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Lean in and get an intimate foray into the lives of your neighbors. "The Heard" podcast collective cofounder Jakob Lewis produces artful stories about the people we pass every day—showing that we have more in common than we might think. From barbers to improv comedians, from shoe shiners to street musicians Jakob invites you to get to know your neighbors.

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Lean in and get an intimate foray into the lives of your neighbors. "The Heard" podcast collective cofounder Jakob Lewis produces artful stories about the people we pass every day—showing that we have more in common than we might think. From barbers to improv comedians, from shoe shiners to street musicians Jakob invites you to get to know your neighbors.

    Neighbors is coming back! Season 7 trailer

    Neighbors is coming back! Season 7 trailer

    When Jakob signed off of his last episode he said he was taking a hiatus of an undetermined length. The open endedness of that declaration is now resolved! It took 1 year, but the show is back with an additional neighbor at the helm, Cariad Harmon. Look for new episodes coming at you more frequently soon!

    Special thanks to our new Patrons: Cody Spriggs, Eric Detweiler, Griffin Bonham, Landon Rives, Patrick Black, Ray Ware, Samuel Adams

    Join the Neighborhood by supporting the show on Patreon and receiving special access and perks.

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    The Hero's Journey

    The Hero's Journey

    The town of Harrenheim is mysteriously out of water, yet its reservoir is full. The Heroes’ Guild summons four of its bravest to investigate. These particular heroes are middle schoolers, playing a tabletop roll-playing game at a Nashville community center. The game master is Josh Unruh. He's also a barista and leather worker. A couple years ago, Josh was sinking into despair over our polarizing political climate. Rather than give into the hostility, he decided he would “follow his bliss”. As a lifelong enjoyer of role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons, Josh decided to share the benefits of those games with kids and founded an afterschool program to teach them a new game he and his friend Keith created for that purpose: The Heroes’ Guild RPG. It incentivizes peacemaking and cooperation over fighting, and you get a front row seat at how four kids embody the game.


    Thanks for listening all these years! You’re the best! To find out about Jakob’s new venture visit www.voxfamilia.net

    • 29 min
    My Grandma's A Spy

    My Grandma's A Spy

    What happens when you want to learn more about your cultural heritage and find out that your grandma was a spy? 80-year-old Sara McCall grew up in Cuba. Now her family is learning just exactly how she came to America.

    Learn more about how you can tell your family’s story at www.VoxFamilia.net

    • 28 min
    Back Home On Short Mountain

    Back Home On Short Mountain

    This is a story about a way of life put on trial. Jeffory Young was a beloved farmer and major landowner in scenic Short Mountain, Tennessee. But when police uncovered his major marijuana dealing operation, they seized much of his coveted property. Yet Young never became a pariah — instead, his community rallied to get his land conserved as a wildlife area. And 12 years later, the 60-year-old is home from prison and finding that the people and the land that shaped him are now providing what he needs to get his life going again.

    • 26 min
    Dispatches From A Pub In Belfast

    Dispatches From A Pub In Belfast

    Jakob is traveling for the next two weeks doing some work for the Goethe-Institut about two of Nashville’s Sister Cities—Belfast, Northern Ireland and Magdeburg, Germany.

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    The Distressed Comedian

    The Distressed Comedian

    The story of how Stephen Spinola got to Nashville is not a typical one. The stand-up comedian posted a tweet on the day of Trump’s inauguration that got him in a lot of trouble, so much that death threats started pouring in. Fearing for his life he uprooted from New York to settle in Tennessee, but that’s only a fraction of Stephen’s story.

    • 30 min

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Great show!

Small stories that can have a big impact on bringing us together. Thanks, Jakob and team, from a fan in Copenhagen!

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