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3/28/19: David Lawrence Jr; ROOTS Weekend; Gogol Bordello

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David Lawrence Jr. with his recently released book "A Dedicated Life."

David Lawrence Junior, the former publisher of the Miami Herald, started the Children’s Movement here in Florida.

He has recently released an inspirational memoir about service and the importance of journalism as a bastion of democracy. It’s called A Dedicated Life.

Lawrence discussed his book, the Children's Movement, and the importance of journalism and how consuming the media has evolved over the years with us.

ROOTS Weekend

Melissa Ross (left) with Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams (Right) in studio 5

It’s called ROOTS Weekend, a convening of artists, activists, and organizers working together to build community. It takes place in Jacksonville this weekend as part of Alternate ROOTS, which supports the creation and presentation of original arts in all its forms.

Writer Yvette Angelique Hyater-Adams joined us with more information about the event and how art can help bring attention to injustices.

Gogol Bordello

Famed "gypsy punk" band Gogol Bordello is celebrating their 20th anniversary.

We recently spoke to Bandleader Eugene Hutz about the group’s new album, Seekers and Finders and their tour - which includes a stop in Jacksonville.

Gogol Bordello will be performing at Mavericks Live Friday night at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at

Related: Gogol Bordello: Tiny Desk Concert

You can watch “Seekers and Finders” here.

Amanda Brannon can be reached at, 904-358-6317.

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