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Curious Nashville

Curious Nashville

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In Curious Nashville, we answer your questions about the city and region. Submit yours at curious.wpln.org. Listeners decide which question we should investigate and answer next.

Most Recent Episodes

How Overlooked Buildings And Trees Can Reveal Wonderment Around Us

To combat our feelings of isolation and everyday repetitiveness, we present four short stories that deliver surprises about things we might otherwise overlook: What a tree in the backyard can tell us about environmental changes How the past flickers on amid Nashville's growing skyline Whether a famous 1904 short story accurately depicts Nashville How proximity to an interstate is a good thing for an Antioch cemetery These stories are a testament to our observant listeners. When you notice interesting things and ask us to learn more, we find stories we'd otherwise miss! Prod us with your latest questions at curious.wpln.org. Credits: Tony Gonzalez is executive producer; editing by Emily Siner; music from the Blue Dot Sessions.

How Black Political Power Changed In Nashville After Government Consolidation

A simple question about some of Nashville's suburban pockets opens a deeper review of how the Metro government formed in the 1950s and 60s. WPLN News reporter Ambriehl Crutchfield finds that the combining of the city and county had implications for Black residents and five 'satellite' cities that remained mostly independent. (To see more photos and a written version of this story, visit Curious Nashville online.) Curious Nashville is a project of Nashville Public Radio. The executive producer is Tony Gonzalez, with editing by Emily Siner and Anita Bugg. Web production and promotions by Mack Linebaugh and Elle Turner. Audio mastering by Carl Pedersen. This episode's music comes from the Blue Dot Sessions.

How Black Political Power Changed In Nashville After Government Consolidation

Tennessee Voting Rules Are Causing Confusion, So We're Answering Your Questions

As a crucial election approaches, Tennesseans have reached out to WPLN News and Curious Nashville with their pressing questions. In this special crossover with The Tri-Star State podcast, Sergio Martinez-Beltran and Rachel Iacovone provide answers.

Tennessee Voting Rules Are Causing Confusion, So We're Answering Your Questions

How A Handmade Sign On A Dead-End Road Had Us Searching For A Tennessee Cult

When a resident notices an unusual sign at the end of her cul-de-sac — it says 'The Gathering' — she wonders if there's a cult operating. To find out what's really going on, WPLN News contributor Tasha Lemley takes up a cryptic search. It leads her to a group of devotees, just not the ones we might have expected.

How A Handmade Sign On A Dead-End Road Had Us Searching For A Tennessee Cult

Why Is It So Hard To Alter Confederate Monuments in Tennessee?

Confederate monuments have triggered debates, protests, and even the murder of a demonstrator in Virginia. The unrest in Tennessee has prompted questions about how monuments are governed. In this episode, Curious Nashville reexamines what happened when MTSU tried to rename a building dedicated to Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan grand wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest, and explains the evolving role of the Tennessee Historical Commission. Curious Nashville is a project of Nashville Public Radio. The executive producer is Tony Gonzalez, with editing by Emily Siner and Anita Bugg, audio mastering by Carl Pedersen. Web production and promotions by Mack Linebaugh and Elle Turner. The theme music is by Podington Bear.

The True Stories Behind Nashville's Claims To Fame (Live Taping)

There are some assumptions that people have about Nashville that aren't quite right — and plenty of quirks that baffle all the tourists who visit. So in this special episode taped live on stage, three local experts unravel some of the most essential history of the city and then take questions from attendees. Recorded live on May 31, 2019, at the PodX Conference, this is the first live taping for Curious Nashville. Thank you to our local experts: [J.R. Lind](https://www.nashvillescene.com/ http://instagram.com/thenashvilleiwishiknew ), of the Nashville Scene; food writer Jennifer Justus; and historian [David Ewing](https://www.nashvillescene.com/ http://instagram.com/thenashvilleiwishiknew). Curious Nashville is a project of Nashville Public Radio. The executive producer is Tony Gonzalez, with editing by Emily Siner and Anita Bugg, audio mastering by Carl Pedersen, web production by Mack Linebaugh, and promotions by Elle Turner. The theme music is by Podington Bear.

Inside The Governor's Defunct Nuclear Bomb Shelter

Out in the thick woods of West Nashville there's an epic remnant of Cold War history. But it is largely unknown. The former fallout shelter where Tennessee's governors would have gone in the case of nuclear attack has rarely appeared in news stories. But a question to Curious Nashville revealed that a local businessman now owns the unusual underground facility — and after a tour and other research and interviews, the history is no longer hidden. Credits: Curious Nashville is a project of Nashville Public Radio. The executive producer is Tony Gonzalez, with editing by Emily Siner and Anita Bugg, audio mastering by Carl Pedersen. Web production and promotions by Mack Linebaugh and Elle Turner. The theme music is by Podington Bear.

The Construction Pit That Became Known As A Lake — And What's Happening Now

A massive Nashville development includes a construction pit that is eight stories deep. It looks like a quarry, with sheer cliffs carved into the gray limestone. But when the project stalled, the hole filled with water, and it became nicknamed "Lake Palmer," after its struggling developer. The project has been raising questions ever since, but now a new owner has started work at the site. WPLN's Jason Moon Wilkins interviews Adam Sichko, senior reporter with the Nashville Business Journal, about the history and future of "Lake Palmer."

The Construction Pit That Became Known As A Lake — And What's Happening Now

Whatever Happened To The Red Grooms Carousel, And Why It Could Come Back

It's been 15 years since the Tennessee Foxtrot Carousel — a whirling artistic marvel by pop artist Red Grooms — was taken down from the Nashville riverfront. Its wild figurines, which depict famous Tennesseans, were put into storage. Yet the legend of the carousel lives on. And now there's hope that the carousel's riverboats, giant banjos, mountain scenery and crazy caricatures will spin again. WPLN Senior Editor Chas Sisk has been reporting on the fate of the carousel for three years, and opens up his notebook to share fascinating nuggets of history and his latest findings about its future. CREDITS: Curious Nashville is a project of Nashville Public Radio. The executive producer is Tony Gonzalez, with editing by Emily Siner and Anita Bugg, audio mastering by Carl Pedersen, and web production by Mack Linebaugh. The theme music is by Podington Bear.

Whatever Happened To The Red Grooms Carousel, And Why It Could Come Back

Curious Convo: The Do's And Don'ts Of Nashville Recycling

From plastic straws to old lightbulbs and shredded paper, it's not always obvious what we're allowed to recycle in Nashville. So after another wave of recycling questions to Curious Nashville, we're back with a "lightning round" of fast answers, plus updates about changes coming to curbside recycling and the city's attempt to gather glass from downtown honky tonks. Curious Nashville is a project of Nashville Public Radio. The executive producer is Tony Gonzalez, with editing by Emily Siner and Anita Bugg, audio mastering by Carl Pedersen, and web production by Mack Linebaugh. The theme music is by Podington Bear.

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