Emily Siner interviews comedian DJ Pryor at Podcast Party 2019.

Emily launched Nashville Public Radio’s first podcast, Movers & Thinkers, in 2015. The station is now producing a veritable fleet of home-grown shows.

Then, in 2017, Emily approached her bosses with an idea for creating a staged variety show, filled with whimsical adaptations of each of the station’s podcasts. Miraculously, they agreed. And over the next three years, nearly 1,000 people would attend the station’s annual Podcast Party to see a live taping of Movers & Thinkers, a Curious Nashville-themed puppet show, and other multimedia forms of live podcasting.

For Movers & Thinkers, Emily interviews a fascinating Nashvillian, or three, about their experiences exploring a fascinating part of the human experience.

  • Writing About Life, Death And Grief In The South
    New York Times columnist Margaret Renkl was shocked by the fleetingness of life after her mother’s unexpected death. Then she started looking around. “If I forced myself to see this rat snake coming out of the chickadee nest box and the crow stealing the cardinal’s babies … then I would stop feeling so singled out for suffering.”
  • What Is Love?
    Three people who think deeply about romance — searching for it, keeping it and ending it amicably — dissect those fuzzy feelings that can lead to such meaning and heartache.
  • The Disrupter
    Now, five decades after Rip Patton rode to Montgomery as a Freedom Rider, he looks back on his role as a “disrupter” — sitting, standing and singing to make major societal change.
  • Where Does Creativity Come From?
    A songwriter, poet and public artist discuss how they harness their creative instincts. “My best ideas … sprung from themselves and forced their way into my life.”

In Curious Nashville, Emily is one of the reporters who investigates questions from listeners about their city.