Author Archives: Kartik Krishnaiyer

Flying to Europe to/from Florida may get more expensive soon

Norwegian Air Shuttle who have revolutionized air travel between Europe and North America applying a low cost carrier model is slashing several routes to the state. While that’s good news for legacy full service airlines, it’s bad news for cost conscious travelers who don’t fly premium services across the Atlantic and could hurt Florida’s tourism […]

Long overdue US 301 bypass roads nearing completion

Several years ago FDOT finally decided to go forward with two projects that have made sense for at least thirty years. Truck bypasses of US 301 around both Starke and Baldwin which are on the busy route between Ocala and the Georgia border. In particular, Starke has long needed a bypass. Anybody who has shot […]

Hurricane’s Andrew, Katrina Florida Politics and Government

In episode 10 of The Florida History Podcast Presented by The Florida Squeeze we look back at the impact of Hurricane Andrew on the governance, politics, attitude and demographics of Florida. Governor Chiles recorded the lowest ever approval rating in the state’s history immediately after the storm while President George H.W. Bush’s botched reaction helped […]

Ethnocentric nationalism and the crisis of the Anglo-American world

This week, Boris Johnson will almost certainly become the next Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. His elevation to one of the most prominent and visible positions in the western world represents the latest threat to liberal multi ethnic democracy in an era of growing social and racial strife. Johnson, a former professional writer and […]

Kennedy Space Center and the Apollo program: history made in Florida

In the latest edition of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze on the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch from Cape Canaveral we look at the history of Florida’s role in the space program. We discuss Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and the Space Shuttle program as well as the intense political […]

The Apollo program overcomes tragic adversity and the race to the moon at Kennedy Space Center

The summer of 1969 was an incredible time – Woodstock, the start of the troubles in Northern Ireland, the final full Beatles recording session, Hurricane Camile, The Rolling Stones free concert at Hyde Park, the epic fight over the Everglades Jetport, Chappaquiddick and much more. For whatever reason a large confluence of events that defined […]

Walkin Lawton: Episode 8 of The Florida History Podcast

In this week’s edition of The Florida History Podcast presented by The Florida Squeeze we take an in-depth look at the legendary Lawton Chiles. The journey begins in Polk County before the famous walk in the 1970 Election. After Chiles is nominated by the Democrats upsetting former Governor and House Speaker Farris Bryant he faces […]

American (white) identity politics, anti-intellectualism, fear and the 2020 election

Donald Trump on July 4th completed a vision that the right began pushing in the 1960’s and Republicans en masse began executing after September 11, 2011, when moderate voices in the party began to be drowned out. The vision was to turn the American flag into a powerful symbol of identity, not dissimilar to what […]

East Florida in the American and French Revolutions – a little remembered history

Editor’s note. We’re re-running this piece which originally ran earlier in the year on July 4, the holiday that celebrates American Independence. As we seek to rekindle an interest in Florida History with our website, this topic seems particularly important in discussions on July 4. We’ve spent a significant amount of time on this site […]

Remembering the Floridian who topped Nixon’s enemies list

While the masses of Trump-supporting middle Americans celebrate “american independence” on July 4th (a contrived day of independence, either it’s when the British surrendered at Yorktown or when Lee surrendered at Appomattox, if we are being honest with ourselves and it was in fact independence only for a small group of tax-evading elites. Native Americans […]