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Movers & Thinkers

Movers & Thinkers is all about why people do what they do. We take you into the minds of some of the most interesting innovators in Nashville and discuss their motivations, passions and challenges. Each episode is produced from a conversation with Nashville Public Radio's Emily Siner.

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Interpreters live at the intersection of disparate languages and cultures, and sometimes they are the only people who can make communication happen. How does that affect their identity? And what happens when they encounter boundaries they simply cannot cross? Featuring banjo player Abigail Washburn, Spanish-English interpreter David Morales and sign language interpreter Scott Baker. 

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These people start with a blank page and end with something that didn't exist before: a completely new piece of music, poetry or art. Featuring country songwriter Victoria Banks, poet TJ Jarrett and public artist Bryce McCloud.

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These people are guardians of the past: They explore kitchens, living rooms and attics, tracking down the recipes, stories and artifacts that tell us who we are and where we came from. Featuring collector David Ewing, folklorist Bradley Hanson and cookbook author Jennifer Justus. 

When there's trouble, these people are called to figure it out. They are investigators, tasked with tracking down what's causing a problem, who knows about it and how to fix it. Featuring private eye Hal Humphreys, investigative journalist Anita Wadhwani and disease detective Marion Kainer.

#4: Negotiators

Oct 15, 2015

For many of us, negotiations are limited to buying cars. But these people are pros: They mediate conflicts, finagle compromises and broker deals for a living. Featuring international diplomacy consultant Samar Ali, music attorney John Strohm and church conflict management expert Steve Joiner.

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#3: Discoverers

Aug 11, 2015

There is almost nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of discovering something new — being the first to realize an idea's potential. Featuring mechanical engineer Leon Bellan, NPR music blogger Ann Powers, and serial tech entrepreneur Marcus Whitney.

#2: Nashville's Fixers

Jun 28, 2015

Nashville is booming, but these people know that doesn't mean the city is free of problems. Our guests have spent their careers trying to solve some of the most dire issues in the city and region. Featuring Ron Johnson, director of the Oasis Center's R.E.A.L. program, which aims to keep teens out of prison; Tasha Lemley, co-founder of Nashville's homeless paper, The Contributor, and owner of social enterprise Chai Wallah; and Kasar Abdulla, American-Muslim community advocate and conflict mediator.

#1: Invisible Movers

May 14, 2015
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Sometimes the biggest influencers are the people you don’t see — those who are working behind the scenes in fascinating places or whose work is often anonymous. Featuring acclaimed pastry chef Lisa Donovan, letterpress poster maker Celene Aubry and cybersecurity expert Alexander Berta.