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Ep. 24 — Phil Williams on the Megan Barry Story

This week’s Scene cover package features two items — one looking at Nashville’s new mayor, David Briley, and another looking back on the scandal that brought down our former mayor, Megan Barry. For the latter, we spoke to NewsChannel 5’s Phil Williams, who was first on the story and responsible for more than one of its juicier twists and turns. Scene contributor Steve Cavendish and staff writer Amanda Haggard sat down with Williams to digest the news around Barry’s affair and subsequent...


Ep. 23 — the North Nashville Heritage Project's Learotha Williams

This week, we at the Scene present our annual People Issue, in which we talk to some of Nashville’s most interesting folks. You’ll meet mother and future student Seana Arrechaga, a soldier’s widow who doesn’t like how some people have appropriated her family’s grief. You’ll meet Nashville sideman and drummer extraordinaire Jerry Pentecost, and student activist Katherine Ledezma-Soto, along with attorney and advocate Alex Little, fiber artist Kate Madeira, and ballerina-turned-boxer Sarah...


Ep. 22 — The Scene's Oscar Picks

In this week's cover package, we have a look at the state’s long and complicated relationship with cannabis — both industrial hemp, which can be grown by licensed farmers as part of a state pilot program, and marijuana, the use of which is still illegal both for medical and recreational purposes. Pick up a copy or visit to read more about that. But flip to the back of the paper and you'll find our run-down of this year's Academy Award nominees. In our latest Scenecast,...


Ep. 21 — Tennessee's McKamey Manor, a Notorious Extreme Haunted House

McKamey Manor, just an hour south of Nashville, holds frightening intrigue for thrill-seekers from all over the world. The notoriously extreme haunted house subjects willing visitors to activities that push them to their mental and physical limits, which are then broadcast to eager fans across the internet. This week, editor D. Patrick Rodgers and culture editor Megan Seling sit down to talk about the house of horrors, its complicated legality and why, despite the terror, people just can’t...


Ep. 20 — Looking Into the Work of a Mississippi Medical Examiner

Staff writer Amanda Haggard talks to journalist Radley Balko, who investigated the work of a Mississippi medical examiner named Steven Hayne, along with his dentistry sidekick Michael West. Balko discusses Hayne’s history and impact, which is darkly fascinating, as he testified in close to 80 percent of homicide trials in Mississippi for 20 years – often employing shoddy reasoning and pseudoscience. Balko will be releasing a book detailing the full story at the end of February, titled 'The...


Ep. 19 — Nashville Is the Capital of Bachelor Nation

The Scenecast is back to celebrate the pinnacle of love in America: The Bachelor. Staff writers Steven Hale and Steven Elliott and NFocus editor (turned resident Bachelor expert) Nancy Floyd sit down to talk about Bachelors and Bachelorettes past and present and why so many of them have roots in Nashville. They discuss heartthrob Luke Pell’s music career, Nashvillian Christen Whitney aka "Scallop Fingers," successful Bachelor marriages here in Nashville, Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s shortcomings...


Ep. 18 — Nashvillians of the Year

This week the Scene named the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee our 2017 Nashvillians of the Year for their work in supporting the nonprofit sector in Nashville. Executive Director Ellen Lehman talks with staff writer Steven Hale and editor Steve Cavendish about The Big Payback — their annual day of giving that has raised $9.3 million for charities in the last four years — and about how and why Nashville gives.


Ep. 17 — Tweet-eorology, The #Snowdome and Winter Weather

On today’s podcast, we talk to David Drobny, one of the people behind the Nashville Severe Weather Twitter account. A lawyer by trade, he turned his fascination with the weather into one of Nashville’s most viewed Twitters and, during severe weather events, one of the most useful. You can find it online @NashSevereWX. There’s a reason it’s been voted Best Twitter Account by Scene Readers several years running in our annual Best of Nashville poll. We talked about Tweet-eorology, the...


Ep. 16 — Paul Kuharsky

Paul Kuharsky has spent the past two decades covering the Titans for The Tennessean and ESPN. And though he spends a few hours every day delivering his opinion on sports for 104.5-FM The Zone, he’s a Columbia Journalism School grad who, first and foremost, has been a journalist. So when huge ESPN cuts came down this year, Kuharsky was forced to make some hard decisions about his career. Instead of signing on with an established outlet, he started his own site where readers could pay him...


Ep. 15 — James Mackler

After two-term incumbent Bob Corker announced his retirement earlier this fall, Tennessee has turned into one of the most interesting Senate battlegrounds in the country. Staff writer Steve Hale and editor Steve Cavendish sat down with Nashville attorney and Democrat James Mackler to talk about his candidacy to replace Corker.


Ep. 14 — 20 Years Later, A Murder Conviction Falls Apart

Two decades after Cyrus Wilson was convicted of murder, the case against him has fallen apart with four witnesses saying they lied at his original trial. Scene editor Steve Cavendish and staff writer Steven Hale discuss Wilson's case, how it got here and where it goes now.


Ep. 13 — Margo Price

On this week’s Scenecast, managing editor D. Patrick Rodgers talks to longtime local country singer Margo Price about her powerful second solo record, All American Made, out now via Third Man Records. The two talk about the sophomore slump (or lack thereof), politics in country music, touring the country in 2017, hanging out with Willie Nelson and more.


Ep. 12 — Bully

One of our favorite local bands, Bully, is releasing a new album this week — Losing will be out Fri., Oct 20 on Sub Pop — so culture editor Megan Seling sat down with singer/guitarist Alicia Bognanno to talk about the new music, the upcoming album release shows at Mercy Lounge, how the band picks their obscure cover songs and, of course, Bognanno’s very adorable dog Mezzi.


Ep. 11 — These Are a Few of Our Favorite BONs

Best Bagel? Best Place to Get Your Ass Kicked (in a good way)? Best Sandwich? Best Album? Best Cuddle Puddle? For our annual Best of Nashville issue, the Scene staff shares a few of their favorite BON’s and why they were a writer’s pick.


Ep. 10 — The Predators, Expectations and Ryan Johansen's Dog

The Preds are back for a new season and our Hockey Outsider (Megan Seling) and our Hockey Insider (David Boclair) talk about the hangover from last year, new captain Roman Josi, who's going to step up this season and make a few predictions.


Ep. 9 — Perry Wallace and the NFL protests

In the wake of the NFL player protests during the national anthem, we talk with Andrew Maraniss, the author of "Strong Inside," the story of Perry Wallace and breaking the color barrier at Vanderbilt in the 1960s. The issues which faced Wallace — and many of the names he was called just for being black — echo much of the criticism of NFL players. Maraniss also talks about the challenge of converting his book into something for middle schoolers to read, his Pulitzer-winning father and more.


Ep. 8 — The Ryman Auditorium

On today’s pod, we’ve got a fascinating interview with attorney and local historian David Ewing, who’s been part of the Ryman Auditorium 125th anniversary project. Ewing talks to us about what he’s found, why the Ryman moved the "Confederate Gallery" sign out of the main auditorium and some of the stuff he’s uncovered while digging into the Ryman’s past — including how in 1972 Neil Diamond kicked off a tradition of pop stars playing the venue when they could easily sell out bigger places.


Ep. 7 — Depeche Mode Returns to Nashville

Depeche Mode, the British band that played a key role in shepherding synth pop into the mainstream, hasn’t visited Music City since an under-attended stop at Starwood Amphitheater in 1988. But they had no trouble selling out Ascend Amphitheater for Monday’s gig. Music editor Stephen Trageser sits down with two of the biggest DM fans we know — former music editor Adam Gold and longtime contributor Jason Shawhan — to explore the complexities of the band’s work.


Against Our Better Judgement — Why 'Paradise' Is Just 'Saved By The Bell'

The Scene's Nancy Floyd and Steven Hale breakdown the one-night-only Bachelor in Paradise finale and Nancy has a theory about how this show is really just Saved By The Bell.


Ep. 6 — Amanda Shires

Amanda Shires is one of the most interesting people in music right now. She released her fifth solo album "My Piece of Land" to great acclaim last year, while maintaining her gig as a talented side player in her husband Jason Isbell's band. Ahead of this year's AmericanaFest — where she's nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year — she tells us about preserving her identity as an artist after becoming a mother, sexism in the music industry, and her love for poetry and gardening.


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