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Listen: Here’s What The Solar Eclipse Sounded Like In Middle Tennessee

We've seen plenty of photos of what the total solar eclipse looked like — but what did it sound like? Fortunately, WPLN reporters were scattered throughout Middle Tennessee, recorders in hand, to find out. From the eerie pre-eclipse shadows, to the first glimpses of totality, to the sun reappearing, the experience was as aural as it was visual.

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Four decades after defending the placement of a Confederate bust in the State Capitol, Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander now says it should go.

The Republican lawmaker and former governor told reporters Tuesday that he's come to see a statue of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest as inappropriate in a place of honor such as the statehouse rotunda.

"I, like other people, learn as we go along," he says.

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Never have so many Tennessee students taken Advanced Placement exams. And they're getting more college credit than ever before too.

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Here's a follow up of sorts to a story WPLN's Meribah Knight did before the eclipse on how the Nashville Zoo was preparing to observe, with the help of citizen scientists, the reaction of animals during the eclipse.


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To fully appreciate this eclipse story, WPLN recommends the audio version (above).

An experimental musician brought his weather-controlled synthesizer to the roof of Jack White’s Third Man Records in Nashville for the total solar eclipse. The so-called “Weather Warlock” made a soundtrack based on the atmospheric conditions of wind, temperature and sunlight.

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In East Nashville's James Cayce Homes, resident Tori Winston, 28, adjusted the eclipse glasses on her young nephew. "Look straight at the sun," she said. "You see that little bitty spot on the sun? That's the eclipse."

The impromptu viewing party had just begun and every step of the way, kids were slack-jawed at what they were seeing in the sky.

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The Rev. Bill Barnes spent his life advocating for Nashville's poor and their access to affordable housing. The civil rights activist who Mayor Barry called "the conscience of our city" died Monday. He was 86.

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It's often easy to tell how old someone is based on the earliest major event they can remember — and for some first graders at Carroll Oakland School in Lebanon, the rare solar eclipse may be that moment.

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We've seen plenty of photos of what the total solar eclipse looked like — but what did it sound like? Fortunately, WPLN reporters were scattered throughout Middle Tennessee, recorders in hand, to find out. From the eerie pre-eclipse shadows, to the first glimpses of totality, to the sun reappearing, the experience was as aural as it was visual.


NPR's Live Coverage Of The Total Solar Eclipse

Aug 21, 2017
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It is indeed dark during the day as a total solar eclipse makes its way from Oregon, across Middle Tennessee, and to South Carolina. Eleven states are in the path of total darkness. Follow the astronomical phenomenon's journey across America along with NPR journalists and others experiencing the eclipse.

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This post will be updated throughout the day as WPLN reporters observe the eclipse and the crowds gathered to enjoy it. Newest info will be up top.

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