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Curious Nashville

In Curious Nashville, we answer your questions about the city and Middle Tennessee region. We investigate oddities, share local history, tell stories of interesting people, and explain how local institutions operate. 

Periodically, we'll post a voting round where you help decide what we should investigate in our longform storytelling Curious Nashville podcast.

We also answer questions more frequently in web posts and radio stories — scroll down to see what we've already answered. 

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*Special thanks to the SunTrust Foundation for providing technology funding for Curious Nashville. 

Randee Rogers Nashville
MDHA

The question was about as straightforward as they get for Curious Nashville.

The MDHA training center named for Randee Rogers — who was she?

The training center is a red brick lump of a building, located in North Nashville, right across from the old Werthan Packaging building.

Farrell Road Warner Park Nashville
Olivia Rhee / WPLN

When hiking along one of the trails in Percy Warner Park, visitors may come across a wooden, waist-high sign that reads “Farrell Road.” It stands right next to the wide dirt path widely known as the Warner Woods Trail.

It appears to be anything but a road.

courtesy Meharry archives

WPLN's Curious Nashville project elicits many inquiries about the origins of street names. After multiple questions about Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard, it's time to tell the story of one of the most promising surgeons to ever teach at Meharry Medical College.

Brentwood city limits sign
Blake Farmer / WPLN

In the southern region of Davidson County rests a few small pockets of houses and buildings that have an unusual distinction.

Alana Watson / WPLN

Hillsboro High School is hard to miss. The tall, white building trimmed in green sits across from the Mall at Green Hills. And front and center, high above the ground, is the school’s iconic exterior clock.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

The Tennessee Foxtrot Carousel is no ordinary attraction. The kinetic sculpture celebrates Tennessee history and culture, featuring steam engines, riverboats, giant banjos, mountain scenery, and over-the-top caricatures ranging from Sequoia to Chet Atkins to Tom Ryman.

Yet for 15 years, the beloved carousel has been stuck in storage.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

It's been 15 years since the Tennessee Foxtrot Carousel was taken down from the Nashville riverfront and put into storage. Yet, its legend lives on.

Curious Nashville listeners often ask us whatever happened to the quirky ride that showcased figures from Tennessee history.

Nashville recycling
Tony Gonzalez / WPLN

From plastic straws to old lightbulbs and shredded paper, it’s not always obvious what can be recycled through Nashville’s curbside program.

Centennial Park Nashville
Metro Arts Commission

Most visitors to Nashville’s Centennial Park can guess what the main attraction is: The Parthenon. Towering over the landscape, it catches the eye of the tourist and casts a shadow over the park’s less noticeable features.

But the veteran parkgoer knows that there are other, smaller treasures scattered across Centennial’s grassy lawns.

Nations mural Nashville
Amy Eskind / WPLN

Sometimes, Curious Nashville questions arrive and WPLN already has an answer in hand. So while there's less of a journey this time, the inquiry itself was written in a lively way:

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