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The Point Podcast

A daily roundup of important Florida stories produced for audio by students at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

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  • February 23rd, 2024: State emphasizes youth civic education
    Friday's host, Sophia Bailly, speaks with Steve Masyada, the director of the Lou Frey Institute at the University of Central Florida about statewide efforts to increase civic literacy among youth. Plus, a social media ban for youth under 16 passes the state legislature, endangered sawfish are dying in massive numbers in the Keys, and more.
  • February 22nd, 2024: Investing in a small airport
    Thursday’s host, Ailee Shanes, speaks with Benton Stegall, the airport manager of Williston Municipal, on what $500,000 in federal grant money from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be used for and how it helps the future development of the airport. Plus, a Florida Senate bill would prohibit camping in public spaces and promises to establish safe campgrounds, an ‘unborn child' bill advances in the Florida House, and more.
  • February 21st, 2024: Resale is so in...and here's why
    Wednesday's host, Caitlyn Schiffer, speaks with Gaven Simon, a sustainability research analyst with the ARC Advisory Group, about Gen-Z being responsible for the surge in the resale industry and how this is affecting local economies. Plus --- Florida minors warn of consequences ahead of social media ban, a communism bill passes the senate committee and more.
  • February 20th, 2024: Will one climate plan be enough?
    Tuesday's host, Serra Sowers, speaks with Stephen Mulkey, a climate change ecologist and UF professor, about Gainesville's Climate Action Plan. Plus, scientists say coral graveyards are a bleak reminder of hotter waters, the Florida presidential primary registration deadline is today and more.
  • February 19th, 2024: Preserving the history of Florida's largest Civil War battle
    Monday’s host, Ben Crosbie, speaks with Lake City mayor Stephen Witt about the Olustee Festival and the reenactment of the Civil War Battle of Olustee. Plus, a police K9 is in stable condition after being shot, a bill attempts to limit the amount of money that municipal utilities can transfer to their general revenue funds, and more.
  • February 16th, 2024: Revisiting Black history education
    Friday's host, Sophia Bailly, speaks with Carmen Ward, a former teacher and current president of the Alachua County Education Association, about the status and evolution of how Black History Month is taught in public schools. Plus, at least five students relocate to Florida universities following an offer from Governor Ron DeSantis, the U.S. Senate evaluates tax breaks to help children out of poverty and more.
  • February 15th, 2024: Dengue in Brazil, Florida's potential risk
    Thursday’s host, Ailee Shanes, speaks with Michael von Fricken, an associate professor of environmental and global health at the University of Florida, on the threat the spread of dengue fever in South America could have on the United States and for Florida in particular. Plus, Putnam County moves forward with new school construction and renovations thanks to a $300 million bond referendum, environmental groups will sue to increase scrutiny of phosphate mining and production of fertilizer, and more.
  • February 14th, 2024: Love or Lonely? Depression rates on Valentine's Day
    Wednesday's host, Caitlyn Schiffer, speaks with Leif Stringer, a clinical social worker with Brave News Words, about depression rates of young adults surrounding Valentine's Day and ways to better your mental health during this stressful time. Plus, Alachua County teachers are tutoring for secondary income, Florida rideshare workers are on strike and more.
  • February 13th, 2024: A small town with big dreams
    Tuesday's host, Serra Sowers, speaks with Kim Worley, the city manager of Waldo, about how the small town is working to improve the quality of life for its 940 residents. Plus, the Florida legislature is proposing a bill that would crack down on squatting issues, there is new research about what was thought to be the last slave ship on Florida's Gulf Coast and more.
  • February 12th, 2024: Sink your teeth into shark attack data
    Monday’s host, Ben Crosbie, speaks with Joe Miguez, a researcher with the Florida Program for Shark Research, about the International Shark Attack File releasing its data for the last year. Plus, approval of a sand mine in Levy County faces objections from residents, a plane crashes near Naples, and more.