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06/29/16: North Florida Land Trust; Military Museum Of North Florida; Brian Thompson; David Luckin

North Florida Land Trust

The North Florida Land Trust is launching an ambitious project to conserve more land in North Florida.

The nonprofit is planning to create a 112,000 acre "Preservation Portfolio" of land they say is in critical need of preservation. This includes territory in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns Counties.

The estimated cost of purchasing the acreage is $216 million.

Jim McCarthy, executive director of the North Florida Land Trust, joins us to discuss the project and how they are raising funds for it.

Military Museum of North Florida

The Military Museum of North Florida is currently working on an exhibit focused solely on women in combat.

The museum, located on the site of the former Green Cove Springs naval air station in Clay County, houses artifacts from nearly every U.S. military conflict in recent history.

We speak with Chris Rodatz, president of the museum's board of directors, about their efforts to raise awareness of North Florida's role in military history.

Brian Thompson

Longtime St. Augustine humor columnist Brian Thompson is now a national award-winner.

Thompson's column, "Life in A Nutshell," is this year's second-place winner in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ annual column contest.

We hear one of Thompson's winning columns, "A True Disney Dream Come True," and speak with him about the award.

David Luckin

WJCT music director and "Electro Lounge" host David Luckin stops by with a taste of some new music he's playing on the program.

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