About the show

Almost overnight, the coronavirus has changed everything. Grocery stores are open; schools, bars and restaurants are closed. At $37, round-trip airfare from Tampa to Las Vegas is cheaper than alcohol-based hand sanitizer ($51, available on Amazon in 10 days).

The public demands information, then short circuits like the New York Stock Exchange when too much of it is bad. Shoppers are emptying shelves of disinfectants, which at least makes some degree of sense, and toilet paper, which makes none.

We’re leery of doors, gas pumps and elevator buttons but haven’t gotten around to thinking about the other 200 surfaces we touched before touching our face. “Social distancing” has crimped courtesies but reinvigorated the idea of personal space. We fill in the gaps with Netflix and Uber Eats — and, just in time, a new podcast.

Peter Schorsch, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Florida Politics, as well as an avid podcast host and guest, is launching a pop-up pod, Hunkering Down, to learn and share how folks in the Sunshine State are adjusting to the new normal.

In quick-hit interviews, Schorsch talks to some of the smartest people in the political process about their hopes and fears, do’s and don’ts during this extraordinary moment. Check it out! You’ve got time. Looks like we’re gonna be here for a while.


  • Hamilton, Reopening Schools, and A Tough Primary: With Richard Reeves, Kirsten Borman Dougherty, and Michelle Salzman

    July 13th, 2020  |  1 hr 35 mins
    coronavirus, florida politics, hamilton, hunker down, kirsten borman, michelle salzman, peter schorsch, primary, reopening schools, richard reeves, tallahassee
  • On the Campaign Trail: Mike Binder, Nate Monroe, Steve Vancore

    June 29th, 2020  |  1 hr 26 mins
    2020, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, florida times-union, gop convention, jacksonville, jacksonville rnc, lenny curry, mike binder, nate monroe, polling, republican national convention, rnc, steve vancore, university of north florida, vote by mail

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Mike Binder, professor of Political Science & Public Administration at the University of North Florida; Nate Monroe, a political reporter and Metro columnist for the Florida Times-Union and veteran political consultant and pollster Steve Vancore, the founding partner of VancoreJones Communications.

  • On the Campaign Trail: Jason Brodeur, Scott Powers, Anthony Pedicini

    June 22nd, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    anthony pedicini, coronavirus, covid-19, florida politics, heather fitzenhagen, jason brodeur, peter schorsch, ray rodrigues. major league baseball, scott powers, senate district 27, senate district 9

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Senate candidate Jason Brodeur, Republican consultant Anthony Pedicini and Florida Politics reporter Scott Powers.

  • Ron Pierce

    May 23rd, 2020  |  23 mins 34 secs
    business restrictions, coronavirus, covid-19, jeff vinik, lobbying, pandemic, peter schorsch, quarantine, reopening, ron desantis, ron pierce, rsa consulting, social distancing, tallahassee, uber

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Ron Pierce, president and CEO of Tampa-based RSA Consulting Group. Pierce served as policy adviser for Sen. Tom Lee during his time as Senate President from 2004-2006.

  • Matt Dixon

    May 22nd, 2020  |  33 mins 40 secs
    2020 election, 2022 election, 2024 election, coronavirus, covid-19, donald trump, joe biden, marco rubio, matt dixon, matt gaetz, media, pandemic, politico, rick scott, ron desantis, ron desantis reelection, social distancing, transparency

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Matt Dixon, senior political reporter for POLITICO Florida.

  • Jeff Johnston

    May 22nd, 2020  |  34 mins 7 secs

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Jeff Johnston, one of the state's leading lobbyists and founder of Johnston & Stewart Government Strategies. Before that, Johnston was a founding partner of Corcoran and Johnston, consistently among the top lobbying firms in Florida. In 2018, he received second place in Florida Politics’ list of Best Lobbyists in Florida.

  • Jennifer Green

    May 14th, 2020  |  50 mins 25 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, expedia group, homeaway, jennifer green, liberty partners, phase one reopening, vrbo

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with lobbyist Jennifer Green, president and owner of Liberty Partners of Tallahassee. Green is the Past Chairman of the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists (FAPL) and still serves on the board and the FAPL Education Foundation.

  • Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

    May 14th, 2020  |  1 hr 3 mins
    anitere flores, coronavirus, covid-19, dotie joseph, jason pizzo, juan fernandez-barquin, miami, miami chamber of commerce, nicholas x. duran, ron desantis, sadowski affordable housing trust fund, unemployment, vance aloupis

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce for a virtual legislative wrap-up event with a panel of six Miami legislators.

  • Jason Pizzo

    May 13th, 2020  |  26 mins 35 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, jason pizzo, peter schorsch, senate district 38

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Sen. Jason Pizzo, a former assistant state attorney who now represents Senate District 38, which covers Aventura, Miami Beach, North Miami, and portions of the City of Miami.

  • Kelly Mallette

    May 12th, 2020  |  39 mins 42 secs
    coronavirus, covid-19, florida, hunkering down

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Kelly Mallette, Director of Government Affairs at Ronald L. Book, P.A.

  • Kaleo Partners

    May 5th, 2020  |  42 mins 55 secs
    carlos lopez-cantera, coronavirus, covid-19, dean cannon, florida, florida politics, glenn kirkland, heath beach, jon menendez, kaleo partners, peter schorsch, tech, technology, unemployment

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Kaleo Partners founders Glenn Kirkland and Jon Menendez, along with principal Heath Beach. Kaleo Partners is a Tampa and Tallahassee-based tech policy and government advocacy firm that specializes in technology policy, budget and procurement.

  • Will Weatherford

    May 2nd, 2020  |  33 mins 4 secs
    back to normal, coronavirus, coronavirus economy, covid-19, economy, florida chamber of commer, florida house of representatives, florida politics, jobs, pandemic, peter schorsch, quarantine, social distancing, unemployment, will weatherford

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with former House Speaker Will Weatherford, the managing partner of Weatherford Capital, and the state’s 84th Speaker from 2012-2014 — at the time, the youngest House Speaker in America.

  • Nick Iarossi

    May 1st, 2020  |  44 mins 27 secs
    capital city consulting, capitol press corps., car racing, coronavirus, coronavirus response, covid-19, economic recovery, lobbying, media, nick iarossi, pandemic, peter schorsch, ron desantis, social distancing

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with veteran political consultant Nick Iarossi, co-founder and owner of Capital City Consulting, as well as one of INFLUENCE Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in Florida.

  • Kelly Cohen

    May 1st, 2020  |  29 mins 47 secs
    buddy dyer, central florida, coronavirus, coronavirus response, covid-19, jerry demings, kelly cohen, orange county, orlando, pandemic, peter schorsch, ron desantis, social distancing, southern group

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with lobbyist, strategist and fundraiser Kelly Cohen, who serves as a partner and chief marketing officer for The Southern Group.

  • Bill Carlson

    May 1st, 2020  |  24 mins 53 secs
    beaches, bill carlson, coronavirus, covid-19, disney, economy, gender pay gap, middle class, pandemic, peter schorsch, pinellas county, poverty, quarantine, restaurants, social distancing, st. petersburg, tampa, tampa city council

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Tampa City Council Member Bill Carlson, who also serves as president of Tucker/Hall, one of Florida’s leading public relations firms.

  • Carol Dover

    May 1st, 2020  |  31 mins 42 secs
    carol dover, coronavirus, covid-19, florida restaurant and lodging association, hospitality, hotels, pandemic, peter schorsh, reopening florida, restaurants, social distancing

    Peter Schorsch hunkers down with Carol Dover, the president and CEO of the influential Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association.