First Coast Connect Book Club

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect with guest host Ryan Benk we heard about the move by the Florida Department of Corrections to change the ways visitors can visit inmates with Florida Times-Union reporter Ben Conrack (01:27).

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we learned about the upcoming Party Benefit and Jam (PB&J) Jam Session: Women on gender issues with Jam Sessions creator Denise Reagan and speaker Michelle Roberts (01:02).

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed Equal Pay Day with Paula Liang, Ellen Wiss and Melanie Patz from the Women’s Giving Alliance (01:12).  

Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Dea Sims from Your Pie (29:19).

This month’s First Coast Connect Bookclub with blogger Stacy Goldring featured the novel An Unnecessary Woman. (31:51).

We heard about this weekend’s Mosaic 2018 with organizers Jeanine Hoff from Where’s the Sunshine? and Carmen Joyce of I Still Matter (46:00).    

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect, ahead of Wednesday’s expected walkout by students around the country, we spoke with parent Patrick O’Donoghue and students Mia Cleary of Ponte Vedra High, Ajay Sasha of Nease High and Monique Sampson from UNF Students for a Democratic Society (01:06).  

We heard about an upcoming symposium on autism at the University of North Florida with doctors Celine Saulnier and Nathan Call along with parent Jackie Bargas and her autistic son St. John (31:19).

Moveable Feast featured international hospitality consultant Sandi Galloway (39:02).

First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring featured the book Little Fires Everywhere (46:00).    

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke Jacksonville Jaguars President Mark Lamping about the tarps coming off Everbank Field and other changes on the way (01:10).

Our latest segment of Moveable Feast featured Walter Bianchi of Gusto Restaurant (32:32).

First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacy Goldring highlighted Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None (36:41).

We heard about some upcoming events to raise funds for Catholic Charities of Jacksonville with Executive Director Lauren Weedon Hopkins (46:00).  


Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Harvard economist Dr. Mihir Desai on tax reform and U.S. competitiveness (01:23).

First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacy Goldring talked about one of the nation’s hottest books, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury (28:58).

WJCT Music Director David Luckin and music host Damien Lamar talked about two new Sunday music programs on 89.9 (46:00).   


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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we discussed recent national and local news involving transgender people with Director of the University of North Florida LGBT Resource Center Kaitlin Legg (01:18).    

Our Book Club blogger feature this month was Snow by legendary Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk (23:12).

Kedgar Volta and Joash Brunet, the creators of Brighter 2Gether, gave us a preview of the amazing display they are bringing to Five Points this weekend (46:00).  


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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with author Sasha Polakow-Suransky on the rise of white nationalism in Europe (01:24).  

Book Club blogger Stacy Goldring and Jenna Hassell with the Jacksonville Public Library talked about the fifth anniversary of the regular segment on First Coast Connect (30:16).         

David Brown, CEO of Web.com and chair of this year’s Heart Walk and Dr. Amy Pollak, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, talked about Sunday’s walk in downtown Jacksonville and the changes in guidelines by several medical groups as what blood pressure level should be considered as hypertension (46:00). 


Wednesday on First Coast Connect we heard about a new location to assist survivors of sexual assault in Jacksonville with Executive Director Teresa Miles of the Women’s Center of Jacksonville and Marcus Pollard, who is Director of Player Development and Youth Football with the Jacksonville Jaguars (01:11).

Blogger Stacey Goldring from our our monthly First Coast Connect Book Club gave us the story behind “Killers of the Flower Moon”  (33:10).   

Friday is White Cane Safety Day. We spoke with Jacksonville resident Doug Hansard on what it’s like to be a blind pedestrian in Jacksonville (43:56).

  

Wednesday on “First Coast Connect” we heard how climate change affects storms like Hurricane Irma with Jacksonville University climatologist Jeff Martin (01:13). Ahead of the Ken Burns PBS documentary, “The Vietnam War,” we spoke with female veterans Rene Johnson and Margaret Yarborough (27:09). Our monthly First Coast Connect Book Club with Stacey Goldring featured the classic novel “Catch 22” (38:48) and University of North Florida Gallery of Art Coordinator Jim Draper talked about the gallery’s latest exhibit (45:09). 

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we commemorated the 50th anniversary of Duval County voters’ approving consolidation with former Mayor Alvin Brown’s chief of staff and co-author of “America: The Owner’s Manual: You Can Fight City Hall and Win,” Chris Hand (01:26). This month’s “First Coast Connect” Book Club with blogger Stacey Goldring featured “A Gentleman in Moscow.” (35:39) And tech guru Ray Hollister told us about some of the latest apps students can use as they go back to school (47:13).   


  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with League of Women Voters of Florida President Pamela Goodman (01:15)  on President Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity. Our latest episode of “Moveable Feast” featured Joe Finnegan (27:02), owner of St. Francis Inn and the Casa de Sueňos in St. Augustine. Finally, First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacey Goldring (38:53) talked about the bicentennial of the birth of Henry David Thoreau. 


Today on “First Coast Connect,” JaxPort spokesperson Nancy Rubin (01:08) told us about a new proposal by port officials for the deepening of the St. Johns River channel that would cut about $200 million from its cost. Founder and director of The Global Workshop Matt Colaciello (22:33) remembered the murder victims of an attack by a white supremacist in Portland. We spoke with author Bob Kealing (35:36) about his new book “Elvis Ignited.” First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring was joined by Desiree Bailey (46:13) of the San Marco Book Store.    


    

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Stacy Goldring introduced the First Coast Connect Book Club’s book of the month Tuesday, “A Man Called Ove.

This bestseller is about a crotchety, short-fused and suicidal old man named Ove, who just lost his wife.

Ove lives in a neighborhood that Goldring refers to as an “isle of misfits.” These “misfits” show Ove the value and importance of life and guide him away from suicide.

“The theme is you’ve got to feel useful and relevant,” Goldring said. “If you can feel relevant then you have a purpose in life.”

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Visit Jacksonville CEO Paul Astleford (1:02) about THE PLAYERS Championship’s impact on the region and concerns about the funding of Visit Florida. Attorney Wayne Hogan, Donna Orender and Director of Development at the ALS Association Florida Chapter Carmen Stokes (21:24) spoke about May 21  ALS fundraiser at the Baseball Grounds. Our new segment “Moveable Feast,” hosted by Women’s Food Alliance founder Leigh Cort, spoke with Casa Marina Hotel General Manager Mark Vandeloo (32:45), and this month’s First Coast Connect Book Club with blogger Stacey Goldring (40:53) discussed the book “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. 

 

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