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Take a weekly trip across Florida with author Cathy Salustri and discover a side of Florida you never knew existed. From the scallops in Panhandle bays to the Hemingway cats in Key West, every week's a Florida adventure.

Take a weekly trip across Florida with author Cathy Salustri and discover a side of Florida you never knew existed. From the scallops in Panhandle bays to the Hemingway cats in Key West, every week's a Florida adventure.

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Take a weekly trip across Florida with author Cathy Salustri and discover a side of Florida you never knew existed. From the scallops in Panhandle bays to the Hemingway cats in Key West, every week's a Florida adventure.

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English

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727-656-5420


Episodes

Episode 48: St. Petersburg Politics

1/18/2022
This week The Florida Spectacular talks with Ben Kirby, who worked alongside St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman as the Communications Director for Kriseman's two-term tenure, which ended earlier this year. Cathy and Ben talk about Kriseman's famous "no Trumps allowed" tweet, the challenges facing a Florida community recovering from a Jim Crow South, and the way Florida government – St. Petersburg in particular – allows people accessibility to their government. More about Ben: Benjamin J....

Duration:00:40:46

Episode 47: Tampa Skyway bridge disaster

1/11/2022
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Bill DeYoung, a St. Petersburg native, veteran journalist, and author of "Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay's Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down." Bill and Cathy talk about the Skyway Bridge disaster of 1980, the (untrue and harmful) rumors about Captain Lerro's role in the disaster and, most notably, his play, "Mayday: Captain Lerro and the Skyway Bridge", which opens in St. Petersburg Feb. 10 More about Bill: In addition to...

Duration:00:42:04

Episode 46: Florida author Tara Lush

1/4/2022
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Tara Lush, author of the Coffee Lover's Mystery Series, talks about writing cozy mysteries, using Florida as a backdrop, her love of coffee, and other Florida cozy writers. Connect with her on Twitter (@tamaralush) or Facebook, or come see her at the Gabber Book Club in Gulfport on Jan. 12. Links we mentioned: St. Petersburg Coffee Tour "Arya Winters and the Tiramisu of Death" (Spicy Cozy) Jenny Crusie Florida Cozy Mystery Writers Elaine...

Duration:00:37:15

Episode 45: The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman

12/14/2021
This week, The Florida Spectacular welcomes John Fleming, author of "The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman." Host Cathy Salustri and John talk about the actual Barefoot Mailman, his book about what may have happened to Ed Hamilton, and why Cathy thinks his next book about the Lewis & Clark expedition should talk about Florida. John's a creative writing professor at the University of South Florida, the founder of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art magazine, and the author of "Fearsome...

Duration:00:30:28

Episode 44: Horsing around in Florida

11/30/2021
This week Cathy Salustri welcomes Dr. Saundra TenBroeck, an associate professor and state extension horse specialist for the University of Florida's Extension Service, to The Florida Spectacular. Dr. TenBroeck works with kids and adults... and horses. They chat about Florida's horse industry, which has an annual $6.8 billion economic impact on Florida. They also talk about Florida research on horse health and performance. More information about: UF Equine Program American Horse...

Duration:00:33:20

Episode 43: Journalism in Florida

11/12/2021
This week The Florida Spectacular chats with John Pendygraft, a longtime journalist with a forthcoming book, "Lost Storytellers: The Information Apocalypse in the Modern Newsroom." John and Cathy talk about journalism, and its future in Florida. Want more Florida? Subscribe to The Florida Spectacular newsletter, and keep up with Cathy's travels at greatfloridaroadtrip.com.

Duration:00:35:48

Episode 42: Fearsome Creatures of Florida!

11/3/2021
This week, The Florida Spectacular welcomes John Fleming, author of "Fearsome Creatures of Florida." Host Cathy Salustri and John talk about the Skunk Ape, were-panthers and a host of other fearsome creatures of Florida – some real, some maybe not so real. John's a creative writing professor at the University of South Florida, the founder of Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art magazine, and the author of "The Legend of the Barefoot Mailman", "Songs for the Deaf", and "The Book I Will...

Duration:00:34:17

Episode 41: Florida Books and Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

10/25/2021
Today host Cathy Salustri welcomes Colette Bancroft, book editor for the Tampa Bay Times. Listen in as they talk about the Tampa Bay Times annual Festival of Reading (the Festival takes place over seven days this year, via Zoom, Nov. 8-14), why Florida has so many writers, and which book in this year's lineup will make you remove your mindfulness app from your phone. About Colette: Colette Bancroft grew up in Tampa and has been the book editor of the Tampa Bay Times for 15 years. She edited...

Duration:00:40:18

Episode 40: Fishing in Florida

10/18/2021
This week the Florida Spectacular welcomes Holly Abeels, to talk about Florida fishing and how to find a fishing guide who will help you make your next fishing trip exciting – and sustainable. Links we mentioned: • Choosing a Florida-friendly fishing guide • What is Florida Sea Grant? Want more Florida? Subscribe to The Florida Spectacular newsletter, and keep up with Cathy's travels at greatfloridaroadtrip.com. Support the show...

Duration:00:27:00

Episode 39: Flamingo Magazine Founder and Publisher Jamie Rich

10/11/2021
This week the Florida Spectacular welcomes back Jamie Rich, founder and publisher of Flamingo Magazine. With the new issue just days away from subscribers' mailboxes, Cathy and Jamie talk about what to expect under the cover, the Fresh Squeezed newsletter, why Carlton Ward's work makes the magazine even more amazing, and the upcoming Florida gift guide. Want more Florida? Subscribe to The Florida Spectacular newsletter, and keep up with Cathy's travels at greatfloridaroadtrip.com

Duration:00:35:20

Episode 38: Florida Keys Skunk Ape

10/4/2021
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes back historian Brad Bertelli, who talks about his historical (mostly) fiction book, "The Florida Keys Skunk Ape Files: Island Cryptids, Histories & Mysteries" and whether or not he believes in the Skunk Ape. Take a listen to hear his stories and learn about the Southernmost Skunk Ape (that's a bigfoot, for those of you who didn't grow up in Florida.) Here's some of the links we mentioned: Brad Bertelli's website (including all the books he's...

Duration:00:35:13

Episode 37: Weeki Wachee Mermaids

9/27/2021
Today The Florida Spectacular welcomes Lu Vickers, author of – among others – "Weeki Wachee, City of Mermaids: A History of One of Florida's Oldest Roadside Attractions." Lu and Florida Spectacular host Cathy Salustri talk about the Weeki Wachee Mermaids No matter where you are, you can always see Weeki Wachee mermaids on film and in photos at the Florida Memory Project, part of the State Archives of Florida. Looking for more about Weeki Wachee and its legendary mermaids? Zoom on in to see...

Duration:00:24:35

Episode 36: The Belleview Inn

9/20/2021
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Joey Vars, the historian at the Belleview Inn (formerly Henry Plant’s Belleview Biltmore) as well as the Curator of the Gulfport Historical Society. He’s also a masters student in the USFSP Florida Studies Program. Host Cathy Salustri and Joe talk about the Plant empire, the urban legends about Morton Plant hospital, and whether or not there was an actual moat around the Biltmore. Connect with Joe: @historiclandmark. Want more Florida? Subscribe...

Duration:00:23:15

Episode 35: Florida Wildlife Corridor

9/13/2021
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Alex Freeze, who talks about the Florida Wildlife Corridor. As a sixth-generation Floridian, Alex's passion for the Corridor – and all of wild Florida – comes through in this episode, co-hosted by Cathy Salustri and James Chapin. Connect with Alex – and the Corridor – at the links below. The Last Green Thread film Hidden Wild film The Forgotten Coast trailer Instagram and Twitter alexfreeze.com Florida Wildlife Corridor Want more Florida?...

Duration:00:39:02

Episode 34: Craig Pittman "The State You're In"

9/6/2021
Today the Florida Spectacular welcomes Craig Pittman, Florida environmental reporter, columnist, and author of many books – most recently, The State You're In. Get Craig's book for a discounted price – $20 – plus free shipping when you order from upress.ufl.edu or call 800-226-3822 and use the code FLMAN. Valid through September 30, 2021. Stories from Craig mentioned in this episode: Hunting Pythons with the Ladies of the Glades A Tale of Two Toms and Three Ks Want more Florida?...

Duration:00:43:25

Episode 33: Naturally Florida podcast

8/30/2021
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Lara Milligan and Shannon Carnevale, and Cathy chats with them about their podcast, Naturally Florida, which delves into natural Florida and the things that live here. They also talk about Cuban tree frogs and other exotic invasives, fireflies (yes, we have them here!) and green anoles (you may call them geckos, but you'd be wrong. Lara's the Natural Resources Agent for UF/IFAS Extension Pinellas County; she focuses on wildlife, water, and general...

Duration:00:45:05

Episode 32: The Space Shuttle

8/23/2021
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes John Bisney and J.L. Pickering, the co-authors of Picturing the Space Shuttle: The Early Years. On the podcast they chat about the space shuttle, but not only that – you'll learn about I Dream of Jeannie's connection and the nude beach by Cape Canaveral. John Bisney, a retired journalist who covered the space program for more than 30 years for CNN, the Discovery Science Channel, and SiriusXM Radio, contributed the text. J. L. Pickering is a...

Duration:00:45:09

Episode 31: Florida's Shorebirds

8/16/2021
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes Holley Short, an Audubon Florida Shorebird Program Manager in the Tampa Bay Area. Holley works closely with cities, counties, and landowners to project nesting shorebirds and seabirds. Check out the Florida Audubon Society's website, flbeachbirds.org and follow them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Also, check out one of Holley's favorite birds, the Snowy Plover. Find your Audubon chapter at audubon.org. Find bird walks on the "field trip"...

Duration:00:41:05

Episode 30: Scallops

8/9/2021
This week the Florida Spectacular welcomes Ray Bodrey of UF/IFAS Extension Gulf County. Ray's the County Extension Director and Florida Sea Grant Agent. Today we're talking about scallops in Franklin, Gulf, and Bay County. Ray talks about bay scallops and the volunteer scallop sitter program. Links we mentioned: Find the Gulf County Extension on Facebook Register to become a scallop sitter Learn about the scallop rodeo More info on Bay Scallops from the FWC Scalloping tips

Duration:00:38:26

Episode 29: All About Seashells

8/2/2021
This week The Florida Spectacular welcomes author Cynthica Barnett to talk about seashells and her new book, The Sound of the Sea: Seashells and the Fate of the Oceans. Cynthia and host Cathy Salustri talk about sushi, scallops, and whether or not it's OK to collect seashells (yes, as long as they're not alive and please don't take them all!) Connect with Cynthia on Twitter or her website. More about Cynthia Barnett: She's an environmental journalist who has reported on water and climate...

Duration:00:42:07