Keeping the Country

Florida’s Myakka River Valley isn’t the Florida you expect. It’s a nearly lost world of cowboys and cattle, where ranch land has preserved a unique combination of mystery and myth. For now.

Published: Jan 28, 2020
Length: 35 minutes (8,915 words)

The Sum of Life: Zora Neale Hurston

A new profile of one of America’s most important writers.

Published: Sep 24, 2019
Length: 36 minutes (9,158 words)

A Lien On Lincolnville

St. Augustine, Florida, America’s so-called “oldest city,” is a city of tensions: beautiful architecture, lush gardens, a history of slave trading, KKK violence, and Civil Rights activism. Gentrification, demolitions, and white-washing are threatening residents and the truth, as the city’s many narratives compete for supremacy. To understand this city, you must look both at what it was and what it’s becoming.

Source: Indoek
Published: Oct 7, 2018
Length: 37 minutes (9,282 words)

Tennessee Williams Made Paintings. They Were About Love and Loss, Too.

Michael Adno examines the paintings of American playwright Tennessee Williams, who used the visual medium to explore what it meant to be gay in America during the ’70s.

Published: Sep 21, 2018
Length: 6 minutes (1,518 words)

This Man Is An Island

A profile of renovator and land developer David Wolkowsky, age 98, whose particular brand of charm, philanthropy, joie de vivre, and camp has permanently shaped Key West, Florida’s unique allure.

Published: Jul 10, 2018
Length: 19 minutes (4,839 words)

Conjuring Spirits in Florida

“In Sarasota, there is a community surrounding a litany of roadside psychics and more than 100 mediums and spiritual guides. Why?”

Published: Jun 30, 2018
Length: 7 minutes (1,840 words)

The Short & Brilliant Life of Ernest Matthew Mickler

When Ernest “Ernie” Matthew Mickler’s book White Trash Cooking appeared in 1986, it became an instant hit. Its author was viewed as either a talented Southern folklorist or a comical novelty. But his work was a rich cultural document of a vanishing rural Florida, and he proved that poor rural people can and should document their life-ways with dignity. This is Mickler’s story.

Published: Jan 9, 2018
Length: 26 minutes (6,674 words)