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Intersection: Volusia’s New Sheriff, Stealth Learning At The Science Center, & Orlando’s Ballet

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On January 1, Mike Chitwood takes over as Volusia County sheriff.

He’s been the chief of police in Daytona Beach for 10 years. As sheriff he’ll oversee law enforcement in a growing, and increasingly diverse county and he says he wants his deputies to reflect that diversity.

Chitwood sits down with Intersection to talk about how he plans to engage with the community and back up deputies as they answer calls.

Then, we take a look at the Orlando Science Center’s revamped Kids Town: the interactive exhibit for toddlers to elementary school kids that wraps up science in a theme-park style entertainment package. Science Center president JoAnn Newman and vice president of education Heather Norton chat about overcoming obstacles to STEM education.
And the Orlando Ballet’s getting ready for its annual performance of the Nutcracker. Artistic Director Robert Hill explains what keeps the crowds coming back to this holiday favorite and the kinds of performances he sees in the ballet’s future.


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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. He also helps produce WMFE's public affairs show "Intersection," working with host ... Read Full Bio »

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