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  • As the holidays approach many of us will be spending time with members of our extended family for the first time in quite a while, so today we’re going to talk about ways to deal with relationship stressors during these trying times, how to handle conflict across the dinner table, and ways to reduce holiday-related stress and anxiety for people of all ages.
  • We discuss the recent U.N. 2021 Climate Summit and climate issues with David Wallace-Wells, Deputy Editor at New York Magazine, and author of “The Uninhabitable Earth” which came out in 2019. He was on the FGCU campus on November 9 talking with members of the university’s Biodiversity group so we brought him by the studio.
  • For more than 15 years as President and CEO of Living Cities Ben Hecht worked to help leaders use proactive measures to combat growing racial disparity, without relying on slow-moving, entrenched policies or the whims of lawmakers in order to make changes in their own cities. In his 2018 book, “Reclaiming the American Dream: Proven Solutions for Creating Economic Opportunity for All” Hecht detailed what he sees as a blueprint for how communities can revive the promise of the American Dream by improving educational opportunities and civic engagement, and providing what he calls ladders to economic security.
  • From the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s there was a land boom in Florida driven by what were known as Installment Land Sales, which offered lots in Florida for as little as $10 down and $10 a month. They were aimed at retirees, and the lots sometimes turned out to be completely unusable, or at least not very desirable properties that regardless have left a mark on the sunshine state to this very day. We learn more about this history, and how it’s still shaping Florida living, from Dr. Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers: How lot sellers, land scammers, and retirees built modern Florida and transformed the American Dream.
  • From the mid-1950s through the mid-1970s there was a land boom in Florida driven by what were known as Installment Land Sales, which offered lots in Florida for as little as $10 down and $10 a month. They were aimed at retirees, and the lots sometimes turned out to be completely unusable, or at least not very desirable properties that regardless have left a mark on the sunshine state to this very day. We learn more about this history, and how it’s still shaping Florida living, from Dr. Jason Vuic, author of The Swamp Peddlers: How lot sellers, land scammers, and retirees built modern Florida and transformed the American Dream.
  • In the early 1980s Sanibel-based artist Lucas Century learned of the effort to create the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. He believe an engraving technique he'd developed could help the project along, and he was right. All of the more than 58,000 names engraved into black granite were done so using his method, which saved the memorial's timeline and budget.
  • The Biden administration is urging U.S. citizens in Haiti “to strongly consider returning to the United States” amid a gang-aggravated fuel shortage and a deteriorating security climate in which 17 Christian missionaries, including 16 Americans, have been held hostage more than three weeks.
  • Lacy Crawford's memoir Notes on a Silencing outlines her sexual assault as a high school student, and the school's cover-up.
  • The Lee County Board of Commissioners will hold its next public hearing about redistricting on Tuesday, November 2 at 6:00pm. When the current district maps were drawn back in 2011 many of the homes in the Fort Myers Dunbar community were moved into District 4, which is primarily made up of North Fort Myers across the Caloosahatchee River. As commissioners consider new map proposals, we highlight efforts to get them to choose a new map which would reunite the Dunbar community with Fort Myers.
  • Bears begin eating more calories in the fall to pack on additional fat needed during the winter months. Bears will consume up to 20,000 calories per day and will snack on anything that’s convenient, including what's in your garbage.