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1/9/2018: Mihir Desai; First Coast Connect Book Club- Fire And Fury; On The Beam- Taste Test

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with Harvard economist Dr. Mihir Desai on tax reform and U.S. competitiveness (01:23).

First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacy Goldring talked about one of the nation’s hottest books, Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury (28:58).

WJCT Music Director David Luckin and music host Damien Lamar talked about two new Sunday music programs on 89.9 (46:00).   


Republicans in Washington struck a tax overhaul deal just before Christmas. It was a major political victory for the GOP Congressional leadership and President Donald Trump.

Supporters say the tax overhaul will spur economic growth but opponents say it was just a Christmas present for corporations and the nation’s most wealthy.

Mihir Desai is an award-winning economist from Harvard University and was in Jacksonville Tuesday to speak at the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville’s Global Business Luncheon.

Desai talked about tax reform and U.S. competitiveness.

First Coast Connect Book Club- Fire and Fury

Journalist Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury has rocked the political world ever since its publication last week.Good luck finding a copy as book stores all around town report the title is on backorder.

The book delves into the dysfunction and drama inside the Trump White House. Although Wolff has been accused in the past of making up quotes and writing exaggerations in other works, he claims he has dozens of hours of tape recordings to backup the incendiary claims in Fire and Fury.

Every so often, a popular and controversial book can rock a culture. This seems to be one of those times.

On The Beam- Taste Test   

This month, WJCT radio is kicking off two fresh and exciting music shows here at the station.

On the Beam hosted by David Luckin airs Sunday’s at 9 p.m. and takes you back to the music of the ‘30s and 40s. Taste Test, hosted by by Damien Lamar airs 10 p.m. Sunday and  is urban radio with a modern flair!

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.