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Curious Nashville

In Curious Nashville, we answer your questions about the city, the Middle Tennessee region and the people who live here.

Submit your questions here. Occasionally, we'll have a voting round where you can decide what we should investigate answer in our longform storytelling Curious Nashville podcast. We also answer questions more frequently in web posts and radio stories. 

Scroll down to see what questions we've already answered. 

*Special thanks to the SunTrust Foundation for providing technology funding for Curious Nashville. 

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In bright yellow polo shirts, and often gliding through crowds on motorized Segways, the downtown Nashville “ambassadors” are easy to spot. And they’re seemingly omnipresent — working 16 hours a day, every day.

Stephen Jerkins / WPLN

What happens when you adapt a podcast episode into a puppet show?

Curious Nashville magic, that's what.

In May, we hosted a celebration of Nashville Public Radio's podcasts — called Podcast Party (fittingly) — at the Nashville Children's Theater. We teamed up with local puppeteers to produce a live animated version of one of our Curious Nashville episodes, The Life And Death Of An Old House In Boomtown.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Visitors to the Tennessee State Capitol are often struck by the murals that adorn the reception area of the governor's office.

Protesters who gathered outside the office in August to demand the removal of the bust of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest certainly were. During the demonstration, some were caught off guard by one of the murals, and within hours, a question about it had been submitted to Curious Nashville:

Nashville demographic trends chart
Metro Planning Department

It’s not every day that a Curious Nashville question requests statistical analysis — as history questions are most common — but David Stricklin wonders:

What are current demographics compared to 25 years ago?

Lock One Park Nashville
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Lock One Park may be one of Nashville’s smallest parks, but it combines easy access to the Cumberland River with a surprising skyline view — and early 1900s stone ruins that lend an air of mystery.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Thousands of Muslims live in Middle Tennessee. The vast majority are Sunnis, but they come from all over the world — Southeast Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the United States.

A Curious Nashville listener wanted to know more about them:

Our Muslim neighbors in Nashville: Are then Sunni? Shia? Do they get along or do they squabble? Do they go to separate mosques? 

edgehill polar bear
ENVA

Among Nashville’s neighborhood oddities, the polar bear statues in Edgehill can definitely turn heads. And while the history of the sculptures at Wedgewood and 12th Avenue South is relatively easy to trace, WPLN listener Mary Gingrass opened the door to a more contemporary answer by wording her Curious Nashville question this way:

Why is a BEAR the “logo” for Edgehill area?

Naval Reserve Training Center East Nashville Shelby Park
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

The ship-shaped former Naval Reserve Training Center received historic landmark status in 2015, but its story doesn’t end there.

Nashville glass recycling
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

After releasing our latest Curious Nashville episode on what happens when you put the wrong thing in the recycling bin, we started getting questions from more curious listeners about how recycling works in Nashville.

Daniel Lobo / via Flickr

WPLN listener Daniel Wooden asks Curious Nashville

"Is it true that Nashville gets more rain annually than Seattle, Washington?"

The answers is pretty straightforward: yes.

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