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Intersection is 90.7’s news and in-depth conversation program. We talk with political leaders, environmental experts, historians, writers, musicians, and other news makers from around Central Florida. Intersection is where they all come together on 90.7 News. Listen Tuesdays & Fridays at 9 am.

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Intersection is 90.7’s news and in-depth conversation program. We talk with political leaders, environmental experts, historians, writers, musicians, and other news makers from around Central Florida. Intersection is where they all come together on 90.7 News. Listen Tuesdays & Fridays at 9 am.

    Intersection: Commercial Crew; Practicing Law In The Pandemic

    Intersection: Commercial Crew; Practicing Law In The Pandemic

    Astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will have to wait a little longer to blast off into orbit. Bad weather delayed the launch of their historic mission yesterday- but when they do lift off they will be the first astronauts in nearly a decade to launch from US soil. 

    What does this mission mean for the next generation of astronauts and for American aspirations to explore the far reaches of space? And what impact did the pandemic have on spectators’ plans to watch this historic launch?

    On this episode of Intersection, we’re joined by 90.7 space reporter Brendan Byrne and UCF planetary scientist Addie Dove- talking about the return to human space flight from the United States. 

    Later in the show – the pandemic has changed the way we do business- but what effect has it had on the legal system? What are the limits of online platforms like zoom when it comes to holding trials and other legal proceedings? 

    We’ll talk to Orlando attorney Conti Moore about how people are navigating the legal system during the pandemic.

    • 50 min
    Intersection: The Health Risks Of Reopening; Hurricane Season Preview

    Intersection: The Health Risks Of Reopening; Hurricane Season Preview

    The State of Florida is now in full phase one of reopening. As more businesses open up, health officials and civic leaders are watching the data closely to see what impact the reopening may have on Coronavirus cases. And in the meantime, they’re continuing to test- in the hopes of identifying people who may not know they have the disease… but are still spreading it.

    So what happens if things open up too fast? Could cases start to peak again? 

    On this episode of Intersection– we’ll talk about who’s most at risk as the peak of the pandemic recedes and the economy comes back to life. Joining the show are WMFE health reporter Abe Aboraya and Orlando City Commissioner Bakari Burns. 

    Later in the show- the official start of hurricane season is just around the corner. The Atlantic has already spun up its first named storm, but just how well prepared are Floridians for this storm season with the lingering effects of the coronavirus pandemic? 

    We’ll chat about the upcoming hurricane season with Spectrum News 13 chief meteorologist Bryan Karrick. 

    • 50 min
    Intersection: Disability Advocates Navigate The Pandemic; Bridging The Information Gap For Orlando’s Hispanic Community; Hospital Chaplain Edwin Alicea

    Intersection: Disability Advocates Navigate The Pandemic; Bridging The Information Gap For Orlando’s Hispanic Community; Hospital Chaplain Edwin Alicea

    Coping with the coronavirus pandemic, with the challenge of home schooling, isolation and health concerns, is stressful for the abled, but what kind of resources are out there for the disabled in this crisis?  

    On this episode of Intersection, host Matthew Peddie talks to Orlando area disability advocates- Kyle Johnson, Roderick Thomas, Cathy Matthews and Brittany Pilcher- about how disability organizations are navigating the challenges of the pandemic.  

    For some Central Floridians, the pandemic is evoking painful memories of Hurricane Maria. WFTV Channel 9 morning anchor and reporter Nancy Alvarez joins us to talk about the Spanish language information gap in the early weeks of the crisis and the impact of the pandemic on Orlando’s Hispanic community. 

    Edwin Alicea has a simple belief as a hospital chaplain: No one should die alone. That isn’t easy when hospitals are putting restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19.Alicea talks to 90.7 Health Reporter Abe Aboraya about the challenge of ministry in the time of coronavirus. 

    • 50 min
    Intersection: Navigating Health Insurance During The Pandemic; Beau Guyott Walks To Tallahassee

    Intersection: Navigating Health Insurance During The Pandemic; Beau Guyott Walks To Tallahassee

    Floridians are out of work in massive numbers- either laid off due to the coronavirus or furloughed with a return to work uncertain. So what does that mean for those whose health insurance is tied to their employment? 

    What are insurance companies doing to help people worried about losing their coverage, and what impact has the pandemic had on enrollments in the affordable care act? 

    On this episode of Intersection we take a closer look at health insurance in the time of coronavirus with Anne Packham, marketplace network director with the Primary Care Access Network and Tony Jenkins, Market President for the Central Region with Florida Blue.

    Then- when Beau Guyott lost his job in hospitality- he wanted to do something- not just for himself but for the tens of thousands of Floridians in the same predicament: out of work and struggling with an unemployment system that isn’t doing what it should. Guyott is walking from South Florida to Tallahassee to draw attention to the plight of the suddenly unemployed. We talked to Guyott as he stopped in Orlando. 

    • 50 min
    Intersection: Reopening The Economy & Businesses Adapting To The Pandemic

    Intersection: Reopening The Economy & Businesses Adapting To The Pandemic

    Businesses around the state are getting ready for a post pandemic future- but what exactly does that future look like?

    Governor Ron DeSantis has outlined his step by step plan for getting businesses reopened- starting with restaurants and retail stores next week. 

    But what does reopening safely actually mean- and what about businesses that have to keep their doors closed for now? 

    On this episode of Intersection we talk with Dale Brill of the Orlando Economic Partnership- and Winter Park business owner Latria Graham about business in the shadow of the pandemic. 

    Then- a conversation with three tech entrepreneurs who’ve had to radically rethink what they do in the pandemic- Joe Moye, Spencer Elliott and Mauricio Toro. 

    • 50 min
    Intersection: The Pandemic’s Impact On Farmworkers; Medical Update; UnWineding

    Intersection: The Pandemic’s Impact On Farmworkers; Medical Update; UnWineding

    Florida’s economy has taken a huge hit from the coronavirus pandemic. The shutdown of businesses and disruption to the supply chain has meant farmers can’t sell a lot of what they produce. So what does that mean for farmworkers? 

    On this episode of Intersection we talk to Antonio Tovar of the Farm Worker Association of Florida about the impact of the pandemic on the people who harvest the food we eat, many of whom are now out of work and unable to pay rent. 

    Health leaders are cautiously optimistic that the peak of the pandemic for Florida may have passed. We talk to 90.7’s health reporter Abe Aboraya about how one Central Florida hospital system has handled hundreds of COVID-19 cases- including new therapies they’re using to try and treat the disease. 

    So much of Central Florida’s economy is tied to hospitality. It’s not just big theme parks and hotels closing -restaurants and bars are struggling to survive too. Orlando wine blog creator Judith Smelser is following the lives of three people working in the wine and hospitality business as they navigate the pandemic- she joins us to chat about her podcast- UnWineding. 

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

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Best show on our local NPR station

I'm a big fan of this show -- during the recent elections local pols were invited on, which frankly helped me pick my candidates.

The host is good as well. A recent episode with the author of a book critical of distorted media images of modern Cuba showed a willingness to brook a bit of controversy. Lord knows WMFE needs more of that spirit in its local coverage.

I do wish the show were a full hour long, though.

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