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Intersection: Former CIA Director Porter Goss

It’s possible President Barack Obama made the United States less safe by announcing to the world Osama bin Laden’s death, former CIA Director Porter Goss says. 

Goss served as CIA director from 2004 to 2006. This week on Intersection he says the United States’ mission in Pakistan that took out bin Laden in May 2011 could be considered an act of war.

“We are not supposed to admit that we are over there doing that. You saw what a problem it’s caused in Pakistan,” Goss says. “The fact that Osama bin Laden is dead is what’s important. It’s actually better in a way if you say we don’t know how it happened because the other Osama bin Ladens of the world …, now they know our MO. It’s a shame we gave that away. We didn’t have to do it. The reason we did was political.” 

Listen to Intersection Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for the first part of a special two-part interview with Goss. Tune in Saturday at 7:30 a.m. to hear about the former CIA director’s experience as mayor of Sanibel, Fla., and also what is his favorite spy movie. Or listen online and then share your perspective here on Florida Talks.

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Gulf Coast Live: Your Voice – Planning and Preparing for Old Age

Every American – of every age – should be asking, “Am I ready for the costs associated with old age?”  According to the Brookings Institute, one half of the nation’s households are not saving enough for retirement needs.  One of the most difficult challenges is the substantial uncertainty associated with long term care.  Join us as we explore what you need to know to prepare for life and your health after retirement.

Also, how to emotionally prepare when making decisions about where and how you’ll spend the rest of your life.

GUESTS:
Shelley Rhoads PerryHuntington National Bank Inc., VP and Senior Trust Administrator
Linda Flores, Huntington National Bank Inc., Naples Branch Manager
Marilyn GregorySenior Choices, Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator

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

Click here to go to the show’s page

Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

Once a month we welcome Jacksonville Sheriff John Rutherford to the program to discuss the biggest law enforcement issues facing his team and the city. The sheriff did just that this morning, and also heard about what concerns you most as he took your calls.

Veteran and author Clint Van Winkle joined us to talk about his experiences as one of the first troops to invade Iraq in 2003. Van Winkle has penned a poignant account of his tour of duty, as well as his struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder after returning home. His memoir, Soft Spots, is the book of choice of Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Author Series Learning Community – more than 2,000 students are reading it right now. The project is a partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project, the U.S. Navy and HeroBox.org. Van Winkle will be speaking at FSCJ South about the experiences of those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

And in our Tech Tuesday segment, First Coast Connect contributor Ray Hollister took a look at the Mobile World Congress, the mobile industry’s largest exhibition in the world, happening this week in Barcelona, Spain. Ray spoke to Phil Nickinson, editor-in-chief of Android Central, a news website dedicated to everything about Google’s Android operating system, about what we can expect to see from the event.

If you missed any portion of today’s program, be sure to 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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Gulf Coast Live: Your Voice – Growing Old at Home

Join our live studio audience for a conversation about growing old at home.  What does it take to make that possible as Americans live longer than ever?  What can the community do to help seniors maintain quality of life and age in place?  Participate and share your stories.

GUESTS:
Robert Adamski, Elder Law Attorney
Stephanie Borden, AARP Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist
Lavigne Kirkpatrick, RN, Avow Hospice, External Affairs; Florida Board of Nursing, Member

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

Click here to go to the show’s page

Catholics and Conception on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

The Obama administration’s new directive, that religiously affiliated institutions provide coverage for birth control, has split the Catholic community. Depending on your point of view, the debate is framed as either a discussion of women’s health or religious liberty. It has prompted a lively discussion among Catholics about the tenets of their faith, and how politics and health care interest with religion. Here to discuss the issue was Dr. John Frank, Communications Coordinator for the American Catholic Council.

Steve Forbes, CEO of Forbes Media and a two-time Republican presidential candidate, will be speaking tonight at the Times-Union Center. We listened to an interview we did with Mr. Forbes last week about the event.

The advertising game is a competitive world, and local agencies say they’ve continually got to adapt and change to stay competitive. One such firm, Jacksonville’s Dalton Agency, has seen success expanding to other cities around the Southeast, and in adding new client services to its portfolio. We were joined by Jim Dalton, CEO of Dalton Agency, to talk about the evolution of the industry.

Jax Kids Day is coming up this Saturday at the main library and Hemming Plaza downtown. The event, sponsored by Jacksonville’s Children Commission, has an array of fun and educational activities on tap. Cheryl Townsend, community outreach manager for the Children’s Commission, was here with a preview. We also spoke to Grammy award winner Ella Jenkins, a veteran of such PBS programs as Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street, who will be performing at the event.

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

You can join in on the discussion by clicking the add comment button. We value your feedback.

Gulf Coast Live: Your Voice – Governor’s Assisted Living Workgroup

Last fall, AARP ranked Florida 44th in the nation for senior long-term care services. Three decades ago, the state was considered a model for quality and availability of long-term care options, but last year a Miami Herald investigation revealed widespread neglect and abuse problems in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and a lack of state intervention.

That investigation, along with controversy in Florida’s Long Term Care Ombudsman program led Gov. Rick Scott to create an assisted living facility task force.  We’ll get an update on recommendations for improving and monitoring facility conditions and find out how lawmakers plan to address senior housing issues in the current legislative session.

GUESTS:
Patricia Lange, Executive Director, Florida Assisted Living Association
Larry Polivka, PhD., Executive Director, Claude Pepper Center at Florida State University; Chair, Assisted Living Workgroup
Matt Hudson, Florida State Representative District 101, Assisted Living Workgroup Member

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

Click here to go to the show’s page

Media Roundtable Week in Review on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

It’s Friday, which meant it was time to take a look back at the biggest news stories of the week with our media roundtable. Joining us this morning to discuss the week’s top headlines were: Jeff Reece, editor at the Florida Times-Union; A.G. Gancarski, columnist at Folio Weekly; and WJCT’s own senior staff reporter Kevin Meerschaert. Topics for our discussion included the Florida Times-Union’s investigation into JTA’s bus drivers and the primary race between George LeMieux and Connie Mack.

During our Weekend Warrior segment we spoke to Tiffany Frautschi of St. Mark’s Episcopal Day School about the 33rd annual Daily’s Ortega River Run. Proceeds from the race will benefit the school.

Our automotive expert Dan Scanlan, writer for the Florida Times-Union, joined us for another edition of our Pod Rods segment. Check out all of the biggest car news in his Pod Rods column at Jacksonville.com.

Jacksonville theatre company Stage Aurora has been awarded the nationally acclaimed Big Read grant by the National Endowment for the Arts. They’ll be producing a stage version of Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. We spoke to cast members Frank Dancy and Stan Mesnick, as well as WJCT contributor Jessica Palombo, who is also Stan’s granddaughter, about the production.

Our resident movie critic Cinema CJ was back with a review of the Navy Seal film Act of Valor, in theaters today.

And we closed today’s show with First Coast hip hop and neo soul music producer Ill Clinton. He’ll be releasing his new album, “Presents: Vol. 1,” on March 1st with a CD release part at Deja Vu Wine Bar. The album will be available to download for free at his site, www.illclinton.com.

Be sure to come out and support WJCT’s team, “Wait, Wait Don’t Hit Me,” at Jacksonville’s first Newsroom Street Fight happening tomorrow at the the Jacksonville Police Athletic League’s 3450 Monument Road location. And make a donation in our name at PAL’s website. We appreciate your support.

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

You can join in on the discussion by clicking the add comment button. We value your feedback.