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02/24/16: Tommy Hazouri; Gender, Ethnic Disparities In Heart Disease; Jarik Conrad; Groundwork Jax

Saying “retreat is better than defeat,” the most prominent supporter of expanding equal protections to this city’s LGBT community withdrew his bill on the topic last week.

Jacksonville City Councilman Tommy Hazouri says he wants a chance to work further with city attorneys to clarify exemptions, focus on the business side of the bill and continue to educate the public about the matter.

Hazouri joins us to discuss this.

We speak with Dr. Gladys Velarde, Director of the Women’s Cardiovascular Health Program at University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville, about gender and ethic disparities in heart disease, which impact heart health and result in symptoms that can be very different for women and some ethnic groups.

First Coast author Jarik Conrad joins us  with a look at race relations and the human brain. Conrad explores the idea of predictable patterns of human behavior when it comes to issues of race in his book, "The Fragile Mind: How It Has Produced and Unwittingly Perpetuates America's Tragic Disparities."

And in this week's edition of our Going Green segment, we learn about the work of Groundwork Jacksonville, the city’s primary non-profit specifically created to clean and redevelop Hogans Creek, with CEO Dawn Emerick.

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