First Coast Connect

Weekdays 9 a.m. Rebroadcast 8 p.m.

Hosted by Melissa Ross, First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

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First Coast Connect is sponsored in part by Baptist Health and North Florida TPO.

The twice-a-month Going Green segment is sponsored in part by A1A Solar and the monthly First Coast Success segment is sponsored in part by Iberiabank.

The monthly First Coast Connect Book Club is sponsored in part by San Marco Books and more.

Monday 03/18/13

 

  • The “Air Quality Experiment” – Pastor Mike and Connie Smith
  • First Coast Success Profiles Bob Shircliff
  • UNF’s Mice Study and Healing Infertility

 

Black smoke rose over the Vatican this morning.. a signal that the cardinals' conclave in Rome has not yet chosen a new pope.

The new pontiff will replace retiring Pope Benedict the 16th, and lead 1.2 billion Catholics around the  world.

He’ll also face deep divisions within the church and a scandal-plagued Vatican hierarchy.

Robin Wright

  The events of the Arab Spring were momentous and for many, exciting to watch as they unfolded in the Middle East. So what now?

That's the domain of acclaimed author and foreign correspondent Robin Wright. She's in town this week to discuss her book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Muslim World.

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  Huge cargo ships stocked with items from overseas. Big business. Potential threats to the environment.  All are part of the mix as the JAXPORT board announces its desire to dredge the St. Johns River to 47 feet to accomodate what are known as Panamax-ready ships. These are the huge freighters that could be drawn to Jacksonville once the Panama Canal is widened in the next couple of years.

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Don't miss our program this morning, as we broadcast live from The Ritz Carlton in beautiful Amelia Island for the 2013 Concours d’Elegance!

Always held the second full weekend in March, The Amelia Concours draws nearly 250 rare vehicles from collections from around the world to The Golf Club of Amelia Island at Summer Beach and The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island.

Since 1996, the show's Foundation has raised more than $2 million for Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, Inc. and other deserving charities from Florida's First Coast.

Associated Press

It's set to be something of a legislative showdown in Tallahassee after a key House panel differed with Florida Governor Rick Scott over the issue of Medicaid expansion.

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 It's a big-picture look at the future transportation needs of the entire First Coast.

The Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Study Commission (RTSC), is working with the seven counties of the First Coast to develop a better transportation grid for the coming decades.

We spoke with Director Brad Thoburn and Commissioner Bob Rhodes about the organization's long-term goals.

They begin with securing funding from state lawmakers to develop a regional, multimodal transportation plan.

CEO of Shands
Shands Jacksonville

He's the new CEO of Shands Jacksonville, and Russ Armistead has a full plate- dealing with everything from turf battles over trauma care in Northeast Florida to a planned Medicaid expansion in the state that will greatly impact Shands, the "safety-net" hospital for the region.

St. Augustine singer/songwriter Laurel Lee performs "Why Don't We Don't Get Married" on First Coast Connect, December 10, 2011.

First Coast Connect: Studio 5 Sessions - Valerie June

Oct 27, 2011
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Valerie June performs live on First Coast Connect, October 27, 2011.

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