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3/27/19: Opioid Epidemic; Implications of Sea Level Rise, 'Food of Love' Dinner Theater


New research released last week by the Centers for Disease Controlshows troubling trends in how the ongoing opioid overdose epidemic is impacting certain ethnic groups, as well as how the opioid abuse is disproportionately affecting certain age groups and genders in the U.S.

In Florida, the epidemic has taken a terrible toll. So much so that Jacksonville is taking on the pharmaceutical companies with legal action of its own after a huge settlement announced this week as the makers of OxyContin reached a $270 million dollar settlement with the state of Oklahoma for the painkiller’s role in the opioid crisis.

Dr.Christine Cauffield, CEO of LSF Health System in the studio; and Jacksonville City Councilman Bill Gulliford for a closer look.

Goining Green: Implications of Sea Level Rise

Chronic tidal flooding due to rising seas is threatening property along Florida’s coast. What does this mean for residents of Florida?

Shana Udvardy, a Climate Resilience Analyst with the UCS joined Melissa Ross in the studio to talk more about it in today’s Going Green.   

Credit Heather Schatz / WJCT News
JaMario Stills (right), Director, “The Food of Love,” and Founder and Artistic Director, Phase Eight Theater Company; and Amanda Henninger, Chef, Cafe Nola at MOCA Jacksonville joined us in Studio 5.

Food of Love

The Food of Love is a modern take on Cyrano de Bergerac's tale of unrequited love.

In this queer, gourmand take on the 1897 classic, a modern "Cyrano" Alex allows Chris to pass off a five-star, four-course as his own in order to woo Roxy.

Before the true identity of the chef is revealed, the audience will literally "have what she's having" as audience members dine on each course that Roxy does thanks to a story-driven menu produced by NOLA's Executive Chef, Amanda Henninger.

JaMarioStills, Director, The Food of Love, and founder and artistic director of Phase Eight Theater Company; and Amanda Henninger, Chef, Cafe Nola at MOCA Jacksonville joined us in Studio 5 to discuss it in more detail.

Samantha Kindler can be reached at, 904-358-6317 or on Twitter at @kindlersamantha.


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