Nashville is known as the β€œit” city because of its unprecedented growth and prosperity. Over the last decade, it has become a hotbed attracting thousands of affluent newcomers to the area. Along with the rapid growth have comes increases in the cost of living, rising crime, unaffordable housing for native Nashvillians, street gangs, failing schools, and frayed relationships between the black community and law enforcement.Β 

In this podcast, I interview David Plazas, USA Today’s Director of Opinion and Engagement for The Tennessean.Β We discuss Nashville and the affordable housing crisis affecting cities around the country, as well as the work David does to promote civility in public life and action.Β 

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Dr. Carol M. Swain is an award-winning political scientist, a former professor of political science and professor of law at Vanderbilt University, and a lifetime member of the James Madison Society, an international community of scholars affiliated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. Before joining Vanderbilt in 1999, Dr. Swain was a tenured associate professor of politics and public policy at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Dr. Swain is host of the podcast Be The People, here on the America Out Loud Podcast Network. Passionate about empowering others to raise their voices in the public square she is an author, public speaker, and political commentator. Dr. Swain is the author or editor of eight books with a ninth forthcoming in 2018.

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