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Strong Inside Wallace Maraniss
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A Nashville author who saw surprising success with his first book is trying to extend his hot streak. With, “Strong Inside,” Vanderbilt University alum Andrew Maraniss delivered a bestseller about Perry Wallace, the first black basketball player in the Southeastern Conference.

Now, Maraniss has crafted the story into a condensed version for young adults — with a full-color action shot on the cover — and it joins an emerging trend of true sports stories for teens.

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The Grammys announced their nominees for the 2017 awards and numerous Nashville artists made the cut, in a wide array of musical categories. 

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David Morales spends his days living between two languages. He's a Spanish-English interpreter in Nashville, helping clients in places like doctor's offices and courtrooms.

His identity outside of work also sometimes feels stuck in between. He talks to WPLN's Emily Siner in our live series and podcast Movers & Thinkers.  

Over this Thanksgiving millions of people are expected to return to the fictional village of Stars Hollow. They’ll be revisiting the characters of the Gilmore Girls including the town troubadour, Nashville songwriter Grant Lee Phillips.

He appeared numerous times over the course of the show's seven seasons, either playing his own songs or covering everything from Wham to Merle Haggard to House of Freaks.    

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Thanksgiving weekend: the perfect time to catch up on your favorite TV shows, books and, of course, podcasts. In case you haven't heard, Nashville Public Radio has ventured boldly into the podcasting world with our own three shows. We're also addicted to a number of shows not produced by us.

Mississippi Millie McLaine is an iconic Delta blues singer and musician. Born in Columbus, Mississippi, she moved to Pennsylvania at the age of 9 and there saw her career take off. Now 74 years old, she sits down with her friend Don Swartz Jr. to talk about the instruments she played as a child, and the history of the Delta Blues.

In the late 1970s, a group of gay men known as the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence began the Radical Faerie Movement in an effort to create communities for homosexuals cast out by society. The movement began in San Francisco and has generated many congregations worldwide, one of which sits in Short Mountain, Tennessee. Soami de Lux, one of the founding members of the Sisters, and his friend Gabby Haze discuss the creation and culture of the Short Mountain Sanctuary.