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June 24, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 244 - Juliana Morgan Alvarez

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Juliana Morgan Alvarez is an actor, artist, and theatre-maker. Born and raised in Miami, FL, she began performing at a young age with the Miami Ballet and acting in various theatre productions. After graduating college, Juliana moved to Los Angeles and continued acting, performing with her improv group, the Knife Kids, and producing science documentaries. 

Juliana has traveled throughout the United States working on different projects such as a feature film, The Veteran, and the performance art & installation piece, One Island produced by the Ghostbird Theatre Company.

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June 17, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 223 - Scott Miller

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Scott Miller comes from a radio background as his father was a DJ in Toledo when he was growing up. He spent 4 years in the United States Coast Guard, and has worked in radio for the last 29 years in both management and sales roles. For the past 9 years he’s been a resident of Southwest Florida and worked as a Sales Manager for iHeart Media before joining WGCU as Associate General Manager of business partnerships and corporate investments.

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June 10, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 222 - Fernando López Flores

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Fernando López Flores was one of the people responsible for the international initiative Musica para Respirar, or Music to Breathe 24/7 program, that provided more than 3,000 free virtual concerts for healthcare workers and COVID-19 patients in more than 55 countries.

Fernando is also co-founder of the Con Fuoco Bolivian Pianists Society and has been a member of the Bolivian Chamber Music Society since 2015, and is a former student of the San Ignacio de Moxos Baroque Music School, where he was selected to be the only protege of renowned Bolivian pianist Elizabeth Schwimmer. 

He was also the creator and artistic director of the artistic installation, The Music Forest, at FGCU which merged the Bower School of Music & the Arts with the FGCU Food Forest, which is a student-run botanical garden on campus. 

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June 3, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 221 - Stephen Cavitt

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Stephen Cavitt teaches English and creative writing at FGCU and he’s led groups around the world, from the back trails of the Appalachians to the streets of Shanghai. Stephen has also taught for Duke University, the University of Tennessee, Georgia College, and Chattanooga State Community College.

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May 27, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 220 - Mike Walcher

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Mike Walcher worked for 42 years as an anchor and reporter in radio and TV News, almost always as a hard and breaking news reporter, covering things like the police beat, courts, politics, and local government.

Mike retired from broadcasting at the end of 2016 and immediately started teaching journalism at Florida Gulf Coast University. He’s currently teaching the new Democracy Watch course and fellowships at FGCU and is working closely with us here at WGCU.

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May 20, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 219 - Pat Mitchell

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Pat Mitchell is a filmmaker and has made 4 films, including his latest, a feature called “Apples, Oranges, Lemons & Limes” which will be screened Saturday, May 21st, 2022 at the Fort Myers Film Festival in downtown Fort Myers. Other than films, Pat also produces music, mostly these days for his brother Freddie Forward who is a Southwest Florida-based hip hop artist.

Pat was born in the Bronx and raised in Yonkers, New York. He’s lived in Florida for about 15 years now. Pat says his current mindset is to grow and challenge himself more than ever, and that while he loves finishing a film his goal is always to make treasured memories along the way with his casts and crews.

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May 13, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 218 - Samantha Romero

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Born in Venezuela, Samantha Romero immigrated to Miami, FL in to 2006, and is now a journalism student at FGCU. She’s also a reporter at WGCU, and produces Noticias de WGCU en Español – a weekly news round up produced at WGCU and aired on Radio Conciencia, a community radio station in Immokalee, FL. Sam also works at WINK News where she edits video, and does photography for FGCU. 

Sam also produces music, documentary film, knits sweaters, and even breeds butterflies.

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May 6, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 217 - Apollo Fresh

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Apollo Fresh (or Jonathon Appolon) is a local nerdcore rapper who specializes in anime rap. As a second generation Haitian immigrant who grew up consuming hip-hop and anime, Apollo decided to combine his passions and before graduating, produced his first big hit single, Jojo Pose in 2020. Since then, he’s been creating solo and collaborative music and videos for YouTube, Tiktok, Spotify, and Instagram, with an upcoming EP, “Life is anime” set to release. 

Apollo also holds a bachelors in Entrepreneurship and was selected for rapper IDK’s No Label Academy, at Harvard University. 

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April 29, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 216 - Sabrina Salovitz

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Sabrina is the Editor-in-Chief of Eagle News and is one of WGCU’s Democracy Watch Fellows, covering news local to Southwest Florida with a focus on government. She’s also been a Next Generation Radio reporter for NPR

Sabrina plans to graduate this semester, and will be working on her Masters in Journalism at NYU in the Fall.

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April 22, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 215 - Dr. Jake von Scherrer

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 Dr. Jake von Scherrer is creator and host of The Educational AD Podcast which showcases High School Athletic directors, coaches, and Olympic athletes from across the country and around the world. He’s also the author of The Athletic Director's Toolbox, and has served as President of the FIAAA, and several other state and national athletic associations. 

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April 15, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 214 - Katie Fogarty

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Katie Fogarty is a junior Journalism major at FGCU. She's involved in Eagle News, the FGCU Odyssey Magazine, the Journalism department at FGCU, and WGCU as a News Reporting Intern. Over the summer, Katie plans to intern at the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting in Jackson, Mississippi. 

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April 8, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 213 - Bob Morris

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Bob Morris is an American novelist who writes Caribbean-themed mysteries. He is also the author of several collections of nonfiction, including Gut Check, Short Road to Hell, The Man with the Fish on His Foot, All Over the Map, and The Whole Shebang.

He’s also president of Story Farm, which is a custom publishing company that creates books, magazines and other publications for a wide variety of clients. And he’s an adjunct professor at Rollins College where he teaches courses in food writing and crime fiction.

After graduating from the University of Florida, he worked at a number of newspapers, including the Florida Keys Free Press, the Fort Myers News-Press, the Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Times Regional Newspaper Group. He’s also been editor in chief of Caribbean Travel & Life magazine and Gulfshore Life magazine.

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April 1, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 212 - Patience Cole

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Patience Cole is the Digital Media editor for Razzle Dazzle, the Pop culture and video games podcast, which has had Mike, Richard, and Tara as guests. Go check it out! She's also a production intern at WINK News, a digital marketing intern at Celsius Marketing interactive a singer-songwriter, and an about-to-graduate English major at FGCU.

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March 25, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 211 - Amy Ginsburg

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Amy Ginsburg is Executive Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, a fully professional orchestra that’s based at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.

She graduated from Ft. Myers High and attended Edison State College and University of South Florida as a fine-arts major. She then attended the Gemological Institute of America. After a career in jewelry design and manufacture, she co-owned and operated a marketing and media production company called Waddy World Productions before beginning her career with the Southwest Florida Symphony in 2013.

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March 18, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 210 - Jim Hale

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Jim Hale graduated from Dartmouth in 1962, and from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1965. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren at the Supreme Court in 1965-66 where he spent a significant amount of this time helping to draft the Miranda opinion. 

After 13 years with the Minneapolis law firm of Faegre & Benson in 1979 Jim joined General Mills as head of its international acquisition team. He then joined Dayton Hudson Corp. in 1981, which was later renamed Target Corp., where he served as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary until retiring in 2004.

Jim Hale and his late wife, Sharon, moved to Southwest Florida in 2007 after spending their working years in Minnesota. Jim is also chair of the WGCU Public Media Advisory Board - which is how we met him - but he's also a writer, a songwriter, and a blues harmonica player for the group Jim Hale and Friends.

 

Jim is chair of the WGCU Public Media Advisory Board - which is how we met him

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March 11, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 209 - Miles Mancini

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Miles Mancini started playing piano at the age of five. He grew up amid musical excellence as his father, George Mancini, worked with the likes of jazz greats Toots Thielemans, Jaco Pastorias, Herbie Hancock, Henry Mancini and many others. As a child, he played piano in front of audiences in Frankfurt, Germany to Paris, France. 

Miles was part of the inaugural class at FGCU and graduated in 2001 with a degree in communication and history. He joined the Communication faculty back in 2004 and in 2016-17 helped develop the new Integrated Studies program with Dr. Maria Roca. He is a current member of the Integrated Studies faculty.

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March 4, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 208 - Jerry Mitchell

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Jerry Mitchell is an investigative reporter whose work has helped lead to convictions of Klansmen for the 1963 assassination of Medgar Evers, the 1963 bombing of a Birmingham church that killed four girls, and the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers. His work also led to the 2016 conviction of Felix Vail — the oldest conviction in a serial killer case in U.S. history. 

He was depicted in the film Ghosts of Mississippi which covered the events of the Medgar Evers, and while he wasn’t depicted in it, the film Mississippi Burning covered the FBI investigation of the Birmingham church bombing.

Jerry is also founder of the Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting - a nonprofit news organization that reports on the criminal justice system, public corruption, political cronyism, and racial disparities to name a few things.

He’s also a MacArthur genius grant winner, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and author of Race Against Time - his account of covering unsolved murders in the civil rights era.

 

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February 25, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 207 - David Brown

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David Brown is the Co-Founder and President of Family Initiative, a nonprofit organization which serves children and adults diagnosed on the autism spectrum, along with families engaged by the child welfare system.

David is also actively involved in leadership positions for multiple state agencies focusing on the empowerment of foster families. David has worked in the field of child welfare for over two decades, in foster care licensing, child protective investigations, as well as a training specialist prior to launching Family Initiative.

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February 18, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 206 - Grant Billings

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Grant Billings is cofounder of the Southwest Florida Steinway Piano Society's Young Artist Piano Competition and the president of the local Steinway Piano Society, in addition to owning the Steinway Piano Gallery. Born into a multigenerationally musical family - Grant made his instrument the turntables. He DJ’d for more than 25 years, starting all the way back in high school. Last year we offered a slot on the show as a silent auction item for fundraiser the Alliance for the Arts was doing, and Grant’s wife Colleen secretly won it and gave him the interview as a Christmas gift.

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February 11, 2022 @ 1:00 am

Episode 205 - Jamie Kuser

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Jamie Kuser and his wife are the owners and operators of Happenings Magazine and Lee Family News magazine for the past 17 years. Jamie leverages his family's multi-generation history in journalism to cover the arts scene in Southwest Florida. As he puts it, "If you can’t find good art in our town, you’re looking in the wrong place - here’s a magazine!"

He’s also co-founder and co-chair of Fort Myers Artwalk, a monthly art and music festival in Fort Myers where local bands perform and artists of all mediums take over downtown. 

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