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Intersection: Project Censored & media literacy; Oceanographer Sylvia Earle; Florida freestyle rapper Reverse
Every year Project Censored publishes a book of 25 stories that the group believes should get more coverage by the media. The latest edition of the Orlando Weekly features 10 of this year’s top stories, from the impact of prescription drug costs to how Pfizer negotiated with South American countries to distribute its COVID-19 vaccine.
On this episode of Intersection we talk with Project Censored director Mickey Huff and associate director Andy Lee Roth about independent journalism and media literacy.
Oceanographer and National Geographic explorer Sylvia Earle has a new book out: Ocean- a global odyssey. The 86-year old has spent decades exploring the ocean, and yet she says there’s still much more to be learned about the earth’s life support system. Earle talks about the mysteries of the deep and what we can do to protect the oceans.
Florida freestyle rapper Reverse won the USA national final of the Red Bull Batalla. Next week he heads to Chile to compete in the international final. Reverse joins the show for a conversation about the world of competitive freestyling.
Intersection: Dave Krepcho on food insecurity; Orlando’s literary identity, Mr. Rogers sculptor Paul Day
Second Harvest of Central Florida CEO Dave Krepcho says the pandemic had a profound impact on the way the food bank operates. For a start- the amount of food going out has nearly doubled. Krepcho retires at the end of the year, but says he’s confident that second harvest- and the non-profit world in Central Florida- is in good hands with the next generation of leaders.
On this episode of Intersection we talk with Krepcho about the safety net for people hardest hit by the pandemic, and what’s next for Second Harvest.
What defines Orlando? We talk to four writers: novelists Nathan Holic, Jenny Torres Sanchez and Lauren Gibaldi, and screenwriter Jason Gregory, about writing about Central Florida: the physical landmarks and the cultural identity of Orlando.
And Rollins College alumnus Fred Rogers is celebrated with a new sculpture unveiled last month. Paul Day, the artist who created the sculpture, talks about how he wanted to show Rogers doing what he did best: talking to children on their level.
Intersection: Tribal Nations Summit; Florida Classic; Duke Kahanamoku
Tribal leaders from across the United States met this week for the first Tribal Nations summit since 2016. On the agenda for the virtual summit hosted by the White House were public safety and justice, land and treaty rights and the impact of COVID-19 and climate change.
On this episode of Intersection we talk about takeaways from the summit for Florida tribes with the managing editor of Native News online, Valerie Vande Panne.
The Florida Classic is back. Florida A & M University and Bethune Cookman University square off in a contest for football- and marching band- supremacy. Joining Intersection to talk about the game are Florida A&M University Vice President and Director of Athletics Kortne Gosha, Bethune Cookman University Director of Athletics Reggie Theus, Bethune Cookman University football coach Terry Sims and Florida Blue Vice President for the Central Florida Region, Tony Jenkins.
And the Florida Surf Film Festival this weekend showcases a new documentary about the ‘father of modern surfing’ Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku. Director Isaac Halasima joins Intersection along with Film Festival co-founder Kevin Miller to talk about bringing the story of this legendary American athlete to the big screen.
Intersection: student-veterans; a hiring crisis for the restaurant industry; poet Brian Turner
It’s veteran’s day and this week the memory mall at the University of Central Florida is dotted with 1,400 flags to represent the students attending the university who are veterans.
On this episode of Intersection we take a closer look at one aspect of how veterans transition to life outside the military- by attending college.
Joshua ‘JJ’ Johnson with the Veterans Academic Resource Center at UCF joins the show to discuss how the center has grown and how it supports students who are veterans and others attending college on the GI bill.
The hospitality industry is at what could be a watershed moment. Restaurants are struggling to hire as the economy picks up again from the pandemic driven recession, and the staff shortage has shone a light on issues with restaurant culture. We explore at what that means for hospitality- and for Central Florida- with a panel of experts.
Joining Intersection are Orlando Weekly restaurant critic Faiyaz Kara, operating partner at The Pinery Carol Holladay, UCF Rosen School of Hospitality professor, Dr. Robertico Croes, and Sodexo vice president of supply management Aaron LaMotte.
And we revisit an interview with Orlando area poet and US army veteran Brian Turner. He reflects on his military service and talks about how he connects with other veterans through writing.
Intersection: adapting to climate change; health insurance and the pandemic; highlighting learning differences
With COP26underway in Glasgow this week, there’s renewed focus on the effort to tackle climate change.
President Biden said the US aims to be a net zero emissions economy by 2050 and other countries are making similar promises. But adapting to climate change has to be part of the strategy too.
On this episode of Intersection we talk with National Geographic explorer, film maker and scientist Alizé Carrère about her new series on PBS: ‘Adaptation’, about communities that are adapting to profound environmental changes.
Open enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act opened this week. Pat Geraghty, the CEO of Florida Blue joins us to discuss the impact of the pandemic on health insurance and healthcare.
And Beacon College’s TV Show ‘A World of Difference’ shines a spotlight on learning differences and profiles people with learning differences who’ve found success, like Shark Tank star Daymond John. We hear from Beacon College’s Darryl Owens about the show.
Intersection: municipal elections; historic Parramore; Poet Laureate Shawn Welcome
Municipal elections are being held next week- with Orlando city commission races on the ballot in three districts, while mayoral elections are being held in several cities around Central Florida.
Issues driving voters to the polls include growth and development, housing and jobs. On this episode of Intersection, WMFE’s Matthew Peddie speaks with political commentators Chris Carmody and Dick Batchelor about the issues in those races.
We’ll also take a closer look at Gov. DeSantis’s call for a special session, vaccine mandates, and the controversy over his pick for state surgeon general, Dr. Joseph Ladapo.
Orlando is installing the first of more than 25 signs recognizing Holden-Parramore as a nationally registered Historic District.
The City of Orlando’s Natasha Gaye, and state lawmaker Geraldine Thompson discuss the historical significance of the area and what’s being done to raise the profile of Parramore.
And Shawn Welcome is Orlando’s newest poet laureate. Welcome has been a leading light in the city’s spoken word scene. He joins Intersection for a conversation about poetry and place.
Great local program
If you want to know what is happening in Central Florida, stayed tuned to this show. Fantastic information about politics, news and culture presented by a well-informed, captivating host.
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.