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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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        We'll catch up on this week's biggest local headlines with our panel of media experts.
        At least 100 people in Jacksonville protested Florida's new immigration law on Thursday, June 1, 2023. Similar protests occurred across the state.
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        The JEA headquarters in Downtown Jacksonville.
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        Ukrainian emergency workers and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital damaged by an airstrike in Mariupol, Ukraine, on March 9, 2022. The woman was taken to another hospital but did not survive.
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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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        Katherine Streeter
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        Dr. Joe Sirven and experts discuss the importance of maintaining a healthy gut microbiome.
        A new study links air pollution to Alzheimer's disease.
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        This microscope image made available by the National Cancer Institute Center for Cancer Research in 2015 shows human colon cancer cells with the nuclei stained red.
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        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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        View of the Capitol Complex from the Florida Vietnam Veterans Memorial, across from the Historic Capitol in Tallahassee, Florida, on Dec. 14, 2020. DANIEL A. VARELA
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        This week on The Florida Roundup, we spoke with a UF doctoral student who studied the use of authoritarian language in the 2020 presidential campaign (02:11) and then explored the power of language with two Florida poets (13:01). Later we heard from the deputy assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Water about new limits for PFAS chemicals (23:49) and then spoke with Central Florida Public Media’s Brendan Byrne about the end of an era for space exploration (32:54). Plus, we looked into Sarasota County’s truancy court (37:21). And finally, we shared solar eclipse stories (43:31) and found out why fuzzy caterpillars are becoming a nuisance for some (46:55).
        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.
        • This week, the Jax Music Hour went country! We rounded up country and Americana music from local artists like Folk is People, Rambler Kane, and Patsy’s Daydream, as well as touring artists such as Morgan Wade, Mac McAnally, and Jim White. Here’s what played on the Jax Music Hour this week. Catch future episodes of the show on the air ...
        • Good neighbors! Hope all is good in your areas! Below are the tunes that I shared with the neighbors and groovers. On this walk through the neighborhood, I played some hometown music: KALE THAT RAPS, Kenzie’s Place, and Ebonique, and some other gems that compliment well. Be on the lookout for an exclusive interview with Seafood Sam. It’s a great ...
        • The Electro Lounge is back and rolling out weekly dreamscapes — an eclectic hour of chillout, downtempo cuts every Saturday at 10 p.m. on WJCT News 89.9. Here’s what host David Luckin played on April 13. 1 Miles Davis – Pharaoh’s DanceStream 2 Amber – Sexual (Afterlife Remix)Stream 3 Thievery Corporation – Lebanese BlondeStream 4 Charlie Hunter & Norah Jones ...
        • Welcome to Songwriting School, where we talk to songwriters about the craft of songwriting. Born in Pensacola, 22-year-old pop artist Luci Lind has called Jacksonville home since he was a toddler. His coining of the genre “Jax pop” is just one example of his pride in being part of the Bold City music scene, where he gathers inspiration from his ...
        • For a roughly three-year stretch beginning in late 2007, Sleater-Kinney‘s Carrie Brownstein reached the pinnacle of a career that has included stints as a rock star, a TV actor and an author. During that time, Brownstein wrote the NPR Music blog Monitor Mix and appeared as a frequent panelist on All Songs Considered. But she foolishly climbed down from that ...
        • Our weekly Go concert recommendations are updated every week. For a comprehensive list of this week’s concerts, go to our live music calendar page. Want our concert picks delivered to your inbox every Tuesday? Sign up of the JME Live newsletter and never miss a show. Ska/Reggae The Toasters – Tuesday, April 16 Jack Rabbits | San Marco Seminal third-wave ska act, New ...
        • Kennie Mason, lead singer and founder of Jacksonville band Siichaq (pronounced sea-check), always felt like a fish out of water in the community she grew up in. Her music career began early, checking off the rite of passage of many a beach kid: singing in a rock band with a bunch of surfers. After a few years of growth and ...
        • Canadian post-punk trio Cola—the second act of Ought’s Tim Darcy and Ben Stidworthy, who are now joined by Evan Cartwright (U.S. Girls, The Weather Station)—have announced the follow-up to their 2022 debut album Deep in View. Our latest preview of The Gloss (June 14, Fire Talk Records) is “Pallor Tricks,” the album’s third and most intense single yet. In contrast ...
        • Springtime apparently activates febrile indie rock music. The latest track from locals Ducats, “Uggo Druggo” heralds the seasonal arc in the form of an unhurried post-punk planted in a field of reverb. Over the course of its four-and-a-half minutes, “Uggo Druggo” is carried along in a bramble of guitar stabs and textures, riffs closing and falling back into the echoes, ...
        • Throughout an emotional, soul-stirring set, the multitudes of Yaya Bey‘s music and artistry are on full display in her Tiny Desk concert. The New York-bred singer-songwriter opens the show by paying homage to her Barbados roots: reggae-tinged grooves of “meet me in brooklyn” from her powerful 2022 album, Remember Your North Star, that flow seamlessly into “on the pisces moon” ...
        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: 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.
        • On tonight’s program: Florida voters will decide the legality of abortion during the upcoming election; A recreational marijuana initiative likewise makes it to this November’s ballot, much to the delight of proponents; We talk with a third-party candidate for president who isn’t happy with the difficulty of qualifying to get on the Florida ballot; Florida’s new education commissioner is making sure that charter schools in one county are getting their share of funding. Even if that share was originally intended for traditional public schools; And while Florida is trying to lure more new manufacturing jobs to the state, some long-time production jobs in a rural North Florida county are disappearing forever.
        • Florida is at the center of the fight over abortion. As the state faces new restrictions and a November ballot question on abortion rights, Democrats see potential where they haven't in years.
        • On tonight’s program: A federal court says Florida’s redrawn North Florida congressional district is okay. But that doesn’t mean the matter is closed; Governor DeSantis signs the bill banning younger teens from accessing social media. And it looks like that’s not a done deal either; Disney and the State of Florida resolve at least one issue in their ongoing battle; Florida acts to ban synthesized meat. That battle is continuing; One of Florida’s U.S. Senators returns from Israel with strong criticism for the Biden administration; The state is helping businesses recruit employees amid an ongoing worker shortage; And some advocacy groups are pushing Florida to rejoin a system that is supposed to ensure no voters cast ballots in more than one state.
        • On tonight’s program: Governor DeSantis signs into law a bill forcing local governments to make sure the unhoused don’t wind up sleeping in public places; Floridians stuck in a health insurance coverage gap are turning to voters for help; A new Florida law pulls the plug on local bodies that deal with ethics violations by government officials; As debate continues about a ban on the social media site TikTok, it seems not everyone – even among young people – is necessarily a big fan; Is synthetic meat a powerful tool in the fight against hunger, or is it a threat to our traditional way of life?; And Certain Florida destinations love tourists EXCEPT for the ones who come during spring break.
        • For a decade, Florida lawmakers have debated whether to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Advocates are trying to circumvent the legislature and take the issue directly to voters.
        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.
        • In the 1990s, companies that hoped to change the world using newfangled computer technology took off. Wall Street invested in some of them big time, and their stock market valuations ballooned before they showed evidence of delivering on their promises. Sound familiar? In this episode, a cautionary tale for the era of AI. Plus, film jobs leave L.A. and New York, Netflix doubles down on video game investments and small businesses’ pricing power is kinda lumpy.
        • Today, President Joe Biden called for tariffs to be tripled on certain Chinese steel and aluminum products. These tariffs, first implemented by then-President Donald Trump in 2018, are now the latest move in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war. Plus, sky-high car insurance premiums, the government’s latest energy-efficiency standards and China’s shrinking wine market.
        • The International Monetary Fund reported today that the global economy has shown “remarkable resilience” and that growth is expected to hold steady at 3.2% this year. But that’s low by historical standards. Plus, why there’s weaker demand for Treasurys, how restaurant chains scout locations and why Warner Bros. is shelving “Coyote vs. Acme.” Beep beep!
        • The economy has historically been a major factor in election forecasting. But right now, the economy is kinda all over the place. In this episode, how some experts are adjusting their models to account for increased polarization and others are throwing in the towel. Plus, more guessing games: Will BYD crush Tesla? Should firms make big deals before inflation cools? And wait — when am I scheduled to work?
        • As more cities and states debate abolishing subminimum wages for tipped workers, we’re keeping an eye on Washington, D.C., where the tip credit system is being phased out. Though food service staff shrunk last year, some current servers say their paychecks are much more stable. Plus, corporate defaults climb and the cost of Asian imports falls as the cost of goods from Mexico increases.