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This Is Nashville is a live one-hour daily show driven by community, for community. This flagship program of WPLN News will become your one-stop-shop for news in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, as we continue to show up each day.

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This Is Nashville is a live one-hour daily show driven by community, for community. This flagship program of WPLN News will become your one-stop-shop for news in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, as we continue to show up each day.

    Nashville's farmers market communities

    Nashville's farmers market communities

    Farmers markets are a way for food growers and other vendors to serve the community directly, outside of big box grocery stores. So who are these farmers and other vendors? Who are the community members that come out to support them? And how do farmers markets intersect with food justice?GUESTS

    Michael Bradford, Farmer and co-owner of Una Acre Farm

    Gretchen Trast, Co-founder of The Honey Collective

    Ben Piñon, Richland Park Farmers Market patron

    Karen Overton, Farmer and owner of Wedge Oak Farm

    Patricia Tarquino, Director of Community Agriculture, The Nashville Food Project; Board member, Cosecha Community Development

    • 50 min
    Vietnam veterans of Middle Tennessee

    Vietnam veterans of Middle Tennessee

    Veterans and their advocates have worked hard over the past several decades to make sure that veterans receive the care and support they need. Today, we’re speaking with local Vietnam veterans about their experiences and those working to learn and share veteran’s stories. Plus, we'll learn how anyone can get involved to make a difference for local vets today.GUESTS

    Rich Krejsa, President, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1140 in Franklin

    Pastor George Brooks, Sr., Vietnam veteran

    Johnny Crawford, Artist and project director, Vietnam Black Soldiers Portrait Project

    Susan Hunter, Speaker, documentarian, and author of 77 Letters

    Tom Freeman, Veteran (79-07), ​​retired commissioner of National Defense and Military Services; co-founder, Honor Our Veterans

    Thomas Gallagher, Chief, Center for Development and Civic Engagement Nashville Veterans Administration Medical Center, VISN 9 CDCE Liaison Tennessee Valley Healthcare System
    If you'd like to support local Vietnam veterans, learn how to volunteer at the Nashville Veterans Affairs. You can also e-mail your interest directly to tvhvss@va.gov or call 615-873-8567 for a faster connection.
    You can read more about 77 Letters by Susan Hunter in this story from The New York Times, ‘Dear G.I.’: An Unlikely Friendship Built on Letters From a Foxhole.
    For more facts and information about those who served in the Vietnam War, you can visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs official website.

    • 50 min
    Citywide reporter roundup

    Citywide reporter roundup

    Today, Jeremy Finley, chief investigative reporter for News Channel 4; Adam Sichko, senior reporter for Nashville Business Journal; and Mike Organ, college sports reporter for The Tennessean, will break down their latest stories and what they’re keeping their eyes on coming up. Join us for our citywide reporter roundup!Today’s episode was produced by Katherine Ceicys.GUESTS

    Jeremy Finley, Chief investigative reporter, WSMV-TV

    Adam Sichko, Senior reporter, Nashville Business Journal

    Mike Organ, College sports reporter/veteran sports reporter, The Tennessean

    For more on the new Nashville Mental health Response teams, you can read this recent story by Jeremy Finley: How the city’s new mental health response teams show up less than half of the time they’ve been requested.
    In another WSMV investigative report — You can be charged with DUI even if you’re sober — Finley finds that sober drivers are not only being arrested for DUIS but that a backlog at the TBI is causing a delay in proving their innocence.
    You can read more about how certain residents in Sumner County are fighting growth in their area in Adam Sichko’s Nashville Business Journal story: They’re revolting against growth.

    Sichko also wrote this profile on Clay Travis — The business of outrage (and business is good): Clay Travis runs OutKick from his Franklin home’s bonus room. From there, he takes the nation’s pulse.
    Check out Mike Organ’s coverage of Former Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher named Arena Football League interim commissioner.

    And you can learn more about The Tennessean’s 1990s all-decade boys basketball team.

    • 50 min
    Profile: Pastor Greg Bullard

    Profile: Pastor Greg Bullard

    He leads the church Covenant of the Cross in Madison, and he is Nashville's longest serving openly gay pastor. Pastor Greg works to fill in the gaps left by antagonistic laws, homophobic and transphobic organizations, and to provide a place for LGBT worshippers to be spiritually filled while also getting the resources they need.This episode was produced by Elizabeth Burton. 

    • 50 min
    The power of preventative health

    The power of preventative health

    Routine health habits might be easy to ignore, but they make a huge difference in our wellbeing. Today, local physicians and a mental health care provider are here to share what we all need to know — and can do — to take good care of our bodies and minds.This episode was produced by Katherine Ceicys.Guests: 

    Dr. Carmen Tuchman, primary care physician, Internal Medicine Vanderbilt

    Dr. Carlenda Smith, associate professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt

    Beth Hail, LCSW, Centerstone

    Dr. Justin Gregory  Briggs, Licensed marriage and family therapist; President, The Briggs Institute;  Sex Life Science podcast co-host 

    Dr. Kassem Bourgi, Infectious Disease MD, Physician at Nashville Cares

    Learn more:

    If you need help, call 988, the TN Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. 988 Offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress including thoughts of suicide, mental health or substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress.
    Learn more about mental health resources available through the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

    • 50 min
    How restorative practices are changing some Nashville classrooms

    How restorative practices are changing some Nashville classrooms

    The conventional methods of management and discipline rely heavily on removing struggling students from the classroom — putting them even further behind. And this discipline disproportionately affects students of color.But educators and researchers have been developing ways to avoid the school-to-prison pipeline — a lot of these fall under the umbrella of “restorative practices.” So what are these restorative practices? And how is the attempt to implement them in MNPS going?This episode was produced by Magnolia McKay.Guests: 
    Laura Fittz, Ph.D. Candidate, Vanderbilt University 

    Daren Dickson, Chief Culture Officer, Valor Collegiate Academies

    Mary-Owen Holmes, Teacher at Glencliff High School; Facilitator, The Peace Team
    Further Reading and ListeningFor additional information about the use of restorative justice, you can listen to past This is Nashville episodes including "Restorative practices in the legal system" and our profile on Dr. Rich Milner, the Cornelius Vanderbilt Chair of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University.

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Customer Reviews

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50 Ratings

astarks1 ,

Metro Council 🤝 Artful storytelling

Not to be dramatic but I am OBSESSED with inside council chambers! Love Nicole and khalils chemistry and I’m always impressed by Nicole’s VAST knowledge of metro council (esp when it includes CM drama + hot goss 😬). OH and the sound effects and music always hit too!

This longtime WPLN listener is impressed and genuinely happy to hear y’all having fun at work! 🥳

BRB. I’ll update my review after I catch up on the Big Fella Update

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A terrifically helpful addition to our community

I am a 25 year + resident of Nashville having lived here initially as a student then living elsewhere and returning to Nashville in the mid 2000s.

This Is Nashville is my go-to source for information about issues and events in our community. I'm grateful for the intelligent way it is produced and for the wide-diversity of people and topics discussed.

We all benefit from the work of the WPLN team and especially the work of This Is Nashville.

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Already love this podcast. Delivered in a very interesting way that makes you want to listen more. Good on you!

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