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Ukrainian voices on the First Coast; Rodman Dam; National Heart Month; local sports

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Alvaro Barrientos
Ukrainian people gather to protest in Pamplona, northern Spain, on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

As Russia invades Ukraine, people here in Florida with ties to the country share their thoughts and fears with us.


  • Natalia Solyeva, new Jacksonville resident and former press spokesperson for the Ukrainian embassy in Washington, D.C.
  • Bruce Barcelo, Barcelo & Co., a public opinion research and strategy development firm in Jacksonville.  Bruce is co-founder and chief strategic officer of the Committee for Open Democracy and has deep experience in Ukraine.
  • Andrea Myers, executive director of Global Jax.

Rodman Dam

Outdated, obsolete dams threaten public safety. About 85% of the nation’s dams have exceeded their life expectancy at more than 50 years old. Aging dams are at increased risk of failure, particularly during increasingly severe storms and flooding fueled by climate change.

A new report makes a strong case for breaching the Rodman Dam in Putnam and Marion counties. It’s part of a national movement to restore free-flowing rivers to environmental health.

Guest: Erin McCombs, Southeast conservation director at American Rivers.

National Heart Month

There is still time in National Heart Month to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign. On March 2 from 6-9 pm, the Woman of Impact Team is joining forces with Ruby Beach. The brewery is releasing the Go Red Strawberry Rhubarb Sour and will donate a portion of proceeds to the Woman of Impact Campaign.

Guest: Nicole Hamm, one of the association’s 2022 Women of Impact candidates.

Local Sports

From the MLB lockout to the beginning of March Madness and local high school teams winning championships, there is a lot going on in local sports.

Guest: WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres.

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