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2/23/2018: Media Roundtable; Extravaganza; Amy Chua

Friday on First Coast Connect our weekly Media Roundtable featured Florida Times-Union reporter Andrew Pantazi, Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth, Jacksonville Daily Record reporter David Cawton and WJCT contributor and board member Charles Griggs (01:51).

Douglas Anderson School of the Arts Principal Melanie Hammer, Executive Director of the Douglas Anderson Foundation Jackie Cornelius and former student Tanner Lane talked Saturday’s annual Extravaganza (38:49).

Author Amy Chua told us about her latest book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (46:00).  

Media Roundtable

Our panel discussed the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School marching on Tallahasseedemanding changes to Florida’s gun laws, the latest controversies regarding the potential sale of JEA, David Szymanski being named the new president of UNF and Everbank Field’s name being changed to TIAA Bank Field.  


In celebration of the arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts presents Extravaganza at 7 p.m.,  Saturday at the Moran Theatre in the Times-Union Center

This show has been wowing audiences for 30 years. Over 580  students will participate in the production featuring music, film, dancing and theatre.   

Amy Chua

She first made waves as the bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

Now, author and Yale Law School Professor Amy Chua is out with a new book, Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations. In it she offers a new prescription for America’s foreign policy failures and our destructive political tribalism.

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.