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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. 



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.

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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.

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.

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

WPLN listener Hart Armstrong asked the following question to Curious Nashville: Where in Nashville did the artist William Edmondson live? Is there a plaque?

The short answer is that the home of sculptor William Edmondson—the first African American to have a solo show in the Museum of Modern Art—is no longer standing. And in fact, his whole block was torn down years after his death, during an urban renewal project in Edgehill that began in the late 1960s.

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: