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DeSantis and redistricting; Rick Steves’ ‘The Art of Europe’; What’s Good Wednesday

File photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking at the Florida Capitol on April 30, 2021.
Wilfredo Lee
File photo of Gov. Ron DeSantis speaking at the Florida Capitol on April 30, 2021.

Questions have been raised as to whether Gov. Ron DeSantis misled the public and violated state law in his push to redraw the state's political boundaries.

A new ProPublica investigation examines the governor’s aggressive redistricting plan. The report examines how the current congressional map was drawn and who helped decide its new boundaries.

Guest: Josh Kaplan, ProPublica reporter.

Rick Steves’ 'Art of Europe' 

Beloved PBS host Rick Steves is back this month with a new series. He spoke with us about the new series titled. "Rick Steves' Art of Europe." It will air onJAX PBS beginning this Sunday.

What’s Good Wednesday 

  • TheGarden Club of Jacksonville is providing Jacksonville a chance to honor Ninah Cummer’s legacy, her commitment to green spaces and her effect on the city while supporting the future landscape redesign of the club. The club’s executive director, Denise Reagan, spoke with us about Your Brunch Ticket. This will give guests a sneak peak of the Garden Club’s transformational landscape redesign plans by Marquis, Latimer + Halback. The club has a festive day of events planned both inside the elegant Ballroom and outside next to the St. Johns River, including a catered brunch by Chef’s Garden Catering & Events, signature cocktails, live music by Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, a performance by Barbara Colaciello as Ninah Cummer and rides on the St. Johns River Taxi. All proceeds from this event will go to the capital campaign to fund the future Garden Club landscape redesign. 
  • HCA Memorial Hospital will celebrate the First Anniversary of its Women’s Center this Saturday. The hospital also will celebrate with a free breast health seminar and a complimentary Panera breakfast for attendees, who all get a gift to mark the occasion. This is also highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Dr. Dianne Johnson is a breast health expert, and she will host the seminar that day with props, so people can actually feel what a breast lump feels like, and will explain the different kinds of breast tissue, like dense breasts, and why certain types of mammos benefit more than others. 
  • The Salvation Army will host its 9th Annual Red Shield Ball from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Jessie Ball duPont Center. Funds raised from this event will assist residents at the Towers Center of Hope transition into a permanent home. This year's Fund a Need project will secure the resources necessary to assist in the transition process from temporary housing at The Towers Center of Hope to permanent housing within the Jacksonville community. 
  • TheCultural Council of Greater Jacksonville is accepting applications for programs that will make the holiday season brighter for our neighbors across Northeast Florida. The organization is offering a new grant program to fund arts and cultural projects benefiting seniors, veterans and military families. Grants of $2,500 will cover qualifying expenses for artistic and cultural projects benefiting senior citizens and/or veterans and military families occurring through Dec. 31. This program is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts as a subgranting project administered by the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. 
  • The second annual Sunshine Spirits Festival will be held at Manifest Distilling on Saturday. The festival will include participation from various distilleries from across Florida who will be on hand to provide tastes of their handcrafted spirits. The festival will include food trucks, DJ, lawn games and the opportunity to win bottles of spirits in a chance drawing. Festivalgoers will have an opportunity to meet the distillers and gain a unique perspective on the craft spirits industry. The “Florida Bastard” whiskey blend will be available for the first time at the event. WJCT also has a giveaway for the festival. Email and put "spirits" in the subject for a chance to win a pair of general admission tickets. A winner will be selected at random and notified via email. 
  • Singer songwriter Bob Mould gained fame in the '90’s with pioneering punk bands like Husker Du and Sugar. Mould will perform at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Friday night. 
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Gary Autry is joining WJCT from Florida State College at Jacksonville as a production intern for the fall 2022 semester. A native of the First Coast, Gary is finishing his bachelor’s degree in communication and media this fall.