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.


4:45 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

"Unretirement" Author Chris Farrell at Poynter Institute Wednesday

Unretirement by Chris Farrell


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. 

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6:48 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Local Youth Choirs Merge to Become Lumina Youth Choirs

Tampa Bay Children's Chorus

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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Florida Matters
4:14 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Florida Matters: Enchanted Earth

Dr. Sylvia Earle, Dr. Meg Lowman and WUSF's Susan Giles Wantuck
Jim Webb

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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6:09 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Louis Armstrong's Daughter To Appear at Tampa Jazz Club Show

Sharon Preston-Folta
Courtesy The New York Times

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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6:48 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Caseworker Adopts Teenager Who Wanted "Forever Home"

Remember the story of Davion Only? He's the teenager who gained worldwide notice after pleading with the congregation of a church in St. Petersburg to adopt him.Ten-thousand people came forward to inquire about him.But in the end, the answer to his prayer was already close at hand.
Melissa Lyttle/Tampa Bay Times/ZUMA @caitkeating 04/11/2015 AT 05:20 PM EDT In October of 2013, 16-year-old Davion Only made headline news when he videotaped himself begging for a loving home during a church service in St. Petersburg, Florida. After being born to a mother in jail, he lived with numerous strangers throughout his life in the foster care system.
1:06 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Photographer Unveils "Unseen Cuba"

Unseen Cuba
Marius Jovaisa

Lithuanian photographer and entrepreneur Marius Jovaisa loves a challenge.  He participates in triathlons and marathons. So when it came to work projects, he decided he wanted to become the first person on earth to take aerial photographs of Cuba.

After five years of negotiating red tape to gain the permissions needed to fly over the places he wanted to photograph and spending $1,000,000 U.S. on this project, he said he wakes up sometimes and can't believe it's done. 

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9:32 am
Thu April 9, 2015

"Look at Us Now Mother" Film A Journey to Forgiveness

Gayle Kirschenbaum and her mom, Mildred
Courtesy of


From as far back as she can remember, Emmy award-winning filmmaker Gayle Kirschenbaum's relationship with her mother was, "not good."

She grew up the only daughter of a glamorous mother. Kirschenbaum lived in fear of her mother's punishment, and had perpetual headaches and dizzy spells. Her film, "Look at Us Now, Mother," cobbles together old pictures and movies to tell the story of their relationship, which Kirschenbaum said was filled with shame and humiliation early on. 

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9:24 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

Violinist Joshua Bell On Music, Technology

Violinist Joshua Bell
Marc Holm

Violinist Joshua Bell is going to be playing one of his favorite violin sonatas Tuesday March 24th in Clearwater with pianist Sam Haywood at the Capitol Theatre .   

The first Sonata in G, Opus 78, by Johannes Brahms really has a place in his heart. "It's the most lyrical piece I know. It doesn't have an ending that brings the house down, but every time I play it or hear it, I almost have tears just about to come out of my eyes, because it's just so beautiful and there's nothing like it," Bell said.

But don't go looking for him to cry at his own concert. He said he's more apt to become emotional when listening, rather than playing the music.

Bell's three sons are also playing music now. His five-year-old twins and seven-year-old play the cello, piano and violin. Bell said there is some talent there, and "it's fun to see." But he believes every child should study music, regardless of whether they make a career of it. "It should be in the schools," he said, not as an after-school elective.

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4:22 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Former U.S. Ambassador Talks Diplomacy

Former U.S. Ambassador Chris HIll's book

Former U.S. Ambassador Chris Hill is talking tonight (March 17) at 6 p.m. at the Mildred Sainier Pavilion at New College in Sarasota. He has a new book out, "Outpost:Life on the Frontlines of American Diplomacy: A Memoir."

Hill served in South Korea, the Balkans and Iraq. And now serves as Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.

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3:08 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

'Simplicity Parenting' Author To Speak in Clearwater

Author Kim John Payne

Best-selling author Kim John Payne is hoping the community will embrace his ideas about parenting.  

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9:43 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

PolitiFact Florida on Rubio and an Eckerd Professor

It's looking more and more like Florida's Junior U.S. Senator is planning to run for president next year. Recently he traveled to West Des Moines, Iowa and spoke on radio station WHO.  As part of that discussion, Sen. Marco Rubio said that ISIS is now the "predominant Islamist group in Benghazi." 

The PolitiFact Florida team investigated this statement and determined that what he said was "mostly false" on the Truth-o-Meter.  According to Josh Gillin of Politifact Florida, "no one is in charge of Libya's second-largest city."

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10:43 am
Tue February 24, 2015

Baby Cheetahs Born at Busch Gardens

Cheetah cubs Tendai and Thabo at Busch Gardens.
Credit Busch Gardens

Busch Gardens has made room for two new residents.  The Tampa-based theme park says its animal care team is providing 'round the clock care for 3-month-old cheetahs, Tendai, which means "thankful," and Thabo, which means "joy."

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Law & Order
2:30 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Divers Find Apryl Foster's Car

Apryl Foster
Credit Tampa Police Department

UPDATED POST 2/23 2:30 P.M.:
Hillsborough County Sheriff's officials announced that the body discovered in the lake Sunday has been positively identified as Apryl Foster.

They said she was identified through fingerprints.

No other new information is known at this time.

Late Sunday afternoon, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's office divers recovered the car of Apryl Foster.

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1:15 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

St. Pete Residents Can Weigh In on Pier Designs

St. Petersburg's old Inverted Pyramid pier.

If you live in St. Petersburg, you can now weigh in on the designs for the new pier, through March 6th. 

The powers that be aren't bound by the survey, but it will inform their next meeting on March 20th. The survey results will be announced on March 9th.  

You can see the concepts and designs for the new pier here.  

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6:12 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Looking For Jack Kerouac Takes Road Through Florida

Barbara Shoup's novel

Some time ago, author Barbara Shoup of Indianapolis was talking to a friend and he had an idea for a book about a teenage boy growing up in the 1960s who goes in search of Jack Kerouac. She thought it was a good concept, so she told him, "if you don't use that idea, let me."

With her friends permission, she starting writing the story, but says she hit a wall. The story became boring, even to her. That was until life intervened. 

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