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Welcome to the official podcast of The Nashville Retrospect, the monthly newspaper devoted to the history of Nashville, Tenn. Editor and host Allen Forkum discusses stories featured in the paper, interviews local historians and people who experienced the city’s history firsthand, and highlights audio artifacts from area archives.

Aug 28, 2018

In Nashville Retrospect, Episode 06, host Allen Forkum (editor of The Nashville Retrospect newspaper) looks back at the year 1957 and the early days of racial desegregation in public schools. Dr. Bobby Lovett discusses the significance of the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision and its effect on...


Jul 31, 2018

In Nashville Retrospect, Episode 05, host Allen Forkum (editor of The Nashville Retrospect newspaper) interviews historian Paul Clements about the first settlers to arrive in the Nashville area in the late 1700s. Led by James Robertson, the settlers not only endured a treacherous journey, but after arriving they also...


Jul 2, 2018

In Nashville Retrospect, Episode 04, host Allen Forkum (editor of The Nashville Retrospect newspaper) interviews Betsy Thorpe about the Dutchman’s Curve train wreck, which occurred in West Nashville on July 9, 1918, and is still deadliest in U.S. history. Thorpe discusses why there was a disproportionately high number...


Jun 4, 2018

In Nashville Retrospect, Episode 03, host Allen Forkum (editor of The Nashville Retrospect newspaper) interviews Frank Schwartz, who, at 92 years old, remembers a Nashville of streetcars, bootleggers, street photographers, dressing up, and downtown theaters. He also discusses his family’s business, Rich-Schwartz,...


Apr 30, 2018

In Nashville Retrospect, Episode 02, host Allen Forkum (editor of The Nashville Retrospect newspaper) interviews Dr. Carole Bucy, the Davidson County Historian and professor of Tennessee history at Vol State Community College. Dr. Bucy tells the dramatic story of the political battle that took place in Nashville in...