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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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Jason Isbell continued his run of dominance at the Americana Music Awards Wednesday night, but he didn’t take home the night’s top honor or give the most political speech.

Every human is fortunate to have this organ inside our skull called the brain. It allows us to breathe, create art, develop new technology — and yet there's much that is undiscovered about how these masses of neurons work. Why is everyone's brain a different shape? When the brain starts to deteriorate, what's really happening? And what is thought? 

Stacey Irvin / Metro Arts Commission

A series of dinners starting Thursday in North Nashville and running through Saturday is taking aim at gentrification.

On the menu — hot chicken — and it won't come cheap: Diners are being asked to pledge $100 a piece.

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For five decades, a Vanderbilt University archive has been meticulously recording the national evening news. 

In total, it's a portrait of American life, from iconic moments to those that never make the history books. It makes up nearly 6 1/2 years' worth of video, if you were to watch them all back-to-back.

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Thursday night marks the end of an era: It's the series finale of the CMT show Nashville, which features the lives, and at times soapy scandals, of fictional country music stars.

The six seasons have also given a big boost to the city's image and some of its songwriters — because, plot aside, the show makes the city look really good.

Left: Abdirahman Noor / Courtesy of Winnie Aluoch, Right: Courtesy of Amina Hassan

For the first time, two Tennesseans will compete to become the beauty queen of the Kenyan-American community. The contest, called Miss Kenya USA, is happening in Seattle this week.

'Darkest Time Of Night' Will Keep You Turning Pages

Jul 2, 2018

What keeps us reading is a varied and curious thing. For one book, it's plot, for another, it's pacing, for still another, relevance — and so forth. (When you find a book that has it all? Call the Pulitzer hotline ...)

Peter Gilstrap / Courtesy of Ronda Sherley

It’s a January morning in 1968. There are 1,000 convicts in mess hall #2 at Folsom Prison. They’re hooting, hollering, clapping, pounding fists on metal tables.

The object of their excitement is Johnny Cash. He’s onstage under the harsh fluorescent lights, standing tall behind a nicotine veil of smoke. Down in the front row, there’s an inmate with a chiseled face and dark pompadour piled high, sucking on a Pall Mall. He's California state prisoner A597959C — just another face in the crowd.

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