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August 16, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 75 - Seth Ford

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Seth Ford he comes from a long line of Florida Fords, going back seven generations in the state. His family has roots in Fort Myers dating back to the early 1910s. For the past 3 and a half years he’s worked for a company called True Tours, giving guided historical tours through downtown...that’s where I generally see Seth, and sometimes we give each other a nod as I drive past. He, his wife Jennifer, and their Daughter Amelia make up a band called The Shytunas that can be seen playing the streets of Fort Myers, and at other events like the Florida Folk festival.

 

This episode is supported in part by a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant.

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August 9, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 74 - Grant Maloy Smith

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Grant Maloy Smith is a Nashville Singer/Songwriter who blends country, bluegrass, folk, and pop music. He’s performed at Carnegie Hall, The Bitter End, The Clive Davis Theatre @ The Grammy Museum, The Troubadour, The National Sylvan Theatre, and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville. He has appeared on Song of the Mountains, the official television show of the state of Virginia, as well as on Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour. The National Veterans Foundation recently selected his song "Man Of Steel" as their official theme song. 

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August 2, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 73 - Neil Volz

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Neil Volz has done everything from janitor to Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress, to Church outreach, to truck driving. He’s the President of the Board of Directors for Be the Light, an anti-human trafficking organization, and he was part of the spearhead on the amendment to restore Felon Voting rights in Florida, which passed earlier this year. 

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July 26, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 72 - Robert Green

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If you’ve ever been to FGCU, Mr. Robert William Green, Jr. is the Campus Greeter who’s usually in the information booth who enthusiastically greets everyone who enters campus...and I do mean everyone. And if you ever stop to get a parking permit or directions, he is sure to tell you that you are his friend.

Mr. Green graduated from Green Oaks High School in Shreveport, Louisiana with a full football scholarship to Morris Brown College in Atlanta. He transferred and received a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master’s degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary, in Pasadena. He came to Florida in 2003, and taught 7th grade World Geography at Bonita Springs Middle School before coming to Florida Gulf Coast University in 2005 as Parking Services Representative, and then Welcome Center Representative in 2011.

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July 19, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 71 - Claire Liparulo

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Claire Liparulo is a Southwest Florida-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and violinist - She’s the frontwoman for the band The Freecoasters, whose sound infuses American southern soul with reggae and rock rhythms. In her solo performances, she blends of a touch of their unique mix of Southern Soul and Reggae with her roots in acoustic Americana. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall, Supernova International Ska Festival, and has shared a stage with The Aggrolites, The Slackers, The Toasters, Eastern Standard Time, and will be touring Florida with Ska greats Mephiskapheles this summer.

The Freecoasters just wrapped up their 4th tour, and are about to release their second album, called A Different Kind of Heat, which was produced by Jesse Wagner of The Aggrolites, mixed and mastered by Roger Rivas, also of The Aggrolites, and recorded by Caleb Neff at Juniper Recording in Cape Coral.

  

This episode is supported in part by a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant.

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July 12, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 70 - Bob Goodwin

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Bob Goodwin grew up in Fort Myers, and lives in New York City. We grew up playing junior golf together, and being generally mild mannered hooligans in the 80s. And he’s lived an interesting life that’s included stints in the military, and in government (including time spent at the Pentagon and in the White House) and in the corporate world, as well as the nonprofit and non-governmental organization worlds, he’s literally worked all around the world. He’s recently started his own company that’s focusing on the problem of ocean plastics, from how to stem the tide of adding more, to what to do with what we can remove.

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July 5, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 69 - Rachel Iacovone

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Rachel Iacovone is a reporter and the Morning Edition Host at Nashville Public Radio. She started off her career as an intern at WGCU and worked her way up to being the All Things Considered host.

Rachel got started in journalism as a food writer, is a rare born-and-raised Southwest Floridian, originally from Naples, and one of the first graduates of the journalism program at Florida Gulf Coast University.

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June 28, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 68 - Doug MacGregor

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Doug MacGregor's a cartoonist of more than 40 years. He got his professional start drawing editorial cartoons for the Norwich Bulletin in eastern Connecticut in 1980. He drew cartoons for the News Press in Fort Myers from 1988 to 2011. He’s also a graphic designer, a visual artist, and children’s book author and illustrator, and teaches cartooning. On top of all that, Doug's in a seven-piece band that plays mostly 60s and 70s tunes.

 

This episode is supported in part by a City of Fort Myers Arts & Culture Grant.

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June 21, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 67 - Tessa LeSage

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Tessa LeSage is the Director of Social Innovation and Sustainability at the Southwest Florida Community Foundation for the past five years or so - she works to establish partnerships with government and businesses to encourage collaboration, innovation, and measurable impact around this region’s most pressing issues.She also assisted with amendments to the Lee County Comprehensive Plan, earned several grants, and led the county’s effort to create a community-wide sustainability assessment, and a nationally recognized comprehensive and measurable sustainability plan.

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June 14, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 66 - David Newland

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David Newland is a writer, musician, speaker, and adventurer who these days lives in Cobourg, Ontario. He spends his summers travelling with Adventure Canada as a Zodiac driver, and crisscrosses Canada as a performer and speaker throughout the year. In 2015, he was named a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, a distinction that reflects a lifelong engagement with landscape and story. His musical presentation, Northbound: The Northwest Passage in Story and Song has been selling out venues across Canada throughout since 2016. His newest album Northbound, which based on his Arctic adventures, just came out.

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