Mike Kiniry

Producer

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

He became the first producer of Gulf Coast Live when the show launched in 2004, and also worked as the host of All Things Considered from 2004 to 2006, and the host of Morning Edition from 2006 to 2011. He then left public radio to work as PR Director for the Alliance for the Arts for five years, and was then Principled Communicator at the election integrity company Free & Fair for a year before returning to WGCU in October, 2017.

In the past Mike has been a bartender and cook at Liquid Café in downtown Fort Myers, a golf club fixer/seller at the Broken Niblick Golf Shop in Fort Myers, and a bookseller at Ives Book Shop in Fort Myers. He lives near downtown Fort Myers with his daughter, and their dog and two cats.

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  In the wake of the shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, we’re zeroing in on religious persecution. The attacks killed 50 people, 29 remain hospitalized, and the first funerals take place today.

Also, today is Purim. The Jewish holiday celebrates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, an advisor to King Xerxes of Persia. The account is recorded in the biblical story of Esther.

Imam Mohamed Al-Darsani and Rabbi Nicole Luna join us in the studio. Imam Mohamed of the Islamic Center for Peace and Rabbi Luna of Temple Beth-El - both based in Fort Myers - share their thoughts on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia during the rise of white supremacy.  

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Mote Magazine from Mote Marine Laboratory boasts about Southwest Florida’s “sea-green delicacy” called sea purslane. Dr. Kevan Main, a senior scientist at the laboratory in Sarasota, developed a new “Sea Purslane Cookbook” in effort to help locals enjoy the sea-dwelling vegetable. Dr. Main also wants to encourage farmers to cultivate it. She is excited to see the exciting potential of sea purslane. Dr. Main joins us to tell us more about sea purslane, and discuss the details of her new cookbook.

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Robert Macomber, a Pine Island-based maritime author, is the mind behind the character Peter Wake, a fictional American Naval Officer. In Macomber newest novel, “Honoring the Enemy,” the reader follows Naval Officer Peter Wake’s experiences in 1898 when American sailors, Marines, and soldiers landed in eastern Cuba and fought their way to victory against daunting odds, changing the world forever.

“Honoring the Enemy” is Macomber’s 14th novel in his award-winning “Honor Series” of historical naval thrillers. He joins us in the studio today to discuss the details of his newest novel.

South Florida Water Management District

The South Florida Water Management District's new Governing Board has awarded a $524 million contract to build the Caloosahatchee (C-43) West Basin Storage Reservoir. The 10,500-acre reservoir will store 170,000 acre-feet of water with the aim of being able to deliver fresh water to the Caloosahatchee River and Estuary during the dry season.

David Lawrence Center

It’s been 20 years since the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado. We’re joined by Austin Eubanks, who was a student at the school and was injured that day. He’s spent the past two decades becoming an expert in addiction treatment, after becoming addicted himself in the months and years after the massacre. We’re also joined by the CEO of the David Lawrence Center, who is bringing Mr. Eubanks to town for a mental health symposium on Saturday, March 23 that will explore the long-term damaging effects of trauma.

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