Recent Florida Stories episodes

Paula Schoenwether and Nancy Wilson (December 11, 2009)
Paula Schoenwether and Nancy Wilson

Reverend Nancy Wilson of Metropolitan Community Churches and artist and photographer Paula Schoenwether have been together for more than 30 years. Here, they talk about the beginnings of their relationship, starting with how they met.

Wayne Peace (December 4, 2009)
image of Pearl Harbor
Wayne Peace

For many Americans, the words of President Frankiln Roosevelt spoke of a faraway place many people had never heard of, Pearl Harbor. For 18 year old seaman Wayne Peace of Ft. Myers, it couldn't even begin to describe what he witnessed from his...

Sam Coward (November 27, 2009)
Samuel Coward
Sam Coward

After finishing high school in 1936, Samuel Coward hitch-hiked from his home town of Newborn, North Carolina to Sarasota, Florida to attend the Ringling School of Art. As World War II approached, Sam decided to enlist in the Florida National...

Ernest C. Simmons and Joe Mercurio (November 20, 2009)
Ernest C. Simmons and Joe Mercurio

Florida wildlife artist Ernie Simmons talks with his fishing buddy Joe Mercurio about how Simmons developed his technique for painting Florida’s vast wildlife population and the state’s native scenery. Many have compared the Dunedin resident’s...

Negro Baseball League (November 13, 2009)
Former players Walter Gibbons, Clifford Brown and Raydell Maddix

It wasn't until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947 that African American and white baseball players competed in the same league. Walter Gibbons, Clifford Brown, and Raydell Maddix remember those days - they all played for teams in...

Ruby Williams and Kathy Gibson (November 6, 2009)
Ruby Williams and Kathy Gibson

Florida folk artist Ruby Williams tells friend Kathy Gibson that her calling as an artist came early in life. And humble beginnings – rather than slowing her down – actually shaped her outlook on the creative process and helped her develop a...

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