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Math textbooks and critical race theory; Wounded Warrior Project; local Earth Day celebration; Jax History Minute; Poetry Month

Gov DeSantis speakign at a podium with a large bookshelf behind him.
Via the Florida Channel
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Florida officials are still refusing to release examples from math textbooks they’ve rejected for allegedly “indoctrinating content.” The state’s Department of Education nixed dozens of textbooks for use in Florida classrooms, saying some of them contained concepts related to critical race theory. The situation has left school officials, publishers and other state officials confused as to what the state is referring to when they claim the math books contain “prohibited content.”

Guest: Derek W. Black, author and professor of law at the University of South Carolina and an expert on education law and policy.

Wounded Warrior Project

This Wednesday, the Wounded Warrior Project held a news conference in Jacksonville to advocate for passage of a bill in Congress to help veterans exposed to toxic substances while serving our country. The landmark legislation, the Honoring Our PACT Act, is pending in the Senate. The bill would ensure the proper care and benefits for veterans who get sick.


  • Jeremy Matthews, who served in Iraq and is now with the Wounded Warrior Project.
  • Jon Stewart, comedian and activist.

Groundwork Jacksonville & Earth Day

Groundwork Jacksonville’s Green Team Youth Corps will host its Second Annual Earth Day celebration this weekend. A Celebration of Stewardship is set for Saturday, along the S-Line Biodiversity Corridor of the city’s new Emerald Trail.

Guest: Shanell Davis-Bryant, Groundwork Jacksonville program manager.

Jacksonville History Minute

Jacksonville is getting ready for a big birthday celebration with a series of bicentennial events happening this summer.

Guest: Alan Bliss, president of the Jacksonville Historical Society.

National Poetry Month

April is known as National Poetry Month. Ebony Payne-English, also known as “the city's defacto poet laureate,” joined us to shine some light on the significance of poetry and even gives us a reading of her own work.

Guest: Ebony Payne-English, executive director of The Performers Academy.

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