There is almost nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of discovering something new — being the first to realize an idea’s potential. This month on the docket, three people whose careers revolve around discovery: Leon Bellan, an engineer at Vanderbilt University who creates artificial blood vessels with a cotton candy machine; Ann Powers, an NPR Music blogger and critic (and a very recent transplant to Nashville) who curates undiscovered music; and Marcus Whitney, a serial entrepreneur who mentors and invests in tech startups.
Movers & Thinkers is all about why people do what they do. We take you into the minds of some of the most interesting innovators in Nashville and discuss their motivations, passions and challenges. Each episode is produced from a conversation with Nashville Public Radio's Emily Siner.
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Nashville is booming, but these people know that doesn’t mean the city is free of problems. Our guests have spent their careers trying to solve some of the most dire issues in the city and region. This month on the docket: Ron Johnson, director of the Oasis Center’s R.E.A.L. program, which aims to keep teens out of prison; Tasha Lemley, co-founder of Nashville’s homeless paper, The Contributor, and owner of social enterprise Chai Wallah; and Kasar Abdulla, American-Muslim community advocate and conflict mediator.
Sometimes the biggest influencers are the people you don’t see — those who are working behind the scenes in fascinating places or whose work is often anonymous. This episode on the docket: Lisa Donovan, acclaimed pastry chef, formerly of Husk Nashville; Celene Aubry, letterpress poster maker at Nashville’s iconic Hatch Show Print; and Alexander Berta, cybersecurity expert with KPMG.