Whether you’re looking for something to listen to on a run or want to learn something new while commuting to work, our roundup of local podcasts is sure to keep you entertained and teach you something new.
Created by Nashville Public Radio the “Curious Nashville” podcast answers listener-submitted questions about Nashville and the surrounding area. Through telling stories of fascinating people in the area and teaching about the history of the city, listeners can learn about what makes Nashville a one-of-a-kind place. From episodes explaining Tennessee’s interesting pronunciations—including an episode on the pronunciation of Demonbreun—to sharing the history of a former fallout shelter in West Nashville that Tennessee governors had ready to go to in case of nuclear attacks during the Cold War, even longtime Nashville residents are sure to learn something new.
Brown Mama Bear
“Brown Mama Bear” is a podcast by Franklin resident Shanera Williamson that focuses on what she describes as “Raising Brown Children in White Spaces.” Shanera—who with her husband Jim has raised three adult daughters—is using her podcast to help support others, share experiences, and find ways to discuss and face hard issues surrounding race. Episodes feature interviews with guests such as recent Centennial High graduates, a teacher from Harpeth Hall, a filmmaker, an author, and more.
The Jack Church Show
After losing his wife of 30 years, Jack Church shares messages of encouragement and healing to those experiencing grief and loss, through his podcast "The Jack Church Show." What began with sharing “daily love letters” that he wrote to his wife as a way to try and work through his grief, Church’s podcast explores topics such as navigating holidays after the passing of a loved one, the need for community, making new friends, and more.
The Dispatch: The Official Podcast of the Battle of Franklin Trust
Previously known as “Tenn in 20,” this podcast produced by the Battle of Franklin Trust focuses on how the Civil War redefined America, while also going deep into the history of the Battle of Franklin. Through recounting stories of history to sharing detailed narratives of local Franklin families during that time, this is a podcast that is made for history lovers.
Velvet’s Edge with Kelly Henderson
Celebrity style and makeup artist Kelly Henderson has been known for making country artists look their best. With her podcast “Velvet’s Edge with Kelly Henderson” she dives into what she describes as “the beauty that comes from inside each of us.” Along with conversations with famous artists and their spouses, Henderson talks with a variety of professionals from therapists and Enneagram specialists to the CMO of dating app OK Cupid. In these interviews, she discusses everything from current events and
pop culture to mental health, relationships, and facing fears in life.
This Is Nashville
The “This is Nashville” podcast keeps listeners up to date on all of the top news in Nashville. With a wide variety of topics, the podcast features entertaining stories such as interviews with local comedians, while also examining Nashville’s evolving restaurant scene, and looking back at the history of Tennessee moonshine. “This is Nashville” also tackles complex topics such as the city’s need for affordable housing and takes an in-depth look at the Nashville Metro budget. With a new one-hour episode premiering live
every day, this podcast prides itself as being “driven by community, for community.”