Author Archives: The Florida Squeeze

When Florida was a tech hub

These days, nobody think of Florida as a hub of the tech industry. But that was not always the case. On this week’s Florida History Podcast, we discuss Florida’s time as one of the great high tech hubs in the USA from the 1970’s to the 1990’s including the creation of the first mass market […]

Disney MGM v Universal

On this week’s Florida History Podcast we discuss the opening of Disney’s MGM Studios in 1989, as well the competition between Disney and Universal in Central Florida. 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 […]

American Renewal (1960) – A Florida Squeeze Documentary

Check out all of TFS Documentaries at our YouTube page – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCib1PeP03FAEshagi3jXDWw

TFS suspending Facebook posting – #QuitFacebook

Following a week where Facebook has failed to take proper action against posts that incite violence and racial hatred nor fact check President Trump’s false claims about mail-in ballots, COVID-19 or the WHO, we are suspending posts on Facebook. If you use Facebook to keep up with our latest posts and commentary please follow us […]

Florida’s history of urban racial riots and MLK Jr. 1964 St Augustine movement

In this special episode of The Florida History podcast, released early this week due to the civil disobedience and protesting going on nationally in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, we look back at Florida’s history with urban racial strife in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The 1980 Miami riots were the worst urban riots in […]

Space Coast Growth & Change

Last year as the nation celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, a renewed focus was put on the launch site for the space program- Brevard County. Programs from a three-part PBS American Experience documentary to CNN’s Apollo 11 to independent films chronicled daily life near Cape Canaveral. This week on the […]

The Florida Squeeze is now on YouTube

Our latest documentaries about the state’s history are now available for quick viewing on our new YouTube channel. In the future we plan to add audio from select Florida History Podcasts to the channel.

Claude Kirk: Florida’s Huey Long

In 1966, colforul and flamboyent Claude Kirk became Florida’s first post-Reconstruction Republican Governor while his party surged with increased seats in the legislature. Kirk’s flamboyance and ability the state’s racial backlash allowed him to break Democratic dominance of the state for the first time in a century. The Kirk legacy is covered from head to […]

Florida Governors: Key decisions in history

Governor Ron DeSantis has faced a series of tough choices on Coronavirus. In this our 50th episode of The Florida History Podcast we look back at key Gubernatorial crisis decisions of the past. 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 […]

1990: A Walking Legend – The Chiles/MacKay Campaign in film and audio

Below is our Florida Squeeze film on the 1990 Governor’s Race, where the team of Lawton Chiles & Buddy MacKay crushed Bill Nelson in the primary and then incumbent Republican Bob Martinez in the General. Bill Nelson was the leading Democratic contender to take on unpopular incumbent Governor Bob Martinez. Nelson was running in the […]