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Iran Tensions; New Year's Resolutions; Glaucoma; 'Trouble in Mind;' Cole Pepper

During a funeral procession at Revolution Square in Tehran on Monday, crowds surround the coffins of Iranian Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani and others killed in Iraq by a U.S. drone strike.

Nancy Soderberg, a foreign policy strategist who served as the third-ranking official on the Clinton Administration's National Security Council, and as an Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee with the rank of Ambassador, joined us for a closer look at what the escalating tensions in Iran might mean for the military community in Northeast Florida.

New Year’s Resolutions

John Chappelear, of Changing the Focus, Inc., joined us with some advice on making positive change a reality - instead of just a goal - in 2020.


January is Glaucoma Awareness Month, and new research shows the importance of raising awareness for this degenerative eye disease. Dr. Leah Kammerdiener of Florida Eye Specialists joined us with more information.

Trouble in Mind

First Coast author Michael Wiley has built a solid literary reputation for his riveting mystery and crime novels. They feature narratives set both in his native Chicago and his adopted home of Jacksonville.  Wiley joined us for a look inside the pages of Trouble In Mind, his latest book.

Cole Pepper

Cole Pepper joined us with a look at what’s next for the Jaguars now that its known that Head Coach Doug Marrone and General Manager David Caldwell will be staying the team.

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?