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Capital Report: 11-10-2017

Nov 10, 2017

Allegations of sexual harassment in Florida’s capitol are roiling the state legislature just as the lawmaking session is set to begin.  Nick Evans reports the flying accusations are putting other elected officials in an uncomfortable position.

The headlines have been full lately of stories about current and former government officials fighting accusations of poor behavior while in office. Some are facing investigations; others are facing time in jail. Now Regan McCarthy reports one committee is considering a number of new rules intended to help elected officials stay in line.

In recent months, Tallahassee and Leon County’s crime rates have become the subject of breathless media coverage.  But both Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo and Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil agree the raw numbers can be misleading.  Also discussed during the program, law officer training, crime-fighting technology and crime prevention measures.

411 Teen: Common Sense (15)

Nov 6, 2017

The Common Sense team from the IB program at Rickards High School explores current national, state and local issues in politics and government.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: November 5, 2017

Capital Report: 11-03-2017

Nov 3, 2017

Local government leaders and members of the Florida House appear to be drawing their battle lines for the upcoming legislative session. Regan McCarthy has more....

The governor and state lawmakers are proposing new prescription limits to fight opioid abuse.  But they also want to require physicians use a long-standing drug monitoring database—raising the question, why wasn’t it mandatory to begin with?  Nick Evans has more.

Perspectives: KCCI

Nov 2, 2017

Since 2007, the Knight Creative Communities Institute (“KCCI” for short) has been steadily remaking and reimagining Florida’s Capital City through a series of projects driven by volunteer “community catalysts”.  To talk about those past and future initiatives are:  KCCI Executive Director Betsy Couch; and former catalyst and present KCCI Board Member Lauren Shoaf Pace.

411 Teen: Navigating Disabilities

Oct 30, 2017

Chrissie Kahan, author of Roadmap To Navigating Your Child's Disability discusses navigating the public school system to secure appropriate supportive services for children with special needs.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: October 29, 2017 

Capital Report: 10-27-2017

Oct 27, 2017

Florida lawmakers are grappling with where one person’s rights end and another’s begin as debates over a texting while driving bill turn emotional. Regan McCarthy has more....

Late Friday (10/27) afternoon, Senator Jeff Clemons who was prominently featured in the preceding story by Regan McCarthy announced his resignation from the Florida Senate.  This followed revelations of his affair with a Tallahassee lobbyist.

Perspectives: Oyster Revival

Oct 26, 2017

The old ways of oystering are just about over in the Gulf waters off North Florida.  But new methods of cultivating oysters could mean new generations of men and women making their livelihood from the water.  To talk about it:  Rob Olin, chairman and CEO of the Panacea Oyster Co-op; Bob Ballard, executive director of Tallahassee Community College’s Wakulla Environmental Institute; Leo Lovel, old-time seafood harvester and owner of the Spring Creek Restaurant; and first-generation oyster rancher Cainnon Gregg.

411 Teen: Hate Groups & The First Amendment

Oct 23, 2017

Students from SAIL High School discuss the first amendment and hate groups in American society.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: October 22, 2017 

Capital Report: 10-20-2017

Oct 20, 2017

More than a dozen school districts are now challenging that part of a law that requires them to share their school construction money with charter schools.  But as Lynn Hatter reports, some of those same districts are also getting a portion of the extra funding the new law provides.

Perspectives: Local Government Home Rule

Oct 20, 2017

In recent years, Florida’s Legislature, as well as lawmakers in several other states, have begun chipping away at the autonomy and self-determination of cities, counties and school districts.  To talk about that trend and what it means for those local governments and the citizens they serve area:  Third District Florida Senator Bill Montford; Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer; and Leon County Commissioner Brian Desloge.

Capital Report: 10-13-2017

Oct 16, 2017

Substance abuse experts and law enforcement officers are calling on lawmakers to bolster access to treatment for people battling opioid addiction.  Nick Evans reports the biggest focus is on medication- assisted treatments.

Florida’s beaches are in constant need of restoration, to truck in sand that the sea washes away. In the wake of Hurricane Irma, miles of critically eroded beaches are in even more danger. Kate Payne reports a powerful lawmaker is once again trying to get funding to replenish the shorelines.

411 Teen: Senior Year

Oct 16, 2017

Senior students from several Leon County public schools discuss the demands and stress of the last year in high school. They explore the demands and expectations, in addition to the angst associated with being a senior.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: Oct 15, 2017 

411 Teen: Guns In Society

Oct 13, 2017

Following another tragic illustration of the effects of gun violence in Las Vegas, students from Florida High School examine gun violence in American society.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: Oct 8, 2017 

Perspectives: Conversations About Race

Oct 12, 2017

In the course of the next few months, residents of Florida’s Capital City will have lots of opportunities to speak openly and honestly about race relations and other matters that divide us as a civil society.  To talk about these multiple discussions are:  Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, one of the originators of the “Longest Table” series of community conversations; Village Square Executive Director Liz Joyner; Florida A&M University Theater Professor Chris Berry; and Southern Shakespeare Company Education Director Phil Croton.

Capital Report: 10-06-2017

Oct 6, 2017

Nearly a month after Hurricane Irma washed eight-to-ten feet of storm surge onto Everglades City in Southern Collier County, residents with damaged, unlivable homes are still waiting on emergency temporary housing.  City officials estimate about a hundred homes in the area are uninhabitable due to flood damage and mold.  But officials say they expect relief within a week.  From member station WGCU, Jessica Meszaros takes us to Everglades City.

Perspectives: Children’s Home Society

Oct 5, 2017

The Tallahassee outreach of Florida’s Children’s Home Society has been around since 1964.  Since then it’s morphed from primarily an adoption mechanism to a fully-integrated agency caring for infants through teens with a vast array of programs, partnerships and other support mechanisms.  To talk about it are: Kevin Winship, director of program operations; Lindsay Elliott, chair for the upcoming “Wish Upon a Star” fundraiser Oct.

It’s About Florida: Hurricane Irma

Oct 5, 2017

Florida is used to hurricanes. Names like Francis, Charlie, Ivan, Wilma, Hermine, Andrew aren’t just for kids. But earlier this month, the state was confronted with a different type of storm named Irma. At her peak, she was a dangerous Category Five storm that threatened the entire state, from the Keys to the Panhandle. And it triggered the evacuation of more than a third of Floridians from their homes.

It’s About Florida: Dress Codes

Oct 5, 2017

Students across Florida are heading back to school this month and parents are once again confronting a contentious issue in some households: what should their child wear. There’s no set dress policy for kids, and schools and districts often have disparate sets of rules. Tonight on It’s About Florida, we take a look at some of these policies and hear from young girls—a group impacted the most.

Guests: Andrea Messina, Florida School Boards Association and ACLU of Florida’s Nancy Abudu.

411 Teen: Common Sense (14)

Oct 2, 2017

The Common Sense team from the IB program at Rickards High School explores current national, state and local issues in politics and government.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: Oct 1st 2017

Capital Report: 09-29-2017

Sep 29, 2017

People whose lives depend on dialysis are especially vulnerable during a hurricane.  The machines that replace their kidneys need reliable electricity and water to operate.  That’s part of why 89 dialysis patients from St. Thomas fled to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irma.  And then they had to evacuate again – this time to Miami – because of Hurricane Maria.  From member station WLRN in Miami, Sammy Mack has that story.

Perspectives: Art’s Economic Impact

Sep 28, 2017

Concerts, cultural festivals and art gallery shows aren’t only enjoyable, they also mean big bucks in Tallahassee and Leon County.  A new study completed by COCA (Council on Culture & Arts), using a methodology from Americans for the Arts shows that local impact includes hundreds-of-millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.  To talk about those numbers and how they might be even further increased are: Kevin Carr, COCA’s grants and strategic partnerships manager; Bob Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Al Latimer, director of the Tallahassee/Leon County Office of Econom

411 Teen: Cindy Pierce

Sep 25, 2017

Cindy Pierce weaves together expert opinions, personal anecdotes and feedback from today's college and high school students to make those difficult conversations a little less difficult for everyone.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: September 24, 2017

Capital Report: 09-22-2017

Sep 22, 2017

The latest attempt by Congressional Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could be in trouble now that Arizona Senator John McCain has voiced his opposition publically. Lynn Hatter reports the move comes a day after the Kaiser Family Foundation released an analysis showing Florida’s Medicaid program, which supports low income residents, could lose nearly 10-billion dollars over six years if the measure were to gain passage.  Lynne spoke with the foundation’s Policy Analyst Dr. Diane Rowland.

Perspectives: River Trek 2017

Sep 21, 2017

This year’s Tenth Annual Apalachicola River Trek starts October 10.  In advance of the five-day, 100+ mile paddle down North Florida’s most important waterway, we talk about the event and the river itself with: Dan Tonsmeire, Apalachicola Riverkeeper; Georgia Ackerman, president of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper board; the board’s Vice President Katie McCormick; and Cameron Barton, sixth-grade science teacher at Maclay School and one of this year’s river trekkers.