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In Curious Nashville from Nashville Public radio, we answer your questions about the city and region. Listeners decide which question we should investigate and answer next.

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    • 4.4 • 53 Ratings

In Curious Nashville from Nashville Public radio, we answer your questions about the city and region. Listeners decide which question we should investigate and answer next.

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

    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.

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

    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. 

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

    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.

    • 24 min
    The True Stories Behind Nashville’s Claims To Fame (Live Taping)

    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.

    • 27 min
    Inside The Governor’s Defunct Nuclear Bomb Shelter

    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.

    • 21 min
    The Construction Pit That Became Known As A Lake — And What’s Happening Now

    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.”

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

WendyMonday ,

Well done!

Interesting, relevant topics well presented. I eagerly await more episodes!

MPabroad ,

Fun and Informative!

This is a great idea and it's well executed. I'm a historian who lives in Nashville and I learn something new in every episode. Give it a listen!

DKraeg ,

Enough with the Recycling

An episode sprinkled here and there is ok. But it seems this podcast has taken on a recycling theme. I liked the original theme of investigating random curiosities around Nashville. As the podcast title seems to indicate it will be doing....

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