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Gulf Coast Live: Along the Caloosahatchee River / Prostate Cancer Survivors

The story of Southwest Florida contains a colorful cast of characters from the Calusa Indians and Spanish Explorers to the Seminole Tribe and pioneer settlers.  Of all of the characters that have shaped the region throughout history, perhaps none has been more influential than the Caloosahatchee River.  That’s the subject of a new book released this month by News-Pressessayist Amy Bennett Williams titled “Along the Caloosahatchee River” offering a pictorial guide to Southwest Florida’s history.

Plus, each day more than 500 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer.  Survivors join us to tell their story and we’ll find out about the latest treatment options.

Amy Bennett WilliamsNews-Press essayist, author
Rae Ann WesselSanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation, Natural Resource Policy Director
Jan ManariteProstate Cancer Research Institute, Florida Educational Facilitator
Dr. Jim ReevesFlorida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, Oncologist

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Intersection: Solar energy in the Sunshine State

National Solar Power, a 2-year-old, little-known Melbourne company, has announced plans for a $1.5 billion solar energy farm in the Sunshine State billed as the world’s largest. The company has named four Florida counties as finalists for the farm. Osceola County is among the finalists.

This week on Intersection host Mark Simpson talks with James Scrivener, chief executive officer of National Solar Power, about the company’s plans. Simpson also talks with a panel of experts from the University of Central Florida, Stetson University and Florida Power & Light about whether the farm is part of a new and growing solar industry in Florida.

Solar is an obviously abundant resource in Florida, and a vibrant solar industry could create manufacturing and construction jobs for this economically depressed state, says Buck Martinez, solar energy expert at Florida Power & Light. But the state lacks policy encouraging the industry, he says.

“We can be the No. 1 manufacturer of solar panels all over the world. We have the Caribbean. We have Central and South America,” Martinez says. “We in Florida could be the one that takes advantage of that and creates a true hub.”

Solar energy in the Sunshine State, this week on “Intersection.”

“Intersection” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. on WMFE-FM 90.7. The show is re-broadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Share your perspective on solar energy here on Florida Talks.

Gulf Coast Live: Radicalism in America / Breast Cancer Research

Both the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Anti-Defamation League have released reports this year documenting the activity of hate groups in the U.S.  According to the SPLC, the number of hate groups in America has soared since 2008, some of which they say is driven by resentment over the country’s changing racial demographics.  We’ll talk with representatives from both organizations about hate groups in Florida and find out what’s fueling America’s explosion of radicalism.

Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center, PIO
Mark Pitcavage, Anti-Defamation League, Director of Investigative Research

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Remembering Stetson Kennedy and More on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

This morning on First Coast Connect, we honored the memory of civil rights icon Stetson Kennedy, who passed away this past weekend. Kennedy was a revered author and folklorist, counting among his many friends and colleagues, Zora Neale Hurston, Studs Terkel, Woody Guthrie, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Jean Paul Sartre. He is most widely known for his decision six decades ago to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan and expose its secrets to the world, which he did via books and over the radio. Joining us this morning to mark Kennedy’s life and contributions, we welcomed three noted local citizens: civil rights pioneer Alton Yates; author and historian Jim Crooks; nd historian and preservationist Wayne Wood. As well as remembering Mr. Kennedy’s contributions, we asked callers what they think of the state of race relations today.

A comprehensive report is out this week looking at the health – or lack thereof – of the St. Johns River. The report involved the collaboration of researchers from Jacksonville University, the University of North Florida, and Valdosta State in Georgia. And the data is revealing – with new and detailed information about the pollutants surging through the St. Johns. One of the report’s authors, Dr. Quinton White, Executive Director of the Jacksonville University’s Marine Science Research Institute, was in the studio to tell us more.

New research shows the number of homeless teens here on the First Coast has skyrocketed. The spike in youth homelessness will be the focus of a national conference hosted by the Daniel Memorial Institute this weekend. The reasons why teens are out on the streets vary, but the consequences for them are even more severe than for homeless adults. Allison Martin, case manager for Project Prepare, Daniel’s independent living youth program, was here to tell us about the conference.

And finally this morning, we spoke to a First Coast filmmaker who was inspired by an episode of the classic sitcom MASH to bring a fascinating story to the screen. The episode referenced Dr. Charles Drew, an African-American doctor who pioneered methods for preserving and collecting blood just in time to save the Allies during World War II. The story of Dr. Drew, whose medical advances saved countless lives, has never been widely told. Filmmaker Kathleen Bobak plans to change that. She’s in pre-production on the film “Banked Blood,” which will honor Dr. Drew’s contribution to medicine. She joined us, along with Odette Struys of the Blood Alliance, to highlight the story of Dr. Drew. Be sure to visit the “Banked Blood” Facebook page for more information.

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Gulf Coast Live: Redistricting

Following last year’s decennial census, legislators will soon sit down to redraw Florida’s legislative and congressional district boundaries adding two new districts to the state.  As public input meetings on redistricting come to Southwest Florida this week, we’ll discuss the process and the politics behind redistricting.  Amendments were added to Florida’s constitution in the last election intended to prevent partisan gerrymandering, but two of Florida’s U.S. Representatives are challenging those amendments in Federal court saying they could silence the voices of minority voters.

Dan Gelber with the FairDistricts Now, Inc., Counsel
Dr. Peter BergersonFGCU Political Science Professor

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Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – Derek Hess at Howl Gallery / 26º 81º

World famous rock concert poster artist Derek Hess does poster and album art for Pearl Jam, Iggy Pop and Pink Floyd. His art is on permanent display at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and in the Louvre in Paris and now he’s got new fine art works at the Howl Gallery in Fort Myers.

Plus remaking Immokalee’s image through a fine arts photography book. Tennessee photographer Joshua Dudley Greer used a large format camera to help Immokalee Foundation Board Member Joseph Zednik show the town he sees when he works with children and families there.

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Intersection: A man like Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway personified masculinity. He was extraordinarily successful professionally, having won the Nobel Prize in Literature. He had been to war and was a big game hunter, womanizer and regular drinker at Sloppy Joe’s in Key West.

“The Heming Way” is a new, tongue-and-cheek guide to how to be a man like Ernest Hemingway, penned by 20-something journalist Marty Beckerman. This week on “Intersection” Beckerman explains why such a guide is necessary for young men today and why Hemingway is the ideal role model.

“He lived before he died. He really lived life to the fullest, and I really don’t think we do that as much today. He lived life on his own terms. He did not compromise on anything, which maybe I admire and maybe not. But he became legendary because he lived in a legendary way,” Beckerman says. “Everything we know now comes from Wikipedia, but everything Hemingway knew came from adventure and experience, and I think that’s great.”

How much of Hemingway’s masculinity was myth? Paul Reich and Jill Jones, literature professors at Rollins College, say much of it was myth.

“He lived life desperately. I mean, of course who doesn’t want to go on safari in Africa. All of us do on some level,” Jones says. “When I read his stories I see an emptiness he’s trying to fill with this big false myth.”

How to be a man like Ernest Hemingway, this week on “Intersection.” Tune in on WMFE 90.7 FM Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. The show is rebroadcast Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 a.m. Then share your perspective here on Florida talks.