The Promise

9 EpisodesProduced by Nashville Public Radio

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

2:25

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

23:36

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

23:11

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

29:18

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

33:05

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

19:42

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

25:19

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 …

Bonus

April 27th, 2018

28:29

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

14:16

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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