Intersection

Intersection

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Where Central Florida's politics, science, business, economics and social issues meet. Listen to host Matthew Peddie and guests examine current issues.More from Intersection »

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Intersection | Sovereign Citizens And I-4 Ultimate

The I-4 Ultimate project is underway. Governor Rick Scott joined officials last week to break ground on the 21-mile upgrade. To talk more about the project, and the the toll lanes- which some call "Lexus Lanes" 90.7's Matthew Peddie speaks with I4 Ultimate Spokesperson David Parks and HNTB Engineer Kevin Hoeflich. Later in the program, 90.7's Catherine Welch talks with University of Central Florida Deputy Police Chief Brett Meade about so called sovereign citizens. Earlier this month, Orange County deputies were involved in a shootout with a sovereign citizen. The FBI classifies them as domestic terrorists who believe they are above the law — and their numbers are growing in Florida. Brett Meade explains how law enforcement deals with sovereign citizens in their efforts to protect the Central Florida community.

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Intersection | Heroin Spike In Central Florida & Jeb Positions For Presidential Run

Heroin is cheap and lethal, and its use is on the rise in Central Florida. The spike in heroin abuse, and the deaths that come from overdoses, is being blamed on the crackdown of so-called Pill Mills in Florida.90.7’s Renata Sago and Abe Aboraya have been reporting on heroin use, and they join 90.7’s Matthew Peddie to talk about the issue.Also, Jeb Bush is positioning himself for a presidential run in 2016. He’s raising money, publishing an ebook, and he has released a flood of e-mails from his time as Governor.Bush appears a formidable candidate, but first he has to make it through a primary. To talk more about a potential Jeb Bush run, University of Central Florida political scientist Aubrey Jewett joins the program.

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Dick & Lou Talk FDLE Scandal, 2016 Election

The departure of FDLE commissioner Gerald Bailey is casting a dark cloud over Governor Scott’s second term in office. At first, Bailey was said to have stepped down. Days after, he said pressure from the Scott administration forced him to resign. Now, the Florida cabinet is weighing in on the issue at last week’s cabinet meeting in Tampa.90.7’s Political commentators Dick Batchelor and Lou Frey explore the issue and look ahead at the impact the firing will have on the Governor’s administration - and his second term.Also, with maneuverings already underway in the 2016 presidential election campaign, how important is Florida? Dick and Lou take a look at Senator Marco Rubio and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush as potential candidates and what’s in store for voters in 2016.

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Collaboration Grows Orlando's Tech Community

In Orlando’s tech community, entrepreneurs are shunning the idea of intellectual property and embracing collaboration. Meetups and shared spaces are the buzz-words.To talk more about Orlando’s growing tech community 90.7's Matthew Peddie speaks with Greg Pollock,  Founder of Orlando based Code School and tech incubator Starter Studio, Isaac Moredock, Co-Founder and CEO of the Orlando-based eCommerce analytics company Intandem, and Josh Murdock, adjunct Professor and Instructional Designer at Valencia College.

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Intersection | SunRail weekday service extends, push for weekend service.

Last month, Sunrail extended their evening weekday service. The change comes after a public clamor for additional service on the commuter rail line- which is still in it’s first year of operation.

Now there’s a push for weekend service as well.

Dan Tracy, Orlando Sentinel Transportation Reporter; David Porter, Publisher of SunRailRiders.com; and Erica Spence from the Winter Park Chamber of commerce join 90.7’s Matthew Peddie to talk about the impact of extended service of SunRail – and the cost of future expansion.

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Intersection | Presidential Hopefuls Set Sights on 2016

We’re only days into 2015 and politicos are already thinking 2016.

Senator Marco Rubio says he’s moving closer to a decision on whether to seek the Republican presidential nomination for 2016, and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is actively exploring a run at the White House.

Meanwhile, two other high profile Republicans - Rick Perry and Chris Christie - are making an appearance in the Sunshine state for Governor Rick Scott’s inauguration.

We start the New Year off with 90.7’s political commentators Dick Batchelor and Lou Frey. They join 90.7's Matthew Peddie to talk about the year to come in politics and a look ahead at 2016.

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Intersection | Florida Prisons: A Round Table Discussion

Next week, Julie Jones will become the new secretary of Florida's Department of Corrections – and she has a big job ahead of her.

The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world, and Florida's rate is in the top ten among states. The Florida Department of Corrections has a $2 billion annual budget. It includes about $50 a day for each of its more than 100,000 inmates. The Department of Juvenile Justice is separate from the adult prison system, and it spends an additional $150 per day per detainee.

90.7's Amy Kiley discussed the issues facing Florida's criminal justice system with Professor Hugh Potter, interim chair of the UCF Department of Criminal Justice; David Cramer, director of His Healing Hand Ministries and Final Freedom Aftercare; and Natalie Kato of Human Rights Watch, who helped craft Florida's new juvenile sentencing law.

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Intersection | Fair Trade Gifts & Teen Fashion Designer

It’s the season of giving. Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on, an International Business Professor from Rollins College, is urging shoppers to think about fair-traded gifts this year. She joins the program to talk fair trade and how shoppers can think sustainable this holiday season. Also, Lucas Isasi began designing clothes for Barbie Dolls and teddy bears at 6 years old. At ten, he asked for his own sewing machine. By 13, Lucas was on “Project Runway: Threads” showcasing his fashion design talent on television. “I have a talent that some people don’t and I should use this to show people what’s really out there,” says Lucas 90.7’s Matthew Peddie speaks to Lucas and his dad Nick about the teen's developing career as a fashion designer and his plans for the future.

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Intersection | 'Making Sense of Marshall Ledbetter' & Global Vaccines

Wielding only an empty whiskey bottle, Marshall Ledbetter broke into and took over the Florida State capitol in 1991. His list of demands included pizza, a case of beer, cigarettes and 666 dunkin’ donuts for the police that showed up for the standoff.

After surrendering, Ledbetter entered the state’s mental health system and committed suicide in 2003. 90.7's Matthew Peddie speaks with author and sociologist Daniel M. Harrison about his book ‘Making Sense of Marshall Ledbetter’ and about how the justice system handles cases of mental illness in Florida.

Also, Ebola dominated the headlines as the virus spread through West Africa. While researchers are scrambling to find an Ebola vaccine, over a million children die every year from preventable diseases that we do have vaccines for.

International organizations like Gavi are working to provide access to these life-saving vaccines. Cricket Nicovich, Senior Policy Associate at RESULTS Educational Fund joins the program to talk about the challenges of global vaccinations.

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Intersection | A Look at Orion's First Test Flight

NASA takes one step closer to manned deep space exploration this Thursday. The Orion capsule will be launched into orbit for the first time to test out critical functions and systems of the space craft.

Orion’s Deputy Program manager Larry Price joins the program to talk more about the test flight objectives, challenges of the launch and the milestones the project needs to reach to send humans into deep space.

Also, UCF’s Dr. Phil Metzger joins the program to talk about the significance of the Orion program for for manned missions to mars, asteroids and other deep space exploration.

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