Mike Kiniry


Special Effects Artist Wayne Anderson

Feb 22, 2018
Bower School of Music and the Arts

We're sitting down with special effects artist Wayne Anderson in advance of his talk and workshop at the  Bower School of Music and the Arts at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Originally from Naples, Anderson has worked on Stranger Things, Jurassic World, the Ghostbusters Reboot, IT, Bright and a slew of other movies.


We're joined by comedienne Paula Poundstone, probably best known by public radio listeners as one of the most beloved recurring guests on the NPR News Quiz, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me! We’ll pick her brain in advance of her show on on March 3rd at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Fort Myers.


Today began with heightened tension for parents and students with social media threats throughout the state in the wake of the mass shooting last week in Broward County which left seventeen people dead. A threat caused a flurry of panic at two Collier county schools, caused another school to go on lockdown in Manatee County, and caused panicking parents to leave work, yanking their kids out of class.

Meanwhile, a bus load of students went to Tallahassee to appeal to lawmakers to do something to keep kids safe in school, and here in Southwest Florida, high school students walked out of class in solidarity. We’ll talk with some of the students trying to turn this tragedy into action, and hear from reporters around the state about what they're covering in the wake of the Parkland school shooting.


We’re joined by Bradley Myles, he's Executive Director and CEO of Polaris, a global leader in the fight to eradicate human trafficking and to restore freedom to survivors. Myles has devoted his life to combating human trafficking and modern slavery on a local, national, and global scale. His early efforts focused on directly serving survivors, researching local human trafficking markets, and helping to build Washington DC's first-ever Human Trafficking Task Force. 

Nick Adams

We're joined by Liza Jayne Longenhagen, she's starring as Helen Keller in Florida Repertory Theatre's current production of The Miracle Worker. She got her start earlier this year playing Scout in the theatre's production of To Kill a Mockingbird. As part of her research for the role, the fifth grader took a trip to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine with actress Betsy Hogg, who is playing her teacher Anne Sullivan in the show, as well as the play's director Maureen Heffernan. Both Hogg and Heffernan will join the show as well.