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Joshua Hicks; Tedeschi Trucks Band; local breweries support Ukraine; scientists grow plants in lunar soil; What’s good Wednesday

Jacksonville City Hall
Brendan Rivers

From unaffordable housing to crumbling infrastructure and trash pickup, Democratic Jacksonville City Council candidate Joshua Hicks says it’s time for a new approach in the city. He is calling for a local housing emergency declaration to address skyrocketing rents.

Guest: Joshua Hicks, City Council candidate, At Large Group 2.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

The Grammy award-winning Tedeschi Trucks Band is out with "I Am The Moon: I. Crescent," the first of four new albums. The group begins its summer tour in Jacksonville this Friday at Daily’s Place.

Guest: Susan Tedeschi, Tedeschi Trucks Band

Local breweries support Ukraine

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, Pravda Brewery in Lviv shifted from brewing beer to concocting Molotov cocktails. The owners asked other craft breweries around the world to make their beer recipes as a fundraiser. Local breweries accepted that challenge.


Scientists grow plants in lunar soil

Scientists at the University of Florida have grown plants in soil from the moon, a first in human history and a milestone in lunar and space exploration. This work is the first step toward one day growing plants for food and oxygen on the moon and during space missions. More immediately, this research comes as the Artemis Program plans to resume piloted lunar missions.

Guest: Stephen M. Elardo, NASA early career fellow and assistant professor, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida.

What’s good Wednesday

  • The Mayport Robotics club in Atlantic Beach made history at a recent international underwater robotics competition. The International SeaPerch Challenge asked participants to design and build a robot that navigated complicated underwater missions and obstacle courses that mimic operations on the International Space Station. Mayport Coastal Sciences Middle School’s three teams and an affiliated high school team took home many awards.
  • Jacksonville mom Jennifer Powers wrote "I Am a Little Sister" after her second daughter was born to make younger children feel special and important. The book is now an Amazon bestseller.
  • The EMMA Concert Association announced its 44th season of shows, offering a variety of live music and dance from September 2022 through March 2023 in the Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College. The Queen’s Cartoonists open the season Sept. 10 with a family-friendly show that features live music from classic and modern cartoons synchronized to video projections of the original films. Learn more about upcoming events here.
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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?"