We’re Not Finished

We’re Not Finished is a podcast hosted by Key West-based journalist Gwen Filosa and presented by The Studios of Key West, one of South Florida’s leading art institutions. It’s located at 533 Eaton St. in downtown Key West. For a calendar of events and more programming like this, visit tskw.org.

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We're Not Finished

Hosted by writer, standup comic, and dog-sitter for hire Gwen Filosa, this weekly podcast brings guests from the Florida Keys and beyond right to your ears. Hear the wild tales from Key West locals, poignant insider knowledge from writers, and emotional reminisces of those who decide to open up. Gwen is an experienced news reporter, and it shows in these interviews, each as revealing and intriguing as the last.

Presented by The Studios of Key West, one of South Florida’s leading cultural organizations, this podcast highlights our mission to bring world class artists to the island and promote Key West artists. The Studios presents a full lineup of events and classes each season, including live music, new theater, writing, performance and art classes, and showcasing national, international and island artists in four Key West galleries located under one roof. Located at 533 Eaton St., Key West. Produced by Kevin Assam.

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Episodes

Sunday Oct 30, 2022

We close out this season with Sarah Koenig, the host and co-creator of the heaviest hitter of podcasts, Serial. Sure, her reporting helped overturn a murder conviction by revealing how it was based on questionable evidence, she won a Peabody and reinvented the podcast with Serial.  But did you know we also palled around while working as rookie reporters in snowy New Hampshire back in the late 1990s? Yeah, this doesn't get as much attention in the news reports.  We talk about the deep dive Serial took into the Adnan Syed case. Watching him leave a courthouse a free man. Whether "true crime" fandom is a good thing. And attending the best dang wedding in Concord, New Hampshire.   Thanks to everyone at The Studios of Key West for your partnership on We're Not Finished, which was produced by Kevin Assam.   

Tuesday Oct 25, 2022

Artist, muralist and educator Ernest Shaw Jr. talks about being inspired by his hometown of Baltimore, documenting the Black/Africanist experience, spending time in Key West as an artist in residence at The Studios of Key West, and works that left me speechless, like Crossing Gods.    Comedian Charly Esturilho and I talk shop, South Florida life and why his gigs include going into drug rehabs to perform for people in recovery.   Gwen Filosa is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist based in Key West. She is also a regular performer at Comedy Key West. 

Friday Sep 09, 2022

This episode features two Key West artists who recently made big art news and who know the daily grind needed to succeed on this expensive island.  Tory Mata recently won a prestigious 2022 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists grant that includes $15,000 and an exhibition at a Miami museum. We talk about how she finds inspiration on the roadside - there was a rusted fender in the desert one time and changing directions in art. Jobie Jacomine, who performs as drag queen Puddin Tain, hosted the wildly successful Queer Keys fundraiser at the Key West Theater recently and has quickly become a popular performer at 801 Cabaret on Duval St. We talk about his New Orleans roots, queer stuff and the hustle needed to pay island rent.     I make this podcast with The Studios of Key West, a leading arts institute in South Florida and producer Kevin Assam, a writer and artist in Key West.                                                  

Saturday Aug 27, 2022

Christa Hunt created Key West Burlesque 17 years ago. She shares about the new season, how to burlesque the Harry Potter franchise and the Gurly Burly Burlesque Show on Sept. 8, which I'm co-hosting btw. Key West is a really small town. Cori Convertito is the curator and historian for the Key West Art and Historical Society. We talk about the Writers in Paradise lecture coming up at Comedy Key West on Sept. 15. The list of writers who have lived on the island include Tennessee Williams, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Judy Blume, a longtime resident who runs Books & Books at The Studios of Key West, and the fella who wrote Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises.   This podcast is presented in partnership with The Studios of Key West, a leading art institute in South Florida, at 533 Eaton St., and produced by Kevin Assam. For a list of events and more programming like this, visit tskw.org.

Wednesday Aug 17, 2022

This episode is all about Jordan Peele's latest film Nope. I was knocked out by this spectacle and pronounced it Peele's best work yet. But I have lots of questions about what exactly is going on in Nope.  So I invited two guests.  Rene Rodriguez, an award-winning writer  teaches at the University of Miami and runs the Bill Cosford Cinema for the UM School of Communication. We chatted about the significance of Nope, how it was shot with Imax cameras and whether it's too long.  Runi Goyal is a former board member of the nonprofit Tropic Cinema in Key West. She now lives in Hawaii but she saw Nope while in Boston, after I asked her to be on the podcast. That is dedication to film.  This podcast is presented in partnership with The Studios of Key West, a leading arts institute in South Florida, and produced by Kevin Assam.   

Sunday Aug 14, 2022

Steve Turtell, a poet in New York whose work includes the collection Heroes and Householders, shares about having more than 50 jobs in 50 years, his career as a baker, LGBTQ+ rights and the time he spent in Key West.  Susannah Wells talks about theater work in Key West, the virtues of the board game Clue and we bond about making crafts when we were vacation Bible school kids. This podcast is presented in partnership with The Studios of Key West, a leading arts institute in South Florida. It's produced by Kevin Assam. 

Sunday Aug 07, 2022

Emma Berquist, author of Devils Unto Dust and Missing, Presumed Dead, shares about why people like true crime, writing dark novels and dealing with Twitter.  Erin McKenna, an actor, dancer and founder of Love Cheeky apothecary, talks about her success on Key West theater stages, how she got her start performing and parking legally at the jumping bridge on Sugarloaf Key.     This podcast is presented in partnership with The Studios of Key West.  Gwen Filosa is a Key West-based journalist with a standup comedy side hustle. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter for Key West news updates.  She performs regularly at Comedy Key West. She is headlining Wednesday, Sept. 7 as part of Womenfest 2022 Showtime is 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Click here for tickets. 

Sunday Jul 31, 2022

Katherine Blanford and I talk about her debut comedy album, "Salt Daddy," the perils of bachelorette trips and why Fort Lauderdale is "Miami with love handles." David Sieminski shares about leather, sex stuff, running Leather Master Key West, and why some Key West leaders can calm down about Fantasy Fest nudity.  This podcast is presented in partnership by The Studios of Key West and produced by Kevin Assam.   gwenfilosa@gmail.com

Wednesday Jul 20, 2022

Key West-based musician Jerome Miller shares about his duo, Dogwater, his Billy the Squid days, working as a stuntman and the difference between South and North Dakota. He also agrees to let me shove him off something someday.   Sam Jindra is an actor, photographer, promoter, model and musician living in Key West. We talk about Vince Vaughn filming Bad Monkey in Key West, working behind the camera on movie sets, how she got into modeling and our mutual disappointment that we've been mispronouncing açaí all this time.   This podcast is presented in partnership with The Studios of Key West, a leading arts institute in South Florida. For a list of events and more programming like this, visit Tskw.org. 

Friday Jul 15, 2022

Writer Grady Hendirx, a horror and slasher film scholar, joined me to talk about the "final girl" trope, my allegiance to the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and the relevance of vampires. His latest novel is Final Girl Support Group, and others include Horrorstör, which is about a haunted furniture store, We Sold Our Souls, and Satan Loves You.   Key West actor Su Nubia shared about working with the Fringe Theater, having 24 hours to create a new play, voiceover work and how on Earth she and I hadn't met before now. It's a small island.   This podcast is presented in partnership with The Studios of Key West, a leading art institute in South Florida. For a list of events and more programming like this, visit. tskw.org.    We're Not Finished is hosted by Key West-based journalist Gwen Filosa, who writes for the Miami Herald, and produced by writer and artist Kevin Assam.           

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