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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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        Friday, we'll talk with local journalists about the biggest headlines in the news this week.
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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.
        • This week on the Jax Music Hour (Saturdays at 8PM on WJCT News 89.9 FM), we spun an hour of the great music we’ll be hearing at Winterland Six next weekend, February 23-25, at James Weldon Johnson Park in Downtown Jacksonville. Get tickets and dig into JME‘s full festival guide here. Glenn Van Dyke and Lena Simon, Winterland organizers and ...
        • Neighbors! It’s Mr. Al Pete here with another round of tunes that were played on my show. I wanted to add a song that centered and commemorated the late J. Dilla (Mochilla presents Timeless: Suite for Ma Dukes – Untitled/Fantastic). He was a powerful source to hip hop, soul, and other genres. There are a vast amount of people that ...
        • As Seagate frontman Sam Baglino shared his influences with me—Osees and Ty Segall, to name a few—I couldn’t help but notice that this local musician-of-all-trades is drawn to prolific artists. Both acts he named have, respectively, released more than a dozen records, and when considering Seagate’s own output, this influence just makes sense. Last year alone, the band released a ...
        • Routinely hailed as “the loudest band in New York City,” A Place to Bury Strangers — when they’re not violating sound ordinances in the five boroughs — has been issuing deceptively simple yet consistently psych-friendly guitar pummel for twenty years and counting. Founded and fronted by singer-guitarist Oliver Ackermann, the band has released dozens of multi-format records, with an apparent ...
        • Audrey Kang’s ethereal indie-rock project Lightning Bug have shared their first new music in nearly three years, announcing No Paradise (May 2) alongside the video for its mythic lead single, “December Song.” Press notes on the record quote the poet Louise Glück—“Whatever / returns from oblivion / returns to find a voice,” she once wrote—and describes No Paradise as the ...
        • 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 ...
        • 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 ...
        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: The Florida Senate approves social media restrictions for kids under the age of 16; Florida’s Live Healthy plan, a top priority for Senate President Passidomo, is headed for Governor DeSantis’s desk; The Florida House is set to take up a bill banning local governments from enacting any ordinances impacting contractor pay or working conditions; And the full Florida Senate is expected to pass a bill creating a new legal holiday in commemoration of the Tuskegee Airmen.
        • On tonight’s program: A proposal, now ready to go to the full House, would add “unborn child” to a law that allows family members to seek damages when a person's death is caused by such things as wrongful acts or negligence; An effort to make it easier to sue journalists and bloggers for defamation is now heading to the House floor; The Republican-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday voted to approve a bill that would lower the minimum age to buy rifles and other types of long guns from 21 to 18; A controversial proposal to bring back primary election runoffs has been temporarily postponed just days after being filed; And Florida A&M University officials are pushing their funding priorities for the new school year.
        • 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.
        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.
        • Sustainable aviation fuel — an alternative to conventional petroleum — aims to decarbonize a carbon-heavy sector. Right now, it accounts for less than 1% of global jet fuel. Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act incentivizes aviation’s transition to SAF, but manufacturers still face big roadblocks. Plus, not all SAFs are created equal. This episode is part of our series “Breaking Ground,” where we look at how federal infrastructure spending might change the economy.
        • Overall, inflation has plummeted since June 2022, shortly after the Federal Reserve began hiking interest rates, and the Fed is getting closer to its 2% target. But consumer prices are still high. So why is it taking so long for the Fed to cut interest rates? “The Federal Reserve has been faked out before, where we thought inflation was licked, and then it flared back up again,” Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Fed, told us on today’s show. “That’s what we want to avoid.” Also: What to expect when Amazon replaces Walgreens on the Dow, how congressional budget fights threaten federal firefighters’ pay, and why the U.S. is selling its helium reserve.
        • 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.