Best-selling author Ruta Sepetys doesn’t write about fictional dystopian worlds — she writes about dystopian reality. Spanish baby-stealing. A German shipwreck that’s the largest in history. Soviet work camps. Historical fiction that reminds people about unbelievable stories that have been largely forgotten by the outside world.
It’s been six years since composer Joel Thompson sat down to write music about the deaths of Black men who’d been killed by police. How can music be used to process tragedy, embody it and lead to change?
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.
In a moment when celebrities are almost expected to take political stances, Dolly Parton is noticeable for her lack of controversy. How does she manage to charm everyone? Jad Abumrad, another native Tennessean, spent months interviewing Dolly fans, Dolly experts and Dolly herself for his new podcast Dolly Parton’s America.
If there’s one thing we at Nashville Public Radio love more than a recipe that uses Thanksgiving leftovers in an unexpected way, it’s making that delightful recipe while listening to podcasts.
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. 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.
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.
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 collided repeatedly throughout history.
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. […]