Mark Woods

Blekic family via The Florida-Times Union

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we talked about the fate of the Blekic family, who, despite following all the rules while living on the First Coast for 10 years, were denied asylum status and deported back to Bosnia. We spoke with Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods, who has been following the family, and Professor Ericka Curran, who runs the immigration clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law.

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Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Jacksonville City Council President Anna Lopez Brosche about her relationship with Mayor Lenny Curry’s administration, the future of JEA and her future political plans (01:18).

 

A week until Election Day and stress levels are high. On Tuesday’s First Coast Connect, we spoke with Jacksonville University assistant professors of Mental Health Counseling Whitney George and Jason Orrock. Tuesday also kicks off National Epilepsy Awareness Month, ande we spoke with David Grissett with the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and neurologist Dr. Syed Asad. Then, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods joined us to talk about his recently completed trip to walk across Duval County. And finally, Springfield’s Porchfest is Saturday and we spoke with founder Christina Parrish. We were also treated to an in-studio performance by local band Canary in the Coalmine. 

 

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Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods released his first book Tuesday, “Lassoing in the Sun”, which describes his year-long journey visiting America’s National Parks.

The Bookmark, 220 1st St, Neptune Beach, will be hosting a book signing Tuesday night, at 7:00 pm.


National Parks

In 2011, Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods won the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship, a $75,000 award given each year to one American writer.

Woods won the prize with his unique proposal to spend one year in the national parks, which celebrate their centennial this year.

Throughout 2012, he visited one park a month, starting with a sunrise in Acadia National Park in Maine, and ending with a sunset in Haleakala National Park in Hawaii.

Woods shares his experiences in his new book, "Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks."

The book not only explores the parks, but also family, the legacies we inherit, and the ones we leave behind.

Mark Woods joins us to discuss the book and the future of the National Park Service.