Gulf Coast Live

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.

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Florida’s 2018 legislative session ended following a rare Sunday session, during which lawmakers approved an $88.7 billion budget.  Sunday’s budget approval followed Governor Rick Scott signing into law, on Friday, a new gun control and school safety law (SB 7026) crafted in response to February’s mass shooting at a Broward County high school that took the lives of 17 people.

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.