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LOCAL MATTERS 12 - 19- 2012: Former principal Ted Lindenberg discusses school shootings and school safety
December 19, 2012 04:18 PM PST
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This week on Local Matters, former elementary school principal Ted Lindenberg dropped by to provide a principal's perspective on school shootings in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut rampage.
Ted was a principal in New York area when the 1999 Columbine shootings changed the education system forever.

Ted shared his vast insight and views on school safety, guns in schools, the shooting's impact on administrators, educators, students and parents, potential changes to gun laws and what other changes might be in store pertaining to school security.

Local Matters airs the first and third Wednesday of the month of WSLR 96.5 FM in Sarasota and online at www.WSLR.org

LOCAL MATTERS 12-5-2012: Part One - Susan Chapman discusses the state of the Sarasota Police Department
December 05, 2012 10:58 PM PST
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Part One of the Dec. 5 Local Matters show featured Sarasota City Commission candidate and former Ad Hoc Police Panel Member Susan Chapman discussing the culture and state of a Sarasota Police Department that has found itself in the news of late for allegations of excessive use of force and "bum hunting" in regard to some officer's interactions with the homeless.

(***Part two of this week's show, featuring a visit with Nancy Page, from the First Step recovery and detox facility in Sarasota, is located below.)

You can read my written accounts pertaining to some of these recent police and homeless related matters at my "This Week in Sarasota" author's page: www.thisweekinsarasota.com/author/joe-hendricks/

LOCAL MATTERS 12-5-2102: Part Two, a visit with Nancy Page from the First Step recovery and detox facility.
December 05, 2012 11:15 PM PST
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This portion of the Dec. 5 Local Matters show features Nancy Page, Clinical Advisor of Special Services at the First Step recovery and detox facility in Sarasota. Nancy provided an overview of the operation and provided insight into what is entailed in a short-term detox session. She also shared her wisdom on the causes of addiction and why some people get addicted and some don't.

Visit First Step online at: www.fsos.org

Local Matters Nov. 21: Michael Barfield (ACLU) and Richard Martin discuss city's approach to addressing homelessness
November 30, 2012 12:45 PM PST
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The Nov. 21 Local Matters show featured ACLU Legal Chair Michael Barfiled and former Sarasota Mayor and Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness Executive Director Richard Martin discussing the arrest of a homeless man for charging his cell phone in a city park. They also shared their views on the City of Sarasota and the Sarasota Police Department's failed approach to dealing with homelessness.

This conversation took place days before the ACLU held a press conference at City Hall and disclosed text messages from Sarasota Police Officers referring to their interactions with the homeless as "bum hunting."
Read my coverage of these events at www.ThisWeekInSarasota.com

Two days after that press conference, the Sarasota Herald Tribune uncovered video of a Sarasota Police Officer assaulting a homeless person while making an arrest. Read that story at: http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20121129/ARTICLE/121129633/2416/NEWS?Title=Video-shows-homeless-man-battered-in-Sarasota-arrest

LOCAL MATTERS: Oct. 17, 2012 - County Commissioner Christine Robinson and Family Promise's Camile Chapman
October 17, 2012 04:26 PM PDT
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The Oct. 17, 2012 LOCAL MATTERS show featured an interview with Sarasota County Commissioner and Commission candidate Christine Robinson. Christine discussed her first two years in office, sharing her insight on numerous county-related topics.
Visit Christine's campaign website at: http://votechristinerobinson.com/About.html

The 41:30 mark of this audio clip begins an interview with Camile Chapman, from Family Promise - a local organization that assists homeless families. Learn more about Family Promise and their Cardboard Box City fundraiser at http://familypromisesarasota.org/
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Local Matters airs the first and third Wednesday of each month on WSLR 96.5 FM and online at www.WSLR.org

LOCAL MATTERS May 2, 2012: Mike Lasche on Bike Matters and more from Bob Fass
May 02, 2012 01:25 PM PDT
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The May 2 Local Matters show featured a conversation with Sarasota cycling enthusiast and advocate Mike Lasche. Mike discussed legislative, transportation, recreational and local issues issues pertinent to cyclists and pedestrians.
Mike is a member of the Sarasota-based non-profit organization Florida Walks and Bikes. Learn more at http://floridawalksandbikes.org/

Toward the end of the show, we heard a few minutes more of our recent conversation with WBAI/Radio Unnameable radio host Bob Fass, who was featured in the Sarasota Film Festival screenings of the documentary film, "Radio Unnameable."

Local Matters airs the first, third (and fifth) Wednesday morning of each month on WSLR 96.5 FM and online at www.WSLR.org

LOCAL MATTERS 4/18/2012: Filmmaker Jessica Wolfson and WBAI radio pioneer Bob Fass discuss RADIO UNNAMEABLE documentary
April 18, 2012 01:12 PM PDT
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This LOCAL MATTERS show, hosted by Joe Hendricks, J.P. Fazio and special guest co-host Curt Werner,featured conversations and interviews pertaining to New York public radio's Bob Fass and his role at WBAI public radio in New York City.
Bob was a pioneer of "free-form" radio. In the early 1960s, he was among the first to use late night talk radio as a platform to connect common folks and celebrities such as Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Arlo Guthrie and activist Abbie Hoffman, allowing them all to express themselves over the WBAI airwaves as the 1960's exploded upon New York City.

Filmmaker Jessica Wolfson and co-director Paul Lovelace will attend the Sarasota Film Fest screenings of Radio Unnameable taking place Friday evening April 20 and Saturday evening April 21. For more info on these film screenings visit www.sarasotafilmfestival.com

Visit the Radio Unnameable film website at: www.radiounnameablemovie.com

Listen to Bob Fass live on Thursday evenings from midnight to 3 a.m. at www.WBAI.org. You can also listen to archived Radio Unnameable shows at the WBAI website.

LOCAL MATTERS airs the first, third (and fifth) Wednesdays of each month, from 9 to 10 a.m. on WSLR 96.5 FM and online at www.WSLR.org

LITERACY MATTERS: 4/9/2012 - A WSLR special hosted by Ted Lindenberg
April 10, 2012 05:19 PM PDT
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On April 9, 2012, Literary Council of Sarasota Vice-President Ted Lindenberg hosted a WSLR 96.5 FM radio special, Literacy Matters.
Co-hosted by Joe Hendricks, this show featured Ted expressing his concerns and knowledge of the illiteracy problems that exist in Florida and the United States as a whole. Ted and Joe were joined by studio guest Shon Ewens, Executive Director of the Literacy Council of Sarasota.

Visit the Literacy Council of Sarasota online at: www.SarasotaLiteracy.org

Visit WSLR 96.5 FM online at www.WSLR.org

LOCAL MATTERS 3/7/2012: Cortez Matters (Part 2) & Airstreaming with the WBCCI
March 07, 2012 01:57 PM PST

The March 7 Local Matters show featured Part 2 of my recent visit to the historic Cortez fishing village, where I spoke with Karen Bell (AP Bell Fish Co. and the Starfish Co.), John Banyas (Cortez Bait and Seafood, N.E. Taylor Boatworks and the Swordfish Grill), Cortez historian and Cortez museum volunteer John Macdonald and Sarasota resident and Cortez commercial fisherman Tom Olyarnyk.

We then hitched up our virtual radio wagon and headed over to Robarts Arena to visit the Florida Suncoast Unit of the Wally Byum Caravan Club International - the folks that travel around in those cool Airstream travel trailers and make an annual pilgrimage to Sarasota for the Airstream rally that takes place at Robarts Arena.

NOTE - you can FAST FORWARD to the AIRSTREAM segment by using the audio slider to take you to the 41:30 mark of this audio file.

This hour of Local Matters is brought to you by the Rainwater Warehouse providing sustainable rainwater harvesting products and design. More information available at www.RainwaterWarehouse.com.

Local Matters airs the first, third and, when applicable, the fifth Wednesday of each month, from 9-10 a.m. on WSLR 96.5 FM in Sarasota Florida and broadcasts online and worldwide at www.wslr.org.

FUND DRIVE REMINDER: If you enjoy the work J.P. and I do on Local Matters perhaps you'll consider making a financial pledge to WSLR on behalf of Local Matters during the WSLR Spring Membership Drive taking place March 15-21. To pledge your support, call 941-894-6469 and tell the WSLR volunteer you'd like to pledge in support of Local Matters or any other of your favorite WSLR shows.
All donations go directly to WSLR to help cover operating costs. All pledges are greatly appreciated and no pledge is too small or too large.

Thanks for listening and for being part of the WSLR community
Joe Hendricks
Local Matters

Local Matters 2-29-2012: CORTEZ MATTERS - Part One
February 29, 2012 01:33 PM PST
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This episode of Local Matters features Dr. Mary Fulford Green and her son Ben Green sharing their knowledge and memories of life in Cortez, Florida, the richly historic fishing village that sits near the end of Cortez Road on the western edge of Bradenton.

Settled in the 1880's by North Carolina fishermen, the tale of Cortez is the tale of a small town hanging on to its sense of self despite the encroachment of time, northern transplants, greedy developers, conservation legislation and short-sighted local politicians.

Ben Green is the author of "Finest Kind," the 1985 non-fiction book that beautifully tells the tale of life in Cortez from the 1880s to the 1980s.
"Finest Kind" can be purchased from the Cortez Village Historical Society. Learn more about Cortez and its historical society at: http://cortezvillage.org/default.aspx

On next week's show, airing March 7, we'll continue our look at Cortez with modern day fishing industry professionals Karen Bell, John Banyas and Tom Olyarnyk.

Leading up to the Cortez conversations, Joe and JP discuss a couple items on JP's local radar before setting sail for Cortez.

Local Matters airs the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 9-10 a.m. on WSLR 96.5 FM in Sarasota and online worldwide at www.localmatters.podomatic.com

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