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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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        First Coast Connect
        We'll get the latest on the legal challenge of Jacksonville’s anti-panhandling law.
        Stacey Bennett
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        Olympic skateboarding hopeful Poe Pinson catches some air at WJCT Studios. The 19-year-old from Fernandina Beach was introduced to skating when she was 4 years old.
        Will Brown
        Jacksonville Today
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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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        Theo Lopez, 11, reveals a scar on his right pinkie from an injury he sustained while carving a Halloween pumpkin at age 9. He required complex surgery and numerous rounds of doctor-ordered occupational therapy.
        Heidi de Marco
        Kaiser Health News
        What's Health Got to Do with It?
        Dr. Joe Sirven and his guests discuss hand trauma and stem cell research in space.
        There are a lot of different options out there for couples who have fertility issues. One of them is IUI, or intrauterine insemination.
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        What's Health Got to Do with It?
        Vials of injectable penicillin sit in cold storage at the Metro Public Health Department in Nashville. Injectable penicillin is the go-to treatment for syphilis and the only treatment considered safe for pregnant people with the disease.
        Catherine Sweeney
        What's Health Got to Do with It?
        Hear what Florida is talking about each week with newsmakers and journalists discussing issues defining the Sunshine State, hosted by Tom Hudson.

        This show is co-produced by WLRN in Miami and WUSF in Tampa.

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        In Florida, Black mothers are at least two times more likely to die after giving birth than non-Black counterparts.
        Martha Irvine
        This week on The Florida Roundup, we looked into a special series from the South Florida Sun Sentinel that examines that state’s infant mortality rate. First, we speak with health reporter Cindy Krischer Goodman (00:21) before speaking with Dr. LaRae Brown, director of UF Health Women’s Specialists-North and Dr. Rodrigo Ruano, director at UHealth Jackson Fetal Care Center and Division (09:09). Then, we looked at how a revamped federal form for financial aid for students is causing delays (19:22). Plus, fallout over a dubious major gift donation to Florida A&M (27:57). And other news from across the state from a deadly bus crash near Ocala (37:18) to severe weather in the Panhandle (40:28). We also heard from our listeners from last week's mailbag (45:44).
        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.
        • Last week on the Jax Music Hour (Saturdays at 8PM on WJCT News 89.9 FM), we spun an hour’s worth of artists we’ll be hearing at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival next weekend, May 24-26, at Metropolitan Park and Daily’s Place in Downtown Jacksonville. It’s free to attend but you can get VIP tickets and learn more about the festival here. ...
        • While there may be a strong candidate for song of the summer among the 12 pop bops on Billie Eilish’s Hit Me Hard and Soft, indie-pop luminary Clairo also has a song for your consideration. The first from a new album, Charm (out July 12), “Sexy to Someone” a winkingly lusty ditty about the power of being desired and seeing ...
        • How’s it going, Neighbors? I hope you enjoyed last weekend’s show. If you missed it, below is the list of jams I played, with links to stream at your convenience. I shared a snippet of a conversation I had with pianist, producer, and regal gentleman Bruce V. Allen. We had lunch at Celestia’s Coastal Cuisine (which was tasty) and reflected ...
        • Before “Black Hole Sun,” there was “Blister in the Sun.” No offense to the 1994 Soundgarden grunge classic, but prior to the Seattle rock explosion and subsequent alternative rock shrapnel of the ‘90s, an all-acoustic band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin had a 1983 college-radio hit with “Blister in the Sun,” an evergreen favorite that seems to only grow in popularity due ...
        • A jazz festival is a curious proposition in 2024. This summer, for example, the admats for some of the country’s most notable jazz festivals give top billing to artists and bands that would seem to have little or nothing to do with America’s original artform. Celebrating its 70th year, Rhode Island’s Newport Jazz Festival, lists British new wave singer-songwriter Elvis ...
        • Jazz Blue Jay Jazz Jam – Tuesday, May 21 Blue Jay Listening Room | Jacksonville Beach Blue Jay’s popular weekly jazz jam is a great way to kick off what is to be a jazz-heavy week. Every Tuesday, local standouts from the city’s vibrant jazz scene take the stage at the intimate, fun-size Blue Jay Listening Room in Jax Beach. ...
        • London-based soul duo Mrcy’s debut on Dead Oceans, the eight-track Volume 1, is full of enjoyable updates on retro sounds. Made up of producer Barney Lister and vocalist Kojo Degraft-Johnson, Mrcy (pronounced Mercy) combines a full spectrum of atmospheric samples with tight grooves and Degraft-Johnson’s mighty, world-class vocals. Volume 1‘s lead single, “Lorelei,” is a prime example of the duo’s ...
        • Nearly 7,000 independent artists entered this year’s Tiny Desk Contest, NPR Music’s annual search for the next great undiscovered artist. Earlier today, Morning Edition revealed the winner: a Sacramento producer, singer, rapper and multi-instrumentalist who performs as The Philharmonik. As he soaks in his big win and prepares to travel to NPR’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., to perform a Tiny ...
        • Baby Rose has the kind of voice that stops you in your tracks. The Washington, D.C.-bred singer and musician has collaborated with a wide range of artists, standing out on projects by Robert Glasper, Max Martian, and Big K.R.I.T., among others. On “One Last Dance” – the lead single from a Rose’s new EP, Slow Burn, (out now on unimpeachably ...
        • While the band has been categorized with the vague catchall post punk, Dehd arguably shares more DNA with late-’80s garage-rock revivalists and fellow midwesterners, Detroit’s The Gories, a band that fused punk directness with an ad hoc approach to pop-vocal harmonizing and primitive drums (you won’t hear high hats on a Dehd record, and nary a crash). And just about ...
        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’s Capital City struggles to recover from the three tornadoes that slammed into it one week ago today; Hurricane season is still weeks away. But the insurance industry is already predicting rate hikes if the worst happens; Florida has issued new rules about the now-in-effect abortion restrictions. But some say those rules just muddy the water; We attend a funeral for a North Florida airman, who died at the hands of a police officer; Have you moved back to the office full-time after COVID made working from home more of an option for many employees? It seems that trend has done a number on the state’s commercial real estate market; And we hear about a commonly available substance that is questioned by many experts, but is applauded by its users.
        • On tonight’s program: Florida’s Capital City takes a big hit from mother nature during the pre-dawn hours this morning; A Northwest Florida law officer’s fatal shooting of an air force airman raises many questions and plenty of grief; A big donation to Florida A&M University turns out to have more than a few possible problems connected with it; Florida’s new abortion restriction became effective just over a week ago and that issue is now prime fodder for the upcoming election; And a newly signed law about occupational hazards for firefighters has sparked yet more potential conflict between a Florida city and the state’s firefighters union.
        • On tonight's program: What lies ahead for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis? Another plan to search for fossil fuels in the delicate Apalachicola River basin has opponents rushing to the barricades; It’s not yet a law, but a bill allowing people who feel threatened to shoot black bears has advocates and opponents locked in verbal combat; Jobs are going begging for workers in South Florida. One of the reasons? High housing prices; And we’ll find the secret to making the so-called “Golden Years” healthier and happier is to stay involved, connected and active!
        • On tonight’s program: Florida colleges and universities are – so far – experiencing only modest protests in support of Gaza as the war with Israel goes on; Florida’s six-week abortion ban takes effect in days. We’ll see how it will impact those on both sides; On this Confederate Memorial Day – and yes, it’s still an official observance in Florida – we’ll talk about other monuments to the “lost cause”; Florida’s unhoused population keeps growing and there are those who are using this fact to political advantage; President Biden still has a lead over former President Trump among young people. Florida Democrats hope those young people will give the incumbent the winning edge in November; And Florida expands its DNA sampling to include everybody who’s arrested
        • On tonight's program: A looming six-week abortion ban in Florida has advocates scrambling to ensure some kind of care will remain accessible; Florida dives into a voucher program that advocates hope will drown-proof more kids; With a voter referendum on recreational marijuana coming in November, some people are still sounding bells of alarm; While pot opponents – like Governor DeSantis – believe loosening the state’s marijuana laws would be catastrophic, not everyone is so sure; A young Florida mom struggles to keep her opioid addiction at bay; And Florida bids goodbye to a statesman. Perhaps one of the last in our modern era.
        • On tonight’s program: An organization supporting transgender people in Tallahassee has gotten national attention; Governor DeSantis signs a bill into law ramping up penalties for interfering with law officers; Florida has a new law imposing harsher penalties on those convicted of retail theft; More and more Florida seniors are finding a place to live less and less affordable; The opioid crisis remains a crisis, although a Medicaid expansion in places like Florida is being touted as a powerful tool to help the fight; And some ancient Native American wisdom may be the best way to deal with some very modern problems.
        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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        Every weekday for over three decades, NPR's Morning Edition has taken listeners around the country and the world with two hours of multi-faceted stories and commentaries that inform challenge and occasionally amuse. Morning Edition is the most listened-to news radio program in the country.

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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.
        • This week, we got some gloomy news on the housing market: In April, new homes sales fell 4.7% and existing home sales dropped about 2% from the month before, and in May, homebuilder confidence took a dive. The most likely culprit? High mortgage rates. Also in this episode: Why DuPont is splitting its company into three, what Olympic and Paralympic athletes are doing to raise funds for Paris, and how business is going for a maker of custom cowboy boots in Virginia. Our May fundraiser ends Friday, and we need your help to reach our goal. Give today and help fund public service journalism for all!
        • About 7% of U.S. adults have long COVID, according to a new survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of those nearly 18 million people say their symptoms affect their ability to work. Disability accommodations could be the answer. Also in this episode, competitors work on catching up to AI chipmaker Nvidia, companies offer 401(k) matching of student loan payments and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau starts regulating buy now, pay later platforms.
        • On Monday, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon hinted at retiring soon after running the banking powerhouse for 18 years. But finding replacements for veteran CEOs can be a tricky business. Also in this episode: New research finds that Native households are more financially stressed. Plus: Lowe’s invests in professional contractors, and Chicago vendors scramble after grocery stores shutter. Our May fundraiser ends Friday, and we need your help to reach our goal. Give today and help fund public service journalism for all!
        • Fast-casual sit-down restaurant chains have a lot on their plates right now. They’re unpopular with Gen Z customers, struggling to maintain reasonable prices and can’t compete with made-to-DoorDash options like Chipotle. Meanwhile, at the other end of the restaurant spectrum, reservations at trendy spots are hot tickets in resale markets. Also in this episode: The Port of Baltimore hopes for a return to normalcy, Texans gear up for a sweltering summer and homeowners in extreme weather-prone areas turn to state governments for insurance. It’s your last chance to double your impact during our May fundraiser — the Investors Challenge Fund is matching donations up to $25,000 today! Give right now.
        • The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 40,000 for the first time on Friday. As we say regularly on this show, the stock market is not the economy. But it can still be a good indicator of how some folks are feeling about the state of the economy. Also in this episode: Competition for small-business spending heats up, EV sales take a dip, and purchasing power for all income levels rises. Marketplace is behind for this budget year — that means listeners like you can make a critical difference by investing in our journalism today.