Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

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 […]

PODCAST: EPCOT history and state interest in the project

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we look back at the the building of EPCOT Center and the State of Florida’s involvement in the project. 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 […]

College Football and COVID_19. American Anti-intellectualism and selfish entitlement run amok

Coronavirus is the defining crisis and issue of our lifetimes. It is far and away the biggest crisis this nation has faced since World War II. My naive and flawed assumption was this would be our era’s World War II, a chance to forge political unity and a new understanding between our people. This idealistic […]

Forgotten Florida amusement parks

Florida boasted many roadside attractions and full-fledged amusement parks that have disappeared over the years. On this week’s Florida History Podcast, we take a look at some of them. 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 […]

IMAGES: Southeast Florida currently enjoying a historically lucky run with serious tropical weather

Southeast Florida is living a charmed life. Time and again the region has escaped the wrath of tropical weather. The last direct hit/land falling hurricane southeastern Florida received was 15 years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina. The last time the region received sustained Hurricane force winds was two months later with the arrival of Wilma. […]

PODCAST: The Florida Turnpike – Political fights about its creation and path

Eventually everyone wanted to take credit for the building of the Sunshine State Parkway. But the development of a Florida Turnpike and its current route was a political football that last 20 years. On this week’s Florida History Podcast we look back at the political fights that led to the building of the road and […]