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01/14/16: Eisenhower Center; 'Sunken Conservation'; Ambler Hutchinson; Sonia Manzano; Kerry Speckman

One of the premier facilities in America treating veterans and NFL players for traumatic brain injury and other issues has chosen Jacksonville as its location for expansion into the Southeast.

The renowned Eisenhower Center, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, settled on North Florida because of this area’s international recognition as a destination for medical excellence with unparalleled resources to make a positive difference in the lives of veterans, athletes, first responders, and any citizen with brain injury to PTSD.

And Eisenhower has chosen a beloved former NFL player to serve as the public face of this expansion, former Jaguars quarterback and current Episcopal School of Jacksonville football coach Mark Brunell. He'll provide national, regional and local outreach for the initiative, and represent the NFL Players' Association.

Brunell and John Cornack, CEO of the Eisenhower Center, join us with more.

The new locally-produced documentary "Sunken Conservation," premiering this week on WJCT-TV, explores how marine conservation efforts are being implemented of off Jacksonville's shores, from marine habitat creation to new science around invasive species. We speak with producer Joe Kistel.

Artist Ambler Hutchinson joins us to discuss her exhibit opening at the Florida Mining Gallery this week. "Visual Artifacts Part Two  - One Mind Two Realities" takes audiences on a visual journey through the dark hallways of her mind, where her depression, anxiety and mental illness find a catharsis in art.

We speak with actress and author Sonia Manzano about her acclaimed role as Maria on "Sesame Street," and her work promoting the value of arts education. Manzano will speak at the "Arts Education: Lift Every Voice" event Thursday night at the WJCT studios.

And contributor Kerry "The Specktator" Speckmandrops by with a look at this weekend's events.

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Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.