Redux: Weekly Newsmagazine From WJCT

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Redux is a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT featuring stories from the First Coast, as well as music from WJCT After Hours programming.

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On this episode of Redux:

The Duval County School Board votes to join a lawsuit against a controversial new state education law, while House Speaker Richard Corcoran criticizes the suit as a waste of money.

What’s the business case for a Confederate monument inventory in Jacksonville? Modern Cities co-founder Ennis Davis breaks it down in this week’s “Business Brief.”

And bridal gowns are deeply discounted this weekend after a Jacksonville store suddenly shut down, leaving an Arlington landlord with no way to collect back rent.

Plus, a preview of the next “String Theory,” which airs Friday nights at 11 p.m. on 89.9 WJCT.


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On this week’s Redux podcast:

Northeast Florida listeners weigh in on the issue of Confederate monuments as Jacksonville’s City Council president says let’s take stock of what we have first.

In Fernandina Beach, a post office is looking really good for its age.

And what does “place making” mean and what are some examples in Mayor Curry’s proposed budget?   

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Jacksonville Transportation Authority

On this episode of Redux:

Jacksonville’s City Council president wants Confederate monuments moved to museums, which has Mayor Lenny Curry worried about potential uprisings.

Why 35 teachers were reassigned from Duval Schools three days before starting the new school year.

Jacksonville is at the forefront of driverless public transportation planning.

Plus a preview of this month’s After Hours music programming with WJCT Music Director David Luckin.  

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On this episode of Redux:

The Florida Times-Union is being sold to GateHouse Media. 

Jacksonville may take on big pharma.  

Millennials are gravitating to older neighborhoods.  

And finally, meet Jacksonville Jaguars team barber, 27-year-old Eric Rivera.

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On this episode of Redux:

While one small town in St. Johns County may evaporate, its big neighbor to the north, Jacksonville, is being touted as a “go-to” spot to visit. It even has plans for a walkable Arts District. Then we’ll circle back to St. Johns County to tell you how the Woman’s Exchange has been caring for a really old building in St. Augustine.

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On this episode of Redux:

A huge state education law is expected to create headaches for Duval County’s worn-out school buildings.

Over in LaVilla new tenants and renovations are coming to a historic African-American hospital.

Plus, navigating a tangle of rules when you’re trying to stand up a small business.

And a musical performance by Crystal Garden.

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On this episode of Redux: 

A look at Mayor Lenny Curry’s proposed budget, the first since 2011 with some “wiggle room” to spend on infrastructure and other big projects like getting downtown ready for developers who might want some waterfront property.

Then, Democrat Gwen Graham swung through Jacksonville and picked up a couple of endorsements this week on her quest for the governor’s mansion.

A pilot program to help the homeless shows housing them first and providing other supports later is a big money saver.

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On this episode of Redux: “First Coast Connect” callers react to a viral video of a 21-year-old Jacksonville man’s being cited by a police officer for jaywalking and not carrying a driver’s license.

A new UF Health Jacksonville initiative will target black churches to spread the gospel of healthy choices.

Dogs that may have been headed for euthanasia at local shelters get a “new leash on life” after graduating from obedience training in a Jacksonville prison.

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On this episode of Redux: Hotels and restaurants could be next, as a Jacksonville City Councilman wants to require human trafficking information in more types of businesses. 

Ennis Davis of Modern Cities tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo how a planned land swap could land JEA a new headquarters near the Duval County Courthouse and at the same time revitalize an area with lots of empty storefronts. 

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On this episode of Redux, we bring you an update on a 2010 case that was originally ruled a suicide but has since evolved into something altogether different.

Here's the latest on the death of St. Augustine woman Michelle O’Connell from Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Walt Bogdanich. 

Then, St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver has left no doubt where she stands on the impact of sea water rise in her area. But when it comes to using the term “global warming,” that’s another story. Find out why.

Also, find out what one politician is doing to help keep police mug shots away from companies looking to make a profit. We’ll then bring you a story about retail trends in Jacksonville, as well as stories about free swim lessons for area youth and beach renourishment.


Redux: Where Should Our Money Go? — #42

Jun 22, 2017
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On this episode of Redux, we explore the question: Where should our money go?

This is also the topic of our upcoming live show, "Community Thread," which is a discussion on how your tax dollars are being spent, including a look at all the money going into Everbank Stadium.

Then, with the revival of downtown Jacksonville already underway, some folks are hoping the River City doesn’t neglect its past. And we’ll bring you two stories on the latest city project that could transform the area’s urban core, and what it possibly means to Jacksonville’s first suburb, LaVilla.

We also bring you an update on the One Spark crowdfunding festival.


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On this episode of Redux, we’re going to revisit a continuing conversation in Jacksonville: to dredge or not. The debate over deepening the St. Johns River continues.

Then, what do Montreal and Jacksonville have in common? Well, they are both port cities and if this whole shipping thing doesn’t work out, maybe we can learn a thing or two from our neighbors to the north.

Also on this episode, now that Florida has legalized some forms of medical marijuana, its list of potential uses might begin to grow. And finally, looking for things to do on the First Coast? We've got you covered with the new app from Visit Jacksonville, intoGo.


On this episode of Redux, members of the "Hemming Park 5" — now known as the "Jax 5" — speak publicly for the first time since a violent protest this past April.

Then, with a special legislative session currently underway as folks in Tallahassee continue work on finalizing the state budget, Duval County schools are wrestling with putting together its own budget. We’ll bring you the challenges ahead for Duval schools.

And if you’re a dog owner, there’s something you need to know to keep your dog safe from the H3N2 canine influenza virus.

We’ll also have a story on a Jacksonville children’s Hospital’s fight to open a pediatric trauma center, as well a piece on an area called the Rail Yard District.


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The future of Duval County is our focus.

Coming up, reading test scores for our area’s third-graders are in, and the results are — well, mixed.

While schools in more affluent neighborhoods posted reading scores above grade level, schools in low-income areas continue to struggle. Now one group is trying to change all that.

Then, the opioid crisis is now affecting every corner of every hospital in this country. Find out what one state politician is trying to do ensure funds are available to treat our youngest victims.

Also, plans to deepen a portion of the St. John’s River have been approved, but critics contend: Will it be enough? We’ll bring you both sides of the debate. Then, Jacksonville is a big city, but a recent study shows it’s also not a very developed city. And finally, we have dinosaurs and more on this episode of Redux.


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On this episode of Redux, we look at the infrastructure of Jacksonville.

We first hear from Fiorentino Group’s Marty Fiorentino, who was recently in Washington working with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on infrastructure spending.

Then, what do if you’re a senior citizen and the only bus stop is across eight lanes of traffic? And once you get to get a stop, depending on where you live, lies another set of obstacles.

One Jacksonville city councilman is hoping to make sure all bus stops — at least according to ridership — are created equal.

Then, we have an update on our continuing coverage of the opioid epidemic. And finally, the renaissance of Historic Springfield continues — one beer at a time. But first, here’s an update about potential budget cuts at Florida State College at Jacksonville.


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