The Fluent in Floridian podcasts seeks to highlight the Sunshine State’s brightest leaders solving issues affecting the state’s citizens, as well as its 100 million annual tourists. Each week, the podcast will cover important topics, including education, the environment, the arts, politics, business, and health care. Each interview will allow listeners to gain insight on both the featured guest’s professional and personal background, as well as how they are contributing to the state’s growth and continued success.
 
Each of the episode’s guests are fluent in Floridian. Interviewees such as Florida State University President John Thrasher and political operative Sally Bradshaw assert the excellence that is emitted throughout the state’s university systems. Conservationist Eric Draper and community developer Syd Kitson uphold the opportunities the state has to develop from an environmental and technological standpoint.
 
Chris Cate, Fluent in Floridian’s leading interviewer, is a former teacher, television reporter, spokesperson in the governor’s office, communications director for two of Florida’s secretaries of state, as well as a former communications director for our state’s chief financial officer. As a current member of the SalterMitchell PR creative team, Cate aids Florida businesses and organizations in relaying their stories. “I’m a Floridian who loves and cares about the future of this state.” Subscribe to the Fluent in Floridian Podcast on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, or Google Play Music.
 
 

FULL TRANSCRIPT

Chris Cate: Hello, I’m Chris Cate, and I want to introduce you to the Fluent in Floridian Podcast, a new show featuring the Sunshine State’s brightest leaders talking about the issues most important to the people of Florida and its more than 100 million yearly visitors. Each week we’ll cover a topic, such as education.

 

John Thrasher: This past year, one of the best years we’ve ever had in attracting students. We had over 42,000 applicants to Florida State, 17% more than the year before.

 

Chris Cate: The environment …

 

Eric Draper: It’s going to take billions and billions of dollars [00:00:30] to finish Everglades restoration, and even as we’re dealing with that, we need to deal with our springs, we need to deal with our coastal estuaries, and other places that are suffering similar types of problems.

 

Chris Cate: The arts …

 

Sally Bradshaw: It’s the place to be in the creative writing world, and I think a lot of people are completely unaware that we have such a strong program here.

 

Chris Cate: Politics …

 

Peter Schorsch: The idea of a short campaign, I just don’t see working anymore.

 

Chris Cate: Business …

 

Syd Kitson: Let’s not stop backwards. Let’s continue to make it … to [00:01:00] create that business climate to attract companies, not only to start new companies here, but to attract businesses from other parts of the country.

 

Chris Cate: And healthcare …

 

Pam Bondi: He’s alive, he’s in rehab, thanks to everything that Florida’s done.

 

Chris Cate: And not only will you gain more insight into these issues, you’ll also get to know a more personal side of the people leading Florida on these issues that you just can’t get from quotes in a news story.

 

Who am I? I’m a Floridian who loves and cares about the future of this state. I’m a former [00:01:30] high school teacher here, a former TV reporter, spokesperson in the governor’s office, communications director for two of Florida’s secretaries of state, and a former communications director for our state’s chief financial officer.

 

But now, I work for SalterMitchellPR, the creative team behind this podcast. We help businesses and organizations of all sizes tell their Florida story every day. You can learn more about us at saltermitchellpr.com, and you can learn more about this podcast at fluentinfloridian.com.

 

Today we’re launching the show with several episodes, [00:02:00] but you don’t want to miss the interviews that we have coming up. Make sure you subscribe to the Fluent in Floridian Podcast on Apple Podcast, Stitcher, Google Play Music, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thanks for listening.