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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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From The NPR Newsroom

The world would be a very different place if we could bottle up a bit of the sun here on Earth and tap that abundant and clean energy supply. Governments have spent many billions of dollars to develop that energy source, fusion energy, but it's still a distant dream. Now a few upstart companies are trying to do it on the cheap. And the ideas are credible enough to attract serious private investment.

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Ridpath Discusses Ethics In College Sports

Nov 9, 2011

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If you've ever tried listening to music on a web site, you've probably had the experience of waiting ... and waiting ... for a song to start. The cloud music service Spotify thinks it's found a way around to get music to your computer faster; employing some of the same technology the music industry has been fighting against for years.

One of the first things you notice about Spotify is how quickly it starts playing the song you want to hear — even if it's not already stored on your computer. There's no wait for buffering or downloading. Spotify feels, in a word, instant.

Speaking as world markets began to react to the gloomy prospects of the Italian economy, the head of the International Monetary Fund added a little more darkness to the picture. Radio Free Europe reports on comments Christine Lagarde made at the International Finance Forum in Beijing:

For many Mexican migrants who've just been deported from the United States, the border city Reynosa is where the American Dream dies.

Maria Nidelia Avila Basurto is a Catholic nun who heads a church-run shelter for deportees in Reynosa, in the northeast corner of Mexico, just across from McAllen, Texas.

"Many of them arrive with nothing," she says. "We have to give them everything — clothes, shoes, everything."

Kids aren't usually eager to wake up and get to school in the morning. They might be, though, if their favorite musician or professional athlete called to coax them out of bed — or if a shiny new bike were on the line.

At least, that's what adults in Seattle think. So the city has a new plan to improve school attendance.

Isaac Bennett, 16, lives a few houses down from his high school in north Seattle. Yet the junior didn't make it there very often last year.

"I had like 167 absences for sophomore year, which wasn't good," he says with a laugh.

'Epic' Storm Damages Buildings In Alaska

Nov 9, 2011

A historic storm hit Alaska's west coast overnight. The Anchorage Daily News called it "epic." Here's how one meteorologist described the storm's scale to the paper:

"These things get named hurricanes down south and get a category. It's that magnitude," said Jeff Osiensky, regional warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Following the exit of producer Brett Ratner from the upcoming Oscars telecast yesterday, Eddie Murphy — whose new film Tower Heist is also Ratner's latest directorial effort — has stepped aside as host of the 2012 show, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today.

The fact that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's 2001 biography was called Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story, is generating some pretty pointed commentary on this week.


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