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 in the form below. 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. 

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Blake Farmer / WPLN

The Metro Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday night in support of changing the name of Fred Douglas Park. The problem is, the parks board isn't technically allowed to change the names of parks.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

East Nashville's Fred Douglas Park may be formally renamed after famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The Metro Parks department is trying to figure out how the name came to be, and the answer remains far from certain.

Mack Linebaugh / WPLN

One of our listeners sent the following to Curious Nashville:

What's the story behind the mosaic dragon in the park in Hillsboro Village?

This is one of those questions that gets more interesting the more you dig. On the surface, you’ve got these basic facts:

Chas Sisk / WPLN

This is a shortened version that aired Wednesday, Jan. 4. For the complete Curious Nashville podcast episode about Jefferson Street's R&B scene, click here.

Before he was an international superstar, Jimi Hendrix spent a year on Nashville's Jefferson Street. It's a chapter in the guitar legend's biography that's often glossed over.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Before he was an international superstar, Jimi Hendrix spent a year on Nashville's Jefferson Street. It's a chapter in Hendrix's musical life that many biographers gloss over. In our latest episode of Curious Nashville, we explain why he came here — and what it says today about the city's most prominent African-American neighborhood.

Adinda Uneputty

Nashville Public Radio listener Holden Penley sent this question to Curious Nashville:

Why is Nashville Music City? Why here and not somewhere else?

Douglas Corzine, Madeline Goetz / WPLN


This episode wanders into supernatural territory in the search for unmarked graves. It began innocently enough: A listener asked us about Nashville's oldest structures. But as we visited some of the city's oldest homes, we found family graveyards that date back 200 years or more — and some owners, it turns out, relied on a generations-old practice with mysterious power to find unmarked graves. Which led us to the question: What's up with "water-witching" in Nashville?

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

Either Nashvillians can't spell, or there's a prominent Fred Douglas that no one knows about.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Even long-time Nashvillians may have forgotten the quirky carousel that used to twirl along the banks of the Cumberland River.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Even an odd street name like "Granny White" fades into the background for anyone who regularly drives the shady two-lane road to Brentwood. But a few listeners have submitted Curious Nashville questions about it, like this one:

Was Granny White Pike named for a real woman? Who was she? When and where did she live?

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