Vengeance Against Spain: Jewish Immigrants who fought for Cuban Independence

A clandestine cell of Eastern European Jewish immigrants in Key West in the 1890s delivered weapons to the Cuban revolutionary rebels who chased the Spanish Empire out of the Americas. Jews in Key West and Tampa were drawn to the revolutionary movement led by José Martí and paralleled the Zionist cause that led to the creation of Israel. Author Arlo Haskell will discuss this exciting and little-known piece of Florida-Cuban

African Roots of Southern Cooking

Enslaved Africans brought their foodways and special skills such as rice cultivation with them during their forced journey through the Middle Passage. Learn how African foods and food preparation influence what Floridians eat today. Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., is Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African History and Culture, located in Punta Gorda, Florida. For over 30 years, Dr. Bireda has consulted, lectured, and written about social issues related

Weeki Wachee: City of Mermaids

Discover the fascinating history of Weeki Wachee Springs told through vintage photographs of the mermaids from their earliest days performing silent ballets to the heyday when ABC built them a million-dollar theater. When Newt Perry sank a theater into the edge of the spring in 1947, he had no idea his mermaids would become world-famous Florida icons. Lu Vickers has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for

Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country

To some, it’s a paradise. To others, it’s a punchline. It’s actually both, as you’ll learn from the author of the New York Times best-selling Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country. Craig Pittman is a native Floridian. Since 1998, he has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times. He has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in

Florida Choosing The Future

How can Florida thrive in the 21st century? Can it improve education, spark business development, boost citizen involvement? A dozen high-profile leaders from around the state discuss these questions and more in “Florida: Choosing the Future,” a one-hour program produced by FHC in partnership with WEDU-TV, the Askew Institute and Fred Friendly Seminars. In a spirited give-and-take, panelists, including former Gov. Bob Graham, find that there are no easy answers.

St Petersburg: New Place In the Sun

St. Petersburg: New Place in the Sun, produced by WUSFTampa, explores the urban transformation ongoing in historic downtown St. Petersburg, focusing on its livability and issues related to redeveloping paradise. The half-hour program traces how St. Petersburg, once an important resort, declined into a retiree haven nicknamed Gods waiting room before re-energizing its downtown and embarking on what may be a cultural sea change.

Preserving Our Waters

“Preserving our Waters” takes a look at the 50-year history of the Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve and the people behind the efforts to establish it as the first estuarine preserve in Florida. The 30-min documentary explores how these actions were the blueprint for the Florida Aquatic Preserve Act of 1975 and the statewide aquatic preserve system.

Miami: Reflections on the River

This half hour documentary is the story of a working river and the people who struggled to build Miami. Though less than five miles in length, the river has carried centuries of human history, from earlier peoples to the present. Today the city continues to grow along the banks of the river that gave Miami its name and its genesis.

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