Podcast: Zora Neale Hurston

This week’s episode begins with a song from Zora Neale Hurston, “Shove it Over.” Throughout this week’s show we’ll be hearing songs from Hurston which can be found in the State Archives of Florida.

Up next: cruise ships. Craig Pittman wrote recently how Republican state legislators are contradicting their so-called principles of “home rule” and “small government,” trying to take away Key West’s ability to limit the number of cruise ship passengers it receives in the future. In their haste to bow to the cruise ship industry’s big money, however, they forgot one key point.

Zora Neale Hurston

To learn more about Zora Neale Hurston, Craig and Chadd Scott talk to Kristy Anderson, writer and director of the documentary film, “Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun,” which you can watch on Amazon. Zora Neale Hurston was a Florida author and anthropologist. While a key figure in the Harlem Renaissance, she spent little time there, Her novels explored the lives of ex-slaves living in the Deep South.

Although she died penniless with her books out of print in Ft. Pierce, Florida in 1960,  Black feminists resurrected her work, particularly the 1937 novel, “Their Eyes Were Watching God.”

This week’s episode of “Welcome to Florida” is sponsored by Hipcamp. Hipcamp is a growing community of outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience the natural side of Florida. That’s where you come in. Hipcamp needs landowners in Florida to open their property up to Hipcamp members for camping, glamping and RV stays. If you have a flat piece of land large enough to pitch a tent or park an RV near a natural setting anywhere in Florida, Hipcamp wants to help you turn that property into side income. Contact them today at Hipcamp.com/land.

If your business would like to learn more about a sponsorship with “Welcome to Florida,” email Craig and Chadd at: welcometofloridapodcast@gmail.com.

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