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Nina Cardona

Music Director / Host

Nina Cardona holds a degree in music history from Converse College. Just two days after graduation, she started playing classical music as a part-time host on Nashville Public Radio.  She was WPLN’s All Things Considered host for eleven years, during which time her reporting focused on arts and culture stories.

Nina is a classically trained singer and open water swimmer who dabbles in photography and a variety of needle crafts.


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The way a kindergartner gets along with his classmates could indicate how likely that child is to either earn a college degree — or end up on public assistance. Those are the findings of a new study from Penn State and Duke University that tracked kids in Nashville and three other locations for nearly two decades. 

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The Metro Nashville School Board has made its top pick for schools director: by a vote of 8 to 1, they selected Mike Looney, who is the head of Williamson County Schools. The process isn't over; first comes a site visit to see how things are running in Looney's current district.

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Updated July 16 at 9:55 a.m.

School board members voted 8-1 Thursday morning to select Williamson County director of schools Mike Looney as the lone finalist for the top job at Metro Public Schools. 

The board will spend the next week further vetting Looney and working out contract details. Final approval could come July 23. 

Updated July 16 at 9:01 a.m.

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Tennessee officials could decide this week that the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest no longer belongs in the state capitol.

If they do, the state museum is game to take possession.

Forrest was a native of Tennessee, whom some Southerners consider a hero. He also oversaw a battle that’s been called a massacre of black soldiers, was a slave trader before the war and, by many accounts, the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. So some have called his statue a symbol of racism and hatred that ought to be removed.

Nashville’s Christian colleges may have some decisions to make following the Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage ruling.  Policies that don’t recognize gay marriage could put their tax-exempt status at risk.

Trevecca Nazarene University has housing specifically for married students. Their denomination also believes that homosexuality is a sin. University officials declined to give an interview, but, now that same sex marriage is legal, say they’re trying to determine what, if any changes need to be made to their housing policies in order to comply with both the law and their beliefs.

One parade-watcher at Nashville's Pride Festival this weekend has garnered attention for holding a sign that asks for forgiveness.

The woman in question is Erika Chambers, who was also the subject of a WPLN story that ran just the day before the parade.

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The Supreme Court decision making same sex marriage legal throughout the United States created a strange juxtaposition in places like Tennessee. While gay people can legally marry, they can still be fired for their sexual orientation.

Erika Chambers

President Barack Obama and the bipartisan Washington delegation a are just the latest mourners to visit Charleston in the wake of last weeks’ shooting. Since the news broke, thousands from around the nation have made the pilgrimage to pay their respects.

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Nearly fifty years ago, Bob Dylan gave Nashville his stamp of approval, and an astounding number of pop, rock and folk musicians took notice. For more than a decade, they flocked here to cut song after song. But a look at the credits of those songs hints at a deeper tale about how the city’s session players used that influx of star power to expand their own careers -- and Music Row.

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Steve Inskeep, one of NPR's Morning Edition hosts, isn’t a historian: His job is to report on what’s happening now. So it may come as some surprise that his latest book, Jacksonland, focuses on what President Andrew Jackson did roughly 200 years ago to force Native Americans out of the Southeast. But in a recent conversation with WPLN, Inskeep explained that the thinking behind the Trail of Tears continues to echo.