The Florida History Podcast

The Florida History Podcast
A weekly look at a different fascintating topic in Florida History Cover art photo by Derek Reese. @DR928

9: Kennedy Space Center, the Cape and Florida as the world’s gateway to space
Jul 16 • 24 min
We discuss Florida’s role in the American space program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch from Cape Canaveral and the July 20 moon landing in 1969. Apollo 11 like all other Apollo missions was launched from Kennedy Space…
8: “Walkin Lawton” Chiles
Jul 9 • 51 min
We look back at the political career of Lawton Chiles beginning with his walk across the state in 1970. We look at the divisions within the Florida GOP in 1970 that allowed Chiles and Reubin Askew to be elected statewide that year as new south Democrats.…
7: Key West and the Conch Republic
Jul 2 • 19 min
We dive into the history of one Florida’s most important and independent historical cities- Key West. The city which was the most populated in the state in the late 1800’s has played host to Presidents, writers and political leaders while maintaining its…
6: The Pork Chop Gang and birth of modern progressive Florida politics
Jun 25 • 34 min
A must listen for any political junkie in the state, we dissect the legendary Pork Chop Gang and the birth of modern Florida politics. We look discuss how the power of the rural North Florida legislators was eventually broken and the why Florida emerged…
5: Walt Disney World comes to Central Florida
Jun 18 • 12 min
We take a quick look back at Walt Disney’s decision to build a huge theme park and community of the future in Central Florida.
4: Florida as a Presidential Swing State
Jun 11 • 20 min
Since 1876 Florida has been a decisive state in Presidential politics both in General Elections and in party primaries. We take a quick look back at some of the colorful history of presidential elections and primaries in our state.
3: The Civil War(War between the States) in Florida
Jun 4 • 18 min
Episode 3 focuses on the central role Florida played in the Civil War as a supplier not of only of men but of resources to the Confederacy. Despite being the lowest populated southern state on the eve of the war, Florida was critical to the Confederate…
2: North Florida v South Florida
May 29 • 25 min
In episode two we take a brief look at the historic divisions between south Florida and north Florida. The cracker identity v the “Cincinnati effect.” We discuss the cultural identity of both regions and the inevitable clash both politically and socially…
1: Introducing The Florida History Podcast
May 28 • 8 min
In our initial podcast co-hosts Kartik Krishnaiyer and Robert Buccellato discuss the rich history and legacy of the State of Florida laying out topics of discussion for the show going forward. Whether it is colonial St Augustine, Henry Flagler’s railroad,…