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Nashville's Women's March Conference An Educational And Networking Tool For Participants

Thousands of people marched through Nashville this weekend, along with organized protests around the nation. But the event was unique for the morning of workshops that preceded it, at which left-leaning political strategists shared practical knowledge with some 800 participants on how to become effective activists or even future lawmakers.

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Democrats in the Tennessee legislature moved swiftly last week to make health care the first debate of the 2018 session.

#15: The Disrupter

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More than 50 years ago, Rip Patton's world changed. He started attending nonviolence workshops in Nashville and learned how to endure abuse during the Civil Rights movement without fighting back. Rip became a Freedom Rider, part of the movement that ended an era of legalized segregation in the South.

Now, five decades later, he looks back on his role as a "disrupter" — sitting, standing and singing to make major societal change.

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The last time the Tennessee Titans went this far in the NFL playoffs, Steve McNair was still the quarterback. And a last minute prayer he tossed into the frigid New England air bounced off the hands of wide receiver Drew Bennett.

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Both of the Democrats who represent Tennessee districts in the Congress condemned language used by President Donald Trump to disparage several majority-black nations, but the state's Republicans were silent after asked to comment by Nashville Public Radio on Friday.

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Mayor Megan Barry sent a two-page letter to the Metro Council Thursday saying she plans to take until the end of the year to come up with a new model for Nashville General Hospital. She also apologized for publicly announcing her plans to wind down inpatient care after years of failed attempts at financial sustainability.

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The biggest investor in a Franklin-based hospital chain is giving a much-needed vote of confidence in a company thought to be on the verge of collapse.

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Nashville’s city bus drivers and fleet mechanics are raising concerns about maintenance problems and workplace safety, and they are likely to stage a protest one day next week at the peak of rush hour.

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Leaders of the Tennessee General Assembly are jumping at the chance to add a work requirement for TennCare. A new policy from the Trump Administration allows Medicaid programs in each state to pursue new restrictions.

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State Sen. Mark Norris's nomination to be a federal judge might be in trouble amid scrutiny over his legislative record.

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Nashville’s Fisk University has joined a national effort to double the number of minorities in leadership positions at art museums. Right now only 16 percent of those jobs are held by minorities.

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The Promise: Life, Death and Change in the Projects

This WPLN podcast explores life in public housing, in the middle of a city on the rise. Launching Jan. 24.

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This week's show features a trio of Midstate musicians making traditional Balkan and Bulgarian music, very similar to the folk melodies that influenced composers like Dvorak, Brahms and Bartok.

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On a cold January afternoon, voices ring out from the choir, speaking text that echoes throughout the sanctuary of Fisk Memorial Chapel.

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Nashville's ALIAS Chamber Ensemble today announced that cofounder and longtime Artistic Director Zeneba Bowers is retiring from her role at the organization's helm. The violinist will continue to perform  with ALIAS and will be given the title Artistic Director Emeritus.
 

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