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  • Back in early June when protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers were rapidly spreading and growing across the country we assembled a panel comprised of members of southwest Florida’s Black community to talk about what was happening. While protests have mostly stopped, efforts continue to try and address systemic racism and police violence. And, with the election just a week away with these issues in many ways central on the ballot, both nationally and locally, we have invited them back to talk about what’s happened since the summer and where things stand today.
  • Earlier this month the Florida Gulf Coast University Library Archives and Special Collections’ hosted a virtual panel discussion in conjunction with their current digital exhibition titled, “Fight for the Ballot: Voting Rights in the 20th Century.”The panel discussion called, “The Right to Vote – Under Attack Again!” was moderated by WGCU’s John Davis and included legal and voting rights experts C. Ronald Ellington, Howard Simon and Jennifer Scuteri all discussing voter suppression, gerrymandering and the impact of elections.With just over a week until the Nov. 3 General Election, we present that panel discussion.
  • The 12th annual Naples International Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening with an opening night gala and outdoor film screening of the multi-award winning documentary “The Donut King” by filmmaker Alice Gu. The film tells the story of a Cambodian refugee who came to the U.S. in 1975 amid the genocide of more than two million people under Marxist leader Pol Pot, and managed to become a millionaire in three years. We’ll talk with the filmmaker.
  • The new documentary “Love Wins Over Hate” features a series of honest and thought-provoking interviews with former white supremacists, and others who held extreme views but have since renounced them. It attempts to get to the heart of why people hate, and sometimes take on extremist ideologies like white supremacy. And what it takes to escape that world, and in some cases go on to work to help others escape. We talk with its producer and director, Susan Polis Schutz.
  • The centennial of women having the right to vote couldn’t have landed in a more pivotal year. The 2020 General Election is one of the most intensely polarized in recent memory, and that has pundits, pollsters, and politicians looking to generalize voting blocks — like female voters — in an attempt to solicit their vote, or to guess which way the group may swing.
  • Multi-faceted Southwest Florida-based artist Spencer Elles has been hard at work amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Under the pseudonym Duke Stamina, the self-produced queer rap artist dropped his debut full-length album, “Super Horse Dads 2 TURBO: Tournament Edition (Original Soundtrack) ,” in September after signing onto the Los Angeles-based indie record label Sweatband Records. His unique music creations draw from a blend of genres including rap, trap hip hop, EDM, and punk, infused with comedic satire and self-described “aggressively gay” lyrical content.
  • Englewood resident Sue Zipay played for the Rockford Peaches in 1953 and ‘54 as part of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. That was the team featured in the 1992 film A League of Their Own. Now, she is hoping to help instigate the creation of a girls baseball league here in Southwest Florida. And she dreams of a future that includes professional women’s baseball in the U.S.
  • To mark the end of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative's 10 year mission the regional Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team, which is part of GoMRI, is hosting a free webinar this Friday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. to break down the results, and the understanding that has been gained about the Gulf of Mexico thanks to all the research. We get a preview, and a bit of a history lesson about the spill, with Dr. Monica Wilson, Oil Spill Research Extension Specialist with the Florida Sea Grant College Program at UF/IFAS.
  • Back in 2017 a major rain event was followed just two weeks later by Hurricane Irma, dumping up to 30 inches of rain on some areas of Lee County. The subsequent flooding destroyed homes and put lives at risk, which prompted county commissioners to approve a three phase plan to mitigate flooding in the future.
  • GulfShore Playhouse in Naples is launching a slightly modified season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic with the world premiere of the play “Higher” performed by the theatre company’s own Associate Artistic Director Jeffrey Binder who also wrote the play during quarantine. The show is being directed by founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury. Both Coury and Binder join us for a preview of the show and for a look at how Gulfshore Playhouse is rising to the challenges posed by the pandemic.