Global Events That Touched Florida: Great Depression through Cold War

Presented By Janie Gould

This program explores Floridians’ memories of U-boat attacks, German POWs, the Cold War, Cuban Missile Crisis, and more, using excerpts from her Floridays shows first heard on public radio station WQCS/88.9 FM, Fort Pierce. In one excerpt, a man talks his father’s poker game that was rattled by a submarine blast 15 miles away, off Jupiter Island. In another, a Florida resident talks about his first visit to the state, when he was a German prisoner of war at Camp Blanding. Another man remembers planning for Soviet missile attacks during the Cold War. An African-American man, now retired from the Army, remembers being personally affected by racial segregation in Florida during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Janie Gould, a fourth-generation Floridian, lives in Vero Beach.  She is a writer, editor, lecturer and  retired public radio journalist. She created and produced the Floridays show for WQCS, the NPR member station for the Treasure Coast. Her Floridays segments on Florida history and culture were also carried on the statewide public radio show, Florida Frontiers. She received numerous awards from the Associated Press, and the Florida Historical Society selected her to receive the Hampton Dunn Radio Broadcast Award in 2007. She has published two books, Floridays: Stories From Under the Sun, Vols. 1 and 2. Her third book, Food for Floridays: Stories and Recipes, is due out in November.  She is a board member of Vero Heritage, Inc., a former president of the Indian River County Historical Society, and a former board member of the Florida Historical Society.

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