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Gulf Coast Live: Environmental Impact of Phosphate Mining / Mercury Levels in Fish and People

The U-S Army Corps of Engineers is conducting an Environmental Impact Statement for phosphate mining in an area including Hardee, Manatee & Desoto Counties. Environmental groups say it’s long overdue, and that phosphate mining hurts the Peace River watershed. The phosphate industry disagrees, and calls Florida’s phosphate and the fertilizer it’s made into is a vital ingredient in the world’s food chain. We’ll learn more.

And we’ll discuss research at FGCU on mercury levels in fish, and people.

Guests: John Fellows – the Corps’ project manager for the Areawide EIS. Brian K. Birky, Ph.D – Public and Environmental Health Research Director with the Florida Institute of Phosphate Research. Glenn Compton – spokesman for the environmental group Manasota-88. / Dr. Darren Rumbold – FGCU Associate Professor of Marine Science.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Gulf Coast Live: Innocence Project of Florida / Tuesday from Tallahassee

Imagine living the greater part of life behind bars for a crime you didn’t commit. We’ll meet a man who spent 35 years in prison before DNA evidence cleared him.

And, the latest from Tallahassee as Florida’s 2011 legislative session continues.

Guests: Seth Miller, Esq., Innocence Project of Florida, James Bain, Exoneree / Dr. Roger Green, Political Science Professor, Florida Gulf Coast University / Aaron Sharockman, Founder, PolitiFact Florida, a fact-checking partnership between the St. Petersburg Times and the Miami Herald

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Gulf Coast Live: Rick Scott Orders Drug Tests / Puerto Rico

Governor Rick Scott recently signed an executive order requiring state employees and applicants to take random drug tests, and there are a number of other bills before the Florida legislature that would directly impact the state’s public sector workers. We’ll discuss the issue with representatives from the Florida AFL-CIO & the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

And, how Puerto Rico became a testing ground for America’s domestic policies.

Guests: Josh Anijar, Communications Director, Florida AFL-CIO / Dr. Maritza Stanchich, Associate Professor of English, University of Puerto Rico

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Intersection | Nuclear Power in Florida

As Japan’s handling of reactor problems at nuclear power plants continue to unfold, what are your thoughts on nuclear power plants in Florida? John Franke, Vice President of Progress Energy’s Crystal River nuclear plant recently spoke about safety features at Progress’ facility.  Franke assured Floridians that the plant is protected from natural disasters like hurricanes. He also noted the recent discovery of cracks in the reactor containment building at the Crystal River plant are being repaired as part of upgrades to the facility.  The Crystal River reactor has been offline since 2009 and will reamin so until approvals are given by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  Florida Consumer Action Network President Lonnie Thompson voiced concerned about the plants emergency plans, adding that federal oversight from the NRC is crucial for overall safety. Progress Energy is proposing to build a new nuclear power plant in Levy County, Florida and NRC spokesman Roger Hannah noted that licensing process of the new plans will be reviewed in detail following Japan’s recent nuclear reactor difficulties. Progress’ Franke says there will be significant design changes in the new Levy County plant compared to the Crystal River plant, which was built in the 1970’s. What are your thoughts on the proposed Levy County plant? Should the proposal move forward? Tell us what you think!

Catch the latest on nuclear power in Florida on Intersection!

Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – Ellis Island: The Dream of America / Will Barnet

Florida Repertory Theater and the Southwest Florida Symphony collaborate on Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America. It celebrates the American immigrant experience with actors, orchestra and projected images.

Then Naples artist Will Barnet turns100 in May. The National Academy of Design in New York honors the American Master this fall. His works are on display at the Harmon Meek Gallery in Naples this month.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Gulf Coast Live: NPR Funding & H.R. 1076

As the debate over funding for NPR rages on in the nation’s capitol, we open the phone lines for local listeners to weigh in on the debate. Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a H.R. 1076, prohibiting local stations from using federal funds to purchase programs from NPR. The bill is now in the U.S. Senate. WGCU Public Media’s General Manager Rick Johnson is our guest.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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Gulf Coast Live: World Water Day / Emergency Housing

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 marks World Water Day. The need for clean, accessible water remains a constant in many countries, including Haiti. We’ll learn how Mothers Clubs of Haiti/Tanzania is helping to fight cholera, a waterborne disease which has spread throughout Haiti.

And, disasters like those in Haiti and Japan point out the need for immediate emergency housing. Just back from Haiti is Brian Bishop, owner of New Panel Homes. New Panel Homes has been selected as a finalist in an international competition. The challenge was to design an entire house which could withstand hurricane winds and be completed in less than a day.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
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