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Emily Siner

News Director

Emily Siner is the news director at Nashville Public Radio and host of the Movers & Thinkers podcast. She also reports on a wide range of topics, including higher education, science and veterans. She's traveled around Tennessee to tell national news stories for NPR and Marketplace.

Emily began at the station in 2014 as an enterprise reporter. She soon launched the station's first podcast and has since helped the station develop a whole fleet of shows with live events. She became the newsroom's assistant news director in 2016 and news director in 2017.  She has been named the Associated Press Radio Journalist of the Year and has received two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards for her reporting.

Emily is passionate about storytelling on all platforms and spoke at TEDxNashville in 2015 about the station's efforts to share audio online. Before joining the news staff at WPLN, Emily worked in print and online journalism at the Los Angeles Times and NPR. She was born and raised in the Chicago area, so she's not intimidated by Nashville winters. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Divorce lawyers are privy to some of the lowest moments in people's lives and some of the rockiest conversations they have to have about money and family. But Nashville attorney Siew-Ling Shea says some couples have found a way to separate more amicably. She talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our podcast Movers & Thinkers.


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Nashville’s Fisk University has been put on probation by its accreditors, the school said Friday.

But officials defend the school's finances, saying the decision by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges was largely based on data from 2014-2015 and that Fisk's current budget is stronger.

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Metro Nashville Public Schools administrators are recommending that the board deny the only charter school application that has come in this year.

In a report sent to board members this week, district officials criticized the proposal from the nonprofit ReThink Forward, saying it wasn't specific enough and the financial model was incomplete.

Courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A massive room in East Tennessee is now home to the fastest supercomputer in the world. Oak Ridge National Laboratory officially unveiled the machine called Summit late last week, which takes up the size of two tennis courts.

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.

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Being single these days almost always comes with a certain rite of passage: the moment when you download the dating apps.

Programs like Tinder or Bumble have made meeting people much easier (at least in theory), but as Nashville writer Alex Pollack explains, it also makes dating more invasive. He talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series Movers & Thinkers about why the apps feel impersonal, yet impossible to break away from.


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When people fall in love, something happens in the brain. A chemical reaction that makes us feel tingly and excited. This is the kind of thing that fascinates Jeannie Ingram. She's a relationship therapist in Nashville, and she talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our podcast Movers & Thinkers, about what happens when those chemicals start to wear off.

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Students in Fayetteville, Tenn., will soon be able to earn an agriculture degree from a university 90 miles away without leaving their Motlow State Community College campus, thanks to a new partnership with Tennessee State University.

Courtesy of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame

Lin Folk, a former WPLN contributor who recently joined the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame, died last week at 101.

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Will Griffin has been a quiet, constant voice on Nashville Public Radio for 33 years. He's held nearly every hosting role at the station — Morning Edition, All Things Considered and, most recently, as a host at 91Classical. He retires this week.

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