The Florida History Podcast

Episode 7: Key West and the Conch Republic

An episode of The Florida History Podcast

By The Florida History Podcast
A weekly look at a different fascintating topic in Florida History
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Episode 9: Kennedy Space Center, the Cape and Florida as the world's gateway to space
We discuss Florida's role in the American space program to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Apollo 11 like all other Apollo missions was launched from Kennedy Space Center. We discuss the importance of the space program to development of Central Florida, the exposure the launches gave Florida, and the politics around keeping the space program centered around the state at a time when NASA and the federal government were considered moving the Shuttle program. 
July 16, 2019
Episode 8: "Walkin Lawton" Chiles
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. We also look at Chiles Senate career and his campaigns for Governor in 1990 and 1994. We also discuss his dealing with a GOP-led legislature after the 1996 and his tragic death in 1998 just a month after Jeb Bush's election. 
July 9, 2019
Episode 7: Key West and the Conch Republic
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 charm and independence. 
July 2, 2019
Episode 6: The Pork Chop Gang and birth of modern progressive Florida politics
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 as a shining progressive state in an otherwise conservative south.
June 25, 2019
Episode 5: Walt Disney World comes to Central Florida
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. 
June 18, 2019
Episode 4: Florida as a Presidential Swing State
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. 
June 11, 2019
Episode 3: The Civil War(War between the States) in Florida
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 War effort and the Union's plans to choke the confederacy. 
June 4, 2019
Episode 2: North Florida v South Florida
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 that would come in time. The conflict between different regions of our diverse state will be an underlying theme of much of what is discussed on this show in the future. We talk about the rivalry between regions and how Florida historically has always had divisions between parts of the state. 
May 29, 2019
Episode 1: Introducing The Florida History Podcast
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, Disney World setting up shop in the state, the growth of Eastern Airlines, The Civil War or any number of other topics in Florida history we will cover it on this weekly podcast. 
May 29, 2019
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