Neighbors | Nashville Public Radio


  • Hosted by Jakob Lewis

Neighbors is a show from Nashville Public Radio, created and produced by Jakob Lewis. It's a show about what connects us. Whether it's food, death, ritual, language, family or friendship, there is a lot to gather around in this world.

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Brad Butcher

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. 

1949 Franklin police sketch, Illustration by Mack Linebaugh / WPLN

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?

Joey Gannon via Flickr

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 desire to honor wishes pushes us into uncomfortable territory.

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.

Nashville Improv

Why did this child prodigy decide to use his genius in such an unconventional way? We find out in this episode of Neighbors.

Brad Butcher


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.

Brad Butcher


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.

Village Bakery and Provisions via Instagram

In this episode of Neighbors: Sam Tucker is a gifted baker, but the one thing that is his greatest passion just might put his family in danger. His son has celiac disease. We discover how the whole family is challenged to adapt to a painful, ironic twist.