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  • We listen back to our show from February before the coronavirus pandemic including music recorded live at Juniper Recording by the Southwest Florida-based Southern Rock/Alt-Country Rock band Rosaline. Juniper Recording is owned and operated by the band’s front man, guitarist, vocalist and sound engineer Caleb Neff.
  • This coming Monday and Tuesday, June 1st and 2nd, the Coastal and Heartland National Estuary Partnership is hosting its tri-annual Watershed Summit.
  • U.S. District Court Judge Robert Hinkle in Tallahassee ruled on Sunday, May 24 that it is unconstitutional to prevent felons in Florida from voting just because they can't afford to pay back the court fees, fines, and pay restitution to victims.
  • There is a growing need for food assistance all across the country as nearly 1 in 5 people have lost their job in the past few months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • New research published in the journal Historical Archaeology confirms Mound Key in Estero Bay was the location of a Spanish fort historians have long-suspected once existed in Southwest Florida.
  • Just before impacts of the coronavirus began to impact Florida, Fort Myers-based author, poet, editor and stonemason Sara Comito published her debut collection of poetry “Bury Me in the Sky.”Comito’s work on this collection began long before any looming threat of the COVID-19 pandemic began, but as author and poet David Morgan O’Connor wrote in his review of the poetry collection, “Each verse swivels towards hope, which is no easy feat in our current situation.”We’ll talk with Comito about her craft and hear a selection of poems from the new collection.
  • A team from the international humanitarian medical aid organization Doctors Without Borders is in Immokalee in Collier County right now assisting with the local response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and particularly its impact on farmworkers, who make up a majority of the small town’s residents.
  • As the country begins its eighth week since shut-downs began to try and slow the spread of Coronavirus, the economic situation looks pretty rough at the micro level, with millions of people unemployed and some businesses already closing for good.
  • Many hospitals across the country were hit hard by the initial spike in COVID-19 cases, but all hospitals have also been suffering financially since the coronavirus pandemic response began in earnest in Mid March. We find out how the re-opening process has gone so far at Lee Health with its Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Scott Nygaard. And we’ll talk about how the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the healthcare system overall.
  • The new reality of social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic has changed so much about how we all go about our lives and artists and non-profits are certainly no exception.We taking a closer look at the Southwest Florida-based non-profit Love Your Rebellion, which works to empower marginalized groups through the arts. Typically, the organization would be engaged in an ambitious schedule of live music performance and spoken word events as well as arts-based workshops, but that’s all changed.