Curious Nashville

9 EpisodesProduced by Nashville Public Radio

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.

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How One Man Created A Peace Sign Visible From The Sky

August 19th, 2018


From the proper vantage point it materializes unmistakably: A gigantic peace sign, cut into roughly 3 acres of forest next to the Nashville International Airport. It can appear to anyone browsing satellite photography, …

What Happens When The Wrong Stuff Gets In The Recycling Bin?

August 31st, 2017


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 …

Remembering America’s Deadliest Train Crash

July 10th, 2017


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 …

The Life And Death Of An Old House In Boomtown

April 13th, 2017


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, …

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

December 15th, 2016


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. We explain why he came here — and what it …

‘Water Witching’ And The Search For Unmarked Graves

October 28th, 2016


This episode wanders into supernatural territory in the search for unmarked graves. It began innocently enough: A listener asked us about Nashville’s …

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

August 18th, 2016


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 …

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

May 16th, 2016


The winning question came from veteran Nashville record producer Mitch Dane. "I’ve heard rumors of a mysterious tunnel system winding beneath downtown Nashville. Is this true?" Here's what we found.

A Tombstone Mystery About Who ‘Turned From Bloodkin’

February 26th, 2016


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?" Finding an answer led us on a …

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