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Movers & Thinkers

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.

*Special thanks to the SunTrust Foundation for providing support for Movers & Thinkers.

Nashville Public Radio presents Podcast Party — an evening where your favorite local podcast hosts and guests step out of your earbuds and onto a stage. It's a public radio variety show, live! Buy tickets here.

Join us on Saturday, August 18, as we bring the magic of radio to a live audience, along with music, puppets, poetry, and a few surprises. 

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres start at 6 p.m. The show starts at 7. 

Every human is fortunate enough to have this organ inside our skull called the brain. It allows us to breathe, create art, develop new technology — and yet, it's still largely a mystery how these masses of neurons translate into thought.

#16: What Is Love?

Apr 18, 2018
Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Without a doubt, romantic love is a driving force in our culture — with countless movies, songs and books devoted to finding it, losing it or making it last. Falling in (or out of) love can feel so intense in our own lives, but our fundamental assumptions about what love really is are not always correct.

In this episode of Movers & Thinkers, we talk to three guests who have seen a lot of love, heartbreak and romantic confusion: relationship therapist Jeannie Ingram, divorce attorney Siew-Ling Shea, and Alex Pollack, a writer who muses on modern dating culture.

#15: The Disrupter

Jan 12, 2018
Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

More than 50 years ago, Rip Patton's world changed. He started attending nonviolence workshops in Nashville and learned how to endure abuse during the Civil Rights movement without fighting back. Rip became a Freedom Rider, part of the movement that ended an era of legalized segregation in the South.

Now, five decades later, he looks back on his role as a "disrupter" — sitting, standing and singing to make major societal change.

#14: Demystifying Death

Oct 31, 2017
Kara McLeland / WPLN

For something as ubiquitous as dying, most of us know surprisingly little about it — not just the big unanswerable questions, like what happens after we die. We also rarely think about how to deal with grief, or what to talk about with your family before you go.

So on this episode of Movers & Thinkers, we're facing our fears (and fascination) by talking to three people who come face-to-face with mortality on a daily basis: hospice physician Sasha Bowers, cemetery historian Fred Zahn and Death & Dying professor Andrea Mills. 

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Parents pass on their genes, their values — and sometimes, their careers. These guests have taken on the family business, which has connected them more to their parents but, at times, tested their relationships and created lofty expectations. Featuring third-generation luthier Manuel Delgado, second-generation pastor Amy Mears, and poet Caroline Randall Williams, who has written books with her mother. 

Emily Siner / WPLN

 

In this episode of Movers & Thinkers, we interview Tiana Clark, a poet from Nashville.

Tiana has been tackling uncomfortable truths for years, ever since she wrote in her diary as a child that she hated her mom (who then discovered the writing). Now, she is a nationally lauded poet from Nashville who is the author of Equilibrium, a book of poetry published in 2016. She has a forthcoming poem in The New Yorker.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

In our society, what we do often defines how we see ourselves: Our identity is tied up with careers and success. So what happens when we're forced to start over? These people have grappled with reinvention, realizing that it's possible to get out of situations that don't feel right — and figure out how to move forward. Featuring musician Vanessa Carlton, journalist-turned-educator Chris Echegaray and former country music manager Chip Peay.

Mack Linebaugh/WPLN

In honor of #throwbackThursday, it seems fitting to share this Movers & Thinkers anniversary: The first live show of this podcast took place almost exactly two years ago. This is my heartfelt audio thank-you note.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

These people are unapologetic nerds — passionate about highly technical fields and not afraid to show it. How do they communicate that to people who don't understand the thing they love? And in a broader culture where that word is not always seen as positive, how did they come to embrace their nerd status? Featuring astrophysicist Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, Star Wars maker Chris Lee and computer programmer (and late nerd bloomer) Morley Bankston.

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