Another delay at plant Vogtle; New Jacksonville history podcast; Jax PBS Kids Writers Contest
Georgia Power Co. has again delayed the projected startup for two new units at its Vogtle nuclear power plant near Augusta, saying its share of the costs will rise by an additional $200 million.
A few years ago, JEA lost a lawsuit in their attempt to get out of a costly agreement for buying power from the Vogtle nuclear plant.
Officials with the Biden administration say it’s imperative that the country develop a new generation of nuclear power plants, like Vogtle. So how will nuclear power factor into a future energy mix in America as the push continues to get off fossil fuels?
- Dan Gearino, Inside Climate News reporter.
- Amanda Bachmann, a PhD student in nuclear engineering at the University of Illinois.
‘Bygone Jax: Our Unsung History’
WJCT Public Media today announced the debut of its newest podcast, “Bygone Jax: Our Unsung History.”
“Bygone Jax” was created in partnership with Florida State College at Jacksonville with the intention of educating Jaxsons on rich examples of local history that aren’t widely known or discussed. The show is powered by the researchers behind FSCJ’s History of Jacksonville course, which launched in fall of 2022.
The first season will take listeners back to March 1863, when two of the first Black regiments in the Union army were sent to Jacksonville to occupy the city for the third time during the Civil War. Their mission: pester Confederate troops in the area, free enslaved people along the St. Johns River and enlist as many Black men as possible.
Despite their successful occupation of Jacksonville, the Union soldiers were ordered to withdraw after just three weeks, but media coverage of the events helped turn the tide of public opinion on Black troops serving in the army. By the war’s end in 1865, nearly 180,000 Black men were wearing or had worn Yankee blue.
Topics planned for future episodes include Northeast Florida’s Timucua civilization and Jacksonville’s place in national film history. “Bygone Jax: Our Unsung History” brings these stories to life with compelling sound-rich storytelling, a diversity of primary sources and historical context from subject matter experts.
- Brendan Rivers, host and producer of “Bygone Jax.”
- Jennifer Grey, researcher and producer for “Bygone Jax.”
Jax PBS Kids Writers Contest
The Jax PBS Kids Writers Contest is open right now to any child in grades K-3 who wants to write and illustrate their own story.
Submit your story to WJCT Public Media for judging and a chance to win a prize. Local winning stories will also compete for the local online People’s Choice Award.
Guest: Circe LeNoble, grants and outreach manager at WJCT.