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US relations in Russia and Ukraine

Russian and Ukrainian flags sit on a desk.
Russian and Ukrainian flags sit on a desk.

It’s been two years since Russia initiated a full-scale war on Ukraine. Over time, various factors including technological advancements and shifts in power dynamics continue to shape the course of this enduring struggle.

We talk with Matthew Rojansky, president and CEO of the U.S. Russia Foundation, who will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight at the University of North Florida.

If you are interested in attending the event, you can find information here.


  • Matthew Rojansky, national security adviser and president and CEO of the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law. 
  • Britt Hestler, director of membership and communications at the World Affairs Council of Jacksonville. 

JEA corruption trial

Nate Monroe of the Florida Times Union joins us to discuss the major developments in the corruption trial of Aaron Zhan and Ryan Wannemacher. Last week, the court heard from former Chief Operating Officer Melissa Dikes, who worked closely with the former JEA administrators. She helped piece together the case that the defense is trying to make.

House Calls with Dr. Joe 

Dr. Joe Sirven, who you might know from "What's Health Got to Do with It," answers your medical questions. We also talk about the ethical concerns related to using organs from cloned pigs. In addition, we discuss the Office of Veteran Affairs looking into the medical benefits of using ecstasy and psychedelic mushrooms for soldiers returning home.

FCC book club

Stacey Goldring from our First Coast Connect book club join us to talk about this month’s featured book, Last Castle by Denise Kernan. The book provides an intriguing exploration of the Vanderbilts and the creation of the iconic Biltmore estate in the southern region.

If you are interested in joining the book club, be sure to send a email to

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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.