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Left: Abdirahman Noor / Courtesy of Winnie Aluoch, Right: Courtesy of Amina Hassan

For the first time, two Tennesseans will compete to become the beauty queen of the Kenyan-American community. The contest, called Miss Kenya USA, is happening in Seattle this week.

'Darkest Time Of Night' Will Keep You Turning Pages

Jul 2, 2018

What keeps us reading is a varied and curious thing. For one book, it's plot, for another, it's pacing, for still another, relevance — and so forth. (When you find a book that has it all? Call the Pulitzer hotline ...)

Peter Gilstrap / Courtesy of Ronda Sherley

It’s a January morning in 1968. There are 1,000 convicts in mess hall #2 at Folsom Prison. They’re hooting, hollering, clapping, pounding fists on metal tables.

The object of their excitement is Johnny Cash. He’s onstage under the harsh fluorescent lights, standing tall behind a nicotine veil of smoke. Down in the front row, there’s an inmate with a chiseled face and dark pompadour piled high, sucking on a Pall Mall. He's California state prisoner A597959C — just another face in the crowd.

Jere Baxter Nashville sculpture public art Belle Kinney
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Several of Nashville’s public artworks and prominent civic sculptures have fallen into serious disrepair. And for the first time, Metro has estimated the substantial cost of preserving them.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Divorce lawyers are privy to some of the lowest moments in people's lives and some of the rockiest conversations they have to have about money and family. But Nashville attorney Siew-Ling Shea says some couples have found a way to separate more amicably. She talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our podcast Movers & Thinkers.


Manuel Cuevas with Johnny Cash
Photo courtesy of Morelia Cuevas via StoryCorps

Nashville tailor Manuel Cuevas, the maker of rhinestone-studded suits worn by entertainers like Elvis Presley and Jack White, is receiving one of the nation's highest honors for folk artists.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced this week that he has won its National Heritage Fellowship, one of only 10 people who'll receive the honor this year.

courtesy Barbershop Harmony Society

The Barbershop Harmony Society is inviting women to be full members of the organization for the first time, effective immediately. The Nashville-based umbrella group says the decision is part of a "new strategic vision" meant to be more inclusive and welcome people of all races, sexual orientations, political opinions and spiritual beliefs.

Every human is fortunate enough to have this organ inside our skull called the brain. It allows us to breathe, create art, develop new technology — and yet, it's still largely a mystery how these masses of neurons translate into thought.

Keturah Davis / Courtesy of Joshua Bishop

In 1964, a Japanese country singer named Tomi Fujiyama performed on the Grand Ole Opry, right after Johnny Cash. She had no idea that someday there would be a movie about her life and her quest to get back on the Opry stage — or how long it would take to get there.

This weekend, Fujiyama is back in Nashville to celebrate the official release of that film.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Being single these days almost always comes with a certain rite of passage: the moment when you download the dating apps.

Programs like Tinder or Bumble have made meeting people much easier (at least in theory), but as Nashville writer Alex Pollack explains, it also makes dating more invasive. He talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series Movers & Thinkers about why the apps feel impersonal, yet impossible to break away from.


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