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StoryCorps Nashville: A Holiday Memory Of Dad Standing Up To Discrimination

When Michael Turney and his sister Betty Turney-Turner stopped by the StoryCorps booth in Nashville last year, they both talked about the values and work ethic they learned from their parents: stick up for yourself, even in the face of blatant discrimination.

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After drawing some criticism, Mayor Megan Barry is now proposing a longer light rail line along Charlotte Avenue between downtown and West Nashville.

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Matt Davich usually brings his saxophone to performances in Studio C, but this time we got to hear him playing the instrument that was his focus in music school: the clarinet. Davich brought along two other great woodwind players, oboist Stephanie Bettig and Andy Witherington on bassoon. The trio played a handful of rather contemporary pieces that often take a playful approach to chamber music.

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Thanksgiving is upon us. For many Americans, the holiday means lots of food, lots of football and lots of time with family (for better or for worse). To accompany all your Turkey Day activities, whatever they may be, we’ve put together a holiday-appropriate playlist to suit your needs:

For early rising (and last-minute grocery shopping)

Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra: The Harvest Home Suite Overture

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“Creating jobs” sounds great when companies make splashy announcements, but the Metro Council may soon require more specifics before they hand out economic incentive grants or tax breaks.

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Some families watch football together. Others have a special cranberry sauce they make every year. But here at WPLN, our annual Thanksgiving tradition is a little nerdier: We give you a list of our favorite podcast episodes of the year, because we can't keep all of this audio storytelling joy to ourselves.

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When Michael Turney and his sister Betty Turney-Turner stopped by the StoryCorps booth in Nashville last year, they both talked about the values and work ethic they learned from their parents: stick up for yourself, even in the face of blatant discrimination.

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More than 50 years ago, Rip Patton's world changed. He started attending nonviolence workshops in Nashville — learning how to endure abuse without hitting back while sitting at lunch counters, riding buses and protesting segregation. Rip became a Freedom Rider, part of the movement that ended an era of legalized segregation in the South. Now, five decades later, how does he view his role as a "disrupter" — and the society that he helped to disrupt? 

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A plan that would end Nashville's long history of running a public hospital is basically an argument that the city doesn't really need one — and that other medical centers in town already dole out far more charity care, especially as General Hospital's caseload has dwindled to 40 patients a day, operating at just a third of its capacity.

Yet those who serve the uninsured say the facility still plays a critical role.

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Davidson County's Sheriff says closing Nashville General Hospital's inpatient services could quadruple the amount his agency has to spend on securing inmates while they receive medical care.

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As Nashville Mayor Megan Barry argues in favor of a tax increase to fund mass transit, she’s now taken a shot at critics of her plan. In a talk Monday to the Rotary Club of Nashville, the mayor called out what she considers three myths being pushed by opponents to her plan.

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Matt Davich usually brings his saxophone to performances in Studio C, but this time we got to hear him playing the instrument that was his focus in music school: the clarinet. Davich brought along two other great woodwind players, oboist Stephanie Bettig and Andy Witherington on bassoon. The trio played a handful of rather contemporary pieces that often take a playful approach to chamber music.

Wikimedia Commons

Thanksgiving is upon us. For many Americans, the holiday means lots of food, lots of football and lots of time with family (for better or for worse). To accompany all your Turkey Day activities, whatever they may be, we’ve put together a holiday-appropriate playlist to suit your needs:

For early rising (and last-minute grocery shopping)

Jay Ungar, Molly Mason and the Nashville Chamber Orchestra: The Harvest Home Suite Overture

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Former Tennessee Tech professor Wonkak Kim is back in Middle Tennessee for a visit, so of course we made sure to have him swing through our studios for a performance. Kim, a clarinetist, brought with him the Parker String Quartet. The ensemble is currently on tour and is serving a residency at Harvard.

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