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06/14/16: Author Mark Woods On America's National Parks; Stacey Goldring; TEDx Jacksonville

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.

Watch this segment, courtesy of our partner


First Coast Connect Book Club

In this month's edition of the First Coast Connect Book Club, we speak with book blogger Stacey Goldring about the different ways authors use  dialect, slang, and foreign languages in their stories.

Join us for our next book club discussion, in partnership with the Jacksonville Public Library, Tuesday, July 12.

TEDx Jacksonville

TEDx Jacksonville is hosting its latest salon event this week.

The event, titled "Music Unites Us," will explore music's ability to convey stories about equity, access, and social justice.

We preview the event with Sabeen Perwaiz, co-organizer and executive producer of TEDx Jacksonville, and event panelist and Grammy award-winning drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr.

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