The Promise

9 EpisodesProduced by Nashville Public RadioWebsite

The Promise is a limited-run series about life in public housing, smack in the middle of a city on the rise — stories of a neighborhood in flux, a community defined by its struggles and the growing divide threatening its very existence.

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Coming Soon: The Promise

December 29th, 2017


Here's a preview of the new special six-part series from Nashville Public Radio, where we take you inside Nashville's oldest and largest public …

Part 1: A Change is Gonna Come

January 24th, 2018


At 61 years old, Vernell McHenry is like the grandmother of her corner of James Cayce. Where she’s lived for more than 17 years, greeting the …

Part 2: A Beautiful Day In The Projects

January 31st, 2018


If you live in the Cayce Homes in Nashville, you know Dexter Turner. Not by Dexter, but by his nickname: Big Man. A husband, a father, a community leader, a showman — Big Man is a name everyone knows here. People love …

Part 3: The People And The Police

February 7th, 2018


The relationship between James Cayce residents and the Nashville police is a tenuous one. In this episode, we explore two defining moments in Cayce: …

Part 4: The Great Divide

February 14th, 2018


This is a story about the assumptions we all make. And the secrets we keep. With WPLN reporter Meribah Knight as the go-between, Big Man, a public housing resident from the Cayce Homes, walks across the street to meet …

Part 5: Get Some Gone

February 21st, 2018


There is a saying in Nashville’s James Cayce Homes: “Get some gone.” Three simple words that describe the urge, the mission, to move out, to get away …

Part 6: The Future

March 14th, 2018


Does this big idea to have low-income and higher income people living side-by-side really make a community better, safer, healthier? As The Promise comes to a close, we dig into the fundamental question driving this …


April 27th, 2018


We return to the James Cayce Homes to follow up with residents amid the $600 million overhaul. But in checking back, we trip into some news. And …

Bonus 2: The Big Man Interview

November 15th, 2018


If you've listened to The Promise, you no doubt remember Dexter Turner, aka Big Man. We met him in episode 2. The husband, father and community leader with a quick wit and a large personality had been planning a family …

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