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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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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
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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.

Emily Siner / WPLN

For most people, recycling means placing an empty soda can or some scrap paper in a blue bin. They might take that bin to the curb or to a drop-off site. But beyond that, the process is mysterious, filled with arbitrary rules and a vague reassurance that we're doing the right thing for the environment.

So WPLN listener Mark McCaw, an avid recycler, asked us this question:

What happens if I put the wrong item in the recycling bin?

unknown photographer / courtesy Tennessee State Library and Archives

Even many Nashville natives don't know about the head-on train crash at Dutchman's Curve on July 9, 1918. It killed 101 people — mostly African Americans — and by most counts remains the deadliest train accident in American history.

Meribah Knight / WPLN

This installment of Curious Nashville is a seemingly simple one, but with its own set of twists and turns. Our question asker Melinda Welton, wanted to know:

"Where is construction waste from new construction in Nashville going?”

Blake Farmer / WPLN

The board of Metro Parks has corrected an 80-year-old typo.

The panel voted unanimously Tuesday to clarify the name of East Nashville's Fred Douglas Park, to make sure it honors the famed abolitionist and orator, who spelled his name with two Ss and formally went by Frederick.

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