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        Dive into the heart of Northeast Florida with First Coast Connect . This captivating weekday call-in program brings you face-to-face with the region's movers and shakers, from community leaders and local artists to standout event planners. Engage in vibrant discussions and delve into the week's hottest topics with our exciting Friday Roundtable, featuring a dynamic mix of local media personalities and civic luminaries. Tune in, connect and become part of the community conversation.

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        What's Health Got to Do with It? is an engaging weekly talk show hosted by Dr. Joe Sirven, a renowned physician and medical journalist. The show navigates the intricacies of the healthcare system, offering insight into treatment access, insurance coverage, and maintaining good health. Each episode, centered around a specific topic, dives into compelling healthcare stories and explores solutions for healthcare challenges. The program encourages active listener participation, fostering a community that is locally-focused and solution-driven on healthcare issues.

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        On this week’s program, we take a closer look at two brain conditions that challenge scientists’ understanding of the human mind: Lewy body dementia and schizophrenia.
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        Each week, Danny Rivero of WLRN in Miami, along with a panel of journalists from around the state, discuss the week in Florida news on the Florida Roundup.

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        This week on The Florida Roundup, we talked about proposed changes to the state’s child labor laws with Florida Rep. John Snyder and WLRN’s investigative reporter Danny Rivero. Then, we spoke with legendary journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about the current state of journalism and American Democracy. Plus, we round up some news stories about homelessness in Florida before checking in on a new Orlando-area volleyball team. We also preview “Never Drop the Ball,” a new documentary that explores how Black baseball players built a brand of baseball out of segregation and into a worldwide pastime.
        Immerse yourself in the rhythm of Jacksonville with the Jacksonville Music Experience (JME). Brought to you by WJCT Public Media, JME is your passport to an eclectic musical journey. From unique radio stations to curated playlists, live events, and insider insights - discover, explore and fall in love with Jacksonville's dynamic music scene through JME.
        • The new project from St. Augustine-native Taylor Olin (of Dust Fuss fame) betrays Olin’s expatriation to her current climes of Los Angeles. “Love,” by Olin’s new band The Something Specials, evokes the aftermath and clearing haze of SoCal rock deities Fleetwood Mac, after surviving their late ‘70s radio-hit pantheism. Over an unhurried strumming chord progression, mottled with a tasty plaintive ...
        • The Winterland music festival is held Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25 in James Weldon Johnson Park in Downtown Jacksonville. Single-day and three-day passes are available here. Scroll to the bottom for everything you need to KNOW BEFORE YOU GO. Full schedule below. Friday, February 23 (Gates open at 4 p.m.) Friday’s schedule below. Click on the artist to ...
        • Our weekly Go concert recommendations are updated every Monday morning. For a comprehensive list of this week’s concerts, go to our live music calendar page. Bluegrass/American Roots Nickel Creek – Wednesday, February 21 Florida Theatre | Downtown Jacksonville Founded as a trio of child-prodigy pickers in the early ‘90s, the Chris Thile-led bluegrass outfit Nickel Creek reunited in 2023. They trio plays the ...
        • New York state-based duo Babehoven have announced their sophomore album Water’s Here In You (April 26, Double Double Whammy) and shared the video for its lead single and opener, “Birdseye.” Maya Bon and Ryan Albert wrote and recorded the follow-up to their acclaimed 2022 debut Light Moving Time at their Hudson Valley home studio 12 Lb Genius in the winter ...
        • Indie-rock institution Vampire Weekend will soon return with their first new album in five years, Only God Was Above Us (April 5, Columbia Records), and to hold us over until then, Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio and Chris Tomson have shared two stellar new singles, “Capricorn” and “Gen-X Cops,” and announced a sprawling North American tour that features an October stop ...
        • Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about the craft of songwriting. The first time I ever heard “Feel the Way I Want” by Caroline Rose, I thought, “Wait a minute… is this my new anthem?” To me, Caroline’s music was stoic and earwormy. But on their latest record, 2023’s The Art of Forgetting, they took a turn ...
        • Happy February, Neighbors! I Hope the month is starting off well. On this walk through The Neighborhood, I interviewed my good friend and music brother Jay Myztroh of Cosmic Link, Stono Echo and other projects. We spoke on his music journey and how grateful he is to be in hist current position. Jay Myztroh and Friends opens for Grammy-nominated jazz ...
        • This week on the Jax Music Hour (Saturdays at 8PM on WJCT News 89.9 FM), we were joined by John Shannon — tour manager for COIN, flipturn, and many other artists. Shannon started a networking group called Duval Crew that connects local music crew to one another as well as industry opportunities. Follow Duval Crew on Instagram: @duvalcrew. Local artists ...
        • Jax River Jams, the annual series of free-concert, will return to Downtown Jacksonville in April for four local-artist-heavy shows headlined by nationally touring artists. This year’s River Jams kicks off with country, as Tennessee-bred, Billboard-chart mainstay Rodney Atkins takes the stage on Thursday, April 4. British-American singer and songwriter Bishop Briggs brings her alternative-take on electronic pop to the riverfront ...
        • Prolificity, patience, and discernment are all evident in the mix-mind of Willie Evans Jr. The Duval-based hip-hop polymath has been creating music and cultivating the overall contemporary Southeastern rap scene for so long—25+ years and counting—that it seems as if he was always been present. Evans is woven tightly into the Full Plate label-scene, an imprint that has codified and ...
        Reporters from public radio stations across the state bring you timely news and information from around Florida. Whether it's legislative maneuvers, the economy, environmental issues, tourism, business, or the arts, Capital Report provides information on issues that affect the lives of everyday Floridians.You can also subscribe to Capital Report as a podcast on Apple, Spotify, and Google.
        • On tonight’s program: Florida students from kindergarten through 12th grade would be required to learn the dangers of communism under legislation that’s rapidly advancing through the state Senate; Proposed restrictions on social media access for kids under the age of 16 are still being tweaked in the Legislature, while young opponents protest; Those who suffered abuse in now-closed Florida reform schools could receive reparations if a bill now moving through the Legislature passes and becomes law; Democrats and activists are opposing a bill that would change the way renewable energy is used in Florida; And those who coach athletics in Florida schools may soon face a requirement they learn CPR.
        • On tonight’s program: There’s a lot of gambling money coming into state coffers from the gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe and a lot of it is going to environmental projects; Governor DeSantis doesn’t seem to have quite as much clout in the legislature this year and Democratic lawmakers seem quick to point that out; And Florida’s population growth is reducing the ability of the state’s underground aquifer to resist salt water intrusion. A prominent naturalist is documenting the catastrophic impact on coastal freshwater wetlands.
        • On tonight’s program: Governor DeSantis pushes back on the notion that he is responsible for public school book bans; While some lawmakers think teaching kids about the dangers of communism will promote American values, others aren’t so sure; State lawmakers struggle to make proposed restrictions on young people accessing social media immune from legal challenge; Officials estimate the number of people who need mental healthcare in Florida is in the millions; Food insecurity remains a big problem in Florida. Lawmakers are trying to make things better; A proposed breeding facility for monkeys used in research just north of the Florida line is attracting international attention and widespread condemnation; Bills preventing the removal of historical monuments or flying non-government flags from government property appear dead in the Florida Senate; And if you think those movie scenes showing a Florida location were actually filmed IN Florida, you’re probably wrong.
        • On tonight’s program: Florida has a doctor shortage and a legislative measure to help address that issue is fast-tracking its way through the process; Any local government entity in Florida that provides utility services could find itself limited in how much of the resulting revenue could be shifted to general revenue under a bill that’s still moving forward in the Legislature; Verbal abuse of law officers and other first responders would mean criminal penalties under a bill now under consideration in Tallahassee; And the sound of an acorn hitting a police cruiser sounded so much like gunfire that two Okaloosa County sheriffs deputies opened fire on a suspect already in custody.
        • On tonight’s program: After the Parkland shooting 6 years ago, the Florida Legislature tightened several of its gun laws. Now it appears those restrictions are likely to be loosened; Many of Florida’s elected officials already face 8-year term limits and the Legislature is moving to add county commissioners to that list; And Governor DeSantis and wife Casey are championing more efforts to fight cancer.
        • On tonight's program: Governor Ron DeSantis held a news conference in Coral Gables today to announce his legislative intentions to increase penalties for retail thieves and porch pirates; A measure up for consideration in the Legislature would ban civilian oversight boards for law enforcement and corrections officers; The Florida Commission on Ethics would see big changes under a bill that’s moving through the Legislature; And the longtime head of the NRA is no longer Wayne LaPierre. Many are crediting the students who survived the Parkland High School massacre for that fact.
        Florida Frontiers: The Weekly Radio Magazine of the Florida Historical Society is a combination of interview segments and produced features covering history-based events, exhibitions, activities, places and people in Florida. Join host Ben Brotemarkle as he explores the relevance of Florida history to contemporary society, and promotes awareness of heritage and culture tourism options in the state.
        Discover Jacksonville like never before with Jacksonville Today, a nonprofit local digital journalism service from WJCT Public Media. With a daily five-minute read, stay updated on the city's top news, events, and engaging opinion pieces. Beyond news, it's your doorway to actively participate in the community. Get ready to experience Jacksonville, one email at a time.
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        Marketplace, hosted by the charismatic Kai Ryssdal and produced by American Public Media (APM), is an influential and informative radio program that delivers a fresh perspective on the economy, business, and finance.
        • If a $35 billion deal goes through, Capital One will purchase Discover and become the nation’s largest credit card issuer. But the bank isn’t in it for credit debt — it’s in it for Discover’s payments system. Also in this episode: why Walmart had strong sales last quarter and how states are preparing for a potentially contentious Election Day. Also, is the post-lockdown travel boom still on?
        • It’s a tough time to be a first-time buyer in the housing market. But it’s also tricky if you own a home and are looking to buy a new one, because your mortgage rate could roughly double. That “lock-in effect” is keeping housing inventory low and pushing prices higher. Then, we’ll examine why shipping costs are falling despite global disruptions and hear how steakhouses are trying to rebrand themselves.
        • Vacant offices have been tough on the commercial real estate industry, and more recently lenders that have built a big business on those property loans. But the biggest losers are cities that depend on commercial property taxes. In this episode, some municipalities face big revenue shortfalls. Also: another blow to ESG investing, the cost of big-name credit cards and our excess stuff is feeding the booming storage space industry.
        • Cisco, the communications infrastructure giant, is planning to cut lots of jobs. It’s the latest high-profile company to do so. Meanwhile, we keep getting positive indicators about the labor market, like today’s data on falling jobless claims. We’ll explain the disconnect on today’s show. Also: What rising import prices mean, tracking shipments on freight trains and why a bank created to integrate emancipated Black Americans into the economy matters today.
        • Walmart is looking to buy TV manufacturer Vizio, according to The Wall Street Journal, even though it sells its own brand of TVs. That’s because these days, a TV’s worth is tied to its streaming platform, and acquiring Vizio’s SmartCast could help the big-box retailer grow into another kind of company. Plus, split surveys on small business optimism, a map of all the country’s zoning laws, and the falling number of small farmers.