A Local Hero

Hey everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving!  I spent mine in Disney World with my husband and son. It was magical as always, if a little quiet without our two traveling older kids.  But we did adult-style with fine dining, massages and spa time.  Of course, we did connect with our inner children with fireworks, junk food, pin collecting and funny hats. 

This past week I had the honor of speaking to someone who is a familiar voice in Nashville.  In fact, the interview was so good I devoted the entire show to it.  Hoss Burns, retired DJ and now AIDS Spokesman, told his story in honor of World AIDS Day on December 1st.  He is being honored by Vanderbilt’s Institute for Global Health in a multi-media presentation at the Blair School of Music.  I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with Hoss and look forward to so many more.  He’s a cool cat who’s fighting the good fight.  Listen to him tell his own story now!    

Earlier this month, I talked to the curator of art at Cheekwood about a fab new exhibit they have about the history of the American West.  Jochan Weirich told me about the show brought to us by the Bill Cody Historical Center in South Dakota.  The exhibit is chock full of art and artifacts you do not want to miss.  Check out what Jochan has to say!  

And finally, November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month.  There are so many myths and misconceptions about this disease.  The mysteries of the human brain are frustrating and confusing to most of us.  I spoke to Mark Underwood, a neuroscience researcher and President of Quincy Biosciences to get the facts.  He also shares some breakthrough research and treatment options.  Listen up!  

Well, everyone, that’s about it for this week.  It’s a busy time for all of us, so make sure and take some “me” time for yourself each day.  Relax and enjoy!  Ciao, darlings.


The Turnip Truck Turns 10 and other Milestones!

This month there have been so many great things happening in Middle Tennessee.  We’ve also enjoyed, in my opinion, the most glorious Fall since I moved here four years ago!  So sit back, relax, and listen to some great interviews that will inspire, educate and delight you!

First up, East Nashville’s local icon The Turnip Truck Natural Market turns 10 this year!  They had a fabulous party, which I attended.  But this neighborhood gem always surprises with tasty delicacies and great bargains for your dinner table.  I talked to co-founder Chris Felder about the history of The Turnip Truck and also learned about some of their exciting plans for the future.  Listen to Chris and then head over to the store and pick up some great goodies for the holiday.  

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and Tennessee has one of the highest rates of this disease in the country.  In fact, someone in this country is diagnosed with Diabetes every 30 seconds!  But you can help, just by taking a walk!  Coming up on Saturday is Nashville’s Step-Out Walk To Fight Diabetes.  It’s the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraiser and I talked to walk organizer Christine Schaeberle to learn more about how you can help.  Listen to her inspiring interview and then check out how you can get a team together and help support this great cause.  

As the temperatures are dropping, many of Middle Tennessee’s homeless are finding it harder to to get through the night.  But Nashville’s groundbreaking Room In The Inn is here to help.  For the last 27 years, Room In The Inn has been working with local congregations who open their doors, their hearts and their kitchens to feel and shelter folks with nowhere else to go.  I talked with founder Charles Strobel and Executive Director Rachel Hester about Room In The Inn’s various programs and their plans for the future.  What an inspiring duo!  Listen to them and then check out how you can help!  

Have you ever wondered what happens to all of those disposable water bottles you see peeking out of backpacks, handbags and briefcases?  Do you get frustrated trying to fill your reusable water bottle at a trickling water fountain?  Well, one innovative company is solving those problems one bottle at a time.  Elkay Products, the nation’s largest manufacturer of sinks and water coolers, is installing the new quick filling EZH20 water coolers on college campuses around the country, including right here in Nashville.  We spoke with Franco Savoni, Sr. Product Manager of Elkay, to learn more about how you can fill up and get on your way fast!