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Intersection: Stargazing In Florida


This month is a good one for astronomers. Mars is close enough to earth that through a telescope you should be able to see storms on the red planet. We revisit an interview with Seminole State College planetarium director Derek Demeter about stargazing in Florida. 
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Intersection: What’s Next For Puerto Rican Evacuees?


A FEMA program that’s been helping Puerto Rican families that have been living in hotels and motels has been extended for a few more weeks. Advocates have been going to court to seek more assistance. Denise Collazo, Chief of Staff of an advocacy group called Faith in Action, and Bob Cortes, Republican state representative, join us to talk about the outlook for these evacuees.
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Orange County solid waste manager David Gregory stands in front of a pile of recycling at the Materials Recycling Facility. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
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Intersection: Reduce, Reuse and Be Sure To Recycle Correctly


You might think you’re doing the right thing by recycling those bottles, cans, plastic containers and cardboard boxes, but put enough of the wrong stuff in the bin and it could be your load and a whole neighborhood’s load of recycling that heads to the landfill instead. Orange County started a pilot program called “Think Five” to educate residents on what is and isn’t recyclable. Dawn McCormick, Director of Communications for Waste Management, and Professor Fazal T. Najafi, engineering professor at UF, join us to talk about the importance of recycling.
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Intersection: Why Businesses Fail And What Entrepreneurs Need To Succeed


Entrepreneurs are going to need more than a good idea to keep their business running. John Dearie with the Center for American Entrepreneurship says one third of startups fail by their second year and half fail by their fifth year. Jerry Ross of the National Entrepreneur Center, John F. Davis of the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce and Dearie join us to discuss the state of entrepreneurship and how entrepreneurs can improve their chances of success.
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Intersection: July 4th Grilling


For many Americans, July 4th is time to kick back, hit the beach, watch fireworks and fire up the grill. It’s no holiday for Thomas Ward though- he barbeques for a living.  Intersection visited Ward at Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbacoa in Orlando for a conversation about the art and science of barbecue.
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Dr. Pamela Cappas-Toro is co-director of Stetson University’s Community Education Project at Tomoka Correctional Institution. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE
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Intersection: Incarceration Doesn’t Mean An End To Education, How Stetson University Is Reaching Inmates


The Community Education Project at Stetson University provides a higher-education program at Tomoka Correctional Institution. They recently received a three-year grant of $210,000 through the Laughing Gull Foundation to extend the program. Dr. Pamela Cappas-Toro, co-director of the Community Education Project, joins us to talk about the impact the program has on the incarcerated men and what the grant will do for them.
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Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam (L) and Congressman Ron DeSantis (R).
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Intersection: Republican Gubernatorial Debate Recap


Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Congressman Ron DeSantis squared off Thursday night in a televised debate on Fox News. Republican political analyst Michelle Ertel and former Democratic state lawmaker Dick Batchelor join us to discuss what took place at the debate.
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Intersection: Immigrant Advocates React To The Travel Ban


The Supreme Court upheld the Trump administration’s travel ban that restricts entry to travelers from five Muslim majority countries. The White House says its immigration policies are designed to shore up national security, but opponents of the ban say it’s discriminatory and dangerous. Rasha Mubarak of the Council on American Islamic Relations and Kira Romero-Craft of Latino Justice join us to explain how immigrant and civil rights organizations are planning to respond to the ruling.
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Intersection: The Sunshine Summit


The Florida Republican Party prepares to kick off its summer conference, the Sunshine Summit, in Orlando this week. How will the immigration debate shape that summit and what impact will it have on elections in Florida this November? Blaise Ingoglia, the chairman of the Florida Republican party, talks to Intersection on the possible implications the immigration debate could bring.
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