Lindsay Rae Myers

Digital Content Producer

Lindsay is a native Pensacolian and life long lover of public radio. She joined the WUWF team in 2013 as our first ever Digital Content Producer to format our programming for the digital world. Lindsay is also our "voice" on social media platforms. She loves coffee, live music, gardening, and hanging out in Downtown Pensacola, preferably with her dog, Friend. Lindsay's secret ambition is to be Terry Gross.

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Election 2014
10:04 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Ballot Measure Proposes One Cent Sales Tax Extension

 

  If you throw away your pennies you may want to consider this: the one cent local option sales tax, on the ballot to be renewed this election cycle, adds up to hundreds of millions of dollars over ten years.

 

The vote is to approve a ten year expansion of the one cent LOST  tax which is currently slated through 2017. That one penny adds up to pay for everything from drainage and transportation infrastructure to animal welfare and community centers.

 

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Science
11:46 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Join The Science Club With Science Friday & Pensacola MESS Hall

Harmonograph drawing at the Pensacola MESS Hall.
Lindsay Rae Myers

Science Friday is collaborating with science museums to encourage listeners to become doers by making and tinkering. The Pensacola MESS Hall- that stands for Math, Engineering, Science, and Stuff- embraces the idea of making and tinkering so I went there to find out more. Megan Pratt is the founder and director of the Pensacola MESS Hall.

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Studer Institute
4:33 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

An Interview With Studer Institute Director Brian Hooper

Brian Hooper

Last Friday local entrepreneurs Quint and Rishy Studer announced a new initiative: The Studer Institute. Brian Hooper, the Institute’s director sat down and spoke with WUWF’s Lindsay Myers about the purpose and direction of the Institute.

Hooper described the desire behind the Institute by saying, "We hope to educate the community in a compelling and interesting way, whatever it is that we find. We want to look at our community with a sober eye, we want to identify the key issues facing it and we want to try to suggest solutions."

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Local News
12:51 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

WUWF: Across The Coast Friday

Credit Independent News

WCOA is no longer news/talk but will be classic rock. WUWF-TV is welcoming Rick Outzen's "In Your Head" on Channel 4.

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Local News
4:29 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

WUWF: Across The Coast Thursday

Credit Think Beyond

'Think Beyond' Looks At Education

Local nonprofit group, Think Beyond, is hosting their quarterly community dialogue tonight. The topic is education. Think Beyond is a community group focused on sustainability and innovation. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Pensacola Museum of Art.

More Exploratory Drilling in the Gulf of Mexico

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Local News
3:31 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

WUWF: Across The Coast Wednesday

Pensacola Locals Want Reality "Stars" To "Party Down" Somewhere Else

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Pensacon
4:40 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Pensacon: Weekend In Review

Saturday convention-goers had long waits due to large crowds.
Credit 2930 Creative

So Pensacon 2014 is behind us with the upper limits of organizers' predictions being reached, the Pensacola Bay Center floor reaching capacity several times Saturday, and downtown nightlife establishments reporting a busy weekend.

Later this week Visit Pensacola, who collected data during the convention, will have hard numbers to put on this impact but as the memories of Pensacon start to fade I chatted with Manda Manning, part of the Pensacon team, about the challenges and successes of the weekend and what we can look forward to next year.

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Local Food
3:29 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

"Market At Al Fresco" Will Debut Mid-Week Farmer's Market Downtown

Al Fresco Dining

Beginning March 12 those who love to shop the Saturday Palafox Market will have a midweek option to get their local fresh food fix.

Thomas Van Horn of East Hill Honey Company and Mike Carro, one of the co-owners of Al Fresco Dining on Palafox and Main St have teamed up to bring the idea of a midweek farmers to fruition.

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Pensacon
4:29 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

The Man Who Saved Star Wars: An Interview With Pensacon Guest Timothy Zahn

It’s been 30 years since the original Star Wars trilogy wrapped up with the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983- that’s before I was even born. But recently I was able to speak with the man whose universe so enthralled me that I eventually became a huge fan of the franchise and I don’t mean George Lucas. Other Star Wars fans probably know who I’m talking about: Timothy Zahn.

In 1991 the first of a trilogy of Star Wars novels was published- set five years after the Return of the Jedi film, the Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command became New York Times bestsellers and, combined, have sold over 15 million copies.

This was before the internet or the popularization of conventions like Pensacon and, Timothy Zahn shares, they didn’t even know if the novels would be successful.

“Nobody knew whether these books were even gonna sell. I remember sitting around one day trying to figure out how many libraries there are in the U.S.- and if they all buy two copies how many can we sell? Can we earn out this book? And as we now know Star Wars fans were simmering there below the surface and just boiled up as soon as there was something to grab onto. And they’ve been going strong ever since.”

Zahn took a universe circumscribed by three films and made it feel truly vast with a cast of new characters and places- new villains and some unlikely new heroes. If you’re not already you might be confused even by the idea of the Star Wars expanded universe- that is, the universe beyond the films made of comic books, video and role playing games, and yes novels: several hundred novels. And although Zahn has written just ten of those novels it is safe to say that many fans revere him second only to George Lucas. Probably because he took an exciting universe and then, as he says, intentionally went in a different direction.

“When I was first asked to write these books, or offered the original Thrawn Trilogy, part of my goal was to make a story that was not was George Lucas had already done but what felt like Star Wars. Part of that was coming up with a new type of villain. And I thought a villain who can inspire loyalty is far more dangerous because even when he’s not in the room his people will fight and die for him.”

For Zahn it was important that the villains be more nuanced, the heroes more subtle and the interplay between the two complex. His original characters bring out dimensions of the universe that just aren’t covered in the film “canon” of Star Wars. Probably the best representative of this idea is my favorite character: Mara Jade.

He explains, “Not only is her character somewhat morally ambiguous what she believes has been designed to be morally ambiguous. It makes for a complex and interesting character. If you start from the premise that the Empire is good and it just needs this stuff rooted out- what she’s been carefully trained to believe- then she is on the side of right and justice. She has never through that time believed she was part of an evil Empire.”

Timothy Zahn is a convention veteran.  As we gear up for a weekend when downtown Pensacola will be transformed into a playground for zombies, wizards, Jedi, and superheroes I had to round it out by hearing what it’s like to see people dressed as his characters and celebrating his work.

He laughed.

“I’m just impressed at how good, how excited, how clearly interested and excited the cosplayers are and it’s an immense kick for me to see one of my characters walking around.  Whenever I see one, somebody in that, in one of the costumes I will always go up and get my picture taken."

And what should we expect from Pensacon?

“Expect a lot of fun, a lot of guests, there should be interesting panels, a lot of actors, writers, comic book people. IT’s a great palce to meet some of your favorite genre types, have a chance to chat, buy a picture, you get a book autographed, as questions at panels. Just basically a lot of fun hanging out with people who like the same sort of stuff that you do. It’s surrealistic on some level.”

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Financial Fast
11:40 am
Thu February 6, 2014

21 Day Blog: 10 Things I Learned

Credit OTA Photos / http://www.tradingacademy.com

  So yesterday was the last of the 21 Day Financial Fast and although I didn't update every day I want to share what I learned across the entire 21 Days.

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