For most people, recycling means placing an empty soda can or some scrap paper in a blue bin. They might take that bin to the curb or to a drop-off site. But beyond that, the process is mysterious, filled with arbitrary rules and a vague reassurance that we’re doing the right thing for the environment.Continue Reading …
Curious Nashville — Where We Answer Your Questions About The City
In Curious Nashville, we answer your questions about the city and region. Submit yours in the form on this website. Listeners decide which question we should investigate and answer in our next podcast episode. We also give shorter answers to some questions at wpln.org.
*Special thanks to the SunTrust Foundation for providing technology funding for Curious Nashville.
Even many Nashville natives don’t know about the head-on train crash at Dutchman’s Curve on July 9, 1918. It killed 101 people — mostly African Americans — and by most counts remains the deadliest train accident in American history.Continue Reading …
We tackle a question that’s elemental to Nashville these days: What happens to the waste when old houses get demolished? To explore the subject, WPLN’s Meribah Knight picked a house in Inglewood and followed it from demolition permit to landfill. Then she tracked down the family that called it home for more than 50 years.
Before he was an international superstar, Jimi Hendrix spent a year on Nashville’s Jefferson Street. It’s a chapter in Hendrix’s musical life that many biographers gloss over. In our latest episode of Curious Nashville, we explain why he came here — and what it says today about the city’s most prominent African-American neighborhood.Continue Reading …
This episode wanders into supernatural territory in the search for unmarked graves. It began innocently enough: A listener asked us about Nashville’s oldest structures. But as we visited some of the city’s oldest homes, we found family graveyards that date back 200 years or more — and some owners, it turns out, relied on a generations-old practice with mysterious power to find unmarked graves. Which led us to the question: What’s up with “water-witching” in Nashville?
The Curious Nashville inbox has received several variations on the same question: What happened to passenger rail service in Nashville? Residents are right to be curious. Nashville is one of the largest cities in the country to have no rail connection to another city.
So here’s the inquiry from retired school teacher Sharon Lorenz of Gallatin:
Nashville used to be an Amtrak destination. It is a perfect central location between many cities. Why did that end?
We spent quite a bit of time shining flashlights around dark, cobwebby places over the past few weeks — because of Curious Nashville, a project in which we answer your questions about the city.
The winning question from our last round of voting came from veteran Nashville record producer Mitch Dane.
I’ve heard rumors of a mysterious tunnel system winding beneath downtown Nashville. Is this true?
The winning question in our very first Curious Nashville voting round led us on a circuitous path — but we are pleased to say that we found the answer.
WPLN listener Rachael Edge asked the question:
In the Nashville City Cemetery, there’s a grave that says ‘Margaret H. McCutchen — She Turned From Bloodkin.’ What’s the story behind that?