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First Coast Connect
Weekdays LIVE 9 a.m., Rebroadcast 8 p.m. and 1 a.m.

First Coast Connect is an hour-long call-in program that features local newsmakers, civic and community leaders, artists and people planning a variety of events across Northeast Florida, along with a roundtable of local media personalities and civic leaders each Friday.

First Coast Connect is sponsored in part by Baptist Health andNorth Florida TPO.

The monthly First Coast Success segment is sponsored in part by First Horizon.

The monthly First Coast ConnectBook Clubis hosted by WJCT contributor Stacey Goldring.

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Latest Episodes
  • First Coast Connect
    Tuesday, we talk to local fertility experts about an Alabama court ruling on embryos, and a similar proposal in the Florida Legislature.
  • First Coast Connect
    Adam Sugalski is a key player in a protest against the "Self Defense Act," a Florida legislative proposal that would allow people to kill bears to protect themselves.
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    Today, we discuss the biggest headlines of the week with a panel of media representatives. They we preview Carolina Rose's performance at Winterland with JME contributor Hurley Winkler.
  • First Coast Connect
    Today, we speak with a panel of local Black journalists about the rewards and challenges of their chosen profession. Then, we preview an event at the University of North Florida dealing with opioid overdoses.
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    As we honor Black History Month, we cover the lesser-known history of Manhattan Beach in Jacksonville, Florida’s first African American beach resort. Then we preview the Florida Forum Speaker Series, and we highlight the PBS Writers Contest.
  • First Coast Connect
    Discover the untold story of a forgotten hate crime in Jacksonville. The documentary "Just Another Bombing" chronicles a Klan bombing 60 years ago. Then, we explore the world of STEM with Science Sis, a program empowering young girls of color. Lastly, we talk with PS27 Ventures, which is offering an opportunity for six business owners to pitch live for a $250,000 capital investment.
  • First Coast Connect
    Today we reflect on Florida's attempts to expand access to health care while also continuing to refuse federal Medicaid dollars. Then we talk with a student researcher at the University of North Florida about the importance of hands-on learning, and we hear from auto guru Dan Scanlan about safety technology in newer vehicles.
  • First Coast Connect
    Today, our panel of media experts discusses the biggest news of the week, including expanded power of the Jacksonville sheriff in wrongful death claims and a controversial legislative bill on historical monuments. Later we talk with retired Brigadier General and Civil War scholar Ty Seidule about his new memoir.
  • First Coast Connect
    Mayor Donna Deegan joins First Coast Connect for a community-driven discussion, allowing residents to express concerns directly to her. The topics include the reopening of Friendship Fountain, the mayor's literacy initiative for children, her relationship with city leadership and legislation granting certain officeholders authority in legal settlements. Then, we preview LiterARTure, a cultural arts series blending literature and art. We wrap up with a rundown of local events, including the Black Opry Revue on the WJCT Soundstage.
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    Today, we explore the latest state and local news, including financing for EverBank Stadium improvements, controversial lawsuit settlements and the start of the JEA corruption trial. Then, we discuss racial justice advocacy with Hope McMath, founder of the Yellow House gallery. Plus, we learn about the Kingsley Heritage Celebration this Saturday, honoring the legacy of enslaved Africans at Kingsley Plantation.