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Mack Linebaugh

Director of Digital Services

Mack is WPLN's Director of Digital Services. He oversees digital content strategy and creation for He works closely with reporters and the news director on editing, writing headlines, reimagining radio stories for the web, producing web-exclusive news content, and using social media to engage the community. He started working for WPLN in 2003, holding positions in membership and marketing, before leaving to start a freelance web development firm in 2008. He returned in 2010 as new media director. Mack studied Anthropology at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. He has also been a touring musician, released albums, and had his songs published in film and television.

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

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

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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?

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Here's an intriguing Curious Nashville question we received from Thais Carr:

Exactly how does "Gravity Hill" in Warner Park work? Many times I went up and backwards in my VW with just one tap on the gas.

If you've lived in Nashville for decades (rather than just years), you may remember when a certain road in Edwin Warner Park — now closed to car traffic — seemed to possess magical powers. 

Mack Linebaugh

Anyone who's driven through the intersection of Charlotte Pike and 51st Avenue in West Nashville has likely wondered some version of this Curious Nashville question from Katie Gonzalez:

Why does the Regions bank on Charlotte Pike have such an elaborate golden dome? When was the building built, and has it always been a bank?

James DeMain

Brian Siskind is more artist than documentarian, but his latest pet project does a bit of both: exploring the essence of color and form as it captures for posterity some of old Nashville's vanishing landscape.


Jim Ridley, editor of Nashville's preeminent free weekly newspaper, the Nashville Scene, has died at age 50. 

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State government needs to help the Middle Tennessee region develop a plan for mass transit. But don't expect the state to provide the answers. That was Gov. Bill Haslam's message Tuesday to the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

After an impressive election victory, Megan Barry was sworn in as mayor of Nashville today at 2 p.m. What follows is our live blog of the proceedings, including audio from Barry's inaugural address, photos and a play by play of what happened:

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Confused onlookers were common in downtown Nashville Friday morning, as parking spaces along 5th Avenue, Lower Broadway and in the Gulch were being sectioned off and transformed into temporary and tiny public parks.

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In late July, the Tennessee Department of Transportation began an ambitious project with a snappy name — Fast Fix 8 — to replace eight interstate bridges near downtown Nashville in a matter of weeks.

Stretches of interstate connected by the bridges are being closed on scattered weekends through the end of October. So far, the Fast Fix 8 appears to be on or ahead of schedule.