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.
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 as a person?
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 generations past, and a major influence on our well-being.
In this lively episode, WPLN’s Emily Siner talks to Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher, Tiffany Hancock of The Southern V, and Leah Larabell of High Garden Tea — three food entrepreneurs who are merging innovation and tradition. How did they start down the paths of local meat production, veganism and herbalism? And how do they navigate pushback from skeptical customers?
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 part-essay collection on coming of age and aging in the South, and part-observations of nature.
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 about as justice,” she says. “We use incarceration as the answer for almost everything, and it cannot be the answer.”