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411 Teen: Common Sense (18)


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: January 21, 2018

Capital Report: 01-19-2018

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The plight of immigrants brought to the United States as children reverberated throughout national politics this week. But DACA sparked lively debates in Florida as well. Kate Payne catches us up on the program, which is slated to expire in March.

Florida lawmakers appear to be fast tracking a controversial bill that seeks to regulate the state’s pregnancy crisis centers. As Sascha Cordner reports, the measure that wades into the abortion debate has already passed the Florida House and is now heading to the Senate floor.

Capital Report: 01-18-2018

Jan 18, 2018

State House Speaker Richard Corcoran wants the Department of Homeland Security to investigate two Florida mayors for supporting sanctuary city policies. It’s the latest in Corcoran’s push for attention on the issue. Lynn Hatter reports.

Florida lawmakers are working on a bill they hope will help pave a faster path forward for children of incarcerated parents.  That story from Regan McCarthy.

A Florida lawmaker is trying to revive a gun bill that has already failed to pass twice during the 2018 legislative session. Sascha Cordner reports.

Perspectives: HBCUs

Jan 18, 2018

WFSU and Florida A&M University will jointly present the premiere screening of the documentary, “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” in FAMU’s Lee Hall Auditorium at 7 pm on January, 26, along with a panel discussion on the history, present time and future of HBCUs.  In advance of that, we discuss the topic with Kanya Stewart with the Florida A&M Office of Communications; former FAMU student now FAMU Professor Dr. Atira Charles; and Senior Journalism Student Jessicka Ward whose interview is among those appearing in the film.

Capital Report: 01-17-2018

Jan 17, 2018

Florida lawmakers want to tighten the rules for low-income families getting cash assistance. Kate Payne reports a bill moving in the House would withhold benefits longer for those who don’t meet work requirements.

Capital Report: 01-16-2018

Jan 16, 2018

The Florida House is rolling out dozens of recommendations on the state’s hurricane response efforts. Kate Payne reports equipping emergency shelters and preparing healthcare facilities top the list.

In 2017 the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals helped reunite thousands of pets with their owners. Many of those animals had been lost during disasters such as the wildfires in California as well as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Now Regan McCarthy reports Florida leaders are taking steps to help pets and their owners stay together should another disaster occur.

Capital Report: 01-15-2018

Jan 16, 2018

In advance of this Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance, Tom Flanigan reports Florida’s Capital City was marking the occasion with various events intended to promote historic appreciation and racial dialogue.

One doesn’t need to look far to find examples of threats being made through social media. Messages left online can have real impacts on their victims, but Regan McCarthy reports, Florida officials say there’s little they can do about it since technology has outpaced the stat law.

411 Teen: Human Trafficking

Jan 15, 2018

January is National Human Trafficking Month. This edition of 411 Teen talks with Taylor Biro, Outreach supervisor at Capital City Youth Services, Michelle Gaines, Director of Title IV at the Florida Department of Education, and Robin Thompson, Executive Director of the Strive And Survive Advocacy Center.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: January 14, 2018

Capital Report: 01-12-2018

Jan 12, 2018

President Donald Trump’s derogatory statements on Thursday about a number of countries are echoing through the Florida political landscape.  Nick Evans has the story—a warning: the language here could be inappropriate for some listeners. 

Lynn Hatter and Kate Payne hit some of the highlights in both legislative chambers as the first week of the 2018 Session comes to a close.

Capital Report: 01-11-2018

Jan 11, 2018

Lawmakers are beginning to tackle the opioid crisis.  But while seemingly everyone agrees the Legislature needs to intervene, Nick Evans reports the road ahead might be a little bumpy—as even supporters seem to have quibbles, tweaks or additions they’d like to offer. 

Perspectives: Kids and the Opioid Crisis

Jan 11, 2018

The youngest victims of Florida’s growing addiction to opioids are the children of those who are addicted.  The growth in their numbers is straining the state’s resources, including the foster care and Guardian Ad Litem programs.  To talk about it are: longtime Guardian Ad Litem Executive Director Alan Abramowitz; State Representative Patricia Williams (D-Fort Lauderdale) – herself a foster parent and Guardian Ad Litem volunteer - who is sponsoring three bills aimed at shortening the time kids stay in foster care; and Christine Meyer, supervising attorney for the Guardian Ad Litem program

Capital Report: 01-10-2018

Jan 10, 2018

As the 2018 legislative session gets under way Republicans are forging ahead with a plan to make it harder for future lawmakers to raise taxes.  Nick Evans reports the initiative has broad support among GOP leaders, and they’ve got enough members to send the idea to the ballot. 

For the past several years, the Florida House and Senate have battled over how to pay for public schools.  And as Lynn Hatter reports, the House is drawing a line in the sand over what it will and won’t do when it comes to deciding how to appropriate those funds.

Capital Report: 01-09-2018

Jan 9, 2018

Governor Scott delivered his 8th and final State of the State address to Florida lawmakers on the first day of Session and Tom Flanigan has the highlights along with the two Democratic responses.

Florida Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran outlined their priorities before their members Tuesday morning.  Lynn Hatter and Nick Evans were following the action.

After Florida’s Republican leaders laid out their plans Tuesday, the state’s liberal-leaning advocates and lawmakers outlined their priorities. Kate Payne reports.

Startup Capital: Local Tech, Global Impact

Jan 9, 2018

This is our Season 2 Finale, which means that instead of interviewing individual founders and leaders, we’ll be closely examining one company in particular: UberOps. In this very special episode of the Startup Capital podcast, we’re not only looking to find out what made UberOps a success, but find out how Tallahassee can help create the next UberOps, and the next one after that. To find out the UberOps recipe for success, and their model for growth in Tallahassee, stay tuned to Season 2, episode 9 of the Startup Capital podcast by Cuttlesoft.

Startup Capital: Engineering Agility In K-12

Jan 9, 2018

For parents looking to nurture an interest in technology and in-demand STEM careers, it’s hard to know where to start. Miranda Manning is the Recruitment Coordinator for the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering. Meagan Bonnell is the Tallahassee Director of CodeCraft Works, a K-12 coding program. Together, they’re working on local initiatives to make sure that local students don’t get left behind.

Many cities around the U.S., Tallahassee included, face steep talent shortages in tech. For Season 2, Episode 7 of the Startup Capital Podcast, host Lucas Lindsey spoke with a couple people working towards an answer. Ryan Kopinsky is a local developer, tech advocate, and director of I/O Avenue, Tallahassee’s newest coding bootcamp. Jim McShane is executive director of CareerSource Capital Region, a local organization who collects data on local hiring demand.

Startup Capital: The Domi Story

Jan 9, 2018

The founding of Domi Station, Tallahassee’s first privately-operated startup incubator and coworking space, marked the beginning of a community that continues to grow and evolve to this day. We sat down at GrassLands Brewery with Micah Widen and Jake Kiker, two of Domi’s founding members, to find out how it all began. Take note that this was recorded in 2016, but unreleased until 2017, and that there are some audio issues and mild profanity within. Please enjoy!

Publication Date: 7/14/2017

Startup Capital: Life After Revenue

Jan 9, 2018

How do you know when your startup is working? Most people would say that a business is working when it’s making money. That’s why for Episode 5 of Season 2 of Startup Capital, we spoke with two Tallahassee startups who’ve discovered how to go from idea to revenue. Both of these businesses have made it past the early stages of starting up, and now, they’re looking to scale.

Startup Capital: Talent Lives Here

Jan 9, 2018

For Episode 4 of Startup Capital, Season 2, our host Lucas Lindsey spoke with local leaders Ebrahim Randeree and Jay Revell to try to understand the challenges facing local recruiters. Ebrahim Randeree (or Ebe, as he’s known around campus) is Associate Dean at FSU’s College of Communication and Information. Jay Revell is Vice President of the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. To find out how local businesses can better position themselves to hire recent grads and improve Tallahassee’s reputation among students, listen in.

Publication Date: 5/15/2017

For Episode 3 of Startup Capital, Season 2, we interviewed two growing local companies who’ve made workplace culture a priority. Mindy Perkins is CEO and President of VR Systems, an elections technology firm that prides itself on employee unity and buy-in. Tom Derzypolski is President of BowStern Marketing Communications, whose “culture of leading with kindness” has been a focus from day one. To find out how these two business leaders empower employees and keep them engaged, listen in.

Publication Date: 4/13/2017

Elected to the mayor’s office in April, 2013, Andrew Gillum has been the driving force behind a number of local initiatives, both civic and economic. Our host, Lucas Lindsey, sat down with Mayor Gillum for an honest conversation about Tallahassee’s past, present, and future as a home for startups and entrepreneurship. Listen in to learn more about Gillum’s plans for infusing the local tech scene with life, building innovation locally, and bringing new opportunity to the Startup Capital.

Publication Date: 3/15/2017

The first episode of the Startup Capital podcast features a candid conversation about the startup scene here in North Florida. In this introductory episode, Lucas Lindsay, executive director at Domi Station and the host of Startup Capital Season 2, speaks with Cuttlesoft’s Frank Valcarcel, Emily Morehouse-Valcarcel, and Nick Farrell about the origin, goals, and outcomes of the Startup Capital series.

Publication Date: 2/17/2017

411 Teen: Girls' Auto Clinic

Jan 8, 2018

Patrice Banks, author of Girls' Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide is an engineer turned professional auto mechanic.  She has opened the first all-female auto garage. She talks about basic auto maintenance and care, repairs, and what to do in an emergency.

Host: Dr. Liz Holifield

Original airdate: January 7, 2018

Capital Report: 01-05-2018

Jan 5, 2018

The Trump administration says it plans to open most U.S. waters to offshore oil drilling, and as Lynn Hatter reports that’s raising bipartisan hackles in Florida.

Florida’s Speaker of the House is promising to pass a bill restricting sanctuary policies in the first week of this year’s legislative session.  Kate Payne reports that’s despite arguments the plan is unconstitutional.

Perspectives: Human Trafficking

Jan 4, 2018

The incidence of human trafficking is on the upswing, both nationwide and even in the Capital City.  To discuss the issue and the vast community resources now arrayed against this heinous crime are: Chris Canova, acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida and head of the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking; Jeff Beasley, chief of investigations with the Leon County Sheriff’s Office; Robin Hassler Thompson, executive director of STAC (the Survive and Thrive Advocacy Center); and Amylynn Harrington Smoot, survivor mentor with the Porchlight and herself a chil