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There's still quite a bit we don't know about what happens when the brain starts to deteriorate. And that can be frustrating for someone who works with people with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Nashville gerontologist Beverly Patnaik talked to WPLN's Emily Siner about this in our live series Movers & Thinkers.


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U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has joined the group of lawmakers who are calling to put off the vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court,  but the two candidates running to succeed him disagreed Monday on the need for a delay

The Senate is scheduled to vote on Thursday, and in an interview with Politico, Corker said he thinks delaying the vote would be “best for all involved.” But, he added, Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, should speak “promptly.”

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University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro announced Monday that he'll step down after seven years in charge, a move he's been planning for a while but still comes sooner than some had anticipated.

A selection of events from our community calendar this week.

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Musicians and their advocates are claiming it’s only a matter of weeks before copyright reform legislation passes. The long-awaited Music Modernization Act has bipartisan support.

The measure cleared the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this year, but it's been stalled in the Senate, amid a heavy lobbying campaign from private companies involved in collecting and distributing royalties.

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We're excited to introduce Notes in the Margin, a series where we'll share books that we think 91Classical listeners will enjoy, whether it be a composer biography, a riveting piece of music scholarship, or a novel with a plot that is particularly musical. In addition to interviews with authors, we'll also be including a hand-picked playlist to accompany each book, so you can kick back and listen while you read. 

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Complaints of longer wait times and crowded rivers around the launches used by boaters and kayakers have created conflict among commercial outfitters and individuals.

But a law passed to unclog the ramps is already creating some concerns.

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Tucked away on a leafy side street in East Nashville, Lockeland Elementary Design Center is ranked the fourth-best in the district. But in recent years, the student body at Lockeland has gone from half African-American to nearly all white. It's a shift so stark that a group of parents say the school must do something to change it.

Jorge Glem is visiting Nashville from his home in Venezuela, by way of the Bronx in New York. He is a virtuoso player of a traditional Venezuelan instrument called the cuatro.

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Pedestrian deaths have increased in Nashville in recent years, and dangerous areas have been well-documented. Now, a debate is growing between safety advocates and city officials about how, and how quickly, streets and crosswalks can be made safer.

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