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The false narratives surrounding Jacksonville’s indigenous people

Indigenous activists protest at the entrance of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine in 2015.
Ryan Benk
WJCT News 89.9
Indigenous activists protest at the entrance of the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine in 2015.

Today, we delved into the false narratives and misunderstandings that have shaped Jacksonville’s indigenous history. Bygone Jax: Our Unsung History is a new podcast committed to uncovering the realities hidden beneath the misconceptions surrounding Florida's native history.


  • Denise I. Boosy, associate professor of history at the University of North Florida.
  • Jennifer Gray, public services coordinator for the FSCJ library system.
  • Brendan Rivers, formerly of WJCT’s ADAPT but now host and producer of Bygone Jax: Our Unsung History.

Crime writer symposium

We also had the opportunity to engage in conversation with two outstanding authors in the crime genre, both of whom are scheduled to take part in tonight's event at the University of North Florida. 


  • Tom Straw, acclaimed writer and producer, nominated for both an Emmy and Writers Guild of America award. He is most recognized under the pen name Richard Castle. He is the creative mind behind the bestselling Nikki Heat series.
  • Reed Farrel Coleman, author of 32 novels including six in the bestselling Jesse Stone series for the estate of Robert Parker. 

World Cord Blood Day

Tomorrow is World Cord Blood Day, a momentous occasion dedicated to recognizing the profound significance of cord blood and the multitude of reasons why it holds such importance. This day serves as a global platform for raising awareness about the invaluable role that cord blood plays in medical advancements, research and, most importantly, saving lives.

Guest: Courtney Johnson, LifeSouth’s cord blood coordinator.

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Kathy Waterman joined WJCT News 89.9 as associate producer after graduating from the University of North Florida with a degree in multimedia journalism. She was previously a production intern on the station's talk shows.