Redux: Weekly Newsmagazine From WJCT

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Redux is a weekly newsmagazine from WJCT. Host Vince Kong features stories from the First Coast, as well as music from WJCT After Hours programming.

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What started out as a peaceful protest devolved into violence last week.

On this episode of Redux, we’ll get you up to speed on the who, why and what exactly happened in Hemming Park.

Then, the life and times of one of Jacksonville’s most infamous characters were brought to the stage last week — a portrait of serial killer Ottis Toole. Find out why these Jacksonville University academics decided to bring this story to the stage.

And finally, we'll bring you a story about the world’s oldest skate park.


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The state health rankings are in and the results for two adjacent First Coast counties couldn’t be further apart, as we continue our coverage on the health of Jacksonville on this episode of Redux.

We look at the methodology of a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, some of the causes for Jacksonville's high mortality rate and what’s being done to improve the overall wellness of the River City.

Then, there’s a lot of programs for adults struggling with opioid addiction, but what happens to the children addicts. 

And finally, IKEA is coming.


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Statistics show about one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually assaulted before reaching age 18.

On this episode of Redux, find out what’s being done here on the First Coast to help survivors and what the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office is doing about thousands of untested rape kits, as we look ahead to Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Also, we take a closer look at JEA’s recent announcement of its coal plant closure, as well as what a group of Jacksonville youth is doing to help city officials — and their peers — see the light. And finally, we’ll bring you a piece about getting back to nature in St. Augustine.

But first, we take a look at the issue of healthcare in Florida.


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On this episode of Redux, the Friends of Hemming Park have a friend in Mayor Lenny Curry — at least for the next six months, anyway.

The city is giving the nonprofit more time to find more ways to improve the city’s marquee park. We’ll hear from the nonprofit’s interim CEO, nearby business owners and you, our listeners.

We also have a couple updates, including how one company wants to transform Jacksonville’s downtown into an innovation hub. And finally, remember when we brought you that story about Jacksonville becoming a skateboarding Mecca? Well, the idea of an urban skateboard safari idea is still on the table.


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Updated March 17 1:10 p.m.

On this episode of Redux, we’ll look at a dispute between one historic Jacksonville community, two non-profits and the Department of Justice that already will cost taxpayers millions of dollars — and possibly much more when the issue is settled.

Then, in collaboration with public radio stations throughout the state, we bring you our contribution to Decision Florida, which is a look at the issues during this legislative session. And finally, who says it’s a bad idea to play video games in class? Certainly not this Jacksonville middle school.

But first, one developer wants to make Jacksonville the home of the tallest structure in Florida.


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