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Drew Mello talks with Jim Parks with the Gifford Youth Orchestra. The Gifford Youth Orchestra provides education, training, and on-stage experience in the performing arts, with a core focus on Classical Music and stringed instruments. The orchestra’s annual concert celebration, "The Magic of 13 Years,” will take place on Saturday, November 5 at 2 p.m. at the Gifford Community Center. For more information on the Gifford Youth Orchestra click here:
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This summer, we asked Floridians about the biggest issues on their minds this election season. Over the next few weeks, public radio stations across the state will be looking at the top five answers to that question, in stories about the environment, education, the economy and more. Decision FL was brtoadcast live at 1pm on WQCS HD2, with a rebroadcast on WQCS and HD1 at 6pm. This election program is a state collaborative and originated out of the WLRN studios in Miami.

President Obama's days in office are dwindling, and it's clear he intends to have as much fun as he can on the way out. Last night during a west coast fundraising trip, he stopped by ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Obama took part in a recurring bit called "Mean Tweets," which consists of reading aloud some of the you guessed it, mean tweets he's received of late.

Such as:

@nathan: "Barack Obama is the Nickelback of presidents."

@woodstockdave: "Obama couldn't negotiate getting a Whopper without pickles."

Four people have died at an amusement park in Australia after an accident on a water ride on Tuesday.

The victims were all adults — two men and two women — Stuart Cohen reports for NPR from Sydney. The accident occurred at Dreamworld amusement park, a popular destination on Queensland state's Gold Coast.

An attack on a police academy in Quetta, Pakistan, has left more than 60 people dead and more than 100 injured, NPR's Philip Reeves reports.

Most of the dead were young police cadets, he says.

"The cadets were asleep when the assault began. One survivor says three or four gunmen barged into their dormitory and started firing," Philip reports. "Some cadets escaped by jumping off the roof. Officials say all the attackers are now dead, and that two detonated suicide vests."

The Amorphophallus titanum is a striking plant even before you get close enough to smell it. Its scientific name means giant, misshapen phallus and it is not hard to see why. A giant column called a spadix rises 7 feet into the air from the center of a pleated funnel.

Lipton tea can be found in almost any grocery store, and the brand is just about synonymous with industrial Big Tea. So tea enthusiasts who sniff at the familiar square bags might be surprised that once upon a time, Lipton was known as the "farm to table" of the tea world. In fact, it was sold with the catchy slogan "direct from tea garden to tea pot."

So how did Thomas Lipton build this tea empire?

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Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit

William Bowen, a scholar and former president of Princeton University, died last week. He is associated with one of the key explanations for just why a college degree keeps getting more and more and more expensive.

Bowen, who was President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and before that, led Princeton from 1972 to 1988, died Oct. 20 at the age of 83.

Nearly half of all American adults have been entered into law enforcement facial recognition databases, according to a recent report from Georgetown University's law school. But there are many problems with the accuracy of the technology that could have an impact on a lot of innocent people.


See the Metropolitan Opera in Local Cinemas!

We have 6 tickets to give away to Live in HD and Encore showing of Don Giovanni

Saturday, October 22 LIVE in Palm Beach Gardens Cobb Theaters Downtown 16 & Vero Beach AMC Indian River 24. Also 6 tickets for Wednesday, October 26 ENCORE at Palm Beach Gardens Cobb Theaters Downtow

Treasure Coast Weather from The FPREN Storm Center

This Week's Treasure Coast Essay

Close call

Oct 24, 2016

This is a Treasure Coast Essay by Paul Janensch about Hurricane Matthew.  Whew!  That was a close call.  My wife Gail and I were away.  But, of course, we still were worried.  Would the Treasure Coast be clobbered?  Fortunately, it was not.  Branches were blown down at our condo in Vero Beach, and the power was knocked out, as it was up and down the coast, but that was all.  Following updates on, we learned that Matthew – the first hurricane to hit Florida in 11 years –  wobbled to the east before heading north, where communities were devastated.  Some think weather forecasters an

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