the …

The Fence Jumper

July 7th, 2016


Most people might think it’s not worth the trouble to intervene in someone else's life. But in this episode of Neighbors, we get to know a woman who sees that obstacle—and will do everything she can to jump over it.

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 Language Learner

April 22nd, 2016


We meet Gin Thawng. The 66-year old is a refugee from Burma living in a Nashville apartment with his ailing wife, a baby grandson, his …

This is Not a Love Song

March 29th, 2016


What keeps you up at night? For some, it's the shape-shifting song of a mockingbird outside the bedroom window. It turns out, not everyone is amazed by this bird's musical feats. What is a wonder of nature to some, to …

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 …

The Baker's Son

March 1st, 2016


Sam Tucker is a gifted baker, but the one thing that is his greatest passion just might put his family in danger. With the premiere of Season 3, I am thrilled to announce Neighbors' partnership with Nashville Public …


December 24th, 2015


This is a small bonus story about how the Christmas tree from your curb disappeared.

The Fool

December 17th, 2015


A story of how one clown turns his sorrow into connection. Some music by Podington Bear Editors: Tally Abecassis and Rob McGinley Meyers Production Help: Bailey Robbins Sponsors: Yazoo Brewing Company

The High Five

October 16th, 2015


Why do two grown men walk a mile and a half every week, rain or shine, to give each other a high five?

Editors: Bailey Robbins, Rob McGinley Meyers, Tally Abecassis

Music: Podington Bear and Dan Burns AKA Dop Shrah

These Things Is Miracles

September 10th, 2015


Today we feature a story from the podcast Anxious Machine called "These Things Is Miracles." What happens when a woman refuses to admit she can't hear, and what happens when she finally does?

Music in this episode: 

Sans Houses - Going To Church

August 13th, 2015


"I guess they can't go to no church or whatever and ask to lick their preacher's they come around the mission."

Two stories of people going to church for two very different reasons.

Do you have a going to …

At Home In Music City

July 31st, 2015


It’s an unwritten rule in Nashville. If you see a famous musician who lives in town, you let them be. Your heart might skip a beat when you see …

Sans Houses - Music

July 9th, 2015


Our newest addition to our Sans Houses series has the theme of music. Producer Tasha A F Lemley takes us along to glimpse into the lives of three men …

Highbrow Lowbrow

June 26th, 2015


Find out the meaning behind the words highbrow and lowbrow through the construct of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You'll visit a man who is currently homeless and learn how he brews his coffee by the interstate. Enter …

Sans Houses - Purpose

May 21st, 2015



Since 2006, Neighbors producer Tasha A F Lemley has interviewed men and women who are homeless on the streets of Nashville. We've grouped these interviews by theme in a series called Sans Houses. This episode's theme …

The Silver Cord: A Year After Bringing Wes Home

May 7th, 2015


It's been almost a year since I reported the story "Bringing Wes Home." It was a story about a family losing their son, Wes Vose, in a car crash two-and-a-half years ago. Instead of leaving it to the funeral home to …

Sans Houses - David

April 23rd, 2015


This story is the first in a new series called "Sans Houses." After more than 40 years on the street, David has a place to call home. Neighbors …

Quit Playin' Games With My Heart

April 9th, 2015


Todd Michael Rogers got married young, and it was bad. It was the kind of bad that Todd describes as "Lifetime movie bad." He became unhappy and …

A Ritual of Hospitality

February 20th, 2015


This is a story about a ritual. A Chinese tea ceremony. It's used as a means to connect — with the past, with people, with another land. Joshua Drake Wu invited me into his home to experience the joy of Chinese tea. I …

I'm Just Trying To Help

January 17th, 2015


What happens when you try to help someone out, it goes well, but then they end up right back where they started? Jakob channels his inner Sisyphus and goes to the Parthenon to interview strangers about when helping …

The Pace Of Wonder

December 5th, 2014


This episode is more of a meditation than a story. When Barclay was 25, he traveled the country in a van. Out under the open sky he bought an …

Runnin' Down a Dream

October 22nd, 2014


Bobby Hopkins wakes up one day and decides to change his life. Within two years, he's entering his first 100-mile ultramarathon. I go along as part …

Lost and Found - Neighbors Live

September 25th, 2014


Neighbors is once again live from my backyard. 10 storytellers poured their hearts out. 5 of them are featured in this episode. In this episode: Blake Farmer, reporter at WPLN in Nashville, tells a story of being a …

Bringing Wes Home

July 20th, 2014


After a five-week road trip across beautiful America, I'm back. I'm bringing you a story I did from before I was gone. It's called "Bringing Wes …

Fear - Neighbors Live

April 6th, 2014


On March 22, 2014, I held Neighbors Live! in my backyard. It was a very neighborly time. Neighbors favorite Thomas McKenzie told a story that will …

Taking On Water

March 26th, 2014


If you live in Nashville you've probably heard a lot of flood stories from the May 2010 flood. This one stood out to me as a true example of neighbors being neighbors. Jeff Jones the owner of the local Dairy King shares …

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