Perspectives

NPR's Mike Pesca (right) reminisces about his middle school days with former teacher Kevin Sheehan. Image Courtesy Mike Pesca

Remembering When A Teacher Had His Back

November 26, 2013 at 10:44 am

Friday is the National Day of Listening, a chance to sit down with a loved one, turn on a tape recorder and ask that person about his or her life. NPR’s Mike Pesca chose to talk with his one of his middle school teachers, Kevin Sheehan, about lessons they learned from each other.

Old School: The Making of Hume-Fogg Academic

Old School: The Making of Hume-Fogg Academic

November 5, 2013 at 10:00 am

For a small group of students, this groundbreaking public magnet school in Nashville, TN, was a haven—a place where smart kids felt comfortable in their curiosity, and students from any zip code could feel they belonged.

Burial Rights: Who Owns Dead Bodies, Anyway?

Burial Rights: Who Owns Dead Bodies, Anyway?

October 31, 2013 at 9:01 am

A question fit for Halloween: why has there been so much resistance to an Alabama man’s efforts to bury his wife, at her request, in their front yard? Anthropologist Barbara J. King digs into our relationship with the dead.

On Its Way Out, The Nashville City Paper Makes Compelling Case For Newspapers

On Its Way Out, The Nashville City Paper Makes Compelling Case For Newspapers

August 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

It’s been a tough couple of weeks in the newspaper business in Nashville. A number of journalists are off the beat for the time being. We at WPLN are sad to see the City Paper go. Its staff penned an eloquent argument on the need for newspapers in its final issue. In its entirety, here it is.

Adventures in Ill-Timed House Hunting, Part 2: Our First Bidding War

Adventures in Ill-Timed House Hunting, Part 2: Our First Bidding War

August 1, 2013 at 10:15 am

The stage could not have been more perfectly set for a bidding war, warned our real estate agent. He was right. All we got out of the experience was… the experience.

Adventures In Ill-Timed House Hunting, Part 1: Keep A Sharp Watch

Adventures In Ill-Timed House Hunting, Part 1: Keep A Sharp Watch

July 30, 2013 at 9:00 am

Currently in Nashville, you cannot house hunt casually or on your own schedule. You must be watchful, ready to act, like a frog in the grass waiting for a tasty-looking bug to fly past.

Dear Mom,

Dear Mom,

May 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

In honor of Mother’s Day, here’s a personal essay from guest contributor Tommy Womack. It appears here courtesy of the East Nashvillian magazine, where it was originally published in the March-April 2013 issue.

Without A Net: The Working Poor – Holly and Kay

Without A Net: The Working Poor – Holly and Kay

December 27, 2012 at 4:30 am

To make ends meet, two East women who have paired their finances.

Without A Net: The Working Poor – Rick

Without A Net: The Working Poor – Rick

December 26, 2012 at 4:30 am

Some Tennesseans live in a world where even dreams can be an unaffordable luxury.