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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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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.

Monument Records publicity photo / Country Music Hall Of Fame And Museum

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.

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Nashville is in a building boom. But for new skyscrapers and condo buildings to go up, something else often has to be knocked down. One local artist is trying to capture what could be lost in the process.

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Tennessee's top education official sent a message to teachers Tuesday: thanks for another year of hard work, have a great summer break, and here's some summer reading for you.

It's graduation season for Middle Tennessee's colleges and universities, with special traditions at each one. Over the past few years, it's become a custom for Belmont University president Bob Fisher to deliver the commencement address.

He keeps it short and, in a nod to Belmont's music program and his own love of music, Fisher constructs it almost entirely out of song titles and lyrics.

Here's the speech from last year:

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