Arts and culture

This month’s Versed in Florida poet is Naples born and raised Eddie Krez-MIN-skee. He’s a senior at Florida Gulf Coast University and plans to get an M.F.A. in creative writing. His work has previously appeared in Foliate Oak and The Mangrove Review. In his spare time he reads, writes, and plays bass in two bands. His poems have his father in common, as he tells WGCU’s Amy Tardif.


Feb 19, 2016

Famed inventor Thomas Edison was widely recognized for his contributions and innovations during his lifetime with honors and accolades from nations around the world as well as a host of honorary degrees. In more recent history, however, Edison’s reputation has come under fire online. He’s been vilified for the electrocution of Topsy the circus elephant, his association with friend and Nazi sympathizer Henry Ford, and for his alleged feud with rival inventor Nikola Tesla. This week, News-Press storyteller Amy Bennett Williams takes a closer look and separates fact from urban legend.

Edwin Black

Feb 17, 2016

Best-selling international investigative author Edwin Black comes to Southwest Florida for a series of speaking events Feb. 21-24 including the inaugural “Author-in-Residence” program at the Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida.  Black, the son of Holocaust survivors, focuses his work on topics related to human rights, genocide, corporate crime, and government corruption to name a few.

Cane and Abe

Feb 15, 2016



James Grippando earned a law degree from the University of Florida and practiced for a large Miami firm for twelve years. But his true love, other than his family, is writing. Readers are most likely familiar with the New York Times bestsellers in the Jack Swyteck series, which began in 1994 with “The Pardon.”  However, a novel about the Florida sugar industry was always in the back of Grippando’s mind. Sally Bissell reviews the suspenseful result in “Cane and Abe.”

Will O’Leary

We explore Seminole Indian Patchwork. The Seminole Tribe of Florida adopted the colorful clothing shortly before 1920.

Designs used on women’s skirts today are extremely intricate. It’s a technique that has been passed down from generation to generation and now there’s a commercial market for it.

Seminole patchwork is a creative source of cultural pride and artistic achievement.

Our guests are several women who make, teach, wear and show Seminole patchwork.