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.
It started as a conversation between two strangers.
Ben Groner volunteered to tell a story to a poet from Nashville Public Radio’s podcast Versify. Megan Leanne then turned his story into poetry, and we liked the conversation and resulting art so much that we chose it to be one of our inaugural episodes of the podcast.
Unresponsive government agencies. A new food desert in East Nashville. Thriving international music.
In 2019, WPLN’s best stories answered pressing questions from the community, showcased the diversity in our region and helped you understand complicated but important topics.
Ever since he was a kid, Chris Carter has been a meat guy.
“I would come home from school, and my grandmother would have five or six vegetable dishes going on the stove, and it was always my job to choose the protein,” he said.
A chronic illness is what sent Leah Larabell in search of herbs. After years of discomfort, she said she met a Native American healer whose teas seemed to be the only thing that made her feel better.
But she knows that not everyone has had the life-changing encounter with herbalism that she had. So now, as the owner of High Garden Tea in East Nashville, part of her job is convincing skeptics to give it a try.