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Matthew Peddie

Matt Peddie

Recent Stories from Matthew Peddie

Intersection: state of the media; Orlando’s culinary scene; new music from Beemo

Next week Intersection will go on hiatus. So today we’re going to take a look at three aspects of Orlando and Central Florida that we’ve covered on the show over the past decade. Central Florida is a dynamic, fast growing community, and that’s reflected in the topics we’re diving into on this show: the media, the culinary landscape and the music scene. 

Chef and culinary educator Hari Pulapaka (l) and restaurant critic Faiyaz Kara sample a durian in the WMFE courtyard. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Food, culture and identity in Central Florida

For some insights on what makes the culinary scene here in Central Florida unique- and the latest food trends- we invited a panel of chiefs and food writers for a conversation on Intersection. 

Intersection: parenting & the pandemic; car-free living; Limbitless

The coronavirus pandemic is now in its third year- and while life is in many ways returning to normal- COVID-19 is still with us. For parents facing burnout from two years of pandemic living and figuring out how to navigate the next phase- stress levels are still high. 

Professor Bruce Stephenson. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE

Planning for a less car-centric city

As gas prices soar, commuters may be doing some thinking about how they get around and how they could do it cheaper.  Rollins College Environmental studies professor Bruce Stephenson has been researching how cities are made and what makes them good- or bad- places to live– for decades. We talk to him about his book on living car-free in Portland: ‘Portland’s Good Life: Sustainability and Hope in an American City’, and lessons that could be applied to Orlando.  Stephenson says soaring gas prices are a good opportunity to rethink how we get around and how cities are designed. “Planning by nature is based on long term investment, and we’re finally at the point where, obviously, oil is not a …

Alex Grindle shows some of the test designs for Limbitless prosthetic arms. Photo: Matthew Peddie, WMFE

Limbitless aims to scale up production of prosthetic arms

Limbitless Solutions, the Central Florida non-profit that makes prosthetic arms for kids, moved into a new facility last August. CEO Albert Manero says the move has allowed him to scale up production, producing more prosthetic limbs at a faster rate.