Susan Giles Wantuck

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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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This Saturday, (January 30th), Michael Feinstein will perform with The Florida Orchestra lead by new Music Director Michael Francis at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. It is the orchestra's Gala fundraising event.

Someone is impersonating police in Temple Terrace. Twice now, residents have opened their doors to individuals dressed in what appeared to be dark police uniforms, wearing badges and one of them carried a gun.

In the first case, it was a man and a woman, both White with dark hair. In the second case last week, a man with a badge in dark trousers and a dark shirt knocked on someone's door asking to speak to the homeowner.

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It's hard to believe that "The Nutcracker" ballet was not a hit from the get-go. Maybe it's because the premiere came during a double-bill performance that included Tchaikovsky's lyric opera Iolanta.

Nutcracker is the dreamy story of a girl who rescues a nutcracker prince during a battle with the Mouse King and his minions. It was cooked up in a novella called "Nutcracker and Mouse King," by E.T.A. Hoffman in the 19th century.

Tchaikovsky wrote the music for the ballet and apparently bristled against the tight dictates for the composition. 

During this Thanksgiving week, we're taking a second listen to our show on  food, family and traditions. From passing on the recipe for French Canadian meat pie, to making the perfect rice and meeting the bakers who make award-winning pies in Lakeland, our reporters are taking you into the kitchen. 

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You might not want to ask The Ringling International Arts Festival Curator Dwight Currie how many mountains he had to move to make this year's RIAF happen.  This year, ahead of the Ringling's opening of its Asian Arts and Cultural Center, the focus of the festival is Asian artists.

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This weekend, Michael Francis will take the stage with The Florida Orchestra as its new Music Director. For the concerts to open the Masterworks season, Francis chose Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3 and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3, which will feature Valentina Lisitsa.

Francis said his idea was to present "two true epics," adding that they represent "very much the start of an American journey."

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A Florida man could get 20 years in prison. Joshua Ryne Goldberg is accused of masterminding a plan to plant a pressure cooker bomb loaded with nails and rat poison near a 9/11 remembrance day ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend. His story has been picked up by news outlets across the world

Goldberg is 20 years old and lives with his parents in Orange Park, near Jacksonville.

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Bill Meek, is the owner and director emeritus of the Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples.  He wanted to bring the work of American Master Robert Vickrey to his alma mater, Florida Southern College in Lakeland. Meek was friends with Vickrey for 30 years. And tomorrow night, Sept. 11, Meek will lead a walking tour of the Vickrey exhibition.

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Your Real Stories is putting on the 2nd annual "Story Days in Tampa Bay" this week. It starts September 8th with events through September 12th. 

Lillian Dunlap, co-founder of Your Real Stories, said "Our aim for story days is to have a lot of different ways for people to hear, tell and experience stories."

The lone survivor of a house fire in Tampa that killed his grandmother and two other young boys earlier this week has died.

Romello Jackson, 8, was taken off life support at Tampa General Hospital Wednesday.

Tampa Fire Rescue officials said the family could not escape the flames because of burglar bars on the windows of the house at 3720 E. Paris Street. The home did not have a working smoke detector. The fire was likely triggered by a faulty power cord. 

A funeral is planned for September 12th, but the place and time has not been named. 

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Millions of puzzle fans opening their Sunday crossword this week didn't know the game they crave lost one of its masters: the inimitable Merl Reagle. The Tampa resident died over the weekend from complications due to acute pancreatitis, his wife told the Tampa Bay Times.

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The National Weather Service said river flood warnings continue for the Peace River at Zolfo Springs, Bartow and Arcadia, and the Horse Creek near Arcadia. 

Flood warnings are also in effect for the Myakka River at Myakka River State Park. 

The heavy rain of the past few weeks has also created a situation where the Little Manatee River at Wimauma could flood, as well as the Alafia at Lithia. 

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Longtime Floridian Joseph Gamble has a new exhibition at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa. It's his largest exhibition ever, which encompasses a sort of retrospective of his entire body of work, and photographs he's taken at Cape Canaveral. Gamble, who has taught photography at The University of Tampa, now teaches at Colorado Mountain College. 

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Both of the statements made this week by two Republican presidential candidates in Florida came up half true on the Politifact Florida Truth-O-Meter. 

First up for consideration, Jeb Bush in officially announcing that he is running for president, brought up a statement made by political rival Democrat Hillary Clinton. 

In Bush's words, "Secretary Clinton insists that when the progressive agenda encounters religious beliefs to the contrary those beliefs, quote, 'have to be changed.' That’s what she said and I guess we should at least thank her for the warning."

Clinton delivered the keynote address at this year's Women in the World Summit. She said, "Yes, we’ve cut the maternal mortality rate in half but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health care and safe childbirth. All the laws we’ve passed don’t count for much if they’re not enforced.  Rights have to exist in practice, not just on paper.  Laws have to be backed up with resources and political will. And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs, and structural biases have to be changed."

Josh Gillen of Politifact Florida  said they determined Bush's statement to be half-true because he took Clinton's words out of  context. Gillen said, "She's talking about these ideas,  in order for women across the planet really, to have access to proper healthcare and maternal medicine, and the right to not be abused by their partners, these are the things that are gonna have to change. He (Bush) is making it sound like she is attacking religious beliefs in general." 

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Largo Police said an 81-year-old man was out for a walk, got caught in a storm and he was struck by lightning Friday. The man, Jay Freres, did not survive.

Summertime in Florida is typically wet with gully washers virtually every day. Bay News 9 Chief Meteorologist Mike Clay said daily storms are why the state is known as the "lightning capital of the world" and not because the lightning here is more intense. 

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The Twitterverse is blowing up with claims that Florida has a "flesh-eating" bacteria but state health officials are trying to tamp down what they say is wrong information.

    

Author Chris Farrell wants to change the conversation about aging and how we spend the last third or even half of our lives. He's a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, among other things. 

The final concert for the Gulf Coast Youth Choirs and the Tampa Bay Children's Chorus is this weekend. They perform at the Straz Center in Tampa this Sunday (May 17) at 4.

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The Tampa Theatre recently hosted "Enchanted Earth: An Evening with Syliva Earle and Meg Lowman." The conversation with two of America’s most beloved explorers and conservationists was moderated by  was moderated by WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck.

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Sharon Preston-Folta grew up knowing that jazz great Louis Armstrong was her father.

When she was little, she and her mom rode the tour bus with him. And since she didn't see him often, it was "a celebration" when her dad was around.

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