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Intersection: Gilbert King; Torment, The Musical; Gayle

Gilbert King won a Pulitzer prize for his book Devil in the Grove, a deep dive into the case of four young African American men who were falsely accused of rape in 1949.

King says he hadn’t planned to write another book about Lake County but when a former sheriff’s deputy approached him at a book reading, he began to dig deeper into the actions of sheriff Willis V. McCall.  

His new book, Beneath A Ruthless Sun, chronicles the story of another young man railroaded for a crime he didn’t commit.

On this episode of Intersection, a conversation with Gilbert King about his new book, and why the stories about what was happening in Lake County in the 1950’s still resonate today.

The Orlando Fringe kicked off this week. For some veterans of the theater festival it’s a return to familiar territory. And it’s an opportunity for artists to launch brand new works. We’ll talk to Jameson Boyce who’s making his first foray into Fringe, writing the score for a rock musical- Torment: The Musical. 

And we continue to showcase the local favorites from NPR’s Tiny Desk contest- as voted by you. Gayle joins us in studio with a performance. 

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »