Susan Giles Wantuck

Host Midday/Classical Host

Susan Giles Wantuck is a news host, producer and reporter for WUSF Public Media who focuses her storytelling on arts and culture.  She also serves as a music host on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9. 

She is a lifelong resident with family roots that stretch back in Florida before it garnered statehood.  Susan holds a B.A. in Mass Communication from USF.  Her work has been honored by the Florida Associated Press Broadcasters Association.

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Culture
10:14 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Q&A With Author Of "Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good"

Kathleen Flinn's new book

Author Kathleen Flinn comes by her love of cooking the natural way. Her mom, dad, grandmother and grandfather all cooked. Flinn grew up on a farm in Michigan, where her mother baked bread, canned vegetables, made jam and more. 

The family went fishing (on and off ice),  hunting, camping and her folks even joined the local German-American club, even though they weren't German.  

Flinn is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Sharper Your Knife, the Less you Cry. And her latest book, Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good, is chock-full of family recipes, including some of the sweets her mom used to bribe the local radio station DJ, so he would play her dad's favorite song at a certain time each day. 

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Politics
12:59 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Crist Names Running Mate In Governor's Race

Annette Taddeo, CEO of LanguageSpeak
Credit Crist campaign

Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist named  South Florida businesswoman Annette Taddeo as his running mate today.  The press release from the Crist campaign was subtitled, "Successful Small Businesswoman, Working Mother to Join the People’s Ticket."

Taddeo is the founder and CEO of LanguageSpeak, which provides translation in more than 240 languages. She is the Chair of the Democratic Party in Miami-Dade County and ran for Congress as a Democrat in South Florida in 2008. 

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Culture
10:09 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Late Starters Orchestra Q&A

Ari Goldman's new book, The Late Starters Orchestra

Ari Goldman reached his goal of becoming a New York Times reporter by the time he hit 25. Mastering the cello has been a longer journey.  

Goldman picked the cello back up decades later, first playing with his son's children's orchestra and ultimately finding a place to play in The Late Starters String Orchestra.  

Unlike other music-making organizations in New York City, which Goldman says are like "auditioning for Broadway," with this orchestra, "if you think you can play, you can play."  

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Culture
5:31 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Q&A With The Florida Orchestra's New Music Director

Michael Francis
Credit Marco Borggrave

The Florida Orchestra has named Michael Francis its new Music Director. He's 37-years-old, English and a double bass player. 

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Culture
8:53 am
Mon June 9, 2014

My Generation: Young Chinese Artists On Display In St. Petersburg/Tampa

Liu Di (Chinese, born 1985) Animal Regulation No. 4 (2010) C-print
Courtesy of the Collection of Andrew Rayburn and Heather Guess and Pékin Fine Arts, Beijing

A few years ago, the directors of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts and the Tampa Museum of Art decided they wanted to collaborate on something.  

After Todd Smith of the Tampa Museum of Art traveled to China with art critic and foremost Chinese art expert Barbara Pollack, he and Kent Lydecker of the St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts realized they'd found their project.

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Culture
9:50 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

National Kids To Parks Push To Get The Kids Outside Saturday

Credit Courtesy National Park Service

More than 120 thousand people have signed the pledge to take their kids to the park this coming Saturday, May 17th for "National Kids To Parks Day." There are all sorts of events wrapped around the day but the bottom line is to teach kids to spend time outside and become good stewards of the local, state and national parks.  

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Culture
11:46 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Bollywood IIFA 2014 Comes To Town

Shahid Kapoor with Kareena Kapoor
Credit IBN Times

The International Indian Film Academy's biggest party is starting this week in Tampa. Otherwise known as the Bollywood Oscars, tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend IIFA events across the Bay Area.  

And famous Bollywood actors and actresses are expected to be in town. 

So to get you ready for the festivities, which start with the IIFA Stomp Wednesday night at Tampa's Curtis Hixon Park, here's a little primer on The Best of Bollywood from Time.  

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Culture
6:48 am
Thu April 17, 2014

What We Can Learn From DaVinci And Michelangelo

Mark Rodgers and Michelangelo's Pieta

Today, most kids may recognize the names Leonardo and Michelangelo from a group of turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who take their names from the Italian Renaissance masters.  

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Culture
8:37 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Pulitzer-Winning Playwright To Receive Greenfield Prize In Sarasota

Playwright Nilo Cruz
Credit Nilo Cruz by Oskar Landi

Playwright Nilo Cruz already has a 2003 Pulitzer Prize for his drama, Anna in the Tropics, which was set in Tampa's Ybor City.  

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Culture
3:49 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Sarasota Film Festival Raises The Curtain On Its 16th Year

Credit Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival has programming for the community all year long. But this Friday, its international film festival opens with nearly 200 films, glittering stars and movies that will rivet audiences to their seats.  

Director Tom Hall said the festival is really all about community.  He said festival organizers keep ticket prices low and make events accessible to the people who live here.

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Culture
2:50 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Founding LAGQ Guitarist Andrew York Performs Thursday Night in Lakeland

Andrew York
Credit Hillary Greene-Pae

Guitarist Andrew York grew up in a home where his mother sang, beautifully, he says, and his father played folk music on the guitar.  His earliest memories are of family musical gatherings.  He went on to help found the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

He's had many teachers, but York names one professor at USC as a particular influence, Duke Miller, who brought him to Los Angeles to USC. York had a full scholarship to get his Master's degree there, and was essentially a jazz player at that time and playing lute in an early music ensemble.  

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Environment
2:56 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Lowry Park Zoo Welcomes Rescued Panther Kitten

Baby panther kitten at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa.
Credit Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

He's such a baby that his kitty eyes are still blue. And there's no word on what his name is, but the folks at Lowry Park Zoo are panther specialists, so they will care for this little guy around the clock until he can eat solids like the meat such big cats are used to. 

This panther kitten is just 4-weeks-old and now tips the scales at 4.1 pounds. When he's big and strong enough, he will be released into Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park where he will live, according to the zoo.  

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Culture
10:37 am
Mon February 10, 2014

NPR's Ina Jaffe To Keynote 'Positive Aging' Conference Tuesday

NPR National Correspondent Ina Jaffe
Credit Dolby Photography/NPR

With a generation of aging Baby Boomers, there's fertile ground for news stories. That's where NPR's Ina Jaffe comes in.  She is NPR's national correspondent, covering the aging beat and its myriad subjects from housing to technology to age discrimination.  

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Law & Order
7:42 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Sunday A Deadly Day For Four USF Students

USF students Dammie Yesudhas (clockwise from top left), Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel and Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias were killed in a crash on I-275 early Sunday.
Credit Sigma Beta Rho

This Sunday was a tragic day for many, with at least eight people dying overnight in crashes in Hillsborough County. Among them were four young students from the University of South Florida, who perished after their car was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275, as reported on tbo.com.

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Culture
12:01 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Talking With The Author Of 'My Mother's Secret'

U.S. Jacket of My Mother's Secret

Author J.L. Witterick has been leading two lives.  She is the president of one of the largest investment counseling firms for international investing in Canada.  And now she's a best-selling author.  

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