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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 • 62 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.

    Coming Soon: Behind The Blue Wall

    Coming Soon: Behind The Blue Wall

    In this series, we're going to tell you about what's been described as a toxic culture of misconduct and retaliation within the Metro Nashville Police Department. And the disciplinary system that has allowed that culture to thrive.

    • 3 min
    How Stick Figures Spotted Downtown Fit Into A Global Street Art Project

    How Stick Figures Spotted Downtown Fit Into A Global Street Art Project

    If you glance down at the street at the right moment in Nashville, you might spot a “stikman.” This little street art character appears in thousands of places around the world, but the artist behind them remains mostly unknown. Thanks to an observant listener, Curious Nashville delves into the phenomenon. 

    Curious Nashville is a project of Nashville Public Radio. The executive producer is Tony Gonzalez and the editor is Emily Siner. This episode’s music is courtesy of Blue Dot Sessions.

    • 11 min
    Whatever Happened To Nashville’s Revolving Restaurant?

    Whatever Happened To Nashville’s Revolving Restaurant?

    Nashville was right on-trend in 1975 when the revolving Polaris restaurant opened atop what was then the Hyatt Regency hotel. It quickly became the go-to destination for special occasions and marriage proposals. But the restaurant has navigated some tougher turns in the past decade, leaving a local architect wondering: Does it still spin?

    • 20 min
    How Overlooked Buildings And Trees Can Reveal Wonderment Around Us

    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.

    • 13 min
    How Black Political Power Changed In Nashville After Government Consolidation

    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.

    • 14 min
    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

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 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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