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April 03, 2013 08:16 PM PDT

By Tyler Whitson.
Recorded 2013-04-03.
Air date: 2013-04-03.
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The Sarasota Film Festival, which begins on Friday, April 5, will feature fifteen shorts programs, including one entitled “SRQ Shorts,” which is comprised of short films that were made by Sarasota community members and filmed in and around Sarasota. One of these films, entitled “Boost,” deals with the issue of sexual assault on college campuses throughout the United States.

For more information about “Boost,” I spoke with KT Curran, who wrote and directed the film and is also the Director of Source Productions, a live theater company created by Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida that produced “Boost.”

March 28, 2013 06:19 PM PDT

By Tyler Whitson.
Recorded 2013-03-28.
Air date 2013-03-29.
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This Friday evening concludes the third annual Eat Local Week, a series of events taking place throughout Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto counties that includes celebrations, markets, lectures, workshops, discussions and more regarding the importance of eating locally, learning new skills and investing in the local economy.

For more information about Eat Local Week and what it means to Sarasota, I spoke with Woody Tasch, this year's keynote speaker and author of the book “Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered.”

March 27, 2013 05:19 PM PDT

By Tyler Whitson.
Recorded 2013-03-27.
Air date: 2013-03-27.
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Defenders of Wildlife and fellow members of the Everglades Coalition will be holding the first annual Everglades Action Day in Tallahassee on Tuesday, April 9th. The organization invites supporters to join its members in traveling to Tallahassee to speak with legislators about protecting the ecosystem as well as Everglades-related legislation that is currently making its way through the Florida legislature.

For more information about this topic, I spoke with Laurie Macdonald, Florida Programs Director at Defenders of Wildlife, an organization that has been working to protect America’s wildlife since 1947.

March 21, 2013 05:04 PM PDT

By Tyler Whitson.
Recorded 2013-03-21. Air date: 2013-03-22.
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The Florida Association of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, also known as FAPPA, is the state public policy office representing Florida’s five Planned Parenthood affiliates.

On Monday, April 8, the FAPPA will be organizing its annual Legislative Summit in Tallahassee, where representatives will discuss a number of bills that have been introduced into this year's legislative session that they believe may pose a threat to reproductive health care in Florida.

For more information about the Legislative Summit and the bills that FAPPA is currently monitoring, I spoke with Kellie Dupree, Vice President of Public Policy and Communications at Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida.

March 21, 2013 04:57 PM PDT

By Tyler Whitson.
Recorded 2013-03-21. Air date: 2013-03-22.
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In November of last year, Sarasota opened up a domestic partnership registry for the first time ever, eliciting excitement from equality advocates in the area. Since then, however, legislation that would create domestic partnership registries on the county and state level has stalled for various reasons.

For more on what is currently happening at the county and state levels, I spoke with Ken Shelin, a former Sarasota City Commissioner and current member of the State Board of Equality Florida, which is the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community.

March 21, 2013 04:52 PM PDT

Recorded 2013-03-20. Air date: 2013-03-20.

Sara Moone, Managing Editor of This Week in Sarasota, provides updates and announcements on the arts, education, entertainment and other local fun to be had in the coming weeks.

For more, visit

March 15, 2013 02:11 PM PDT

By Julianne Ohanian.
Air date: 2013-03-15.
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Members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and its supporters stepped up their campaign to persuade Publix to sign on to their Fair Food Agreement on Sunday, March 3, when they began a two-week march from Fort Myers to Lakeland, where the Publix corporate office is located.

March 14, 2013 07:56 PM PDT

By Tyler Whitson.
Interview recorded on 2013-03-14. Air date: 2013-03-15.
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This Saturday, March 16, from 10am – 1pm, the New College of Florida Archaeology Lab and Time Sifters Archaeology Society will be hosting, as part of archeology month, a program called Archeology Fest and Voices from Native Florida. This event will feature tours, lectures, demonstrations and hands-on learning, films and more, including a lecture at 11 a.m. by C. Randall Daniels (also known by his creek name Sakim), carrier of traditions for the Apalachicola. Organizations from around Sarasota and Manatee will be participating.

For more information, I spoke with New College Professor of Anthropology Dr. Uzi Baram, Director of the New College Public Archeology Lab.

March 14, 2013 07:48 PM PDT

By Tyler Whitson.
Interview recorded on 2013-03-14. Air date: 2013-03-15.
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The Florida First Amendment Foundation, or FFAF, in Tallahassee is currently observing Sunshine Week, a national initiative that began on March 10 and ends on Saturday, March 16 to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information in the United States. Florida’s Third Annual Sunshine Summit is scheduled for Saturday, March 16, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Seminole, FL and will feature a keynote speech by Florida author and political commentator Diane K. Roberts.

For more information about Sunshine Week and the FFAF’s initiatives for the current legislative session, I spoke with FFAF President and Founder Barbara Peterson.

March 13, 2013 07:02 PM PDT

Recorded 2013-03-13. Air date: 2013-03-13.

WSLR and This Week in Sarasota's Joe Hendricks provides a recap of yesterday's City Commission elections with comments on what the results signify.

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