Neighbors: Meet Yours ★★★★

Neighbors: Meet Yours ★★★★

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 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Pop Culture Value 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Host Listen-ability 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

Flow & Production Value 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Humor 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Investigation 3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)

Storytelling 5 out of 5 stars (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 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Overall Audible Feast Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

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References

Neighbors

The Heard

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  1. […] Neighbors (Twitter: @NeighborsNash) Officially: “Neighbors is a show from Nashville Public Radio by me, Jakob Lewis. It’s a show about what connects us. Whether it’s food, death, ritual, language, family or friendship, there is a lot to gather around in this world. I look around me and tell stories about my neighbors. You just might find yourself in some of them.” The show is produced with Nashville Public Radio. My take: This was the show that introduced me to The Heard, and Jakob Lewis is a super nice guy who has always supported my site from the very beginning over a year ago. There is a lot of pod respect there! My favorite episode may be its most popular: The High Five from October 2015. Read my review of the show here. […]

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