Mack Linebaugh | Nashville Public Radio

Mack Linebaugh

Director of Digital Services

Mack is WPLN's Director of Digital Services. He oversees digital content strategy and creation for He works closely with reporters and the news director on editing, writing headlines, reimagining radio stories for the web, producing web-exclusive news content, and using social media to engage the community. He started working for WPLN in 2003, holding positions in membership and marketing, before leaving to start a freelance web development firm in 2008. He returned in 2010 as new media director. Mack studied Anthropology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He has also been a touring musician, released albums, and had his songs published in film and television.

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What happens when you adapt a podcast episode into a puppet show?

Curious Nashville magic, that's what.

In May, we hosted a celebration of Nashville Public Radio's podcasts — called Podcast Party (fittingly) — at the Nashville Children's Theater. We teamed up with local puppeteers to produce a live animated version of one of our Curious Nashville episodes, The Life And Death Of An Old House In Boomtown.

Wayne Brezinka

In a portrait of a young Elvis Presley, painted by Nashville-area artist Wayne Brezinka, there’s something odd going on in that trademark pompadour — 40 years after the superstar's death. The three-dimensional hair is striped with green, yellow, blue, red and white wires.

Those wires were ripped from a 1950s-era phone system in the home and office of Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker. In fact, it’s likely they're the very wires that carried the voice of Ed Sullivan, when he called Colonel Parker to discuss Presley’s now-famous appearances on Sullivan’s TV show.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

As President Trump visited Nashville on Wednesday, we followed along here with breaking updates and tweets from WPLN reporters. 

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

WPLN listener Hart Armstrong asked the following question to Curious Nashville: Where in Nashville did the artist William Edmondson live? Is there a plaque?

The short answer is that the home of sculptor William Edmondson—the first African American to have a solo show in the Museum of Modern Art—is no longer standing. And in fact, his whole block was torn down years after his death, during an urban renewal project in Edgehill that began in the late 1960s.

Jo Fields

Click through the slideshow above of photos taken by Jo Fields on February 7, near the Bob Brown Field Station in Warner Park. But beware, you will witness the moment of death for an unfortunate opossum.

Mark Nagi / TDOT

Update: 4:50 p.m.

Authorities in Gatlinburg have now confirmed three fatalities related to the fast-moving wildfires that roared through the mountain town last night. No other information has been released about the deaths except that they were outside of the town of Gatlinburg.

Adinda Uneputty

Nashville Public Radio listener Holden Penley sent this question to Curious Nashville:

Why is Nashville Music City? Why here and not somewhere else?

Douglas Corzine, Madeline Goetz / WPLN

This episode wanders into supernatural territory in the search for unmarked graves. It began innocently enough: A listener asked us about Nashville's oldest structures. But as we visited some of the city's oldest homes, we found family graveyards that date back 200 years or more — and some owners, it turns out, relied on a generations-old practice with mysterious power to find unmarked graves. Which led us to the question: What's up with "water-witching" in Nashville?

Mack Linebaugh / WPLN

Here's an intriguing Curious Nashville question we received from Thais Carr:

Exactly how does "Gravity Hill" in Warner Park work? Many times I went up and backwards in my VW with just one tap on the gas.

If you've lived in Nashville for decades (rather than just years), you may remember when a certain road in Edwin Warner Park — now closed to car traffic — seemed to possess magical powers. 

Mack Linebaugh

Anyone who's driven through the intersection of Charlotte Pike and 51st Avenue in West Nashville has likely wondered some version of this Curious Nashville question from Katie Gonzalez:

Why does the Regions bank on Charlotte Pike have such an elaborate golden dome? When was the building built, and has it always been a bank?