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90.7 WMFE launches two Pulse podcasts, including one in Spanish


Spanish-language podcast focuses on Orlando’s Latino community

ORLANDO — 90.7 WMFE is marking the passing of one year since the tragic shooting at Pulse nightclub with special coverage including two podcasts — one in Spanish and one in English.

The Pulse podcasts, Life After Pulse and Orlando Un Año Después are available on iTunes and wherever you get your podcasts.

Here’s more information about the podcasts:

1. Life After Pulse

It’s been one year since 49 people were killed and more than 50 injured after a gunman opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. In this podcast looking back and also looking forward one year after the shooting, the WMFE newsroom digs into the police response, looks at how doctors and nurses faced incredible adversity to take care of the wounded, how families are healing one year later, and what’s being done to memorize the shooting.


Shots fired: This episode is about the motives of the man behind the shooting, Omar Mateen. In this episode, Renata Sago and Talia Blake explore Mateen as a political statement, a receptacle for unanswered questions and the object of social commentary on terrorism, homophobia, mental illness, and scorned love.

Chaos in the ER: Reporter Abe Aboraya takes an in-depth look at how Orlando Regional Medical Center handled 44 of the shooting victims the morning of June 12. We follow a survivor, and interview doctors, nurses, police officers and emergency preparedness workers to get the inside story of the hospital. Things were so bad, At one point they didn’t even have a sheet to cover the body of someone who died.

The Burden of Pulse: In this episode, Renata Sago explores the effects the Pulse nightclub shooting has had on the lives of those who were intimately involved in the Pulse nightclub shooting. And those not involved at all. This episode is filled with raw conversations about identity and the burdens and triumphs that come with being gay; Muslim American; Latino; and a victim of a tragedy.

Memorials: Reporter Amy Green focuses on ambitious plans to establish a memorial and museum at Pulse, modeled after ones marking acts of terrorism in New York City and Oklahoma City.

Life After Pulse: Owner Barbara Poma was thrust into the spotlight. How is she grappling and why does she want to take on building the memorial without the city’s help?

2. Orlando—Un Año Después  (Orlando, One Year Later)

“Orlando, Un Año Después” es un proyecto de la radioemisora pública WMFE, en el centro de la Florida. Hace un año que nuestra comunidad sufrió una masacre que dejó a 49 personas muertas y a más de 50 heridos en el club nocturno, Pulse. Los productores: Crystal Chavez, reportera para WMFE; Maria Padilla, fundadora de OrlandoLatino.org; Jarleene Almenas y Adam Manno (ambos recién graduados de la Universidad de la Florida Central)

(“Orlando, One Year Later” is a project of public radio station 90.7 WMFE in Central Florida. It’s been one year since our community suffered a massacre that killed 49 people and injured more than 50 in the Pulse night club. Producers: Crystal Chavez, WMFE reporter; Maria Padilla, founder of OrlandoLatino.org; Jarleene Almenas and Adam Manno, recent graduates of University of Central Florida)


En La Línea De Frente (On The Front Lines): A conversation with law enforcement officers who were first at the scene and an Orlando Latina Media expert

La Noche Eterna, En Hospital (The Eternal Night In Hospital): Details the chaos, horror, and long waits for primarily Spanish speaking families to get the status of loved ones at the hospital

StoryCorps: Te Amo, Danny (StoryCorps: I love You, Danny): A heart-wrenching StoryCorps interview of an aunt and cousin who were more like a mother and sister to one of the 49 victims, Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon of Puerto Rico

El Pulso De La Comunidad De Fe (The Pulse of The Faith Community): Looks Back at how slow some faith leaders were to show up to the tragedy, how churches walked a fine line in comforting the LGBT community and where things stand today in terms of the LGBT community and a large, local Evangelical church with a primarily Latino congregation. This church, El Calvario, held a funeral for one of the victims. A year later, they don’t have anything planned to mark the one year anniversary of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history

Latin Night: Sigue el Ritmo (Latin Night: The Rhythm Continues): We head out to Parliament House and other gay clubs and bars to see what has changed security-wise post Pulse.  We hear from club-goers and a former Pulse Latin Night Club promoter who survived the massacre and continues to go out and live life.  He says “Keep Dancing Orlando,” don’t let the tragedy stop you from visiting sacred spaces with friends and family

Tragedia y Salud Mental (Tragedy and Mental Health): A three-way conversation with a Proyecto Somos Orlando bilingual counselor and a Pulse survivor who is still receiving mental health counseling a year later

More information about WMFE’s Pulse one-year mark coverage is available here.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jenny Babcock at 407-273-2300 ext. 112 or email at jbabcock@wmfe.org.