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Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – Marcus Jansen Featured at Unit A / The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

A new cutting edge art space is now open in downtown Fort Myers called Unit A. The New York style urban loft space will house selected works from the Marcus Jansen collection on a permanent basis and serve as a hub for information regarding the artist and his career. Jansen expert, art columnist and curator Veron Ellis is its director.  We’ll hear from both of them.

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Plus the Academy Award for best animated short film goes to: ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’ –created by 19 Ringling College graduates.

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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: Employment Crisis for People with Disabilities

The latest labor statistics indicate Florida’s unemployment rate has dipped below ten percent, but among Southwest Floridians with a disability, seventy percent are either unemployed, underemployed or have simply never been able to enter the workforce.

We’ll talk with advocates and service providers working to increase employment opportunities for those with disabilities and special needs.

We’ll hear the stories of local residents living with a disability and fighting to expand their own career options and we’ll highlight local resources to help those with a disability and explore new innovations aimed at combating the employment crisis.

GUESTS
Deborah Reardon, Disability Navigator, Southwest Florida WORKS
Debra Lynne, Vice President, Easter Seals Florida, Inc.
Lynn James, Service Coordinator, Easter Seals Florida, Inc.
Barbara Williams, Transition Coordinator, Department of Exceptional Student Education, Lee County School District
Jim Vidrine, Human Services Program Specialist, Florida Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Area 8
Brad Karpel, Student, Edison State College/Person with a disability self-advocate

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: Orlando’s mayoral candidates

Orlando’s volunteer crime watch program stretches city resources and helps keep neighborhoods safe, Orlando mayoral candidate Phil Diamond says.

Diamond and Orlando mayoral candidate Mike Cantone appear this week on Intersection as part of a special two-week series of interviews with the city’s mayoral candidates. Incumbent Buddy Dyer faces three challengers in his bid for re-election April 3.

Diamond supports expanding Orlando’s volunteer crime watch program and using volunteers to help with the city’s code enforcement. He says his position has not changed since the death of Trayvon Martin, the teen gunned down in Sanford by a neighborhood watchman.

“The kind of thing where you’re talking about in Sanford wouldn’t have occurred with a citizen on patrol that is part of the program that is run by the Orlando Police Department because those people don’t carry guns,” he says. “They’re supposed to call 911 or the police department.”

Cantone expresses skepticsm for large expansion projects such as the new Medical City in Lake Nona and Creative Village, a development of businesses, retail and housing proposed for the site of the old Amway Arena. Cantone says more planning is required to ensure a trained workforce is in place for these expansions.

“We should have been working to build this workforce for years before construction started,” he says.

Intersection airs Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. The show is rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Or tune in online and then share your perspective here on Florida Talks. Visit Intersection’s website to hear past interviews with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and candidate Ken Mulvaney.

Discussing the Affordable Care Act Supreme Court Case on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

The Obama administration’s health care reform law goes before the Supreme Court today for the first of three days of oral arguments. The high court will hear arguments on whether health care reform, and in particular the individual mandate requiring every American to buy health insurance, is constitutional. The law has been hotly debated since it was passed two years ago. We discussed the Affordable Care Act and took a look at how the court might rule this morning with Hugh Greene, CEO of Baptist Health, and Darren Latham, associate professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.

The community is being invited to read the same book at the same time in an event called Jax Reads. The month-long project is a collaboration between the Jacksonville Public Library, WJCT Public Broadcasting, Players by the Sea and the University of North Florida. The featured book is The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien, an award-winning collection of stories about a platoon of American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Joining us with more about Jax Reads were Barbara Gubbin, executive director of the Jacksonville Public Library, Joe Schwartz, of Players by the Sea, and WJCT CEO Michael Boylan.

And we heard from Florida Times-Union books page editor Brandy Hillboldt Allport about some great choices to add to your summer reading list.

Jax Fashion Week kicks off this Wednesday. It’s the city’s most comprehensive showcase of emerging designers, and a chance to dress up and have some fun. We spoke to Tiffany Hager, founder of Jax Fashion Week, about what we can expect.

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.

The State of Jacksonville’s Mental Health Funding on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

We began today’s show with an update about the Denver Bronco’s trading of quarterback Tim Tebow. Despite a last minute push from Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Khan, Tebow is not headed to EverBank Field. The Jaguars worked hard to grab Tebow from Denver, but the New York Jets ultimately won. We spoke to our own NFL expert, Folio Weekly columnist A. G. Gancarski about the trade.

The state of mental health funding on the First Coast is back in the spotlight after 28-year-old Shane Schumerth, a Spanish teacher at Jacksonville’s Episcopal High School who had apparent mental health problems, shot and killed head of school Dale Regan, then turned the gun on himself. Mental health advocates in point out that Florida is at the bottom of all 50 states in its funding for mental health services, with Duval County being the least well-funded county in the state. So in terms of mental health programs and services, Jacksonville is at the very bottom in the nation. Joining us to discuss what can be done to improve our status were Denis Marzullo, CEO of Mental Health America of Northeast Florida, and Dr. Therese Rullen, executive director of the Child Guidance Center of Northeast Florida.

It sounds like science fiction, but surgeons at Jacksonville’s Baptist Medical Center say the new MAKO technology is bringing hope and relief to patients suffering from osteoarthritis. The MAKO procedure uses robotics in the operating room to assist in difficult operations such as knee surgery. We spoke to Dr. Stephen Lucie, a sports medicine and joint replacement specialist at Baptist, about the new technology.

We welcomed First Coast filmmaker and playwright Jana Bradley to the show this morning. Her first independent film, Treacherous, has recently landed a national distribution deal, and she’s also produced a play that premieres this weekend at Theatre Jax. The play, Blak Woman Dynamik Reborn, plays this Friday and Saturday night in honor of Women’s History Month

And we got a preview of what’s going on around town this weekend with Jacksonville Magazine’s Kerry Speckman. Visit her website to see a full list of events.

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.

Intersection: Orlando’s mayoral candidates

Ambitious expansion projects such as SunRail, the Amway Center and new Medical City in Lake Nona are even more important in today’s economy, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says.

Dyer faces three challengers in his bid for re-election April 3. This week on Intersection 90.7’s Mark Simpson interviews Dyer and challenger Ken Mulvaney as part of a two-week series of interviews with Orlando’s mayoral candidates.

The incumbent mayor addressed criticism his expansion plans for Orlando sometimes are too ambitious. The region’s economy was based on home building and tourism. Projects such as the Medical City will infuse Orlando with needed, higher-wage jobs, he says.

“The recession is probably the best example of why we need to diversify our economy,” Dyer says.

Mulvaney countered the city lacks the educated workforce the Medical City will require.

“I don’t think we’ve done enough to educate the people in Orlando about the jobs of the future,” he says.

Also this week on Intersection, Simpson talks with the parents of Trayvon Martin, the teen gunned down in Sanford by a neighborhood watchman.

“He was my hero,” the teen’s father Tracy Martin says. “He was everything to me.”

Tune into Intersection Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. The show is rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Or listen online and share your perspective here on Florida Talks.

Gulf Coast Live: Arts Edition – John Butler / “Mambo Man – the story of Pedro ‘Cuban Pete’ Aguilar”

Southwest Florida singer and guitarist John Butler performs at the Sarasota Folk Festival this weekend.  His original songs have been heard on the radio and in films.

Plus The Fort Myers Film Festival showcases the world premiere documentary, “Mambo Man – the story of Pedro “Cuban Pete” Aguilar.”

Sidney & Berne Davis Arts Center, Fort Myers  3/22/12  6pm

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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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