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What does the pause in distribution for the Johnson and Johnson vaccine mean in the fight against COVID-19? How will the issues that the CDC is investigating with the vaccine affect the phenomenon of vaccine hesitancy? On this episode of Intersection, Dr. Ali Mokdad with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation joins us to talk about the vac…
 
Last year, Scientists found traces of phosphine — a gas linked to organic life — on Venus. Now scientists are using 50 year old data from a probe that went to Venus in the 1970s to confirm it’s the real thing. We’ll talk with planetary scientist Paul Byrne about the back-and-forth of the findings and how digging through a half-century old collectio…
 
Growing Bolder is all about being able to reach out and to be there for others. Communication may be the most important tool we have to do just that, but for so many of us, that can be a struggle. Long-time NPR host and author Celeste Headlee is here to help. She’s the co-host of “Retro Report on PBS” and the author of two books, “We Need to Talk: …
 
Proponents of HB1- the so-called anti-riot bill- say it protects free speech and guards against looting. Opponents say it criminalizes protest. On this episode of Intersection, we talk with political analysts Frank Torres and Dick Batchelor about the anti-riot bill and other controversial bills in the legislative session. Plus- some healthcare advo…
 
Before he died, Einstein was working on a theory of everything. It aims to combine all the forces in the universe into one beautiful, mathematical equation to explain everything. That equation remains incomplete, but physicists like Michio Kaku are charging ahead using new scientific observations from gravitational wave detectors and particle accel…
 
Denise Kaufman is an important part of rock history but few know who she is. Kaufman is the lead singer and bass player for the Ace of Cups, one of the first all-female rock bands. She and her band opened for Jimi Hendrix, the Jefferson Airplane, and the Grateful Dead in 1967, The Summer of Love. The Ace of Cups were ahead of their time and never g…
 
Scientists are on the hunt for exoplanets, planets that exist outside our solar system. So far, they’ve found thousands of planets orbiting other stars and some that might be like our own world. That means they could have all the prerequisite to life as we know it here on Earth. We’ll talk with two scientists leading the hunt for these alien worlds…
 
Marlo Thomas has dedicated her life to making a difference. She first rose to fame in 1966 with her star-making role in the hit TV show, “That Girl.” Since then, she’s won Emmy Awards, Golden Globes, a Peabody, a Grammy and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She’s earned even more honors due to her tireless philanthropic work, especially with St. J…
 
With tourism and hospitality still reeling from the impact of the pandemic- now may not seem like the best time to be starting a job leading Orlando’s tourism promotion agency. But Visit Orlando CEO Casandra Matej says she believes the region is well positioned to bounce back. On this episode of Intersection we talk with Matej about where she sees …
 
This podcast and radio show is celebrating its five year anniversary. We’ve covered so many interesting stories of space exploration over the past half decade — from interplanetary probes to human launches, stories about the people heading to space and the big ideas to take humans farther into the cosmos than ever before. To celebrate this mileston…
 
Jillian Michaels is one of the most famous fitness trainers in the world, known for using tough love to achieve extreme results. For a decade, she was the face of the hit television show, “The Biggest Loser.” Today, she’s talking to Growing Bolder about her own personal transformation, from an overweight kid to what she’s learned about inspiring th…
 
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan delivers a shot in the arm to the US economy at the same time as the coronavirus vaccination rollout picks up speed. Business leaders are optimistic about the economic impact of the stimulus and the easing of the pandemic. On this episode of Intersection we talk with John de Armas of the Hispanic Chamber of Co…
 
At 10 years old, Hayley Arceneaux was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Now at age 29 she’s a physician’s assistant at St. Jude Children’s research hospital and about to launch to space. She’s joining billionaire Jared Issacman on SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule later this year, on the first all-civilian mission orbiting the Earth. W…
 
Science journalist and author Lydia Denworth presents the natural history of human friendships and evidence of their impact on your health. Plus, Doro Bush Koch, sister of one US President and daughter of another, explains how the stresses of politics led her to explore mindfulness. She and her business partner and sister-in-law Tricia Reilly Koch …
 
One year ago this week, Central Florida recorded its first coronavirus case. After a long twelve months, vaccines are becoming more widely available and cases are beginning to decline from their peak over the winter. This week on Intersection, host Matthew Peddie talks with WMFE health reporter Abe Aboraya ad Dr. Ali Mokdad with the Institute for H…
 
Small satellites plus small rockets equals big business. Phantom Space’s Jim Cantrell Two private space companies developing small launchers made big announcements last week. Rocket Lab said it’s going public and unveiled a new rocket. 3D printing company Relativity Space unveiled plans for a second launch vehicle. It’s a busy time for the small la…
 
Best-selling author and journalist Craig Pittman is a highly respected environmental reporter, but recently, he’s gained a following for highlighting the unusual, fascinating and bizarre events that make Florida, well, Florida. He explains what motivated him to write his hilarious book, “Oh, Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences the Rest…
 
Scientists, farmers, environmental advocates, engineers and politicians have wrestled with Everglades restoration for decades. In 2000, President Bill Clinton signed into law a plan to restore the Everglades and reverse years of environmental destruction. But after 20 years and billions of dollars spent, the plan is still incomplete. On this episod…
 
From booster landings to astronaut launches, it’s hard to imagine a time when SpaceX struggled. But once it seemed like the company may never get off the ground. Eric Berger, journalist and Ars Technica’s senior space editor, chronicles the company’s desperate first years in his new book Liftoff: Elon Musk and the Desperate Early Days That Launched…
 
On this week’s Growing Bolder, we’re taking a trip back in time with one of the most iconic rock photographers in history. Henry Diltz was the man behind the camera for some of the most famous rock photos in history, including pictures of Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock; ’60s folk legends like Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joni Mitchell and the Mamas and the …
 
The Conservative Political Action Conference takes place in Orlando over the weekend. It’s a chance for the leading lights in the conservative movement to burnish their credentials and to test the waters for a potential presidential campaign. It will be former president Donald Trump’s first major appearance since leaving office- and since acquittal…
 
After a seven month journey hundreds of millions of miles through our solar system, NASA’s Perseverance rover safely landed on the surface of Mars. The dune buggy-sized rover was dropped off in Jezero crater using a supersonic parachute and a rocket-powered hover crane and all of that harrowing maneuver was captured on video. Since landing, Percy h…
 
Whether you or someone you know is fighting cancer, worried about the possibility of dementia or any number of other diseases, it turns out that you may be able to fight back by eating the right foods. That’s the message from William Li, M.D., an internationally renowned physician and scientist and author of the New York Times bestseller “Eat to Be…
 
Experts think a whole generation of children could be affected by the problems thrown up by the pandemic- and those problems are worse for students already at risk. The special statewide reporting project Class of COVID-19: an education crisis for Florida’s vulnerable students examines the barriers to education amplified by the pandemic, including …
 
Getting to Mars isn’t easy, but so far this month two space agencies have delivered payloads to the red planet’s orbit — China and the United Arab Emirates. A NASA mission is also on course for Mars. The UAE’s Hope mission was the first to arrive, sending an orbiter to monitor the global weather on Mars. We’ll talk with the head of the UAE’s space …
 
When times are tumultuous, wouldn’t it be something to be able to turn to two of the brightest minds ever for some much needed wisdom? Author Douglas Abrams actually got to do that. He sat down right between Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and his holiness, the Dalai Lama, and moderated a conversation that generated so many eye-opening lessons, he even wr…
 
The first of three robotic missions has arrived at the red planet. The United Arab Emirates’ Hope probe successfully entered the orbit of Mars Tuesday, marking the UAE’s first mission to the red planet. Hope will continue to finalize its orbit before carrying out its mission — mapping the complex weather on Mars. It’s not the only mission to head t…
 
Jillian Michaels is one of the most famous fitness trainers in the world, known for using tough love to achieve extreme results. For a decade, she was the face of the hit television show, “The Biggest Loser.” Today, she’s talking to Growing Bolder about her own personal transformation, from an overweight kid to what she’s learned about inspiring th…
 
Facing a deadly virus that prevents large groups of people from gathering safely, artists in central Florida have found new ways to keep the performing arts alive. While many have moved online- finding new audiences via zoom and other streaming platforms- live performances have resumed as well– with a difference. On this episode of Intersection we …
 
On the outer edges of our solar system, beyond the orbit of Neptune, objects cluster in weird ways. This clustering led some scientists to search for something that could be acting as a gravitational shepherd, moving and modifying their orbits. That something could be Planet 9, a hypothetical planet at the edge of our solar system that could be tug…
 
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