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'Shrinkflation' and gas prices; climatenomics; Mocama Archaeological Project; 'Heal From Within'; What’s good Wednesday

A man pumps gas into his vehicle at a gas station in Monterey Park, California, on Oct. 5, 2012.
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A man pumps gas into his vehicle at a gas station in Monterey Park, California, on Oct. 5, 2012.

Manufacturers are quietly shrinking package sizes on a wide variety of groceries without lowering prices. It’s dubbed “shrinkflation,” and it’s accelerating worldwide. Shrinkflation and gas approaching $5 per gallon have consumers frustrated about the economic state of the nation.

Guest: Ben Becker, consumer news and investigative reporter, Action News Jax.


Hurricane season is underway in Florida, and concerns are growing about stronger storms affecting the state. Some experts say successfully combating climate change needs to focus on economic arguments.

Guest: Bob Keefe, author, "Climatenomics: Washington, Wall Street and the Economic Battle to Save Our Planet."

Mocama Archaeological Project

The University of North Florida Archaeology Lab is unveiling a fascinating find at Big Talbot Island State Park. The students are excavating a location that is now believed to be the lost indigenous village of Sarabay. The dig is part of the Mocama Archaeological Project that focuses on the Timucua-speaking Mocama people.

Guest: Dr. Keith Ashely, Archaeology Lab director, UNF.

'Heal From Within'

She’s a medical and spiritual intuitive and licensed professional counselor. Katie Beecher told me about her practice here in Northeast Florida. There’s also more in her book "Heal From Within."

Guest: Katie Beecher, author and counselor, "Heal From Within."

What’s good Wednesday

  • The Melanin Market will present a Juneteenth celebration from 3-9 p.m. Saturday on the A. Philip Randolph Business Corridor at 822 A. Philip Randolph Blvd. This event will celebrate the emancipation of enslaved Black people in the United States and honor the contributions of Black people throughout U.S. history.
  • Gallery 725 in Jax Beach presents a special exhibition and sale featuring hand-signed, limited-edition artworks created by musician Ringo Starr. Gallery 725 will also carry copies of Starr’s book, "Painting is My Madness Too — The Art of Ringo Starr. The sale starts Saturday and runs for one week. All proceeds go to the Lotus Foundation.
  • Apex Theatre Studio will present Disney’s beloved family classic "Mary Poppins Jr." on June 24th through the 26th at Lewis Auditorium, on the campus of Flagler College. The production features more than 40 young artists from the North Florida area.
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Marie Billow
Marie Billow is a University of North Florida senior interning with "First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross" and "What’s Health Got to Do with It?"