After completing our 125th episode last week, we’re making some big changes to The Florida History Podcast, effective immediately. We’ve had complaints, justifiably so about our production levels and about the audio quality of my co-host Robert Buccellato, particularly on recent shows. We’ve upgraded our production board as well as our audio mixer. Sound quality […]

An interesting analysis from Philip Bump of The Washington Post. One place I would disagree with him is his saying if more Floridians were vaccinated, Florida wouldn’t have experienced quite a surge. While that’s true, Florida’s vaccination rate isn’t terrible relative to other states – but the aversion to mask wearing promoted by Governor DeSantis […]

It’s no shock for those of us familiar with Tallahassee to learn Nikki Fried has actively campaigned for or given money to some onerous right-wing Republicans. It is after all what lobbyists do, and in this day and age of GOP domination of the state. In fact, rumors about Fried’s associations with Republicans are far […]

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines will resume Miami service in December with thrice-weekly nonstops to Amsterdam. Orlando service remains suspended until at least March. Azul Brazilian Airways will not fly Orlando-Campinas in January or February. Fort Lauderdale-Campinas will remain sub daily. Finnair will not fly Miami-Helsinki in November. Frontier has cut, Pensacola & Sarasota/Bradenton-Chicago (O’Hare) Orlando […]

On September 24, 2001, US Airways announced it was shutting down its successful MetroJet subsidiary in the wake of the attacks of September 11. From a Florida perspective this is significant, because with the shuttering of MetroJet, outside a later attempt to make Fort Lauderdale an international hub, US Airways ceded much of its dominant […]

We’ve spent plenty of time on this site analyzing the American/JetBlue partnership (dubbed the Northeast Alliance) in multiple articles arguing the alliance between the two large airlines can either be seen as anti-competitive or pro-competitive for Floridians based on your perspective. The alliance is based around Boston and New York, which from a business traveler […]

On Tuesday Governor DeSantis announced Dr. Joseph Ladapo as the new Florida Surgeon General who also serves as the Secretary of Florida’s Department of Health. Dr. Ladapo signed the Great Barrington Declaration which was a statement urging herd immunity and rejecting any reasonable efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In his introduction as Surgeon […]

The US classifies countries that actively support terrorism as “State Sponsors of Terrorism.”  Should Afghanistan, or at least the Taliban, now be included on the list?  Alternatively, should the U.S. join the international community in supplying humanitarian relief for the Taliban government in charge of Afghanistan? The Taliban government recently named Sirajuddin Haqqani as Afghanistan’s […]

On this week’s Florida History Podcast, we discuss the legacy of one of the greatest ever writers from Florida – Patrick D. Smith, whose epic work “A Land Remembered” remains the definite historical novel covering the generations of Florida’s growth from statehood to the bustling 1960’s. You can listen to the Florida History Podcast on Anchor (which […]

Ron DeSantis recent rhetoric as well as his executive actions we’ve pointed out are broadly authoritarian, anti-science and are based upon blatant pandering. But what we have not discussed to this point is how DeSantis actions reflect the shifting of both parties electoral coalitions and how vaccines have become more than the partisan or ideological […]