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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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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.

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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.

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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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The Tennessee Board of Regents released data last week that attempts to answer the main question behind Tennessee Promise: Does giving away two years of free community college ultimately translate into more degrees? 

The answer, the data suggests, is yes. But the gains are a little more modest than officials were probably hoping for.

More: See the breakdown of Tennessee Promise data

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With 13 candidates running for mayor in the next three weeks, it’s a challenge both for residents to keep track of them — and for the candidates themselves to find a way to stand out in a crowded race.

At a mayoral forum last night at the Nashville Public Library, moderators from the Tennessean and WSMV tried to corral the group by giving them a minute each to answer questions.

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Beyond the transit proposal, Democratic voters in Davidson County also had a long list of primary elections to decide.

In a highly watched contest, prosecutor Ana Escobar bested former Metro Councilman Nick Leonardo for the nomination to a General Sessions judge position. Leonardo had been appointed to the seat in January, but Escobar was favorite of the Nashville Bar Association and used her expertise on domestic violence as a central point in her campaign. The General Sessions Court Division III focuses on domestic violence.

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Some of the closest witnesses to the Nashville Civil Rights movement were photographers from the city's two major newspapers at the time, The Tennessean and the Nashville Banner. A selection of their photos — and the Frist Art Museum's latest exhibit that displays them — offer a glimpse into how media outlets chose to cover the events.

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