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April 12, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 57 - Shawna Caspi


Shawna Caspi’s a Toronto-based singer-songwriter who’s doing a swing through Florida to play a few gigs. Tonight will be her first live performance after taking some time away from the road to write and attend the Banff Centre’s Singer-Songwriter Residency in Alberta. She says she loves the landscapes of her travels, weaving them into her songs, and that she also portrays them on canvases as a painter. Her fourth album “Forest Fire” is described as a collection of songs about burning things down and building them up again. 

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April 5, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 56 - John Siddons


John Siddons was born in Switzerland, but lived most of his early life in the UK. He got his degree in French Language and Literature from University of Grenoble in France and served in the Royal Marine Force Voluntary Service from 1958 to 1961. At one point his bio says he “Introduced the King of Saudi Arabia to the concept of high value thematic gifts” in the mid 1970s. He says he was later responsible for equipping a number of palaces in the Middle East with banqueting items of glass, china, silver, and gold. His business dealings in that part of the world came crashing down when the Gulf War began in 1990...and that’s pretty much where we’re going to begin.

We came across John a while back when he was visiting the station - turns out he used to be All Things Considered host here at WGCU when the station was first built on the Florida Gulf Coast University campus - that’s when what used to be WSFP turned into WGCU. We got to talking and Richard and I gave each other a look that meant we knew John was eventually gonna join us in studio.


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March 29, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 55 - Nir Kabaretti


Maestro Nir Kabaretti is best known in our part of the world as the Music Director of the Southwest Florida Symphony, but he’s better known around the world as the Music Director of the Santa Barbara Symphony, which he has led since 2006 and he was recently appointed Music Director of the Israel Sinfonietta Be'er Sheva chamber orchestra. Maestro Kabaretti graduated from the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, and was then appointed Chorus Master of the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival, and since then he has done a whole lot - go check out his wikipedia page, for real.

NOTE: in the episode we refer to the Israel Sinfonetta Beer Sheva Festival in Israel. The festival is 3/26 - 4/1 and more info can be found here

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March 22, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 54 - Robin Maher


Lieutenant Colonel Robin Maher is a winged Naval Aviator who has flown Presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama as part of the Presidential Helicopter Squadron. He moved to San Diego in 2011, was deployed again in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and commanded Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 from 2014 to 2016. He now works for US Special Operations Command up in Tampa.

Robin has been married to his wife Aubrey for 20 years and they have three daughters 14 year old Clarinda, 12 year old Aslynn, and 10 year old Lily. He ends his bio with “I like to surf, run, and perfect my sarcasm.” Robin was two years behind me in school, and his sister Carrie was in my class and we hung with the same kids, and I worked with his mom Connie for several years back in the early 90s - so we go way back, but I haven’t seen him since then, when he he was...well, sort of a pipsqueak, which is I assure you he is no longer.

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March 15, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 53 - Joshua Johnson


Our guest today is Joshua Johnson - a name most public radio listeners are probably quite familiar with by now. Joshua is host of the daily show 1A that’s produced out of WAMU in Washington, DC and distributed by NPR. Joshua was born and raised across the state in West Palm Beach, and he graduated from the University of Miami and got his start in public radio there in Miami.

He hosted the radio series Truth Be Told at KQED,and taught courses in podcasting at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.

In September 2016 he guest hosted The Diane Rehm Show for two days, and then in November she announced he would be taking over her time slot at the beginning of 2017. We are so, so honored that he agreed to do our little show.

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March 8, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 52 - Mike Kiniry


Mike Kiniry is the co-creator and usual host of this show! Mike is as southwest FL native as it gets, and here in Ft Myers he has worked in Golf shops, tended bar, worked PR for the Alliance for the Arts, and of course, been a radio reporter and host. He has a 13-year-old daughter named Guinevere (who is awesome and has helped produce episodes of this podcast) and if you want to know more about him, START LISTENING!

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March 1, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 51 - Year 1 Review


Next week is the show's anniversary and we thought it might be fun for the three of us (Mike, Richard, and Tara) to sit down in the studio and talk about how the year went, what we learned, and which songs from our guests are now part of our own musical histories. 

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February 22, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 50 - David Baker


Lieutenant Commander David Baker retired in 2013 after nearly 44 years of continuous service in the Royal Australian Navy, which he joined as a 16-year-old junior recruit in 1970. Over those decades he served in many different roles and positions, including postings on at least 8 different ships. He's been to South-East Asia, South-West Pacific, the Indian Ocean, Hawaii, Africa, India, Antarctica and the Middle East. He also captained the Royal Australian Navy shooting team, and even once had lunch with the Queen.

We were sitting at a bar downtown one Monday night and I asked him how he had met his wife Marty, who is also a semi-regular film festival attendee, and his response started something like, “Well, I was in Iraq in one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces…”

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February 15, 2019 @ 1:00 am

Episode 49 - Megan Kiniry


Our guest today is Megan little sister.

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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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