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Local Reaction to the Events in Syria on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

Rebel fighters in Syria continue to pound the city of Aleppo this morning, as troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad are forced to retreat. The 16 month old rebellion there is being closely watched by many here on the First Coast. North Florida is home to one of the largest Arab-American populations in the United States. We spoke to one local resident with family ties to Syria about his thoughts and fears about the conflict.

Whether you’re hitting the beach this summer, or just working in your garden, it’s the season for sunscreen. And the higher the SPF factor, the better… right? Some health advocates are raising questions about conventional sunscreens, with concerns about misleading SPF claims to worries about the chemicals in these products. First Coast dermatologist Dr. Jonathan Kantor joined us with a closer look at sunscreen facts and myths.

Scott Watkins and Marguerite Richardson are a husband and wife duo passionate about music and teaching. Both are music professors at Jacksonville University, and recently returned from a trip to China as Visiting Foreign Scholars. We spoke to Scott and Marguerite about their experience teaching Chinese students, and why music is the universal language.

And in our Tech Tuesday segment, we found out how kids on the First Coast can build and operate their own robots as part of local tech firm Pragmatic Works‘ new summer camp. CEO Brian Knight joined us with more about the camp.

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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Intersection: New jobs without recruiting new businesses

Since the state was established Florida’s economy has revolved around growth. 

More tourists. More homebuyers. More businesses.

Now some Florida leaders are considering how to create jobs not by recruiting new businesses to the state but by nurturing businesses already here. This week on Intersection 90.7’s Mark Simpson talks with an expert panel about a new economic development concept called economic gardening.

Fran Korosec oversees day-to-day operations at the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida. Dale Brill is president of the Florida Chamber Foundation and former director of the Florida Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, now part of the state Department of Economic Opportunity.

Economic gardening doesn’t replace Florida’s long strategy of recruitment but is a lower-cost compliment, they say. 

“It was very difficult to suggest that we would go for this sort of homegrown and this nurturing concept,” Brill says. “That is in sharp contrast to a recruitment strategy. But it was a significant shift.”

Also Simpson talks with Flora Maria Garcia, new president and chief executive officer of United Arts of Central Florida.

Do you think economic gardening makes sense? 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 listen online and then share your perspective here on Florida Talks.

Gulf Coast Live: Florida and the Affordable Care Act / Art in Ft. Myers

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As the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld the constitutionality of the federal healthcare overhaul, we’ll sit down with the presidents of Lee Memorial Health System and Naples Community Hospital Healthcare System for a look at what the landmark law will mean for patients and local providers.

We’ll also explore why a growing number of art galleries in downtown Fort Myers are closing their doors despite the seeming success of initiatives like Art Walk.

Plus, the Fort Myers River District landscape is dotted with outdoor works of art that often go overlooked. We’ll meet the man behind a new walking tour providing insight and history behind Fort Myers’ public art offerings.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org
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Intersection: A record jump for a new generation

In 1960 Joe Kittinger flew a balloon 19 miles up, to the edge of space. He said a prayer and jumped. At his fastest he fell more than 600 miles an hour.

Today Kittinger’s records for highest, fastest and longest parachute jump remain unbroken. But that could change soon.

Kittinger, a retired Air Force colonel and long-time Orlando resident, is an adviser on a mission by renowned sky-diver Felix Baumgartner to jump from even higher – more than 120,000 feet. Baumgartner would fall faster than the speed of sound. Kittinger talked with 90.7’s Mark Simpson about the mission this week on Intersection.

“That’s why we do things,” Kittinger says. “That’s why we go deeper in the ocean, faster on land, higher. It’s human nature. We want to extend our horizons. We want to extend our limits, and the way to do it is to push the envelope and that’s what Felix is doing.”

Also this week 90.7’s Matthew Peddie discusses why former Gov. Jeb Bush’s appeal remains even though he no longer is in office and is not seeking office.

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 listen online and then share your perspective here on Florida Talks.

Gulf Coast Live: Disabled Accessibility in Southwest Florida / Vernon Peeples’s – “Punta Gorda: In the Beginning, 1865-1900”

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Thursday, July 26th will mark the 22nd anniversary of President George H.W. Bush’s signing of the the Americans with Disabilities Act into law.  The landmark legislation provides protections against discrimination for those with disabilities.

We’ll highlight local celebrations being put on by the Center for Independent Living Gulf Coastand Goodwill Industries and efforts to increase disabled accessibility in Southwest Florida.

Plus, former state lawmaker, historian and author Vernon Peeples takes us back to the region’s frontier days in his latest book, “Punta Gorda: In the Beginning, 1865-1900.”

Call in: 1-877-428-8255
Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org
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Intersection: Magic eye new team-building strategy

The Orlando Magic are working on a trade deal for the team’s star player, Dwight Howard. What does the team want in return? No more stars please, says Alex Martins, the Magic’s chief executive officer.

Martins talks with 90.7’s Mark Simpson this week on Intersection about the team’s tumultuous recent months. Howard has requested a trade to the Brooklyn Nets, although his future remains uncertain. The team fired its head coach in May.

New general manager Rob Hennigan, hired in June, brings to the team a new strategy that “really focuses on team and focuses on the fact that everybody on the team has their role, and it’s not necessarily a star player that’s going to drive the process on any given night. Any one of our players should be prepared to be the star and carry the team.”

The strategy has worked at the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, teams were Hennigan previously worked in management, Martins says. The Magic’s previous strategy, which revolved around star players such as Howard and Shaquille O’Neal, led to good years but also rebuilding years, he says.

“It’s definitely a strategy shift,” he says. “When you build an organization organically through the draft … you can have players come and go year after year. … You’re not relying so much on the big home run with a free agent signing, which in a couple of cases we’ve had perhaps overpaying for a player in that attempt to hit the home run.”

Also Terry Ann Thaxton, an associate professor of English at the University of Central Florida, discusses her summer writing camp aimed at strengthening teens’ writing skills in this age of texts and tweets.

What do you think about the Magic’s present situation?

Listen to 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.

Florida State College at Jacksonville Spending on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

New information is coming out about spending at Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) as the college’s board demands more oversight and new procedures to keep a closer eye on the books. The Florida Times-Union reported on Sunday that College president Steve Wallace charged more than $180,000 to the school and its foundation over the past two years. Charges included everything from phone and iPad service to dinners out and a Cadillac lease. We discussed why the Times-Union is focusing on FSCJ and what the college’s response has been with the two lead reporters on the story, Adam Causey and Kate Howard Perry.

The Duval County Health Department is out with a new report looking at the health of Jacksonville’s Hispanic community, and it includes some striking findings. Annie Rodriquez and Dr. Patricia Solo-Josephson of the Duval County Health Department Hispanic Health Advisory Council stopped by to help us analyze the findings.

Heather Burky is the first person in Jacksonville to ever win a Student Academy Award. The mother of three and Art Institute of Jacksonville student recently picked up the honor for her documentary “Lost County,” which looks at three Cuban expatriates who fought Fidel Castro for the United States. We spoke to Heather about the award and what she has planned for her next film.

And in our Tech Tuesday segment, we found out how researchers here in Florida took part in the discovery of the elusive Higgs-Boson particle. University of Florida physics professor Dr. Konstantin Matchev joined us with more about how a team of professors and graduate students at the university helped in the research. You can read more about their work here.

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.