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Confederate monuments; JaxTHRIVE; Giving Tuesday; Paula Poundstone

This monument, "Tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy," remains in Springfield Park.
Claire Heddles
Jacksonville Today
This monument, "Tribute to the Women of the Southern Confederacy," remains in Springfield Park.

There are renewed calls this week to take down the city’s remaining monuments to the Confederacy, after an airplane flew a Confederate banner over TIAA Bank Field on Sunday. Matt Carlucci, Jax city councilman at large, and University of West Florida professor William Lees, the executive director of the UWF Florida Public Archaeology Network, joined us to discuss the issue in more detail.


JaxTHRIVE is a student-led, nonprofit organization that welcomes refugee children to America through tutoring and mentoring. We learned more about it from co-presidents Alexis Magnano and Hope Freedman, both of whom are seniors at Ponte Vedra High School.

Giving Tuesday

Today is GivingTuesday — the annual day of giving that is all the more important now as COVID-era donations taper off and economic uncertainty throws yet another wrench into everyone’s planning. Mari Kuraishi, president of the Jessie Ball DuPont Fund, joined us with more.

Paula Poundstone

WJCT Public Media and the Florida Theatre will present Paula Poundstone, live at the JME Soundstage at 7 p.m. Saturday. Poundstone is a regular on the Peabody Award winning weekly news quiz show "Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!," heard nationwide on National Public Radio. She joined us to discuss all this, as well as her new podcast

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