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  To outsiders, Florida seems baffling. It's a state where the voters went for Barack Obama twice, yet elected a Tea Party candidate as governor. Florida is touted as a care-free paradise, yet it's also known for its perils - alligators, sinkholes, pythons, hurricanes, and sharks, to name a few. It attracts 90 million visitors a year, some drawn by its impressive natural beauty, others bewitched by its man-made fantasies.

Craig Pittman's Oh, Florida! explores those contradictions and shows how they fit together to make this the most interesting state. It is the first book to explore the reasons why Florida is so wild and weird - and why that's okay. Florida couldn't be Florida without that sense of the unpredictable, unexpected, and unusual lurking behind every palm tree.

  When Diana Nyad arrived on the shore of Key West after fifty-three hours of grueling swimming across an epic ocean, she not only set a world record—becoming the first person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida with no cage for protection—she also succeeded in fulfilling a dream she first chased at age twenty-eight and at long last achieved when she was sixty-four.  

Her memoir, Find a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream, is now available in paperback.

1/7/15 Panel

Jan 7, 2015

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, political consultant Libby Post, and WAMC newsman, Ray Graf.

Topics include: Shootings in France at the offices of Charlie Hebdo and in El Paso at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System's clinic, Gay Marriage in Florida, Robert F. McDonnell sentenced to two years in prison, Boehner beats dissent.

  Carl Hiaasen writes a regular column for the Miami Herald and is the author of many bestselling novels including Star Island and Bad Monkey for adults and Hoot, Chomp, Scat, and Flush for young readers. His latest, Skink - No Surrender is his first novel for teens.

  If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from.

In No Land's Man, Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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Across the country, communities are continuing to react to Saturday’s acquittal of Sanford, Florida neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman for the killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

On Sunday, the U.S. Justice Department said it is reviewing evidence in the case to determine whether federal criminal civil rights charges are warranted.

Today we want to hear your take on the verdict and whether George Zimmerman should face charges of racially motivated criminality. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

  The 2016 parlor games have already begun.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Rich Clark, Associate Professor of Political Science and director of the Castleton Polling Institute, tells WAMC’s David Guistina that Florida will remain important in the next election .

    Insane City is Pulitzer Prize winning humorist Dave Barry's first novel in more than 10 years, though he has been writing non-fiction best-sellers during that time. In the book, Seth Weinstein is on his way to his destination wedding in Florida.

Little does he know what's in store: Russian gangsters, angry strippers, a desperate Haitian refugee and her two children on the run from some very bad men, and an 11-foot albino Burmese python named Blossom.