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Emily Siner

News Director & Host

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 three 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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In a small, nondescript building near downtown Nashville, the next generation of funeral directors are learning the craft.

This is the home of John A. Gupton College, a two-year school where students work toward an associate degree and state license in the profession.


Comedians are used to being the funniest people in the room, but that doesn't mean they're the happiest.

DJ Pryor knows all about using stand-up comedy to process the stresses of life — whether it's growing up as the child of a teenage mother, losing loved ones or working menial jobs at Walmart.

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A flood warning system at Cummins Falls State Park is moving forward, slowly, after a 2-year-old boy died in a flood this summer.

But after engineers visited the site, the system is expected to cost more than originally planned. Engineers working on the project tell the state the changes will improve the effectiveness of the long-awaited project.

Margaret Renkl is a Nashville writer perhaps best known for her regular columns in the New York Times. "Late Migrations" is her debut book, and it's part-essay collection on coming of age and aging in the South, and part-observations of nature. 

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Fisk University, Meharry Medical College, Tennessee State University and American Baptist College: Nashville is home to more historically black colleges and universities than almost any other city in the country. But in a city known for its institutions of higher education, they often struggle for attention and resources.

So a curious listener asked WPLN to ask the four leading candidates for mayor: What specific policies would they implement for the city's HBCUs?

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President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that Bill Hagerty is entering the U.S. Senate race in Tennessee.

Hagerty is currently the U.S. ambassador to Japan.

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Margaret Renkl wants you to know that loss is universal.

The Nashville-based writer, perhaps best known for her regular columns in the New York Times, explores that idea in her debut book, Late Migrations. Part memoir, part observation of nature, the book weaves together dozens of short, poetic essays into a narrative about coming to terms with grief.

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A flood warning system that's supposed to be installed at Cummins Falls State Park will help improve safety at another outdoor scenic destination as well.

Window Cliffs State Natural Area will be monitored for rising floodwaters once the proposed system is in place, according to documents obtained by WPLN. The project will cost about $42,500 in total and be installed by a Utah-based company.

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A new mural in Nashville depicts the baking of flatbread, games of backgammon and calligraphy of Kurdish poetry.

The colorful artwork on the side of an international market along Nolensville Pike was unveiled this weekend, and community leaders say they hope it draws people from other parts of the city.

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The parents of the 2-year-old boy who died in a flash flood at Cummins Falls State Park last month have started the process to sue the state of Tennessee for negligence.

Their lawsuit, WPLN has learned, will address a key question that's also being asked by lawmakers and the state government: Why was a flood warning system that was announced two years ago not in place when Steven Pierce was swept away?