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Monday on First Coast Connect with guest host Ryan Benk we heard about the Jacksonville City Council Civil Rights Task Force with Council President Anna Lopez Brosche and civil rights icon Rodney Hurst  (01:19).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF Political Science Professor Matt Corrigan on how President Trump’s recent tariffs could affect Florida (01:29).  

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with American Medical Association President-Elect Dr. Barbara McAneny about the association’s conference this week at the Prime Osborn Convention Center focusing on gun violence, the opioid epidemic, mental health and obesity (01:16).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with President of Terrawise Homes and WJCT board member Melody Shacter and Mark Sherman, Senior Loan Consultant with LoanDepot about the rising problem of affordable housing on the First Coast (01:05).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with author and political scientist Ian Bremmer about globalism and his latest book US VS THEM: The Failure of Globalism (01:07).

Travis Trice (far right), pictured with Elaine Carson (left) and World Relief Jacksonville CEO Jose Vega, compares the refugee vetting process to "torture."
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Monday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with Travis Trice with World Relief Jacksonville about the work the organization does to help refugees who relocate to the First Coast and some upcoming fundraisers to benefit the group’s efforts (01:09).

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Monday on First Coast Connect  we spoke with former Special Agent in Charge of Jacksonville’s FBI Field Office Jim Casey about former FBI director James Comey and Comey’s new book (01:11).

Reverend Patricia McElroy and Dr. Terri Andrews from Baptist Health told us about this week’s Faith and Mental Health conference (30:14).

We heard about Thursday’s Dining Out for Life to raise funds for AIDS research with NFAN’s Manuel Andrade and Paige Kelton and Derrick Odom from Action News (38:00).

Cole Pepper told us who the Jaguars may draft this week along with the Armada opening their season on Saturday (46:00).   

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with local civil rights activists Ben Frazier and Wells Todd about the NAACP Legal Defense Fund investigating how Jacksonville police hand out tickets for jaywalking (01:00).

We spoke with Jacksonville’s Director of Neighborhoods Stephanie Burch and Director of Blight Initiatives Denise Lee on the upcoming Neighborhood and Community Summit (30:26).

We heard about the upcoming A Night at Roy’s to raise funds for the Monique Burr Foundation with Program Director Stacy Pendarvis (38:18).

Cole Pepper talked about a busy week for the Jaguars and the latest regarding the Armada (46:00).

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Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri (01:25).

April marks Child Abuse Prevention Month. New CEO of Daniel Kids Lesley Wells (36:19) addressed the topic.

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news including the winner of The Masters Patrick Reed (46:00).    

Monday on First Coast Connect we commemorated the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Women’s Center of Jacksonville Executive Director Teresa Miles and Board President Lise Everly (01:03).

We marked Public Art Week in Jacksonville with Director of Art in Public Places Christie Holechek and Patrick Fisher with the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville (32:53).

Cole Pepper talked about Monday night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and the latest sports news (46:00).     


Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Florida Coastal School of Law professors Ericka Curran and Kara Roberts on the school’s upcoming Citizenship Day (01:09).  

This month’s First Coast Success featured real estate leader Heyward Cantrell (23:20).

Looking ahead to the latest Generation W event we spoke with Generation W Executive Director Donna Orender and APR Energy President and COO Chuck Ferry (33:14).

Cole Pepper joined us with the latest sports news and a look at the Final Four (46:00).    

        

Monday on First Coast Connect with guest host Jessica Palombo we heard about the upcoming inaugural Duval County Trump Club meeting. Club President Jim Davis and Duval County GOP Chair Karyn Morton (01:20) joined us.

We heard about the local company, Medic, that features vending machines for pharmacy products with cofounder Garlene Atcherson (28:40).

Keith Marks, a local artist and the founder of Avant Music, told us about two upcoming events he is involved in (38:40).

Sports analysts Cole Pepper talked about a wild weekend of March Madness and Jaguars free agency (46:00).  

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Monday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Duval County School Board Chair Paula Wright about several issues affecting the district (01:12).   

New York Times bestselling author of the Mitford novels joined us along with Dean Kate Moorehead of St. Johns Cathedral about the author’s talk this Saturday at the church (29:44).

We heard about SCORE, or Service Corps of Retired Executives, and their upcoming workshop with volunteer Derrick Smith and workshop coordinator Craig Linsky (37:50).

WJCT sports analyst Cole Pepper joined us to talk about March Madness and the Gate River Run (46:00).     

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with former Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ken Jefferson on law enforcement’s role in the Parkland school shooting (01:14).  

We discussed America Saves Week with Jax Federal Credit Union Chief Operating Officer Mary Svoboda (30:56).

We learned about the upcoming Jacksonville Science Festival with organizers Tia Unthank and Nadia Hionides and Eddie Whisler with the Museum of Science and History (38:54).

Cole Pepper talked about the latest sports news, including the Jaguars signing a contract extension with quarterback Blake Bortles (46:00).  

  

Monday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Emmanuel Martinez, data reporter at Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting on the center’s investigation into modern day redlining in northeast Florida (01:08).

We spoke with Jocelyn and David Williamson who as part of a coalition sued Brevard County over its invocation rules at County Commission meetings and won (25:32).

We heard about a new program to care for St. Johns County patients with advanced illness from Flagler Hospital President Jason Barrett and Community Hospice & Palliative Care President and CEO Susan Ponder-Stansel (36:42).

Cole Pepper brought us the latest sports news (46:00).    

     

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