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February is Black History Month, and the Emerson Center in Vero Beach is celebrating with a special art exhibit. We dropped in on one of the artists in his own studio.

JH: My name is Jemal Hayes. I was born and raised right here in Vero Beach.

As we go about our lives on the Treasure Coast, teams of leading-edge marine scientists are quietly working in our own backyard at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce!

They’re not trying to keep it a secret, either. Through their ongoing Ocean Science Lecture Series (ongoing like as in 21 years!), the actual scientists themselves speak to us from the stage at Harbor Branch in great detail about their work, and we, in turn, can ask questions.

photo courtesy of They Laugh You Win and Matt Kazam

Ever notice how every cliché has an element of truth in it? Take, for example, ‘laughter is the best medicine.’

MK: When my mother went through breast cancer twice – it was those times of us laughing in the hospital, you know, before she went into surgery – I know it had an effect. 

That’s comedian and Las Vegas Headliner Matt Kazam.

MK: (ring) Hello!

TOC: Hello!

Tom Fitz, Schoolyard Films

So, have you ever fully considered where our freshwater supply comes from?

TF: You know, it’s underneath our feet. If you live in Florida, wherever you are, it’s underneath you and it’s kind of out of sight out of mind and most people don’t even know that it’s there.

That’s Tom Fitz.  He is a film maker for the Blue Planet series, National Geographic, PBS, BBC, and the Smithsonian. And he has won 6 Emmys!

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Treasure Coast Happenings

This week on Treasure Coast Happenings join Mike as he speaks with Wendie Berardi of Molly’s House.  The 10th annual Polo Classic is taking place at Port Mayaca Polo Club in Okeechobee on Saturday, March 7th and they’ll discuss all the events surrounding the Polo match, and the impressive International Polo players coming to town for this sporting event.

Interview with Rachel Tennant Manager of the Manatee Center in which we discuss the Manatee observation center and the upcoming “Nature-Fest 2020” which is a free educational day of family fun to celebrate the local environment, the Florida manatee, and exploration of the manatee’s natural habitat.  The event takes place on Feb. 22nd, 2020.

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More than 10,000 civilians were killed or injured in armed conflict in Afghanistan in 2019, continuing a six-year streak and putting total casualties in the past decade over 100,000, a United Nations report said Saturday.

Updated at 7:20 p.m. ET: Live coverage of the caucuses has ended. Subscribe to the NPR Politics Podcast for a recap and analysis of the contest.

The Democratic presidential primary is heading west. After contests in Iowa and New Hampshire, the party's presidential hopefuls enter a new phase of the campaign in the more diverse state of Nevada.

Listen to NPR's live special coverage of the Nevada caucuses beginning at 5 p.m. ET.

Hope has resurfaced in South Sudan, where two rival leaders shared a landmark gesture Saturday after years of bitter fighting.

The number of new coronavirus cases nearly tripled in South Korea on Saturday, the fourth consecutive day that tally has seen a major spike.

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