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First Coast Connect

02/02/16: Paul Krishnamurty; Heart Disease And Stroke; GTM Research Reserve; Players By The Sea

Ted Cruz upset Donald Trump in last night’s first-in-the-nation Iowa caucuses in a surprise victory.

On the Democrats’ side, Hillary Clinton wins a narrow victory over Bernie Sanders. Now the 2016 nomination fight is on to New Hampshire.

Political junkies here in the US are following the election closely, of course, but what you may not know is that the 2016 presidential election will be the biggest betting event of all-time.

Paul Krishnamurty, chief analyst for the world’s leading betting exchange,, and blogger at, has been successfully predicting elections since the turn of the century. In 2008, he backed both Barack Obama to become President and John McCain for the Republican nomination.

Krishnamurty early on called Ted Cruz for the GOP nomination, and has placed bets on Hillary Clinton as the slight favorite to win the presidency.

Paul Krishnamurty joins us to discuss how he thinks the 2016 election will play out following the Iowa caucus.

As the nation marks American Heart Month, we speak with Dr. Eric Sauvageau, neurovascular surgeon for Lyerly Neurosurgery/Baptist Health, and director of the Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center at Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville, about the correlation between heart disease and stroke.

The GTM Research Reserve in conjunction with UNF will hold their annual "State of the Reserve" even this week, including five citizen science-based workshops geared to anyone of any age with an interest in nature and ecology. GTM Coastal Training Program Coordinator Tina Gordon joins us with more.

And we speak with Players by the Sea associate director Bradley Akers about the theater's new "New Voices" initiative to help develop local playwrights.

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