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Intersection: Obama’s New Deal

President Barack Obama’s $787 billion stimulus is transforming the nation. But many Americans and some congressional members see the measure as a give-away for banks.

Miami-based TIME journalist Michael Grunwald writes about why in his new book, “The New New Deal.” This week on Intersection 90.7’s Mark Simpson asked Grunwald about one failed part of the stimulus, high-speed rail in Florida.

Also, it’s Intersection’s 5-year anniversary, and the show’s team continues our look back at our favorite interviews. This week listen to a conversation with an HIV and tuberculosis activist in Africa.

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 here.

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Gulf Coast Live: Edison & Ford Editorial Cartoons: Then and Now / Candidates for Florida Senate

And, with the fall political season upon us, we’ll explore the newest exhibit at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates titled “Edison & Ford Editorial Cartoons: Then and Now.”  We’ll take a look at the role of editorial cartoons throughout the history  with a focus on Ft. Myers own Thomas Edison and Hendry Ford.

Our conversations with the candidates continue.  We’ll hear from Florida Senate contenders Republican Lizbeth Benaquisto and Democrat Debbie Jordan vying for the state Senate District 30 seat.  We’ll also talk with Republican Scott Hopes and Democrat Dwight Bullard facing off in November to represent Florida Senate District 39.

The show will be live at 9AM on 90.1 FM

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Email: gulfcoastlive@wgcu.org
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Intersection: HUD secretary on Florida’s housing crisis

Five years after the nation’s housing crisis began most Americans still aspire to homeownership, the secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says.

Florida’s foreclosure rate ranks as the nation’s worst. But in surveys more than three-quarters of Americans still aspire to owning a home, Shaun Donovan says this week on Intersection. In response to a question about whether the crisis will discourage a generation of Americans from buying homes, Donovan described the survey results as surprising.

“We’re not seeing that in surveys, and frankly I might have expected a little more,” he says. “The lesson I take from this is we need to have a more balanced housing policy.”

Also, the Intersection team commemorates the show’s five-year anniversary by looking back at some of the show’s best interviews. This week a World War II veteran describes his D-Day experience.

Has the housing crisis altered your view of homeownership?

Share your perspective here on Florida Talks. Intersection airs Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and is rebroadcast Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m.

Gulf Coast Live: U.S.-Mexico Tomato Price Pact / Preventing Cognitive Decline

Advocates for Florida tomato growers say the industry is in trouble, in part, due to cheaper tomatoes imported from Mexico.  A suspension pact between the U.S. and Mexico was established 16 years ago aimed at controlling Mexican tomato imports and setting a minimum sale price.

The U.S. Commerce Department is currently considering a request to abolish the suspension agreement which some Florida growers say isn’t working.  Meanwhile, advocates for Mexican growers are defending the pact, saying it’s necessary to maintain a stable tomato market.

And, many consider cognitive decline an inevitable part of the aging process, but is it something we can take proactive steps to prevent?  We’ll talk with a researcher at theUniversity of South Florida’s School of Aging Studies about an ongoing brain fitness study and how to delay or prevent cognitive impairment later in life.

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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Examining the Mormon Faith on WJCT’s First Coast Connect

First Coast Connect had it’s first special guest host this morning as former First Coast News anchor and local breast cancer awareness advocate Donna Deegan was at the helm of this morning’s show.

We kicked off the show with an update from the Democratic National Convention from Randy Johnson, one of the speakers last night at the DNC.

We also spoke with University of North Florida Sociology professor Dr. Rick Philips about popular questions about the Mormon faith, and his book Could I Vote for a Mormon? An Election-Year Guide to Mitt Romney’s Religion.

Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods recently won a year-long journalism fellowship to visit and write about America’s national parks. He stopped by Studio 5 with more about his recent trip to Yosemite National Park. You can follow his journey on his website.

This Saturday night local celebrities will be showing off some fancy footwork at a special competition at the Times-Union Center as part of Jacksonville’s own version of “Dancing with the Stars,” and it’s all to benefit Special Olympics of Duval County. We learned more about the event from spokeswoman Michelle Jacobs.

And we found out what’s going on around town this weekend with Jacksonville Magazine’s Kerry Speckman. Visit her website for 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.

And be sure to check out what’s coming up this week at the First Coast Connect homepage.

Intersection: Republican-turned-Democrat Crist

For Charlie Crist, there’s now no going back.

When the former Republican Florida governor takes the stage Thursday as a speaker at the Democratic National Convention, he will end his political career as an independent, 90.7 political commentators Dick Batchelor and Lou Frey say this week on Intersection.

Crist had a long political career as a Republican before his failed run in 2010 for the Senate. Recently Crist endorsed President Barack Obama in an op-ed for the Tampa Bay Times. Together the endorsement and speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., signal Crist is considering running for office again, possibly for governor, Frey and Batchelor say.

Would you support Charlie Crist?

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