10/25/2016: Glo Smith; Faith And Mental Health; Squirrel Nut Zippers; "Parade" At Douglas Anderson

Oct 25, 2016

With Election Day just two weeks away and early voting already underway in Northeast Florida, host Melissa Ross was joined by 5th Congressional District candidate Republican Glo Smith. We also heard from Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church pastor Kyle Reese and Baptist Behavioral Health administrator Dr. Ellen Williams about the upcoming Faith and Mental Health Conference. Ross spoke to Squirrel Nut Zippers band leader Jimbo Mathis on the band’s Tuesday night concert at the Ritz Theatre, and students from the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, along with director David Loudermilk, talked about their upcoming production of the Tony Award-winning musical “Parade.”  



Glo Smith         

Glo Smith is a local business owner, focusing her campaign on economic development, the military, healthcare and reducing government spending. She spoke with Ross about a variety of issues including climate change, Social Security and medical marijuana.


Faith and Mental Health

Advocates are coming together next week on the First Coast to tackle mental health issues in this community. Baptist Health will host its third Faith & Mental Health Conference on Friday, Nov. 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Schultz Center. The conference is free and open to public. Its purpose is to explore ways for faith and mental health professionals to work together to improve the overall mental health of residents in our community.


Squirrel Nut Zippers

Indie favorites the Squirrel Nut Zippers are in town Tuesday at Jacksonville’s Ritz Theatre. The much-loved band is touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary reissue of its classic album “Hot.”  Band leader Mathis spoke with Ross about the band’s history and unique sound that has remained popular over two decades.


“Parade” at Douglas Anderson

Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning musical “Parade” explores the endurance of love and hope against all the odds. It tells the heart-wrenching, true story of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jewish man living in Atlanta, who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of his employee.

This momentous case from the early 1900s drew national attention and was pivotal to the founding of the Anti-Defamation League.

“Parade” will be performed next week at the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts.



Producer Kevin Meerschaert can be reached at kmeerschaert@wjct.org, 904-358-6334 or on Twitter at @KMeerschaertJax.