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Best Nashville Public Radio podcasts we could find (updated June 2020)
Best Nashville Public Radio podcasts we could find
Updated June 2020
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An immersive series from Nashville Public Radio about inequality and the people trying to rise above it, with host and reporter Meribah Knight. In Season 1 of The Promise, we told the story of Nashville's largest public housing complex, smack in the middle of a city on the rise. In Season 2, we explore how that divide reveals itself in the classroom. One neighborhood, two schools — one black and poor, the other white and well-off, and the kids stuck in the middle.
 
Go behind the scenes of classical music in Nashville. Musician Colleen Phelps takes you backstage at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center for interviews with composers, conductors, and instrumentalists to give you an in-depth look at life in the orchestra. Get closer to the music and musicians behind classical music in Music City.
 
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 at www.patreon.com/neighbors
 
Riders Radio Theater was a half hour, weekly, cult favorite/public radio show performed live by the two-time Grammy Award-winning western and comedy band Riders In The Sky in Nashville and Cincinnati from 1988-1995. Called at the time "the fastest half hour in radio," each show featured western music, wacky commercials, the National Polka Countdown, characters and comedy bits of all sizes and descriptions, and a cliffhanging serial adventure... all liberally sprinkled with country and folk m ...
 
WPLN News Investigates dives deep into the issues that matter most in Middle Tennessee. In “Deadly Force,” we focus on the trial of the first Nashville police officer to be charged with murder for shooting someone in the line of duty. Through newly uncovered documents, original interviews and audio footage, we’ll glimpse into the mind of a police officer struggling to make sense of when to use his gun and the culture in Nashville surrounding the use of force.
 
Versify is part storytelling and part poetry. It begins by sending our team of poets out into neighborhoods and to community events, where we invite people to share a story from their life. The person they are sharing it to — the person listening — is one of our poets. This is where the magic comes in. The poet listens intently and then turns that life story into a poem, on the spot.
 
Mystic-Skeptic Media Presents: Raiders of the Unknown Podcast. Our new show focuses on religious history and biblical theology. We are researchers who dig through scholarship, archeology, history and the supernatural to find the discernible truth of some of the most enigmatic subjects in human history. David Daniel Gonzalez is a volunteer radio producer and host of Mystic-Skeptic Radio show/podcast which addresses popular culture, politics and philosophy. Since 2015 he has worked in the fiel ...
 
Concerned about the Opioid Crisis? Veteran radio show host Brian Wilson addresses the complex issues of prescription abuse head on and provides a 360 degree view of the problems surrounding the Nation’s #1 killer. Wilson knows first-hand the devastation caused by the opioid crisis having reported on his own Nashville Mayor Megan Barry who lost a son to opioid addiction. In each of the 15 minute episodes, Wilson tells the story of the opioid epidemic as seen through the eyes of those directly ...
 
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Violinist, singer, keyboardist and drummer Emily Wells is a producer and composer capable of producing a full band sound; her series of “symphonies” turned her voice and live-looped violin, drums, percussion, and effects into a one-woman orchestra. In 2019, she released her swirling and dramatic chamber-pop collection, This World Is Too _____ For Y…
 
The Tennessee General Assembly is facing one of its biggest budgetary challenges ever. Sales tax revenue is down dramatically meaning more reductions to the state's spending plan. WPLN's Sergio Martínez-Beltrán has been talking to lawmakers to get a better sense of what's likely to be cut.By Nashville Public Radio
 
The songs of singer Janka Nabay (aka "the Bubu King") mix a regional folk music from his native Sierra Leone called bubu with the high-octane sounds of Brooklyn's vibrant Afropop scene. Bubu music has found new fans in the indie rock community thanks to its driving rhythms and psychedelic guitar riffs. Janka Nabay and the Bubu Gang's record En Yay …
 
Ol' Blue Eyes. The Chairman of the Board. Frank Sinatra has been called a lot of things—not all of them flattering—but there's no denying his stature as a true American icon. Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney turns his lens on the singer for the film, which came out in 2015, in time for the singer's 100th birthday. Sinatra: All Or Nothing At …
 
After two months of recess, the Tennessee General Assembly is getting back to business this week. And there’s already disagreements and controversy. WPLN’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán is also going back to the capitol. But, even in quarantine, he’s been keeping up with the latest legislative developments.…
 
Courtney Barnett's songs are wild, shaggy and wordy, mixing witty, mundane, and sometimes heartbreaking observations with devastating self-assessment. And with a sound rooted in the slack jangle of the late 1980s and the early 1990s, Barnett delivers plainspoken lyrics and roll off the tongue as if she's thinking them up on the spot. You can hear t…
 
Vocal artist, comedian, actor, beatboxer, musician, and bandleader Reggie Watts is versatile and unpredictable. But to watch him do his thing live, is even more extraordinary. He's masterful at looping layer upon layer of beats and rhythms, melodies and countermelodies, entirely with his voice, to create a dense and soulful, hip-hop-infused sound. …
 
Actor, author, and comedian Steve Martin released his debut album as a banjo player in 2009, but he first picked up the instrument as a teenager and later incorporated it into his hit stand-up act during the 1970's. He joined us back in 2011 with his band from North Carolina, the Steep Canyon Rangers, playing songs from his Grammy-nominated album, …
 
Banjo player, comedian, actor, and musician Ed Helms has combined music and comedy in an online show for the pandemic era, The Whiskey Sour Happy Hour, presented by The Bluegrass Situation. He joins John to talk about making old-timey magic, with music performed by the featured artists like Aubrie Sellers and her mother Lee Ann Womack, multi-instru…
 
Pioneering drummer Tony Allen, who was called “perhaps the greatest drummer who has ever lived" by Brian Eno, has died in Paris, at the age of 79. Allen was the longtime drummer and musical director for the Nigerian bandleader Fela Kuti where his unique, propulsive, funky, innovative drum patterns helped to define the style known as Afrobeat. He wa…
 
The late funk and R&B singer Charles Bradley’s life story was one filled with poverty, struggle and unappreciated talent. But after catching the eye of a Daptone Records agent (while doing a James Brown routine in a Bushwick club) Charles Bradley put out several singles and several full-length releases on Daptone. His debut record was called No Tim…
 
Parquet Courts exploded into New York music fans’ collective consciousness in early 2013, with the release of their blistering post-punk LP, Light Up Gold. They formed in Brooklyn, in 2010, but its members all met in Texas years before. Lean and urgent like the best of the early punk rock bands, Parquet Courts’ output is of mostly short and spunky …
 
One year ago how many of us would have predicted that our spring would be filled with meetings and social calls over video-conference? Even happy hour, the perennial post-work get-together has been transferred, in many cases to Zoom and Google Hangouts. As Classically Speaking continues to document these unprecedented times, it felt like the right …
 
A bleak and unhappy Christmas spirit has descended upon our peaceful and bucolic Valley. Nowhere is there joy and laughter, nowhere except in the rank and dimly lit backroom of the Dry Gulch Saloon. Thanks to a devious transaction scheme that has left Tumbleweed Valley penniless, Slocum and Charlie are laughing their way to a faraway Dry Tortugas b…
 
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 life in devastating ways no one could have predicted. Now at Age 55, he’s learning a new skill and awakening the poet within. You can find out more about the Nashville Adult Literacy Council here: http:/…
 
Songwriter, pianist, and singer Regina Spektor was born in the then-Soviet Union and moved to the States on the cusp of her teenage years. She began playing small cafes and clubs, before moving up to big arenas, and in 2019, a run of shows at a Broadway theater. Her songs are full of charm, wit, and surprises, and very often portray an outsider try…
 
Pianist, composer, and bandleader Jon Batiste comes from a long line of New Orleans musicians, and got his start playing in his family’s band as a percussionist when he was just 8. Now based in New York as the musical director for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, we sometimes forget what a formidable musician he is. Jazz, funk, R & B, even class…
 
The Christmas shopping season is short and frenzied in Tumbleweed Valley. And with the daily chores and the added work of preparing for the hard winter freezes to come, it’s not until the week before Christmas that residents do their shopping. Tumbleweed City merchants have stocked their stores in preparation for the weeklong stampede. It’s the eve…
 
WPLN News Investigates dives deep into the issues that matter most in Middle Tennessee. In “Deadly Force,” we focus on the trial of the first Nashville police officer to be charged with murder for shooting someone in the line of duty. Through newly uncovered documents, original interviews and audio footage, we’ll glimpse into the mind of a police o…
 
In his four decades writing songs and playing them alone or with friends, the English-born Nashville-based singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock has earned a devoted fan base. His songs can mix gleeful surrealism, sexual frustration, drinking, death, sadness, spiders, snakes, and the occasional movie quote. Never one to be at a loss for words, and poss…
 
For many years, the late, great soul singer Sharon Jones played wedding gigs while working as a corrections officer. Then, in her forties, for her second act, came a record deal and a partnership with the Dap-Kings, a band whose resume includes work with such artists as Amy Winehouse and Al Green, Sturgill Simpson, Kesha, and Mark Ronson. Sharon Jo…
 
One of the most eagerly awaited days of the year in Tumbleweed Valley is New Year’s Eve. All day long there are lots of friends dropping by, and a real festive feeling is in the air. But the real celebration is saved for the evening in the kickoff of the Barbwire Conference football championship, the Bean Bowl. The Riders are in their home on the r…
 
In 2005, the band Art Brut burst upon the indie rock scene with an album of hilarious, half-spoken stories and manic, melodic punk. For this archival podcast, revisit a performance from the Berlin-based post-punk art rock band, Art Brut, who had just released the 2009 album Art Brut Vs Satan. They joined us to play live and talk about putting the f…
 
One of the sweetest voices of soul’s golden era in the 1970s, Bill Withers is best known for hits like “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me,” about growing up in a West Virginia coal mining town. In 2010, Withers joined us in studio to talk about the documentary Still Bill, which chronicled his life and career. Bill Withers, the artist behind the cl…
 
This season on The Promise, we take on one of the most divisive topics in America: public education. We spend the year at Warner Elementary, a struggling school in East Nashville, Tennessee. Warner’s students are almost all black and almost all poor, despite the fact that the neighborhood is far from it. The school’s test scores are in the doldrums…
 
New Zealand singer-songwriter Kimbra joined us with her band and an impressive array of pedals, playing songs from her album Vows back in 2012. You might recognize her from her guest vocals on Gotye's multi-platinum hit "Somebody That I Used To Know." She also appeared in the viral video for that song as well - wearing nothing but a coat of paint. …
 
In recent years, oldies radio stations have inched further into the future - and have begun to focus on favorites from the '70s (and even '80s) rather than from the '50s and '60s. So we wondered, forty years from now - in 2052 - will songs of the '90s, '00s and '10s make it onto oldies radio? What will be in heavy rotation - and what will be left o…
 
Titanic II has sailed from Southampton and is en route to New York City. Meanwhile, Sidemeat has become enamored with the beautiful Rose, who is engaged, and Slocum and Charlie are posing as English lords. Their nefarious goal is to steal the largest diamond in the world, but an inadvertent skewing of the global positioning system has changed the s…
 
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 preparing for his birth. Utilizing old interview tapes from Neighbors over the years Jakob creates a meditative exploration of what it means to attend to the things that matter in life. If you would like to…
 
Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist Roberto Fonseca presents an infusion of rap, funk, reggaeton and electronic music, performing songs from his latest record in studio. Yesun is the Havana-born artist’s ninth solo album, it explores the music of his homeland, and incorporates electronic beats, spoken word, and retro-modern keyboards. "[It's] the album …
 
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 ways in which you’re managing to stay connected while we’re all so far apart. In this season of social distancing, solidarity and kindness flooded our voicemail, and we have put several of those calls to…
 
Oklahoma-raised, Brooklyn- and DC-based artist Bartees Strange presents his re-imaginings of songs by The National in studio. Both a heartfelt homage and a political act of critique, he takes inspiration from the music, the lyrics, and even the cover art to examine how black artists can find room in white spaces. The idea for his debut EP, Say Good…
 
On April 14, 1912, at 11:40 PM, the largest movable manmade object the world had ever known, the unsinkable Titanic, scraped her starboard bow in the frigid North Atlantic, and the sinkable did the unthinkable. 88 years later, she’s back bigger and better than ever. It’s the year 2000, and Titanic II prepares to set sail on her maiden voyage. But t…
 
Rebecca Foon, the cellist, producer, composer and climate activist, is a central part of the Montreal new music scene. She's a former member of Thee Silver Mt. Zion, co-founded the progressive chamber band Esmerine, and created albums of cello and electronic soundscapes under the name Saltland. But her new album features a lot more piano, other ins…
 
While the English horn and the French horn couldn’t be much more different as instruments, the Nashville Symphony has given both their time to shine, thanks to the talents of Roger Wiesmeyer and Leslie Norton. Norton answers the audience’s most burning questions about the French horn. And Wiesmeyer describes making peace with the oboe and English h…
 
The quartet of “Dublin folk miscreants” called Lankum reworks traditional folk songs so that they are infused with an “urban punk” vibe as well as some psychedelic drone. Made of brothers Ian Lynch (uillean pipes, tin whistle, vocals), Daragh Lynch (vocals, guitar) alongside Cormac Mac Diarmada (fiddle) and Radie Peat (harmonium, accordion, vocals)…
 
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