Ruta Sepetys is not afraid of difficult topics. Her historical novels, Between Shades of Gray, Salt to the Sea and Fountains of Silence, tackle tales of refugees, dictatorships, even genocide.
DJ Pryor was catapulted to national fame after a video of him and his young son went viral in 2019. It showed off his natural humor — DJ is a standup comedian — as well as an example of genuine parental love.
Dolly Parton has long been an icon in Tennessee, her home state, where she’s beloved for her philanthropy and raunchy wit. And in a moment when celebrities are almost expected to take political stances, Dolly is noticeable for her lack of controversy. How does she manage to charm everyone? What does that say about her […]
When we decide what to eat or drink, we’re making choices that go beyond flavor. What we consume can be a tool for social change, a connection with…
Margaret Renkl is a Nashville writer perhaps best known for her regular columns in the New York Times. “Late Migrations” is her debut book, and it’s…
Judge Sheila Calloway sees children during some of the worst moments of their lives: right after they’ve been accused of committing a crime. But she holds fast to the philosophy that children are redeemable and should be given the opportunity to change. “We as a nation have to make a change from what we think […]
Unlike most New Testament experts, Vanderbilt Divinity School professor Amy-Jill Levine is Jewish. Her lessons are sprinkled with Yiddish phrases, and she attends an Orthodox Jewish synagogue in Nashville. That’s given her a unique perspective on Judaism and Christianity — two religions that have diverged from the same source, took different interpretations of similar texts and […]
How does a cold case homicide detective maintain faith in humanity? What makes him so sure that he’s going after the right bad guy? And how can a case with no known suspects be solved? For more than 25 years, retired police detective Pat Postiglione solved some of the most gruesome murder cases in Nashville. […]
Every human is fortunate to have this organ inside our skull called the brain. It allows us to breathe, create art, develop new technology — and yet there’s much that is undiscovered about how these masses of neurons work. Why is everyone’s brain a different shape? When the brain starts to deteriorate, what’s really happening? And […]
Without a doubt, romantic love is a driving force in our culture — with countless movies, songs and books devoted to finding it, losing it or making it last. Falling in (or out of) love can feel so intense in our own lives, but our fundamental assumptions about what love really is are not always […]