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9/17/19: Climate Strike Jax; Navigate Summit; Amor Towles; QuiltFest

Flooding in San Marco during Hurricane Irma.

On Friday, September 20, hundreds of thousands of people across the U.S. — and the world — will take to the streets in Climate Strikes to demand that world leaders, our government, and the fossil fuel industry change course immediately to avoid a climate catastrophe. 

Katie Carlson, a sophomore at Stanton High School, is organizing the Jax Climate Strike, which takes place this Friday at Hemming Park. She joined us with a preview.

Congressman Francis Rooney, a Republican serving Florida’s 19th District (the Naples area) recently published an op-ed piece on the reality of climate change and the need for action, also joined us to discuss the subject in more detail.

Related: Rep. Rooney Calls For Carbon Tax; Says It's 'Time To Stop Denying A Crisis'

Navigate Summit

From Boot Camp to Boss Lady: three local veterans are bringing clarity and insight to business owners at Navigate, a Women's Summit, coming up at UNF. Organizers Kim Bynum and April Caldwell joined us with more information.

Amor Towles

Amor Towles, the bestselling author of A Gentleman in Moscow, will be in Jacksonville this evening. He joined us to preview his appearance at Southside Baptist Church in San Marco

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Melissa Ross with QuiltFest participants


QuiltFest, one of the largest quilt shows in the Southeast, returns to Jacksonville’s Prime Osborn Convention Center this week. Krista Cline, a volunteer organizer for the event, joined us along with some of the participating quilters., 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?