Nashville-based Jakob Lewis narrates this show about people who live around us. The show is certainly Nashville-centric but like Home: Stories from LA, this does not detract from the great content of the show.
I was drawn to this show because I heard about the episode “High Five” from The Timbre. This particular episode is actually the most recent one as of this date, so I’ve been enjoying the older Neighbors episodes to get my fill. But “High Five” is really spectacular. Two neighbors have seen each other around and casually converse, but decide to make a point to meet each other every day for a high five. It’s a great piece that examines the human need for and benefit of commitment to others.
I like the sound effects and music in this show, and the production value is great; sound is well placed, appropriate, and not overdone. I think Lewis has a gift for mixing the episodes and choosing music. I also liked the production choice of weaving a theme into a set of episodes with “Sans Houses” in the title. Those who live in the street are still our neighbors and they have a story deserving to be told.
Lewis hasn’t published a new episode since October 2015, but promised to be back soon. This is a better “Strangers,” attempting to take the edge off of the uncomfortable feeling of the unknown that “people” represent for many of us. The show demonstrates through personal narratives that we do have something in common with others, and Neighbors in particular highlights that people who live in proximity to us are worth being understood.
What do you think of this podcast? Leave a comment below and let’s discuss!
Audible Feast Ratings
Educational Value (3 / 5)
Pop Culture Value (3 / 5)
Host Listen-ability (4 / 5)
Flow & Production Value (5 / 5)
Humor (3 / 5)
Investigation (3 / 5)
Storytelling (5 / 5)
It is easy to stay engaged listening to these stories because I have neighbors, a neighborhood … it’s easy to transport myself to Nashville or think of these narratives as being someone in my own neighborhood. I guess I could just say it’s relatable. 😉
Makes Me a Better Person (5 / 5)
Overall Audible Feast Rating: (4 / 5)
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