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Mayor John Peyton: On First Coast Connect

Today was perhaps the final day that we were able to speak on the show with Jacksonville Mayor John Peyton while he is still in office.
He was here to take your phone calls and answer your questions for the full hour.
Today’s hot topics were city pension reform and the clash between the city and the police unions over contract negotiations.

You can contact the mayor through coj.net

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You can also listen to podcasts of the show by clicking wjctondemand.org

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Gulf Coast Live: Video Game Addiction

In his new book, Unplugged, Ringling College professor Ryan van Cleve talks about how his obsession with video games got him fired from one job, almost cost him his family, and had him contemplating suicide. Van Cleve joins us to talk about his new book and the message: how video game addiction destroys lives.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – Highly Talented Kids

As part of our Your Voice Series on Education, we’ll meet 2 Southwest Florida students who have performed on NPR’s From the Top – plus one young man who’s up for a future show – to see how being an extraordinary young musician has changed their lives.

Violin player David Song, Mezzo soprano Laura Mixter and flutist Ryan Norville – Thursday at noon on WGCU – NPR for swfl.

And, it’s widely believed that students who do well in music also excel in math. Some research shows that starting music lessons at a young age enhances the ability to do math. We’ll see if there is any correlation in these top musicians.



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Intersection | Talking With NPR President Vivian Schiller

I had the opportunity to speak with NPR President Vivian Schiller for about an hour last week for Intersection.  She was very thoughtful and patiently answered my persistent questions about Juan Williams, the departure of NPR News Chief Ellen Weiss, and the mis-reporting of the death of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and efforts to defund Public Broadcasting on Capital Hill.  Schiller described the steps that NPR is now taking to review its ethics policy and discussed the difference between reporters, analysts, and commentators, and how technology is blurring those lines.  It was an interesting conversation.  Hear it plus a lot of web extras on Intersection.

Gulf Coast Live: Low Performing Schools / Alternatives in Education

The Alliance for Excellent Education and data from Johns Hopkins University report Florida has more than 160 of the nation’s lowest performing schools, putting it second behind Texas. Four Collier High Schools are among the lowest performing in the country. The Obama administration has committed $3.5 billion to fund changes in persistently low-performing schools around the country, with priority given to high schools with graduation rates below 60 percent. We’ll look at how to turn low performing schools around.

Plus we’ll look at school alternatives including Charter schools, home schooling and private schools. The national nonprofit Center for Education Reform gave Florida’s charter school law a “B” grade in its 2011 ranking, its 12th annual overview. How has technology changed home schooling? What are private schools doing to attract students in this economy?

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Gulf Coast Live: The Cost of Higher Education

Is college worth the investment of time and money? In 2000, the cost of a four-year public college education amounted to 18% of the annual income of middle income families. In 2011, it amounts to 25% of that family’s average annual income. And, the cost of attending a private university is about double the cost of public universities.

Our guest, Dr. Louis Lataif, is the former dean of Boston University’s Business School. Dr. Lataif predicts the bursting of the education bubble, much like the dot com and housing markets.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – Selections from Littleton Studios at FGCU / Alliance for the Arts Research

We’ll explore vitreography, contemporary printmaking using a glass printing plate pioneered by Harvey Littleton. Selections from Littleton Studios are up at FGCU’s Art Gallery. We’ll meet the curator and vitreographer Herb Jackson. Plus The Alliance for the Arts embarks on a research study to evaluate the impact spending by nonprofit arts organizations and their audiences have on their local economies.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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