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First Coast Connect
Weekdays LIVE at 9 a.m.; Rebroadcast at 8 p.m.

First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, arts, activities across Jacksonville and Northeast Florida, along with spot news features and a weekly roundtable of local journalists.

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Latest Episodes
  • Today we discuss the week's biggest headlines with some of the smartest minds in local journalism. Then, JME gives us their 23 favorite local songs of 2023.
  • Today we introduce the new songwriting program at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts. Then, Tim Gilmore, Jacksonville author and FSCJ English professor, spotlights Mildred Barnert's sleep-in protest at the school in the 1960s.
  • Maya Kowlaski was the plaintiff in a high-profile medical imprisonment case featured in Netflix's documentary "Take Care of Maya." Just a month after winning a landmark legal fight with her First Coast attorney, she joins us to discuss the case, its effect and the journey to justice. Then, we talk with aviation experts about how pilot shortages are affecting travelers.
  • We explore the details of Florida's Free Kill Law, a controversial piece of legislation that allows only the spouse or child of a deceased person to seek damages in cases of medical malpractice resulting in death. Then, we sit down with folk musician Chelsea Saddler to talk about her upcoming album.
  • We sat down with an attorney and an alumnus of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts to discuss exactly how the Duval school district addresses complaints about teachers. Then, we talked all things film with Gregory von Hausch, president and CEO of the St. Augustine Film Festival.
  • Our First Coast Week in Review panel discussed the biggest stories of the week, including Jacksonville's decision to buy the site of a controversial liquor store. Then, JME contributor Hurley Winkler sat down with artist Rickolus to talk about the release of his new song.
  • Margaret Sullivan, a renowned media critic, discusses her latest book, "Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy." Then, Artist Connection Theatre shares details about its upcoming production, "White Christmas."
  • Florida Times Union columnist Nate Monroe updates us on the criminal case of JEA executives Aaron Zahn and Ryan Wannemacher. Then, we talk with Nick Allard about the new home for Jacksonville's only law school.
  • Today we discussed "Justice Pursued," a new book by Bruce Horovitz. The book documents the gripping story of Nathan Myers and Clifford Williams, who were wrongly convicted of murder in 1976 in Jacksonville. Later, we talked about the life of folk musician Gamble Rogers.
  • Today, we took a journey through a decade of literary brilliance as Tim Gilmore and Darlyn Kuhn reflected on the JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival. But first: We explored the details of the 35-year-old Baby Jane Doe case in Ware County, Georgia.