Movers & Thinkers: When Lies About The Past Are As Interesting As The Truth | Nashville Public Radio

Movers & Thinkers: When Lies About The Past Are As Interesting As The Truth

May 11, 2016

History is often passed down through stories: People document their memories, and those become our guide to the past.

But Bradley Hanson, director of folk life at the Tennessee Arts Commission, has discovered that sometimes this kind of documentation is flawed — because people don't always tell the truth. He talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series, Movers & Thinkers, about his work collecting oral histories from musicians in rural Tennessee, and how his perspective has changed over time.

This audio is an excerpt from the latest episode of our Movers & Thinkers podcast. Hear more of the conversation with Bradley and two other people working to preserve history by downloading our podcast on our website, on iTunes, or on Google Play.