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Ritchie Grass, Part Two

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On this week's Bluegrass Breakdown: She was in irrepressible driving force in traditional music — a ballad singer, songwriter, author, folklorist and mountain dulcimer player whose clear, gentle and unassuming voice instantly took you to the remote hills and hollers of Perry County, Kentucky. 

With the help of the New Coon Creek Girls, Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin, Jerry Garcia & David Grisman and Alison Krauss and Union Station, we'll be continuing our bluegrassical celebration of Jean Ritchie. 

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It's officially the spookiest time of year: the cobwebs are hung and the candy is ready... now for the music. Nashville has no shortage of Halloween-themed performances leading up to All Hallows' Eve, and classical music fans can celebrate in macabre style with a ballet about a suspected murderess, a chamber opera from the perspective of a madman, a live organ performance underscoring the creepiest silent film of all time and more. Just try not to get too scared:  

Lizzie Borden with The Raven at Nashville Ballet

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U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn says the Senate is slowing down President Trump's agenda.

Her remarks come amid an ongoing dispute between Trump and Bob Corker. And while she's declining to call out Tennessee's current senator, she's making it clear she wants them to move on.

Versify #7: It Wasn't The Fun Way

Oct 19, 2017
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More than most people, Ben Groner feels pretty lucky to be alive — and that’s because his life is the result of some pretty remarkable choices. In this episode, Ben tells poet Megan Smith about his parents’ unlikely love story, how he and his twin brother came to be, and about a secret that could have kept the two of them from ever coming into existence.

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Nashville's $5.2 billion transit plan unveiled this week does little to connect neighboring counties and stays well within the city limits. But officials hope that it might inspire surrounding communities.

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One of the former leaders of the Tennessee Republican Party says he and other top officials tried to stop an unofficial Twitter account that's being linked to Russian trolls.

Former Tennessee Republican Party executive director Brent Leatherwood condemns the account as "anti-American."

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On September 9, Nashville Public Radio's Studio C buzzed all day with live performances from Midstate chamber musicians. The performers ranged from a high school phenomenon to seasoned professionals; their repertoire covered the gamut from Renaissance dance tunes to 19th century classics, even a galloping improvisation for Chinese and Western instruments.

If you didn't have a chance to listen to our broadcast of the first ever 91Classical Radio Fest (or if you'd like to hear it again) here's another opportunity to enjoy the performances that were featured that day. 

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After four years in the works, Hankook Tire is ready to fire up its massive new manufacturing facility just outside Clarksville.

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U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn says Congress will start work next week on fixing any damage that may have been caused by an opioid measure that she helped get passed into law.

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$5.2 billion dollars — that’s how much the Mayor's new transit proposal will cost. It includes light rail, bus rapid transit and an underground tunnel beneath Nashville's already-congested downtown. Funding the most expensive project in Metro history is going take some fancy footwork. 

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