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Electric vehicles; the big quit; homeless veterans; rethreaded

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As the COVID-19 pandemic began, Jacksonville virtually shut down. Businesses closed up and most people started working from home. Fewer people on the road meant less polluted air. As life started to return to normalcy and people started going back to work, air quality worsened again. We take a look at how beneficial electric vehicles will be in the coming decade to reducing harmful pollutants.


The big quit

Four million workers left their jobs in April 2021, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, one in four workers plans to look for a new job after the pandemic, according to a Prudential study. We talked with Dr. Jack Wiley, who describes how “the big quit” is largely due to poor management. He goes into this further in his new book, "The Employee-Centric Manager: 8 Keys to People-Management Effectiveness."

Guest: Dr. Jack Wiley, award-winning organizational psychologist, CEO and author of a new book.

Housing homeless veterans

Patriot Place, a project of Flagler Health+ and St. Johns Housing Partnership, will benefit homeless veterans in St Johns County by providing one-bedroom apartments and a sense of community.

Guest: John Eaton, executive director of Care Connect +.


Rethreaded, a Jacksonville-based nonprofit that provides jobs and training for human-trafficking survivors, is settling into its new home at the Delores Barr Weaver Campus of Hope.

Guest: Kristen Keen, Rethreaded founder and CEO.

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Patrick Cantin is joining WJCT from the University of North Florida as a news intern for the fall 2020 semester.