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 meaning over time. We examine why they do this and check back in with one of them a year later.
Neighbors: A Show About What Connects Us.
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.
Scroll through episodes below and click the play buttons to listen.
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 on the road, playing guitar in a Grammy-winning Christian rock band, to a one-chair, one-man barbershop called The Handsomizer.
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 prison several times, before he finally redirected his entrepreneurial spirit.
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 near an incinerator by the high school. Her throat had been cut. The murder has become a fixture of town lore, yet its victim lies in an unmarked grave. An effort to give her a headstone raises the questions: Who do we choose to remember? And why?
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.
Why did this child prodigy decide to use his genius in such an unconventional way? We find out in this episode of Neighbors.
Michael Kearney he holds the Guinness World Record for being the youngest person to graduate from college, at age 10. Now he’s 32, and he’s not curing cancer or solving world hunger. He’s running an improv comedy company in Nashville.
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 daughter-in-law and son. A graduate of an innovative ESL program-on-wheels, Thawng shows us something about the power that language has and how human connection is bigger than just words.
What keeps you up at night? For some, it’s the sound of a mockingbird outside the bedroom window. It turns out, not everyone is amazed by this bird’s shape-shifting musical feats. What is a wonder of nature to some, to others is the sound of torture. This time on Neighbors, a guest episode from our friends at Nocturne.
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 world of “tuba man” Joe Hunter and discover what brings him and his instrument to the tunnel.