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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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A key wind tunnel is back online at the Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma. In a time of military cutbacks, the tunnel (known as 4T) was closed for two years while it received 33 million dollars worth of upgrades.

The 4T is a small wind tunnel, only 4 feet tall. It’s used for fine-tuning details like how weapons separate from military aircraft or whether external materials on a spacecraft can handle the force of liftoff.  It’s also nearly 50 years old.

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The new exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts offers a glimpse into a grand English country estate called Houghton Hall. It was built by the first prime minister and has stayed in the same family ever since.

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Nashville’s North Branch Library celebrated its 100th anniversary Wednesday.  It is one of the few libraries built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie still in operation.

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One Nashville researcher has won a million dollar grant to determine which strategies make a difference in ending human trafficking and forced labor around the world. By some estimates, more than 200-million people, including children, are forced into labor under dire conditions.

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WPLN produced a lot of feature stories about Middle Tennessee this year (plus spot coverage for 13 daily newscasts and online) in 2014.

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The Metro Transit Authority has officially pulled the plug on the Amp.

The bus rapid transit line had been in a holding pattern since October, when Nashville Mayor Karl Dean announced he wouldn’t pursue further funding before leaving office this year. The MTA voted today to end all work on the project.

The Amp was one of Dean’s pet projects. He raised the idea of bus rapid transit during his run for the mayor’s office eight years ago, and brought it as far as securing federal funding.

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Tennessee Republican Bob Corker took over as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations committee Wednesday. He began his first meeting with a joke: “I  have never operated a gavel. I learned as a young man how to operate a hammer." Corker says his staff told him to be a little more gentle with his new tool.

But as soon as the laughter faded, Corker got down to business, introducing a bill to give Congress a say over any nuclear agreement with Iran.

Linda Compton via Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Before the Stonewall Riots, before America's first gay pride parade, Middle Tennessee's LGBT community was very quiet, but it was there.

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Nashville’s Music Row has been officially declared a National Treasure.  That means local groups trying to preserve the character of country music’s home neighborhood will have hands-on assistance from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

  The Trust helps local groups organize, plan and raise money. In some cases, it spearheads legal battles.  This year, it successfully lobbied Congress to add Oak Ridge and the other Manhattan Project sites to the National Parks system. It took the Army Corps of Engineers to court—and won—over a cruise ship port in Charleston’s historic district.