Mike Kiniry


We're joined by Raney Aronson-Rath, she’s Executive Producer of Frontline, one of public television’s most critically acclaimed, and long-running shows that pretty much sets the bar for in depth, documentary filmmaking. Since its launch in 1983 there have been more than 500 episodes. Aronson-Rath joined Frontline in 2007 as a senior producer. She was named deputy executive producer by the series founder, David Fanning, in 2012, and then became executive producer in 2015. She was in town for an event at WGCU so we thought we’d sit down to pick her brain about the future of journalism, and about making Frontline.


We’re joined by author Robert Wheeler to discuss his book, Hemingway’s Havana: A Reflection of the Writer’s Life in Cuba. The book captures the essence of Ernest Hemingway’s time in Cuba through beautiful and vibrant photographs and prose. It tells the story of why Hemingway felt most at home in Cuba, and illustrates the beauty of the people and the island-setting that most inspired him.


We’re joined by Kurt Goerke, Director of Health Promotions with the American Lung Association in Florida, to discuss Proposal 94 being considered by the state’s Constitutional Revision Commission that would redirect money from a landmark tobacco settlement from Tobacco Free Florida to cancer research.

Gulfshore Life Magazine

It’s become increasingly apparent in recent years that talking to people with whom we disagree, either politically or socially, has become practically impossible. We’ve partnered up with Gulfshore Life Magazine to try to tackle the issue. We’re joined by Jennifer Reed, she wrote this month’s cover story called “Talk to me … Please?” to find out what she learned from the many Southwest Floridians who she met while writing the article. We're also joined by Dr. Cindy Banyai, she’s a researcher and community development expert who conducted a series of structured conversations with folks from different backgrounds for the article.

 Plus, we’ll meet Christopher Phillips...he’s author of a number of books, including Socrates Cafe and Constitution Cafe...he’ll be in town next week moderating an event here at WGCU called 'Civil Discourse in a Polarized Society'...which will explore ways to talk about difficult issues across political and social divides. The event is full, but click HERE to add your name to a waiting list.

Florida Dental Association Foundation

The Florida Dental Association Foundation will host its fourth Florida Mission of Mercy event on March 9-10 at the Lee Civic Center in Fort Myers. During the event dentists will provide an estimated 2,000 people with relief from the pain and infection of untreated dental disease — all at no cost to the patients.

Dental care will be delivered on a first-come, first-served basis from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no pre-registration necessary. Services provided will include cleanings, fillings, extractions, pediatric dentistry and limited root canal therapy. We're joined by Dr. Phillip Kraver, one of the dentists providing care at this weekend's events, to learn more.