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Some Florida educators say new state guidelines for civics classes sanitize history; Parks and Recreation Month; Kombucha grows in popularity; local sports

Natalie O'Brien
Steven Senne
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AP
High school teacher Natalie O'Brien calls on students during a civics class called "We the People," at North Smithfield High School in North Smithfield, Rhode Island, on March 8, 2017.

Some Florida civics teachers are criticizing new state regulations saying the rules diminish the truth of American history and promote conservative Christian ideology. The Florida Summer Civics Series encompassed several 2 1/2-day conferences for social science educators.

Guest: Justin Vogel, academic research educator in St. Johns County.

Parks and Recreation Month

July is Parks and Recreation Month, and this year it coincides with a special milestone for the St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Department. To celebrate five decades of service, St. Johns County has planned a month full of fun, family-friendly activities.

Guest: Ryan Kane, director of St. Johns County Parks and Recreation.

Kombucha grows in popularity

Kombucha, a fizzy drink made from fermented tea, used to be found only at specialty stores. Now, the probiotic drink is growing in popularity for both its taste and health benefits.

Guest: Katherine Thompson-Witrick, assistant professor, University of Florida Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

Local sports

WJCT Sports Analyst Josh Torres joined us with updates on the Jaguars’ training camp, the TIAA Field football game between Jackson State University and Bethune-Cookman University, and the emerging golf league, LIV Golf.

Guest: Josh Torres, WJCT sports analyst.

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Trinity Webster-Bass is a sophomore at Howard University from Jacksonville. At Howard University, she is a member of the Cathy Hughes School of Communication Annenberg Honors Program and the president of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting Howard University Chapter. Trinity is excited to serve as a production intern at WJCT because of her love for public radio. You can reach Trinity on her Twitter at @trinitywbass.