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Intersection: Arts Funding; Lagoon Algae; George Diller

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State funding for the arts was slashed by nearly 90 % this year. Non profit arts organizations are already feeling the pressure as they compete for donor dollars- so what effect will this funding cut have?  Flora Maria Garcia of United Arts of Central Florida joins Intersection to explain what the cuts mean. 

Brevard county officials are keeping a nervous eye on the Indian River lagoon. Algal blooms are once more appearing in the water and in some places, fish are dying. Tony Sasso with Keep Brevard Beautiful explains what has been done to try and clean up the lagoon since the big fish kill of 2016, and how they’ll respond if there’s another fish kill this summer.

For nearly 40 years, George Diller was a NASA public affairs officer. He did launch commentary for missions to the International Space Station and the far reaches of the solar system. He also counted down a fake launch for the movie Sharknado. Diller reflects on a career as the voice of NASA.

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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

A recent transplant to the Sunshine State, Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of ... Read Full Bio »