Curious Nashville: What Happens When The Wrong Stuff Gets In The Recycling Bin?

What’s right? What’s wrong? We explore the angst of recycling in this episode of Curious Nashville. Credit: Emily Siner / WPLN

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. (more…)

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Curious Nashville: The Year Jimi Hendrix Jammed On Jefferson Street And How It Still Reverberates

A new mural, one of several on Jefferson Street, shows Jimi Hendrix jamming with guitarist Johnny Jones. The mural is by Woke3 and ArJae of Norf Art Collective. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN
A new mural, one of several on Jefferson Street, shows Jimi Hendrix jamming with guitarist Johnny Jones. The mural is by Woke3 and ArJae of Norf Art Collective. Credit: Chas Sisk / WPLN

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. (more…)

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Curious Nashville: ‘Water Witching’ And The Search For Unmarked Graves

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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?

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Curious Nashville: How We Got Left With A Nice Station And No Passenger Train

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The Floridian passes through Union Station in 1978, the year before the line was cut as part of an Amtrak reorganization. Credit: Jay T. Thomson / Courtesy Robert W. Thomson

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?

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Curious Nashville: Tunnels That Live Up To The Legends, And Some That Don’t

There's a tunnel beneath downtown Nashville that opens to the Cumberland River, but what was it for? Curious Nashville sought to find out. Credit: Tony Gonzalez / WPLN
There’s a tunnel beneath downtown Nashville that opens to the Cumberland River, but what was it for? Curious Nashville sought to find out. Credit: Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

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?

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Curious Nashville: A Tombstone Mystery About Who ‘Turned From Bloodkin’

Margaret McCutchen's tombstone in the Nashville City Cemetery has the epitaph "She Turned From Bloodkin." Credit: Emily Siner/ WPLN
Margaret McCutchen’s tombstone in the Nashville City Cemetery has the epitaph “She Turned From Bloodkin.” Credit: Emily Siner/ WPLN

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?

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