"Back in the Day"

Welcome to our new page for our "Back in the Day" podcasts, featuring special guests who discuss various aspects of Nashville and Tennessee history! Check back periodically for new episodes.

Our podcasts are posted on the Nashville Public Library's Blog and played in MP3 format.

Podcast Episodes:

Episode 1: - Living history interpreter Mark Thompson discusses the U.S. entry into World War I in 1917, and Tennessee's role in the Great War.
Episode 2: - Researcher Amy Wannemacher discusses anti-German sentiment during World War I.
Episode 3: - Archivist Drew Mahan discusses the use of implosion technology and the recent implosion of the Lifeway Draper Tower.
Episode 4: - During this episode, Myers Brown, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Archives Development Program, discusses their project to collect and preserve the records of Tennesseans during the war.
Episode 5: - Sarah Arntz, an Archivist with the Metro Archives, speaks about her recent processing of the U.S. Weather Service, Nashville Station journals. Some of the more interesting entries relate sightings of the Northern Lights and the first Airmail balloon - The Buffalo - making trips across Nashville.
Episode 6: - Attorney Hal Hardin discusses his experiences during the 1969 murder trial of the State vs. William Powell. May 24, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the murder of well-known Chevrolet dealership owner W. Haynie Gourley, who was shot during a car ride with his business partner, William Powell. Bill Powell’s initial story of a gunman’s attempted robbery turned murder evolved into one of the most spectacular of all Nashville murder trials. Bill Powell was acquitted of all charges. The murder is still unsolved.
Episode 7: - Metro Archivist Ken Fieth speaks with Bill Carey (a.k.a. History Bill) on his new book about slavery in Nashville and Davisdon County.
Episode 8: - Local author Kurt Vetters discusses his Civil War-era historical novels, Confederate Winter and Freedom Spring.
Episode 9: - Metro Archivist Ken Fieth talks with local historian, author, and Professor Todd Van Beck on funeral practices during the American Civil War, 1861-1865.