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Journeys of Discovery: The other Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee’s prime attractions include the Grand Ole Opry, the fabled Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. But beyond the limelight, there are alternative Nashville experiences. Correspondent Tom Wilmer explores Mid-Town, East, North, and West Nashville neighborhoods, and kayaking on the Cumberland River. The antebellum town of Franklin, a half-hour drive from downtown with more than 30 live-music venues, also has an array of boutiques, antique shops and eateries. Franklin’s residents include several music stars such as Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban. Historic Rock Castle, built in 1783, is middle Tennessee’s oldest home. The historic plantation is preserved with period furnishings and offers home tours and annual festival events.

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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