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Rejoice School of Ballet
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

In its latest stage production, a multi-racial youth ballet company in Nashville has decided to tell the story of American slavery and racism.

Courtesy of John Christian Phifer

Funerals can be elaborate and costly, but there's a movement toward simplicity.

This spring, a nonprofit in Sumner County is opening a "green" burial space: 112 acres of bucolic farmland, about 50 miles northeast of Nashville.

Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

Rip Patton was arrested in 1961. That's when he and a group of other college students drove from Nashville to Alabama to join the Freedom Rides, where they boarded Greyhound busses and attempted to use white-only lunch counters and bathrooms throughout the South.

Emily Siner / WPLN

The allegations of sexual misconduct that have ricocheted through Hollywood and other industries have largely missed the Nashville music scene. But in private conversations and online forums, many female songwriters say they've had moments with collaborators that border on harassment and even assault.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Much of Middle Tennessee had enough snow Tuesday to warrant legitimate sledding. WPLN’s Tony Gonzalez caught up with families in Shelby Park and produced this audio postcard.

Snow has moved out of Middle Tennessee, but single-digit temperatures will turn most of the snow and sleet into ice Tuesday night, especially on the roads. Most school districts in Middle Tennessee have called another snow day but afternoon sunshine kick-started the melting of hillsides and may hinder Wednesday's sledding.

  

#15: The Disrupter

Jan 12, 2018
Julieta Martinelli / WPLN

More than 50 years ago, Rip Patton's world changed. He started attending nonviolence workshops in Nashville and learned how to endure abuse during the Civil Rights movement without fighting back. Rip became a Freedom Rider, part of the movement that ended an era of legalized segregation in the South.

Now, five decades later, he looks back on his role as a "disrupter" — sitting, standing and singing to make major societal change.

Kesha (Olivia Bee), R.LUM.R (artist), Margo Price (Danielle Holbert), Luke Bryan (artist)

It’s the end of the year and time for critics' picks, best of lists and top 10s — but we’re going to take a slightly different approach and ask a question: What did Nashville sound like in 2017?

Nashville youth poet laureate
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Harpeth Hall sophomore Haviland Whiting is Nashville’s new youth poet laureate after winning the annual spoken word competition hosted by Southern Word and several Metro agencies, including Mayor Megan Barry's office.

Kaley Cheyenne Fluke

RCA Studio B is no longer the hit factory it was when it opened 60 years ago in Nashville but some modern musicians are still recording there, seeking its signature sound.

Kara McLeland / WPLN

As a palliative care doctor at Alive Hospice, Sasha Bowers has been there at the very end of life for a lot of people. This exposure to the dying has given her a perspective on death that most people don't have, and she talked to WPLN's Emily Siner in our podcast Movers & Thinkers about what she's learned.


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