Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Election year and 2020 madness reading: Gore Vidal’s narratives of Empire series

DISCLAIMER: Due to Kartik Krishnaiyer’s involvement in the Biden-Harris Campaign he has stopped writing about current politics. He will resume this beat after the November 3 Election. No writer in American History is better tonic for what ails us in an Election year than Gore Vidal. The only regret I have about Vidal is that […]

Podcast: Remembering Hurricane Wilma

Hurricane Wilma ravaged southern Florida 15 years ago this week. On this week’s Florida History Podcast, we look back at our memories of the storm. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which enable […]

Florida’s Forts in the Civil War

Three Florida forts, Fort Pickens, Fort Taylor and Fort Jefferson played critical roles during the Civil War. We discuss them on this week’s Florida History Podcast. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and Breaker have App Store apps for free which […]

1876 and 1976: When Florida made all the difference in Presidential Politics

Everyone knows about the 2000 recount. But Florida in both the Centennial and Bicentennial years made all the difference in Presidential politics. We look back at both elections on this weeks Florida History Podcast. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, Radio Public and […]

Florida and Presidential Vacations

Florida has a long history of playing host to Presidential vacations from Harry S. Truman to the current occupant of the White House, Donald J. Trump. On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the state’s history as a vacation home for Presidents. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple […]

1872: When Florida had two Governors

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the controversy of 1872 when Florida had two men claiming to be Governor, following an acrimonious legislative session. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which hosts our show), Spotify, Google, Apple Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker, Overcast, Castro or Pocket Casts. Overcast, Castro, Spotify, […]

Biden’s Florida Latino problem is real. Here are 7 reasons why

A slew of polling in the last week has indicated Joe Biden has a real problem with Latino voters in Florida. These polls came as a shock to many political observers but as my Twitter feed indicates (if you go back a bit), I had detected the softness of Biden’s support among Latino’s before any […]

85th Anniversary: World War I veterans wash away in most powerful Hurricane ever to hit the US

The 1935 Labor Day Hurricane is the subject of this week’s Florida History Podcast. One of the great tragedies of the Labor Day storm was the death of hundreds of World War I veterans who were building the Overseas Railroad as part of the New Deal’s WPA program. This was just a few years after […]

Hurricane Katrina in Florida

Hurricane Katrina made its first US landfall fifteen years ago today. Before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast becoming the deadliest US Hurricane since 1928, it made landfall in southern Florida where it claimed 12 lives and did plenty of damage. On this week’s Florida History Podcast we look back at Katrina’s south Florida landfall […]

Any false equivalency between Biden and Trump is beyond bonkers- it’s dangerous and threatens western democracy.

Authors note: Portions of this piece have run previously on the site. The content is updated to reflect circumstances in August 2020. The recently completed Democratic National Convention highlighted the Joe Biden I remember – compassionate, caring, feisty and magnanimous. Below I’ll detail Biden’s generally progressive legislative history. However first, as MAGA Republicans have sought […]