Arts and culture

Jacksonville will be saying goodbye to its most famous hometown band on Sunday, Sept. 2.

My guest this episode is kind of a big deal in the world of public a matter of fact he’s making us feel like we’re getting pretty darm fancy around here at Three Song Stories. David Brancaccio host of the Marketplace Morning report, heard on most public radio stations, including here on WGCU at 6:50 and 8:50 every weekday morning…he’s the former host of the PBS newsmagazine Now...and has worked in public media one way or another for nearly 30 years.


Grape Minds is produced at WGCU studios in Southwest Florida, which is one of the most active wine markets in the United States. Because of that, we have an almost endless parade of winemakers, importers, sommeliers, and wine journalists coming through town. In this episode of Grape Minds, we get to talk with Juelle Fisher of Fisher Vineyards. She talks about the unique business of selling wine, the changes she’s seen since planting (and replanting) vines in the Mayacamas Mountains in the early 1970’s, and tells her harrowing tale of how last year’s wildfires threatened her family and her property.

Graphic by Michael Donlan

Sometimes, it feels like discovering new wines takes a degree in geography, knowledge of 20 languages and possibly psychic abilities, but really all you need to do is figure out how to read a wine label. Wines from the new world (the Americas, Australia, places that are not Europe) tend to have easier-to-understand labels since they have the variety of grape listed on them, but even that doesn’t always mean a Cabernet Sauvignon is 100 percent Cab. On this week’s Grape Minds, Gina and Julie break down the differences country to country and state to state as to what means what on your wine label.

John Davis, WGCU

Internationally-acclaimed painter Steve Keene unveils a newly commissioned installation, April 12, at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Florida Southwestern State College in Fort Myers.  Ahead of Thursday’s opening reception, we sit down with Keene for a conversation about the exhibition, Keene’s unique and prolific painting style and his broader approach to art.  Having created more than 300,000 paintings in the last 35 years, Keene is hailed as the world’s most prolific painter.