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The Promise

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The Promise is a limited-run series about life in public housing, smack in the middle of a city on the rise — stories of a neighborhood in flux, a community defined by its struggles and the growing divide threatening its very existence.


01:46 | May 18th

This season on The Promise, we’re exploring the thorny subject of public education and race. Two public elementary schools just over a mile apart. One is overwhelmingly black and poor, the other is al...Show More
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06:56 | Apr 6th

This season on The Promise, we take on one of the most divisive topics in America: public education.   We spend the year at Warner Elementary, a struggling school in East Nashville, Tennessee. Warner...Show More

23:04 | Nov 4th, 2019

Ms. Vernell has another big decision to make: to stay in Cayce through the chaos of redevelopment, or to leave? Her conclusion reveals something about this long, messy process to overhaul Nashville’s ...Show More

14:16 | Nov 15th, 2018

If you've listened to The Promise, you no doubt remember Dexter Turner, aka Big Man. We met him in episode 2. The husband, father and community leader with a quick wit and a large personality had been...Show More
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