International Women's

Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen regarding International Women’s Day (01:06).

Director of the UNF International Business Program Andres Gallo and Janice Donaldson from UNF’s Small Business Center told us about next week’s Value Creation in the Global Economy conference on Jacksonville’s logistics market (24:19).

Melissa spoke with local MasterChef Junior finalist Camson Alvey and ahead of next week’s Root Ball to raise funds for Greenscape of Jacksonville we were joined by Executive Director Anna Dooley and ball committee member Robin Patton along with musicians Brendan Doherty and Philip Pan, who will perform there (46:00).

Lindsey Kilbride / WJCT

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we heard about an investigation into the Duval County Public Schools’ suspension statistics with Florida Times-Union reporter Denise Smith Amos (01:14).

Local author Michael Wiley told us about his new book “Monument Road” (29:42).        

Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Music Director Courtney Lewis joined us to talk some of the upcoming concerts at the Times-Union Center (38:26).

On #GivingTuesday Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen joined us to talk about a new partnership with Southwest Airlines (46:00).    

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly Media Roundtable included Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski and WJCT’s Ryan Benk and Kevin Meerschaert (01:11). The Humana Foundation’s Laura Nolan and University of Florida professor and endowed chairwoman in Health Disparities Research Carolyn Tucker (38:20) discussed the foundation’s recent $444,000 donation to four Jacksonville nonprofit organizations. Finally, Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen and Wayne Bailey (46:22) with The River City Chorus talked about the “Sing a New Song”   concert series to benefit Rethreaded.    

Kevin Meerschaert / WJCT

The River City Chorus Concert Series runs next week to benefit local nonprofit Rethreaded. This year's program of contemporary choral music is titled “Sing A New Song.” 

cat toys, dog toys

The Jacksonville non-profit Rethreaded is issuing a challenge for shoppers: Support survivors of human trafficking with your purchases this holiday season.

Tuesday on First Coast Connect guest host Jessica Palombo was joined by longtime friends Bishop Rudolph McKissick Jr., a black Democrat, and Lindsey Brock, a white Republican. They talked about maintaining their 35-year friendship through a contentious presidential election and its aftermath.

We also heard from Ellen Wiss and Paula Liang from the Women’s Giving Alliance.

Jekyll Island Events Manager Nancy Kring Rowan joined us by phone to talk about a month’s worth of events to celebrate the holidays.

And Rethreaded founder Kristin Keen joined us to talk about the Rethreaded Challenge, a campaign to get shoppers to buy gifts made by survivors of the sex trade. 

Weekend Warriors: Comedy, Classics & Cause

Aug 4, 2016

As the work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Sarah De Nicolais and Pressly Pratt be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast.

Rob Schneider at The Comedy Zone


Bicycle Safety

The recent death of former Times-Union editorial writer Wayne Ezell shocked and saddened many in Jacksonville.

The 72-year-old Ezell died last week after his bicycle was struck by a pickup truck in Iowa. He was taking part in an annual seven-day Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, the oldest, largest and longest bicycle touring event in the world.

We see headlines and controversy about immigrants and refugees coming into this country, but what are their experiences really like?

TEDxFSCJ will explore the topic Wednesday night in its first Salon of 2016, a selection of TED Talks on the immigrant and refugee experience. This event, titled "Immigrants, Refugees and Jacksonville’s Muslim-American Community," will feature a number of local voices.

We preview the event, and discuss the lives of Jacksonville's refugee and Muslim-American populations, with Dr. Paul Hendrickson, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at FSCJ’s Deerwood Campus; Ranna Abduljawad, member of Floridians Responding to Refugees; and UNF professor Parvez Ahmed, with the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.

We speak with retired County Judge Charles Cofer about his decision to run for the office of public defender. Current Public Defender Matt Shirk has yet to announce if he will run for a third term.

City Councilman and former mayor Tommy Hazouri join us to discuss current issues facing the council, how the city has changed since his term as mayor, and more.

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A local nonprofit dedicated to helping women break the cycle of the sex trade plans to celebrate the fourth anniversary of its founding this Saturday.

Rethreaded helps women out of prostitution and human trafficking by giving them a stable job.

The organization produces items like scarves, pillows and baby bibs out of donated T-shirts.

Anchor Publishing

Local author Brooke Stephen's new book, "Men We Cherish: African-American Women Praise the Men in Their Lives," hopes to counteract the often negative image of black men in American culture. She will be discussing the book at a meeting of the PRIDE Book Club this weekend. We speak with Stephens and PRIDE Book Club's Felice Franklin about the portrayal of African-American men in our media and popular culture.


Among the big winners at last year’s inaugural One Spark festival was anti-human trafficking advocacy group Rethreaded, and success has kept the group busy.


Sitting in an unassuming building on Jacksonville’s Northside, the warehouse of Rethreaded is filled with purses, scarves and other clothing made mostly by recovering victims of human trafficking.