Meribah Knight / WPLN

'Diffusers' Try To Cure Violence In This Nashville Neighborhood

Rodney Northington is an unlikely person to be telling folks who live in the James Cayce housing projects to put down their guns. He’s a convicted felon, a former drug dealer and at one-time a high-ranking gang member. But he’s also, quite possibly, the perfect man for the job.

Read More

Want WPLN News By Email?

Subscribe to the Daily News Update.

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

Guitarist and composer Jonathan Sargent has a new album of his own music on the Naxos label, called Little Cathedrals. The melodies are inspired by the music of Spain and Latin America and the great cathedrals of Europe. It's a mix of guitar solos of and pieces for chamber ensembles; for Live in Studio C, all accompaniment was provided by Jeff Taylor on accordion.

Wikimedia Commons

In 1940, prominent American psychologist and educator Carl Seashore published an article in Music Educators Journal titled “Why No Great Women Composers?” It was a marked improvement over 19th century academic writings that detailed the general inferiority of the female gender.

Emily Siner / WPLN

Fort Campbell would dearly love to see some of the $54 billion in defense funding that President Trump has proposed. The commanding general of 101st Airborne says that the Army post could use more soldiers, as well as long-awaited updates on buildings.

Mike Mozart / via Flickr

Nashville's housing market continued its relatively steady march upward in February, with a nine percent increase in activity over last year. Some buyers and sellers are also noticing that the real estate frenzy has become more broad based.

Emily Siner / WPLN

Some in Tennessee's congressional delegation are reserving full judgment about the new health care plan proposed by House Republicans.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

A plan to make transgender students use the bathroom of their birth sex has been put on hold — possibly for good.

The move comes amid a rapidly changing legal landscape for transgender people. The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Mark Pody, cited that evolving debate over transgender rights as he withdrew his measure.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The board of Metro Parks has corrected an 80-year-old typo.

The panel voted unanimously Tuesday to clarify the name of East Nashville's Fred Douglas Park, to make sure it honors the famed abolitionist and orator, who spelled his name with two Ss and formally went by Frederick.

Nashville police protective vest
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Nashville’s council members are again taking a close look at Metro Police this week. This time, the council is considering whether to move faster on securing body cameras for officers.

wikimedia commons

Veterinarians in Tennessee are still trying to pinpoint the source of a bird flu outbreak — a process that could take weeks. The highly pathogenic avian influenza was found at a chicken plant in Lincoln County near the Alabama border. There is little risk to humans.

Nashville Repertory Theatre

Nashville playwright Nate Eppler's comedy about a tabloid queen who used to be a champion figure skater is on the shortlist for American Theatre Critics Association's New Play Award.

Pages

Chelsea Beck / NPR

President Trump's Tweets, Annotated

President Trump tweets a lot. With tens of millions of followers on Twitter, Trump proposes policy, shares his latest actions and reacts to the news. But 140 characters rarely gives the full context. Here, NPR fact checkers attempt to do just that for key tweets.

Read More

The Latest from Classical 91.1

Nina Cardona / Nashville Public Radio

This week, we get a preview of two upcoming student recitals at Lipscomb University. Christian Johnson grew up in Dickson; Jeriel Jorguenson is from Belize but now  lives in Nashville. Both have studied with Jerome Reed since they were students in high school. Now, the pair are finishing their last year of college.

Anita Martinz / Wikimedia Commons

Today marks the vernal equinox, and for the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of spring. With the turn of the season comes warmer weather (at least, in theory), the first buds on the trees and blooms on the ground, afternoon thunderstorms and choruses of chirping birds.

If you're smitten with this season, you aren't alone: tons of composers throughout history have been inspired by spring to write some unforgettable music. 

Jim McGuire / edgarmeyer.com

In 1986, Edgar Meyer made his first solo appearance with the Nashville Symphony, performing Bottesini’s Double Bass Concerto No. 2. Now, 30 years later, Meyer will play the piece with the orchestra again. This time, however, the accompanying program will include the world premiere of a new piece composed by Meyer himself.

This isn't the first time the Nashville Symphony has premiered a new work by Meyer, but it does signal a new approach to writing music for the award-winning composer and instrumentalist. 

More in Classical

Indivisible

Indivisible: A Special Call-In Show During President Trump's First 100 Days

Listen and be part of the conversation: Monday - Thursday at 7 p.m. on 90.3 WPLN-FM