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February 8, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 48 - Frank Mann


Commissioner Frank Mann began his career in public service in 1974, when he served eight years in the Florida House of Representatives and four years in the Florida Senate. In 1986, he was his party's nominee for Lt. Governor of Florida.

He and his wife Mary Lee have been married for 58 years. They’ve got a couple of sons who are still local, and five grandkids his bio says he loves to spoil. If Frank Mann is the "dean of Lee County political figures", his mom Barbara B. was the queen of Lee County art figures. She left a whole lot more of a legacy in the local arts community that just her name on the performing arts hall at Florida Southwestern State College. Frank is an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, where he has been a member of the choir for more than 50 years.

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February 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 47 - Jim Gustafson


Jim Gustafson holds a Master of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in his home town of Evanston, Illinois and an MFA from the University of Tampa. He is the author of Take Fun Seriously, Driving Home, Unassisted Living, and Friar Fred’s Diary - the first two of which are essays, and the second two books of poetry. Jim teaches at Florida Gulf Coast University. He and his wife Connie live in Fort Myers, where he reads, writes, and pulls weeds.

I first started getting to know Jim during my time at the Alliance for the Arts, where I worked for a while, through a project he spearheaded called Broadsides: Poetry off the Shelf, which combined works of art that were inspired by poems with the poems themselves, creating finished, printed broadsides.

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January 25, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 46 - Bill Metts


Our guest today is musician Bill Metts. Bill started playing finger-style guitar during the Country Blues revival of the 1960s when he fell in love with the music of Taj Mahal, Mississippi John Hurt, Doc Watson and others of that ilk.

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January 18, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 45 - Rob Preston

Rob’s an airline pilot, with more than 25 years of experience in the sky. Predictably, he’s always on the move. I feel like every time I see him, he’s getting back from Chile, and on the way to Munich, or something like that. Also predictably, he makes the most of his time at home spending it with his family - that’s his wife Amy, and their kids Zach, Sydney, Noah, and Ava. He’s got one of the friendliest families I’m fortunate enough to know, and I’d understand if I only ever saw Rob in passing.

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January 11, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 44 – Charlie Whitehead

Charlie Whitehead was born in Ohio, but raised in Tennessee and Kentucky with three siblings and what he describes as first-class parents. He went to college in Kentucky and South Dakota, playing football and basketball. He never graduated, but says he knows a lot of uneducated folks who did. Charlie worked in the ag business in northern Colorado for a few years – everything from truck-driving to equipment operator to working the pickle docks.

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January 4, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 43 – Leila Mesdaghi

Leila’s an Iranian-Colombian artist who was born in New York City, but raised in Tehran, Iran, before moving back to the U.S. after graduating from Tehran’s Islamic Azad University Law School in 2000. After moving to Florida in 2005 and practicing real estate for 9 years, she took a break from her business to take art classes, where she met artist and professor Dana Roes, and decided to academically pursue her long-time passion for the arts. In 2017, Leila joined the Rauschenberg Residency on Captiva Island as a full-time staff member.

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December 28, 2018 @ 1:00 am

Episode 42 – Matt Keller


Matt Keller is mostly known as the lead pastor of Next Level Church, but he’s also a writer, podcaster, leadership coach. Like a lot of people in southwest florida – Matt was born in the midwest – Indiana to be specific. He moved here in 2002 when he founded the church – they started in a cafe and then a movie theater – now there are 3 locations here in town. Matt lives with his wife Sarah, sons Will and Drew, and he’s in the exclusive club of people who were on the original guest list of the show.

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December 21, 2018 @ 1:00 am

Episode 41 – Charles Runnells


Charles Runnells is reporter who covers arts and entertainment for The News-Press. If you look around at a local arts event in Ft. Myers, you can probably find him sitting in a corner scribbling notes for a review or standing near the stage shooting photos with his trusty Nikon. Charles was born in Alabama, but he grew up all over the place thanks to his Army father. He has a journalism degree from Auburn University and started working at The News-Press in 1998.

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December 14, 2018 @ 1:00 am

Episode 40 – Eric Riemenschneider


Eric Riemenschneider is an artist who makes large-scale oil paintings and mixed media digital designs. His works have been exhibited in the Robert Rauschenberg Gallery, Space 39, Tincture Gallery, Selby Gallery, Alliance for the Arts, Big Arts, Howl Gallery, Franklin Gallery, Yabo, Cru, and a solo show at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

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December 7, 2018 @ 1:00 am

Episode 39 – Jesse Thorn


Jesse Thorn is host and producer of the public radio show and podcast Bullseye. Listen to it if you haven’t yet. He’s also host of the podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go!, and the co-host and producer of the podcast Judge John Hodgman. He’s also the proprietor of the podcast production outfit, which currently produces and distributes 39 podcasts if Wikipedia is up to date. From the number of times I’ve already used the word podcast you can probably tell Jesse might be the closest thing we’ve got in this world to a podcast mogul.

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