Mike Kiniry

Mike Kiniry is producer of Gulf Coast Live, and co-creator and host of the WGCU podcast Three Song Stories: Biography Through Music. He first joined the WGCU team in the summer of 2003 as an intern while studying Communication at Florida Gulf Coast University. 

He became the first producer of Gulf Coast Live when the show launched in 2004, and also worked as the host of All Things Considered from 2004 to 2006, and the host of Morning Edition from 2006 to 2011. He then left public radio to work as PR Director for the Alliance for the Arts for five years, and was then Principled Communicator at the election integrity company Free & Fair for a year before returning to WGCU in October, 2017.

In the past Mike has been a bartender and cook at Liquid Café in downtown Fort Myers, a golf club fixer/seller at the Broken Niblick Golf Shop in Fort Myers, and a bookseller at Ives Book Shop in Fort Myers. He lives near downtown Fort Myers with his daughter, and their dog and two cats.

Lee County Commissioners will be holding a public mining adoption hearing this Wednesday, June 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the commission chambers in downtown Fort Myers. They’re considering changes to the county’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan that would change where lime rock mining could happen, and would remove the current requirement that means new lime rock mines can only be opened once it’s determined that there is enough demand to warrant them.

High volume releases of nutrient-rich, and blue-green algae laden water from Lake Okeechobee last summer led to massive algae blooms along the Caloosahatchee River, in Cape Coral canals, and in the river’s estuary. And this all happened as a prolonged red tide bloom persisted along the Southwest Florida coast. Now, three conservation groups are suing three federal agencies for what they say is a failure to address harm to Florida’s endangered species being caused by the releases.

On June 19th, 1865, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger issued an order that read:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.

The Florida Legislature passed a bill during the 2019 session that will create an industrial hemp industry in the state. It is still awaiting Governor Ron DeSantis’s signature, and he is expected to sign it. It will automatically take effect on July 1st if he does not veto it.

We’ve been hearing more and more stories lately about the various places plastics are showing up in our environment. Stories of dead dolphins washing ashore on local beaches with pounds of plastics in their stomachs; scientists breaking deep sea diving records, only to find a plastic bag and food wrappers; researchers have even found microplastics in a remote area of the Pyrenees mountains.

The persistent and growing problem of plastics in our environment is becoming increasingly clear. We're revisiting a conversation we had with a local who man who has spent his career in the world of plastics and packaging to get his insights into where we are, and where the industry is heading.

The natural southward flow of water into the Everglades has been blocked by Tamiami Trail – that’s U.S. 41 – since the late 1920s. Congress recognized the need to mitigate the problem about 30 years ago, but it wasn’t until this decade that projects to raise the road got underway.

While self-driving cars used to be a thing of science fiction, they are rapidly becoming a reality. Different manufacturers in different countries are working to make them safe enough for real-world use.

Modern communication methods can sometimes falter in the wake of a major landfalling hurricane. What most people might not realize is emergency managers have a back up plan that relies on old school technology: amateur, or ham radio.

The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began on Saturday, June 1st. And, according to a new study Floridians are more worried about hurricanes this year, likely because four major storms have hit the state in the past three years.

While nesting numbers of endangered green sea turtles in Florida can vary from year to year, the broader trend over the past few decades shows a marked increase in the animal’s population.  

Once it’s completed, the massive Caloosahatchee River West Basin Storage, or C-43 reservoir, near Alva will hold about 55 billion gallons of water captured from the river and local runoff. The idea is to both reduce the amount of water released from Lake Okeechobee that makes it to the estuary during the wet season and to store water to be released during dry season to help maintain ideal salinity in the estuary. But, there is no formal plan for a water quality element to ensure the water it holds is clean enough to be released.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder marked by systems such as tremors, stiffness and slow muscle movement. According to parkinsons.org, 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the neurological disorder each year. In this encore episode, we explore the world of Parkinson's treatment with a panel of guests: Dr. Ramon A. Gil is a neurologist at the Parkinson’s Treatment Center of Southwest Florida; Michael and Gretchen Church are a couple who both have Parkinson’s; Mary Spremulli is a medical speech-language pathologist from Voice Aerobics Speech Language Therapy; Michelle Martin is the coordinator of the Hope Parkinson Program; and Carissa Campanella is a care advisor from the Neurochallenge Foundation.

A researcher at Mote Marine Laboratory is growing a “sea-green delicacy” called sea purslane in a novel aquaponic system that's also raising red fish. Dr. Kevan Main, a senior scientist at the laboratory in Sarasota, also developed a “Sea Purslane Cookbook” to help locals enjoy the generally overlooked coastal vegetable. She joins us to tell us more about sea purslane, and discuss the details of her aquaponic system and cookbook.

We're listening back to a conversation we had last month to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, one in three women, and one in six men, have experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime in America. We met Wendy J. Silva, she's Sexual Assault Program Manager at the Punta Gorda-based Center for Abuse and Rape Emergencies Inc. (C.A.R.E.). We also met Lesley Barton, who shared her experience as a sexual assault survivor and advocate.