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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.

Curious Nashville Nashville Public Radio

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    • 4.5 • 69 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.

    How Nashville became a destination for Kurdish families, and how the community is evolving

    How Nashville became a destination for Kurdish families, and how the community is evolving

    Many Nashvillians are aware that the city is home to “Little Kurdistan,” which is the largest Kurdish community in America. However, it’s easy to know that fact without really understanding these neighbors.

    We unpack how Nashville became a destination for Kurdish refugees starting in the late 1970s and hear from local Kurds about their future hopes and ambitions.

    To hear more stories of Nashville Kurds, check out the discussion on This Is Nashville from Sept. 8, 2022.

    • 23 min
    How an ornamental tree led neighbors to their street’s hidden history

    How an ornamental tree led neighbors to their street’s hidden history

    A sixth-generation Nashvillian says she’s rarely surprised by new information about her city — but did start wondering about what she describes as a “bonsai-looking cypress tree” in her yard. Curious Nashville learns more.

    You can view the tree featured in this story at WPLN.org/Curious.

    • 6 min
    Why do freight trains stop and block Tennessee streets so often?

    Why do freight trains stop and block Tennessee streets so often?

    Just about every day, a freight train grinds to a halt and blocks traffic somewhere in Tennessee. At times, an entire day (or longer) passes before it gets rolling again. As federal officials ramp up their tracking of this chronic problem, WPLN’s Cindy Abrams documents the concern and explains the factors that lead to blocked crossings.

    Credits: Tony Gonzalez is the executive producer of Curious Nashville and WPLN Director of Digital Products Mack Linebaugh edited this episode. Julia Ritchey, Chuck Cardona, Damon Mitchell, Marianna Bacallao, and Jackie Llanos contributed voice acting; Rachel Iacovone contributed a train recording. The music is from the Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 17 min
    Tennessee's strange pronunciations — explained!

    Tennessee's strange pronunciations — explained!

    The way we pronounce the names of some places in Tennessee can raise eyebrows for newcomers. But even long-time residents can’t always explain why those names are the way they are. This prompted a question to our Curious Nashville project, and sent WPLN’s Marianna Bacallao [mary-AW-nuh bahk-uh-YOW] in search of the stories behind a few prominent place names.

    Credits: Tony Gonzalez is the executive producer of Curious Nashville and WPLN Director of Digital Products Mack Linebaugh edited this episode. The music is from the Blue Dot Sessions. 

     

    • 19 min
    Why isn't Arabic available for Tennessee's driving exam?

    Why isn't Arabic available for Tennessee's driving exam?

    Just after English and Spanish, Arabic ranks as the third-most spoken language in Tennessee. Nearly 27,000 people in the state speak it. But there are less common languages offered on the written driving exam in Tennessee. WPLN’s Alexis Marshall explores why, and helps a local Egyptian American man start a conversation with the state’s director of Driver Services.

    Read more at the online version of this story here, and you can ask a new question at WPLN.org/curious. A transcript is available online here.

    This show is a project of Nashville Public Radio. And this time, some of the sound you just heard first appeared on our daily hourlong show This Is Nashville. It’s essential listening for anyone interested in this community — and you can subscribe to it in your podcasting app. I'm Tony Gonzalez, the executive producer of Curious Nashville. Mack Linebaugh, our director of digital products, edited this episode. The music is from the Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 15 min
    Can traffic improve at one of Nashville’s most baffling interstate exits?

    Can traffic improve at one of Nashville’s most baffling interstate exits?

    Confusing road lanes and limited traffic signals can make commutes on Bell Road excruciating near Interstate 24 and Exit 59. Why was it designed this way, and will there be any relief for drivers in the Antioch area?

    For photos, and to explore more of the reporting by Hallie Graham, visit this story at WPLN.org/Curious.

    Curious Nashville is a project of Nashville Public Radio. The executive producer is Tony Gonzalez and this episode was edited by Director of Digital Products Mack Linebaugh.

    • 10 min

Customer Reviews

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69 Ratings

69 Ratings

foxsongs ,

Love the podcast

Where did you go? I still hear about curious Nashville on NPR but there are no new episodes here. I hope you’re still making them. Love the podcast

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!

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