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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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        Tune in Friday as we navigate through the week's most significant stories with our team of local newspeople.
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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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        Today, we discover health care's latest trends with our expert medical roundtable. Topics include the spike in syphilis cases, updated COVID-19 guidelines, STD self-test kits and the connection between weight loss drugs and mental health.
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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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        Gilberto Lujano, 49, wipes sweat from his face after while working on a roof on May 2, 2023, in Homestead.
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        This week on The Florida Roundup, we look at a bill moving through the Legislature that would prohibit local governments from enacting heat ordinances with reporter Valerie Crowder.
        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 spoke with Hiss Golden Messenger’s MC Taylor, who performed at the Bier Hall at Intuition Ale Works on Wednesday, February 28. The Durham singer-songwriter spoke about his songwriting and lyrics-gathering process. In addition to Hiss Golden Messenger and other artists coming through Northeast Florida ...
        • Just months after releasing his debut album on Daptone Records, London-via-D.C. soul singer-songwriter Jalen Ngonda is back with a brand new single, the bittersweet, Motown-inspired “Illusions.” A talented purveyor of time-warp soul a la Leon Bridges, Ngonda’s distinctive voice is his most valuable asset, a nimble falsetto that evokes explosive joy and eats high notes for breakfast. On “Illusions,” however, ...
        • The fourth album from New York City shoegazers DIIV is on the way, and ahead of Frog in Boiling Water’s May 24 release via Fantasy Records, the band has unveiled a North American tour and a new music video, both with ties to the Sunshine State. After announcing their new album earlier this month, DIIV—Zachary Cole Smith, Andrew Bailey, Colin ...
        • Operating in a creative realm parallel to bedroom dream-pop exists Duval-based musician HUAN, aka Juan Mallorca, who throws a little nuanced neon light and electronic-soul on his DIY domain. Mallorca’s garage-rock jollies are satisfied with his project Jawberry and he’s also the mastermind behind the latin-trap entity, Chico Honey. Over a breezy riff that is smooth to the point of ...
        • The “solar music” Butcher Brown brought to Tiny Desk was hot and funky from the count-in. What is solar music? It’s the term the band uses to describe the various musical inspirations that influence its sound — simply put, everything under the sun. And everyone who attended this Tiny Desk Concert was feeling it. There were stank faces aplenty. NPR ...
        • Over the course of the last weekend of February, Jacksonville music fans turned out to see nearly three dozen local, regional and nationally touring bands during Winterland Six. Held in James Weldon Johnson Park in Downtown Jacksonville, the music festival was headlined by Blonde Redhead, Caroline Rose and Osees. Enjoy a photo recap from the lenses of Toni Smailagic and ...
        • The debut single from Jessica Pratt’s forthcoming fourth album Here in the Pitch, the song “Life Is” is an impressive mix of baroque pop-psychedelia. Underpinned by a symphonic albeit subdued production sheen, Pratt targets lovelorn listeners with a type of haunted and haunting lyricism (“Life is, it’s never what you think it’s for / and I can’t seem to set ...
        • Steve Hackett is many things: a pioneering progressive rock and jazz-fusion guitarist, an eager collaborator and tireless touring musician, and a classic-rock music survivor who remains refreshingly indifferent to pop-audience trends or attention. But one thing the 74-year-old Hackett certainly is not is idle. Whether it’s a matter of nervous energy or manic inspiration, along with being a core member ...
        • 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. Indie-Folk/Alt-Country Hiss Golden Messenger – Wednesday, February 28 Intuition Ale Works | Downtown Jacksonville Prolific, Grammy-nominated indie-folk singer-songwriter Hiss Golden Messenger plays the Bier Hall inside Intuition Ale Works on Wednesday. Listen to JME’s Hurley Winkler talk to ...
        • Ahead of her set at this weekend’s Winterland Six music festival, Jacksonville’s own Erica Reese has shared a shoegazing new single, “Pretty,” produced by her Coastal Creature collaborator Parker Dixon. Awash in oceanic guitar tones and unflinching vulnerability, “Pretty” finds Reese’s narrator seeking external validation in what she knows deep down is a futile effort to fill some internal emptiness. ...
        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: Lawmakers continue their closed door talks to finalize a controversial bill limiting social media access for young people; Both sides of the Florida Capitol are behind legislation banning outdoor camping or sleeping by the unhoused, EXCEPT in special areas provided and serviced by municipal governments; A new program would help Florida’s high school dropouts secure a subsidized college education; And the Florida House passes a compensation bill for those who suffered abuse at Marianna’s Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.
        • On tonight’s program: It now appears Florida is unlikely to adopt any measure similar to Alabama’s, which counts embryos as “children”; Florida public schools would have less regulation under terms of several bills that now have bipartisan support; Civilian police review boards are still on the legislative chopping block; Even though there may not be enough time to enact new restrictions impacting LGBTQ people in Florida, opponents still held a protest outside the Capitol; And political ads involving artificial intelligence would have to disclose that fact under a bill that’s cleared the House.
        • On tonight’s program: Lawmakers spent much of today awaiting an expected veto by Governor DeSantis of the bill limiting youthful access to online social media platforms; A measure upping penalties for minors convicted of gun-related crimes has cleared the House and now heads to a full Senate vote; It may take a while to reconcile the House and Senate versions, but both chambers are at least philosophically agreed to limiting Florida county commissioner terms to no more than 8 years; And the Florida House is about to act on a measure increasing educational and job opportunities for the state’s military veterans.
        • On tonight’s program: It appears a bill conferring full legal personhood on fetuses will not pass this legislative session; Parental choice may be blended into a bill allowing older teens to work more hours than current law allows; Not everyone is enamored with the idea of religious chaplains filling the role of trained mental health counselors in Florida schools; The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today about laws in Florida and Texas that ban social media platforms from censoring adult speech; And Governor DeSantis is adding millions of dollars into a fund that helps hurricane victims.
        • On tonight’s program: Budget talks between the Florida House and Senate are expected to start on Monday; Governor DeSantis dispatches another batch of Florida military and law enforcement personnel to the U.S. border with Mexico; Despite fits, starts and possible legal pitfalls, social media restrictions for younger kids is headed to Governor DeSantis’s desk; After some tweaks in the Florida Senate, a bill allowing property owners to shoot bears that trespass and pose a threat is heading back to the House; While some lawmakers argue Florida should stop offering services that might attract undocumented immigrants to the state, other say the state should welcome them with open arms; It may be 3 months until the official start of the 2024 hurricane season, but the Accuweather folks are already predicting it’ll be a doozy; Left lane lingering on certain higher-speed roads will become illegal in Florida if a bill headed to Governor DeSantis becomes law; Even though college enrollment is very commonplace today, there are still instances where an individual is the first in their family to seek a higher education; And some University of South Florida students are laboring in the political trenches in advance of this Saturday’s South Carolina Primary Election.
        • 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.
        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.
        • January’s personal consumption expenditures report showed that prices were up 2.4% from the same time last year, suggesting that inflation remains in a cooling trend. The report also found that incomes jumped 1% last month — the biggest monthly gain in three years. Plus, why some customers with high-yield savings accounts aren’t getting promised rates, what Chinese electric vehicle tech could mean for national security and how Florida farmworkers are enforcing heat protection standards.
        • U.S. gross domestic product grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter of last year, demonstrating the persistent strength of the economy. America is an outlier — at least for now — among world economies that have hiked interest rates to quell inflation. Plus: Some New York office towers are being repurposed and repopulated as apartment buildings, airlines are expanding routes between smaller cities and analysts say consolidation could settle the streaming wars.
        • The U.S. saw a boom in “entry level” homes for young couples post-World War II. Today’s housing market, and first-time homeownership, may be unrecognizable from the vantage point of the 1950s. In this episode, a look at the origins of starter homes and how sales agents are reframing the homebuying timeline. Plus, Macy’s announces a major pivot, CEO turnover cranks up and durable goods orders reveal where businesses stand on expansion.
        • Every time you swipe — or, these days, tap — your credit card, the merchant has to pay a fee. Some fed-up retailers are petitioning for more card fee regulation, but banks say consumers have plenty of choice as it is. Also in this episode: consumers’ moods versus economic data and pandemic purchases that buyers regret.
        • The failures of Silicon Valley Bank and several other institutions rank among the largest bank collapses in U.S. history. Almost a year later, small banks still face aftershocks. Also in this episode, traditional sports journalism is disappearing. Will accountability in the sports industry follow? And one couple finds financial freedom with an unusual real estate purchase.