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Friday Media Roundtable on First Coast Connect

This morning on First Coast Connect, our weekly media roundtable discussed the week’s top stories. Joining us in the studio today were Jim Schoettler, who reports for the Florida Times-Union, Matt Coleman, who reports for the Jacksonville Business Journal, and WJCT’s own senior staff reporter Kevin Meerschaert. Topics for our conversation this morning ranged from Governor Scott’s cuts of more than $600 million from the state budget, Jacksonville’s local Tea Party questioning of the results of the recent mayor race, and the future of jobs in Jacksonville.

During our Weekend Warrior segment, we spoke to Dr. Kenneth No, Brain Injury Medical Director with Brooks Rehabilitation, about next weekend’s Jacksonville Concussion Summit to raise awareness about youth concussions. The event, being sponsored by Brooks Rehabilitation and the Jacksonville Sports Medicine Program, will take place Saturday, June 4th, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM at University Center at the University of North Florida. Go to http://jaxsmp.com to register for the event.

A new Gallup poll finds 6 out of 10 Americans will travel this summer despite high gas prices and air fares. Travel expert Judy Wells joined us in studio to share some money-saving travel ideas for the summer, including Yellowstone National Park and the Sheraton Atlanta.

We also heard from our resident movie expert, Box Office Bo, about two highly anticipated releases this week: Kung Fu Panda 2 and The Hangover 2. Both sequels are in theaters now.

Clay County’s Concert on the Green is an arts and music scholarship program centered around a 3-day event taking place this Memorial Day Weekend in Green Cove Springs. This offers many Clay Countians the chance to hear the renowned Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and offers visual and music arts scholarships to local students. Two of them also get to perform with the orchestra. Karl Hoffman was in the studio to tell us about the event.

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Intersection: Fringe Festival

Where else can you see a show entitled, “Any Title That Works?”

The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival runs through May 30. It is the United States’ longest-running fringe festival, now is in its 20th year. Beth Marshall, the festival’s producing artistic director, discusses the festival this week on “Intersection.” Rob Gee and Paul Strickland, performers at the festival, each perform bits of their acts.

The festival aims to offer accessible, uncensored theatre, music, dance and art for all ages. All ticket sales benefit the artists directly. The festival is part of an international circuit of fringe festivals dating to 1947 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tune into “Intersection” to hear Strickland perform a bit of his act, “Any Title that Works.” Gee performs a part of his act, “Smart Ars.”

You can listen online here or on WMFE 90.7 FM. “Intersection” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and is re-broadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Then share your perspective here at Florida Talks

Intersection: Mel Martinez

Who is Mel Martinez?

Richard Foglesong addresses this question in his latest book, “Immigrant Prince: Mel Martinez and the American Dream.” Foglesong, professor of politics at Rollins College, discusses his book this week on “Intersection.”

Martinez is the United States’ first Cuban-American senator. He emigrated to Central Florida in 1962 as part of Operation Pedro Pan. He served as co-chairman of George W. Bush’s 2000 presidential campaign in Florida and was elected to the Senate in 2004. He resigned four years later and now is JPMorgan Chase’s senior executive in Florida.

Martinez’s story is emblematic of several trends shaping American politics today, Foglesong says. Among them are the rise of immigrants and the on-going appeal of an American Dream story. Foglesong describes Martinez as a bridge builder between Republicans and Democrats. He calls the former senator a pan-Hispanic for his appeal across Hispanic groups.

“He crossed boundaries between the Anglo world and the Hispanic world,” Foglesong says. “There really are two Mels here, one who is identified with the Cuban cause, and the other that seems really Anglo.”

What is your perspective? Tune into “Intersection” online here or on WMFE 90.7 FM. The program airs Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and is re-broadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Then share your perspective here at Florida Talks

Gulf Coast Live: Pedestrian Friendly Lee County / Mating Season

We’ll take a closer look at a vision for growth and development in Lehigh Acres, and efforts to make Lee County more pedestrian friendly.

Plus, love is in the air for many wildlife species in Southwest Florida. We’ll shed some light on the mating behaviors of alligators, manatees, and birds and explain why they may seem to be acting so strangely.

Lindsey Horde, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Biologist in Alligator Management

Dr. John Reynolds, Director of Mote Marine Laboratory’s Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Research

Tony Westland, Supervisory Refuge Ranger, J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org

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Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – The Forefathers / Hershey Felder

We’ll meet members of the Orlando band The Forefathers, featured this week on NPR’s Echoes.  The 4 piece instrumental ensemble performs original ambient world rock fusing Celtic, new age, afro-beat, folk and rock.

Plus pianist Hershey Felder performs George Gershwin Alone and the Arts of Leonard Bernstein at the Asolo Repertory Theater.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org

Gulf Coast Live: Island Coast AIDS Network / NPR’s New Ombudsman

Much has been learned in the three decades since researchers announced the presence of AIDS.
We’ll talk with local education and prevention specialists from the
Island Coast AIDS Network of southwest Florida about the social stigma still attached
to the disease and about the new rapid results oral test.

And, NPR has a new ombudsman.  Edward Schumacher Matos
is from Florida.  He previously served as ombudsman with the Miami Herald.
Find out his challenges and priorities before he settles into the hot seat.

Edward Schumacher Matos,
NPR Ombudsman and Dan Mitton, Director of Education
and Development, Island Coast Aids Network.

The show will be live at Noon on 90.1 FM
Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email:  gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org

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Intersection: Balancing the economy with the environment

Florida’s environment has been described as among this legislative session’s biggest losers. Lawmakers dismantled the state’s land planning and community development agency, and they repealed much of the state’s growth management law.

Gov. Rick Scott pushed for the changes as a means of generating growth and jobs. How will the changes shape Florida’s future? That is the subject of this week’s “Intersection.”

“We both agree this is a fairly landmark piece of legislation,” says Ryan Houck, executive director of Free Market Florida.

The changes threaten Florida’s environment, says Charles Lee, director of advocacy for Audubon of Florida. The state’s building boom has stalled not because of regulations but because the market is not there, he says.

Houck counters that economic growth can support environmental preservation by generating public funds for government land conservation, but that regulations are hindering an economic recovery.

How should Florida’s lawmakers balance economic growth with environmental preservation? Tune into “Intersection” online here or on WMFE 90.7 FM. The program airs Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and is re-broadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Then share your perspective here at Florida Talks.