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8/12/19: Back to School; Author Maggie Fitzroy; Jam Sessions; Cole Pepper

Cyd Hoskinson / WJCT

Students across town and the country are heading back to school today.

So, we marked the back to school period by welcoming one of the world’s leading voices on education innovation, Dr. Tony Wagner. Wagner is a bestselling author and senior research fellow at the Learning Policy Institute, and a former expert-in-residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab. He will be speaking in Jacksonville next month.

Jacksonville Public Education Fund President Rachel Tutwiler Fortune also joined the conversation.

Author Maggie Fitzroy

Local author Maggie Fitzroy, a former journalist for The Florida Times-Union, just published her second novel. It’s a historical romance called Beacon Beach, which takes place in 1886 in America’s first seaside resort, Cape May, New Jersey. She joined us for a look inside the book, which she describes as "Downton-Abbey meets the beach."


Jam Session

What do you really think of Jacksonville when you consider our city's challenges, successes, and reputation?

You can share your thoughts at a PB&J Jam Session this week. The event's Organizer, Denise Reagan, joined us with more.

Cole Pepper

Cole Pepper joined us to discuss all things football – from the Jaguars to the Sharks to high school and college teams.

Heather Schatz can be reached at, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @heatherschatz.

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Heather is the senior producer of WJCT 89.9 FM talk shows including First Coast Connect with Melissa Ross, the Florida Roundup and What's Health Got to Do with It?