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9/23/2016: Media Roundtable; 'Retro-spective'; Michelle Kwan; Dal'Ouna Ensemble

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WJCT’s Lindsey Kilbride; Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union; Claire Goforth of Folio Weekly; and Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski joined Melissa Ross on our Friday Media Roundtable to discuss the news of the week. Museum of Contemporary Art spokesperson Denise Reagan discussed its latest art exhibit “Retro-spective.” We heard from Olympic skating legend Michelle Kwan regarding her work for the Hillary Clinton campaign and Palestinian musicians the Dal’Ouna Ensemble joined the show ahead of its performance Friday evening at the Ramallah Club of Jacksonville.     

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The roundtable discussed what was a tumultuous week for the Duval County School Board with reports board chair Ashley Smith Juarez has asked for Superintendent Vitti’s resignation and when he refused called for a special meeting to fire him. After an uproar in the community, by the end of the week she said there would not be a vote to dismiss Vitti. The panel also talked about Libertarian vice-presidential candidate William Weld’s town hall at Jacksonville University, a possible new owner for housing complex Eureka Garden and Mayor Lenny Curry beginning negotiations with the city’s unions over pension reform.         


MOCA Jacksonville is featuring a new exhibit “Retro-spective: Analogy Photography in a Digital World.” Reagan told Ross about the exhibit which focuses on 19th century photographic processes.        

Michelle Kwan

Kwan was in Jacksonville last week campaigning for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. She spoke with Ross about her role in the campaign and why she decided to take such an active role in the presidential race.   

Dal’Ouna Ensemble

The Dal’Ouna Ensemble is a group of musicians from the West Bank in the Middle East. They have performed concerts around the world. Itsr founder, Ramzi Aburedwan, was the subject of the book “Children of the Stone,” which tells the tale of Aburedwan’s life as a child growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp and him using music as a way out of the poverty and violence. Author Sandy Tolan and Aburedwan joined Ross to discuss the book, his music and their concert Friday at the Ramallah Club.          

Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax

Kevin Meerschaert has left WJCT for new pursuits. He was the producer of First Coast Connect until October of 2018.