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Intersection: Puerto Rico, NASCAR Concussions & Bach Festival

Just over five months ago Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico, knocking out power and crippling infrastructure on the island.

Now, power and access to basics like clean water remain an issue for residents there, while many others decided to leave for the mainland United States, Florida in particular.

Does the pace of the recovery make Puerto Ricans who left the island less likely to return? And for those who’ve made the move to Central Florida, how has that adjustment been? What’s the process of finding somewhere to live, jobs and enrolling in schools been like?

Then, the Daytona 500 revs up this Sunday. The sport’s gotten a lot safer in the last 15 years, and NASCAR is paying more attention to concussions suffered by drivers when they crash. We’ll hear from sports columnist Ken Willis about NASCAR drivers’ hidden injuries.

And, the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park launches into 3 weeks of music and cultural events tonight. We’ll hear from artistic director John Sinclair.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »