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Nina Cardona

Music Director / Host

Nina Cardona holds a degree in music history from Converse College. Just two days after graduation, she started playing classical music as a part-time host on Nashville Public Radio.  She was WPLN’s All Things Considered host for eleven years, during which time her reporting focused on arts and culture stories.

Nina is a classically trained singer and open water swimmer who dabbles in photography and a variety of needle crafts.


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About 40 military veterans will graduate from Middle Tennessee State University on Saturday wearing special red stoles. That regalia was handed out for the first time Tuesday in a ceremony for the graduates and their families.

Retired Army General Keith Huber, who advises MTSU on its veterans relations, told the group he’s proud of both the students' military service and the university’s willingness to acknowledge that they have different needs.

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Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans are big draws for music tourists. But a new website hopes to convince people to visit the rural areas and small towns in between.

Parents of Tennessee children with certain disabilities will likely have a new option next year. A bill headed to the governor’s desk would give 18,000 families access to the state and local money allocated for educating their child in public school.  

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Nashville’s new downtown amphitheater is set to open in late summer with a full schedule and a corporate name.

Ascend Credit Union bought the naming rights to the city-owned venue. The price of the deal was not announced, but it will be called Ascend Amphitheater for ten years.

Country star Eric Church is set to play the inaugural show July 30. Metro Parks will open the new 10-acre West Riverfront Park that houses the venue on the same day.

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As long as the United Methodist Publishing House has had its headquarters in downtown Nashville, there’s been plenty of room to store dozens of rare books — some even older than the United States. But now the office is getting ready to downsize, so it’s time to assess what’s there and make some decisions.

The Methodist Publishing House dates back to the 1780s, and from the beginning, editor Brian Milford says the clergymen once known as “book stewards,” needed to have reference material on hand.

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The upcoming Nashville Film Festival will be marked by a statistic that surprised its organizers: this year, more selected films than ever were made by female directors.

Artistic director Brian Owens says his team didn’t solicit more women to enter, and they didn’t pick movies according to any sort of filmmaker demographics. It just happened that way.

“I noticed it as the lineup was taking shape," Owens says. "When the documentary lineup had finalized I was like, there’s some strong female filmmakers here.”

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Nashville’s Fisk University is one of nine historically black colleges around the nation putting out the welcome mat for California students. A new deal signed today helps Fisk—and also alleviates a problem in California. 

The state of California operates more than a hundred community colleges with more than 2 million students. There isn’t enough room at the state’s four-year schools for students who want to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree. There also aren’t any historically black schools, known as HBCUs, in the state.

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University of Tennessee’s president outlined his plan to close a funding gap at a Thursday meeting of the UT Board.

Since December, Joe DiPietro has said Tennessee’s higher education institutions run on a broken business model. That’s because they depend on a certain level of funding from the state — or raising tuition to make up the slack when state appropriations don’t come through.

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The next phase of work for road crews is easy to predict: when all the snow and ice is gone, Middle Tennessee will likely be dotted with souvenirs of this week’s storm in the form of potholes.

Moisture collects in, on and under pavement. Ice takes up more space than liquid water, so when moisture expands in a freeze, then shrinks in a thaw, a road’s surface can develop weak spots that crumble the first time a vehicle drives over.

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Sun, a lull in precipitation, and lots of work by road-clearing crews finally have Middle Tennessee’s interstates clear and mostly dry. Now, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is turning its attention to state highways. But after several days of freezing temperatures spokeswoman B.J. Doughty says there’s only so much that can be done.

“Some of those routes, especially out in some of the rural areas where there’s not a lot of traffic, they’re going to be frozen solid," Doughty says. "We don’t have a magic bullet for that.”