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Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – Gaby Moreno / David Anderson

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Gaby Moreno performs in Fort Myers next week.  We’ll hear the award winning blues, soul and jazz stylings of this Guatemalan born musician.  Moreno won “Favorite American Latino Indie Artist” last year at the American Latino Awards.  She’s toured with Tracy Chapman and Ani Difranco, and her style has been compared with an array of vocal icons from Aretha Franklin and Ella Fitzgerald to Édith Piaf.

Plus, the smooth jazz, hip hop and gospel sounds of Fort Myers musician David Anderson.

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: Key West artists

Key West in the 1970s was a place of renegade creativity and talent, home to writers and artists such as Hunter Thompson, Tennessee Williams and Jimmy Buffett.

Author William McKeen gathers their stories in his latest book, “Mile Marker Zero: The Moveable Feast of Key West.” McKeen discusses his book this week on “Intersection.”

He describes the scene as, “a crazy, wide-open town. It always had a history of piracy in the culture, and so it was a culture that was kind of built on all kinds of different vices. … The people that are today the respected business community actually built those businesses by selling marijuana under the counter. So it was a real laissez-faire town, and they just didn’t care what people did.”

The island’s isolation and anything-goes attitude encouraged artists to flourish, McKeen says.

Tell us about your Key West experiences. Tune into “Intersection” online 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 with us here at Florida Talks.

Intersection: Gov. Scott on jobs

Gov. Rick Scott ran for office on the promise he would create 700,000 jobs in seven years. But he says government does not create jobs.

“Government doesn’t create jobs,” he says. “Government creates an environment where private companies create jobs.”

This week on “Intersection” Scott talks jobs, presidential politics and the Space Coast. Host Mark Simpson asks whether a federal rocket program is in instance in which government creates jobs.

“That’s federal government spending money, and it includes jobs,” Scott says. “The long-term, the real opportunity there is with the private sector.”

What do you think is the government’s role in job creation? Tune into “Intersection” online 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 with us here at Florida Talks.

Seniors on a Mission, Hunger, Sleep and Drinking for a Cause

Hunger and poverty is ravaging the South as the recession drags on. New statistics from the US Census Bureau reveal 15% of Americans are now living in poverty, and the numbers in Florida are even higher. The state has one of the highest poverty rates in the country, with 23% of Florida’s children now falling below the poverty line. The numbers are even more alarming for anti-poverty advocates as members of the Congressional Supercommittee work inWashington to reduce the federal deficit. Safety net initiatives putting food on the table for millions of poor Americans could be on the chopping block. John Edwards, Chairman of the Community Action Partnership, discussed how the rising rate of poverty is affecting us here on the First Coast. Also, joining in the conversation by phone was the Reverend David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, one of the country’s largest anti-poverty organizations. You called in, too, to let us know how you have  been affected by the recession.

 Are your children sleepy? We’ll find out why experts on childhood sleep disorders say it’s time to make sure your child is getting enough shuteye. Dr. Rahul Kakkar, an expert in the field of childhood sleep disorders, is the President and CEO of the Nidra Sleep Institute and Director of St. Luke’s Sleep Disorders Center here in Jacksonville. He joined us today to talk about the negative impact the lack of sleep has on children and their performance in school.

They’re called “Senior Saints,” local senior citizens working to encourage and support other seniors who live alone here on the First Coast. The organization, Seniors on a Mission, lend their helping hands and seasoned skill-sets to nonprofit groups across the community. Tony Tomaino with First Coast Fundraising and Joanne Hickcox with Seniors on a Mission joined us today to share their eagerness to help seniors.

Now here’s a club to join, the Thursday Night Drinking Club! If you’re of the mind that no real work gets done around the office on Fridays, then the Thursday Night Drinking Club may be just the ticket for you. Sarah Marie Johnson is the Marketing Director for the popular San Marco restaurant Bistro Aix and joined us with a preview of details on Thursday night’s bash. It’s all for a great cause—benefiting Girls Inc. With a $10 donation to Girls Inc. folks can enjoy their first drink free, half price Happy Hour drinks (house wines by the glass, draught beers and wells) and complimentary light hors d’oeuvres.  Come raise a glass with us Thursday night at the Bistro Aix!

If you missed any portion of today’s program check out our podcasts at www.wjctondemand.org or listen to the replay of this program tonight at 8 pm on WJCT Arts.

Gulf Coast Live: The Laramie Project

The Laramie Project opens October 7th at the Laboratory Theatre of Florida in Fort Myers.  It’s a retelling of the 1998 murder of college student Matthew Shepard who was tied to a fence, beaten and left to die in a Laramie, Wyoming cow pasture because he was gay.  We’ll explore the significance of the work more than ten years after the death of Matthew Sheppard and the challenges of being you and gay in Southwest Florida.

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: Death Penalty in Florida

Manuel Valle sits on Florida’s death row for the 1978 murder of a Coral Gables police officer following a routine traffic stop. Unless Governor Rick Scott steps in, Valle could be executed within the next week.  With nearly four hundred people on death row in Florida, the state has one of the highest death row inmate populations in the country second on only to California.  We’ll take an in-depth look at the state’s legal system when it comes to deciding who gets executed and who does not.

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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Eyewitness Evidence and More on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

This morning on First Coast Connect, we took a look at the use of eyewitness evidence in criminal court cases. This November, the Supreme Court will return to the question of what the Constitution hase to say about eyewitness evidence. The last time the court considered this question was 34 years ago in 1977. Each year in this country, more than 75 thousand eyewitnesses identify suspects in criminal cases – studies indicate that about 1/3 of those identifications are wrong. Supporters of Troy Davis, the Georgia death row inmate who was recently executed, are making as they call for changes in the way criminal cases are handled. We were joined in the studio by Janet Johnson, a criminal defense attorney here in Jacksonville; and by phone, we welcomed Atlanta-based criminal lawyer and federal attorney Page Pate, who closely followed the Troy Davis case. 

A proposed public-private partnership is working to improve the quality of diabetes care in the United States. Most medical professionals agree improvement is needed, as 26 million Americans are diabetic. As this epidemic spreads, so does a rather uncoordinated approach to treating. There are 37 different agencies with jurisdiction on diabetes policy in Washington – and they’re not working together. Sara Milo, legislative director for the Jacksonville-based American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE), and Brian Campbell, AACE director of public and media relations, were in the studio to discuss what their organization is doing to change the way the government tackles diabetes.

Continuing our medical discussion this morning, we next turned our attention to a health problem related to diabetes: peripheral arterial disease (P.A.D.). 8 million Americans suffer from P.A.D. which clogs the ateries in their legs, causing a condition known as atherosclerosis, and are at high risk for a heart attack or stroke. September is National P.A.D. Awareness Month, and an international foundation dedicated to fighting the disease is based here in Jacksonville. We welcomed Dr. Desmond Bell, podiastrist, and Dr. Yazan Khatib, a cardiologist, co-founders of the Save a Leg Save a Life Foundation to shed some more light on P.A.D.

A high-powered group of authors, leaders and champions will come together at the Florida Theater this Friday, September 30th, for a unique event that reveals the secrets to being fascinating. It’s a quality individuals and businesses strive for – and one that marketers are trying to tap. What makes some brands unforgettable, but others just so-so? Why do some people attract attention like a magnet, while others struggle? The event called Fascinate Me! will explore those questions. Here in studio to tell us more were Olympic gold medalist, author and attorney Nancy Hogshead, and Chris Bolvin, past president of the Jacksonville chapter of the American Marketing Association. Joining us by phone were Sally Hogshead, author of the book Fascinate and keynote speaker at the conference, as well as Hollis Wilder, entrepreneur and two-time winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. Vist jaxama.org for more details.

If you missed any portion of today’s program check out our podcasts at www.wjctondemand.org or listen to the replay of this program tonight at 8 pm on WJCT Arts.

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